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The Crimson Tide tight end and defensive end opts for Carroll College in Helena, Montana.

COURTESY PHOTO - Glencoe's Zack Schlottmann poses for a photo at his letter of intent signing at Glencoe High School. Schlottmann will be playing football at Carroll College in Montana.Glencoe's Zack Schlottmann has made his choice.

The senior tight end and defensive end will be attending and playing football at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, next fall.

Carroll College competes at the NAIA level of collegiate sport and is part of the Frontier Conference which boasts schools from Montana, Idaho and Oregon — including Eastern and Southern Oregon universities.

Schlottmann said that when he began the recruiting process he'd hoped to play at the Division I level, but as he traveled down the recruiting path, he started to place more emphasis on the relationships he forged with the school and coaching staff.

"I went on several visits for football recruitment and never had a connection with the coaches or the area," Schlottmann said. "At Carroll, it's different. I just have that feeling it's the right place to be. The coaches care about you, and in the classroom, you aren't just a number — the teachers want you to succeed. I couldn't pass up this opportunity, so I signed."

At tight end, Schlottman led the Tide in receptions this past season, catching 31 balls for 611 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, he was second in total tackles with 59.

The two-way standout, who earned all-state honorable mention on both sides of the ball, says he isn't sure what position he'll end up playing at Carroll. He says he'll be ready regardless of whether he's breaking or making tackles.

COURTESY PHOTO - Glencoe's Zack Schlottmann signs his letter of intent with his family, coaches and teammates in attendance at Glencoe High School. Schlottmann will be playing football for Carroll College in Montana."I was recruited as the only tight end in the Class of 2022," he said, "but will play wherever they need me."

As an avid outdoorsman and with an eye on environmental science studies, Schlottmann said Carroll was a natural fit. He said he'd like to focus on fish and wildlife, and while not specific as to the career he'd like to pursue, he feels four years in Montana will point him toward where he needs to go.

"I'm not totally sure on a career yet, but I'm hoping this program will lead me in a direction," he said. "Working at a fish hatchery does have my interest, though."

Schlottmann said his friends and the bonds he made over the past four years is what he'll remember most about his time at Glencoe, especially his teammate Royce Fasel. But more than anything he wanted to thank those same friends and a couple other rather important people for helping him get to where he is now — both on and off the field.

"I wanted to thank my parents for doing everything I needed them to do in order for my dream to be achieved," Schlottmann said. "Also my friends, because they pushed me harder in the gym and made me a better person. We'll always have each other's backs."

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