Zak Stair: Hard Working, Fun-Loving

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  • Offensive Lineman
  • 6-6, 285
  • Osbourn Park High School (Manassas, VA)
  • Senior Line: Earned first-team All-Metro honors by the Washington Post
  • Three-star prospect by Insiders.com and a two-star by Rivals.com
  • Committed to UVa on September 2, 2003

After two years of recruiting big uglies to play in the trenches, the Virginia Cavaliers spent most of their
2003-2004 recruiting efforts looking for skill players. One of their earliest commitments, however, came from Osbourn
Park offensive lineman Zak Stair . The 6-6 285 mammoth proved to be Virginia’s only offensive lineman, until unknown
Branden Albert was rolled out on signing day.

That said, imagine the worry when rumors surfaced in mid-January that Stair had injured his ankle. Fortunately for
Virginia fans, the injury did not prove to be too serious.

"The ankle’s fine," Stair said in an interview prior to signing day. "I just rolled it in basketball
practice the beginning of the week, but I played in a game last Friday and it held up pretty well."

Stair’s injury actually sounds pretty rare when one hears how it happened. Unlike a lot of basketball-related ankle
injuries, he didn’t just turn it landing on anyone’s foot. Rather, he injured it on the way up for a dunk, a thought
that has to give Virginia fans somewhat of a smile.

"I was going up to dunk it, and it just gave out," he said. "I just guess I didn’t have enough
support."

Support can be a problem with someone Stair’s size, but he made it clear that the ankle was close to 100 percent.

"It had been close to full strength for a while, and I just needed to get some range of motion," Stair
said."

Size has always been somewhat of an issue for the Northern Virginia standout, and it actually kept him off the
football field until sixth grade. The youth leagues in his area based teams on size rather than age, and since Stair has
always been a big kid, he would have had to play with seventh and eighth graders instead of kids his own age. Such a
prospect concerned Zak’s father, who kept him from playing despite his son’s desire to hit the gridiron.

"I always wanted to play football, but my dad wouldn’t let me," Stair said with a laugh. "He didn’t...