CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal Carolina University has added kicker Zach McGehee (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) to the 2009 recruiting class to play football for the Chanticleers next fall, head coach David Bennett announced today.
A three-year varsity football letterwinner at Livingston High School, McGehee was a significant part of the Lancers' first football State Championship, as he was a fullback, linebacker and kicker on the squad. He was named Newark Star-Ledger First Team All-State as well as earning All-County, All-Conference and New Jersey Group IV “Player of the Year” awards as a senior. His final season posted 1,200 rushing and 1,456 all-pupose yards as a fullback. He also recorded 38 tackles, two interceptions and three sacks at linebacker. As a punter/kicker, he converted on 33 of 35 point after attempts, three field goals, averaged 39 yards per punt and had over 90 percent of his kickoffs for touchbacks. In the state championship game, he rushed for almost 150 yards and tallied two of Livingston's four touchdowns. As a junior, McGehee was also voted First Team All-County and All-Conference.
This is the eighth recruiting class for Bennett and the Chants, who have won three Big South Conference championships in the last five years and made their first ever appearance in the Division I Football Championships in 2006. Coastal is 45-23 in its six years of play in Division I-AA, including an 15-10 mark in league play.