Vacaville Christian High football player Zack Mercado makes it official with University of Nevada

Vacaville Christian High School’s Zack Mercado looks over his paperwork before signing his letter of intent to attend the University of Nevada and continue his football career Wednesday during a short ceremony on campus. Mercado is the first player from the school to earn a scholarship to play football at a Division I program. (Joel Rosenbaum / The Reporter)


Four years ago, the Vacaville Christian High School football program got a reboot.

One of the stalwarts of that new team was a kid with a lot of upsides and the willingness to put in the work needed, both academically and athletically, to be a success in the classroom and on the field.

On Wednesday, that hard work was officially rewarded as Zack Mercado, a 6-foot-3. 250-pound defensive lineman for the Falcons signed his letter of intent to play football for the University of Nevada. With his parents standing behind him and the room filled with teammates and well-wishers, Mercado put paper to pen and made it official.
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