Q&A with Class of 2026 5-star safety target Zechariah Fort

Q&A with Class of 2026 five-star safety target Zechariah Fort from IMG Academy.

Florida State football and coaches players arrive for the fifth FSU spring football practice of the
Florida State football and coaches players arrive for the fifth FSU spring football practice of the / Ehsan Kassim/Tallahassee Democrat / USA
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FSU football had a fantastic Junior Day event that was filled with numerous highly-touted prospects. One notable prospect that attended was the Class of 2026 five-star safety Zechariah Fort from IMG Academy in Bradenton (FL). We at ChopChat decided to conduct a Q&A with Fort.

Q: What was it like coming to Florida State for their Junior Day event this past weekend?

A: "It was great. The environment there gave like a homey type of feeling, the hospitality, and the overall visit was great."

Q: What did it feel like when you received an offer from the Seminoles?

A: "When I received an offer from the Seminoles, it was an amazing feeling. I'm blessed to be offered by one of the universities that I used to watch growing up."

Q: How has your relationship been like with defensive backs coach Patrick Surtain Sr? Have you connected with anyone else on the staff?

A: "My relationship with Coach Surtain Sr. is very close. I feel like I can talk to him about anything, just life in general. Whatever he says, I listen. He's coached and played at all levels of football. I'm also very close with Coach Adam Fuller and Coach Mike Norvell."

Q: As you start to narrow down your recruitment, what are some factors that go into picking the school of your choice?

A: "My relationship with the coaches, development to get me to the next level, and playing for a national championship are factors for me."

Q: What stands out to you about the Seminoles overall?

A: "Just the culture, how real it is, and how it's like a family there."

Q: Where does FSU stand in your recruitment? Are they one of your top schools?

A: "My recruitment is open, but FSU is definitely one of my top schools."

Q: Do you have any visit plans on getting back to Tallahassee anytime soon?

A: "Not anything set, but I can't wait to get back down there."

We at ChopChat would like to thank Zechariah for taking the time out of his day to answer our questions. Be sure to follow his Twitter account by clicking here.

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