Longtime ESPN analyst and former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit will have another school to formally cheer for when next season begins.
Herbstreit already had two sons playing college football for star head coach Dabo Swinney at Clemson. Another son, Zak, just announced his college commitment and where he intends to play as a walk-on in 2021.
Herbstreit and his father both played football at Ohio State. Want to take a guess where Zak Herbstreit is playing next year?
Kirk Herbstreit is a longtime ESPN football analyst
For nearly 25 years, Kirk Herbstreit has been an essential part of ESPN’s college football coverage.
Herbstreit joined the Worldwide Leader in 1996, three years after he graduated from Ohio State with a Business Administration degree.
A quarterback in college, Herbstreit completed 56.4% of his passes for 2,437 yards, five touchdowns, and 11 interceptions in four seasons. Most of those numbers came in 1992 when he served as the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback and threw four touchdowns to six interceptions in 12 games.
Herbstreit is on television every Saturday morning as a crucial member of the College GameDay crew. Later that night, he joins Chris Fowler and sideline reporter Maria Taylor for ABC’s game of the week.
Herbstreit’s son, Zak, is continuing the family legacy at Ohio State
Although he is an alum of Ohio State and played football there, Kirk Herbstreit has drawn heat over the years for his rooting interest in the Buckeyes.
Those who have complained about Herbstreit’s bias may want to ease up starting next season. Herbstreit’s son, Zak, recently committed to join the Buckeyes as a walk-on in 2021.
Zak is a tight end who played at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn. According to MaxPreps, Zak — who stands 6 feet 3 inches and weighs 230 pounds — hauled in nine catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns this season.
After Zak announced his decision, Kirk sent out a heartwarming statement for all to see on his own personal Twitter account.
“Zak- Congrats my man. So proud of you. Chase your dreams. Your family is here to support you and love you all way through. So cool to see you headed to Ohio St. We’re beyond excited for you!”
As a preferred walk-on, Zak Herbstreit will not count toward Ohio State’s 25-man signing class or 85-scholarship limit. However, Buckeyes can place him on scholarship at a later point.
Kirk Herbstreit has three sons playing college football
Assuming all goes to plan next year, Kirk Herbstreit will have three sons playing college football.
Zak intends to join the Ohio State Buckeyes as a walk-on tight end. Two of Herbstreit’s other sons, Jake and Tye, are both walk-on players at Clemson.
Jake is a cornerback, and Tye plays wide receiver. Although both played in four games last year and redshirted, neither totaled a stat other than a tally on the participation sheet.
Jake is the only one who has played this season, having seen some snaps in a blowout victory over Maimi in October.