L-S' Smerlas commits to Brown

Lincoln-Sudbury senior offensive/defensive lineman Zach Smerlas has verbally committed to Brown University for the fall of 2011, his father Fred Smerlas confirmed tonight.

According to Fred, a Waltham native who appeared in five Pro Bowls with the Buffalo Bills in the 1980's, Zach has not yet received a likely letter to the Providence, R.I. campus, often a precautionary procedure for players wishing to commit to an Ivy League school. But Fred said that head coach Phil Estes and his staff assured Zach that his likely letter will be coming in a week or two.

Zach took an official visit to Brown last month, his first visit to any school, and according to Fred "that was all he needed."

"He looked at me said, 'This is where I want to play'," Fred said. "He had nice opportunities at other schools, but the combination of football and education in the Ivy League is second to none."

Zach was a three-year starter for the Warriors, and this past season was member of ESPNBoston.com's inaugural MIAA All-State Team as a defensive tackle. In his senior season he made 40 tackles while often facing double and triple teams, as the Warriors won the Dual County League's Large division and lost to eventual Super Bowl champion Gloucester in a Division 1A playoff.

The story was first reported by the Boston Herald.