Westmoreland finds perfect home at Eastern Michigan

Zach Westmoreland was a 3X All-State receiver for Joplin High School.
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JOPLIN, Mo. – Former Joplin High School standout Zach Westmoreland says he has found a perfect home at Eastern Michigan University.

“I love it up there. It’s a great experience,” Westmoreland says, “Everybody there welcomed me with open arms. When you go 12 hours away, you’re by yourself. For them to embrace me and show me around and everything, it was really nice.”

Finding the perfect landing spot wasn’t always easy for the 3X All-State wide receiver out of Joplin.

He committed to Southern Illinois out of high school in November 2019, before decommitting in early February 2020.

Westmoreland signed to join the NEO Golden Norsemen later in February, but due to the pandemic, he never got a chance to suit up in his first season at NEO in the fall of 2020. He signed to Eastern Michigan in December and moved there in January – and the rest is history.

“It was a long recruiting process,” Westmoreland says, “For me to be able to finally settle down, and know this is where I want to be…it’s a good feeling. It’s good to know that I found a home.”

Westmoreland just finished up his first spring with Eastern Michigan.

“The energy there is great. Everybody there stays up, and the coaches have a lot of energy. It was great to be back out there. I can’t wait until I get to go out there and play my first game in the fall. It’s been a year and five months since I played in a game. I still have some time to get ready, but I’m excited for it.”

He finished his high school career with 3,539 receiving yard and 74 total touchdowns. He helped the Eagles finish as the Missouri Class 6 state runner-up in his senior season in 2019. He finished with 105 catches for 1,655 yards that season with 21 scores.

Now, he’s aiming to produce at the Division I level – in an offense in which he feels he can shine.

“It’s a pretty open offense. They give us a lot of chances to go out there and make plays,” he says, “If they trust us with that, we have to go out there and do what they trust us to do, which is make plays. Hopefully I can get the offense down and play as much as possible. I just have to make plays when I get the opportunity.”