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Spalding quarterback Zach Abey changes commitment to Navy

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Archbishop Spalding quarterback Zach Abey has decommitted from Buffalo and instead plans to play football for Navy.

Abey, The Baltimore Sun's Offensive Player of the Year, made the announcement on Twitter this week, saying he was "committed to play football and serve my country at the United States Naval Academy."

He told The Annapolis Capital that attending the academy was a "dream come true."

"As a little kid walking around Annapolis and seeing the mids looking sharp and carrying themselves with such pride, I just thought that was really cool," Abey told The Capital. "I’ve gone to a lot of Navy football games over the years and pictured myself representing the academy and playing at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium."

The senior, who McDonogh coach Dom Damico called "a tailback playing quarterback," carried the ball 238 times for 1,663 yards (6.95 yards per carry) and scored 19 touchdowns.

He also completed 65 of 136 passes for 874 yards and 10 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. On defense, he made 37 tackles and caught six interceptions playing safety.

"For Spalding football, he's meant a lot," coach Kyle Schmitt told The Sun in December. "At times, he put the program on his back, and we're going to miss having someone I call our emergency button."

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