For some, the chance to play football at the college level is a dream come true. For others, they look at their academic and athletic future differently knowing the game ends on its own terms.
Romeo (MI) High School offensive lineman (Class of 2021) Weston Jones impressed the coaching staff at Army West Point over the weekend and in the process opened a possible opportunity.
“I saw a lot during my short visit to West Point,” said Jones. “My cousin was with us and he graduated from West Point. We visited the museum and where he stayed along with different campus areas and the field.”
While excited about the things seen on Friday, it was what happened during Saturday’s camp that really grabbed Jones to the possibility of a future at West Point.
“I attend camp the next day,” he continued. “It was a four-hour camp and I felt I did well on my one-on-ones, working hard and listening to the coaches.
“They gave out about 12 awards after camp with two for offensive linemen. One for the best upperclassman and one for the best underclassman. I felt I had a good chance of winning the underclassman award but was totally surprised winning their overall offensive MVP award for all classes.”
One thing Jones noticed during camp and his visit was the difference between the type of players looking to earn opportunities to attend West Point.
“They have a specific type of player they are looking for,” explained Jones. “They know you have to be committed to five years of service following your time at the academy. They know you’re dedicated and ready to work hard. If not, why would you come to Army. I also really liked their coaching style.”
Soon after camp Jones learned more of Black Knights head coach Jeff Monken and his staff’s interest.
“When I got the news, they offered I was excited,” he said. “Honestly, it was the cherry on top of the entire day. I couldn’t believe it, but I know Army is high on my list and would be a great place to attend. I really like the Army aspect and the thought of being in the military the following five years. I also enjoyed the whole atmosphere and know West Point is a great academic school and would serve me far after football is over.”
Another aspect that surprised Jones was the staffs understanding of the importance of his faith.
“I know I want to serve a two-year mission for my church,” Jones continued. “The coaches had a returning missionary coming back in about a year. He was there for a year and then went on his two-year mission and is coming back to play. So, it was good to learn how they are understanding of that.”
How did his family feel about the opportunity presented by West Point?
“My family was extremely excited for me,” he said. “My cousin told me afterwards how things work, and my family was excited as they told me about all the great things about Army West Point. I really want to go back and see a game this season as they have a good team and I want to see the entire atmosphere on a game day as I understand the cadets go out to the game. I feel that would be really cool to see.”
Outside of getting back to Michie Stadium this fall. Jones has a few other schools he’s looking to take in the game day atmosphere.
“I would like to go out to a game at BYU, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana and Toledo,” he said.
Beyond excited to announce an offer from Army West Point!! A great program that has an extremely successful team!! Big thanks to @CoachTresey @CoachJeffMonken @TuckerWaugh @Dave_Berk @CoachB_50 @TheD_Zone #GoArmy #BeatNavy pic.twitter.com/UaMplQAlF7— Weston Jones (@WJonesy33) July 28, 2019