High-SchoolFootball: Blake Elder
January, 10, 2012
By Matt Remsberg | ESPN.com
AP/Denis PoroyThousands of high school athletes each year have committed to play a Division I sport at a U.S. service academy.This story originally appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of ESPNHS magazine.
When you commit to play a sport at one of the three major United States service academies, you are signing up for a lot more than four years of practices and games. Each school requires a five-year active duty commitment upon graduation. In a time of war, that pledge can be daunting, yet thousands accept it each year. We talked to three high school seniors who have committed to play a Division I sport at an academy to find out what went into their decisions.