High-SchoolFootball: ESPNHS magazine

Zach HirthTye Eckert/UnderArmourEureka (Mo.) senior Zach Hirth (center, in jersey) is rated the nation's No. 2 long snapper by ESPNU and was selected to the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game.
This story originally appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of ESPNHS magazine.


Scott Daly could have gone on vacation during spring break. He could have spent the week hanging out with friends or playing video games 24/7. If nothing else, he could have at least slept in.

Instead, Daly used the spring break of his junior year to chase the unthinkable — a scholarship to be the long snapper for the Notre Dame football team.

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Navy FootballAP/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.

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