Foy: Fresno State didn't compare to Air Force

Servite High School, a private all-boys Roman Catholic prep school located in Anaheim, Calif., has an outstanding football tradition with a long list of former graduates that includes Matt Kalil and Steve Beuerlein. Air Force hopes Joel Foy, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound inside linebacker, will be the next great one out of the Friar program.

Servite High School, a private all-boys Roman Catholic prep school located in Anaheim, Calif., has an outstanding football tradition with a long list of former graduates that includes Matt Kalil and Steve Beuerlein. Air Force hopes Joel Foy, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound inside linebacker, will be the next great one out of the Friar program. Foy made his commitment on Monday to the Falcon coaches who were in town on a home visit.

"It was back before my senior season started in August that I received my offer from Air Force," said Joel Foy. "Coach Campbell said they liked my athletic ability, aggressiveness, and sideline-to-sideline speed and my adjustments to the offense. I was definitely excited when I received the offer. My uncle is in the Air Force and I had always heard great things about the Academy. I narrowed my choices to Air Force and Fresno State and decided to see how the official visits went.

"I took the visit to Air Force on January 18th, the weekend before I went to Fresno State. It was an awesome trip. Just being able to talk with the coaches and get to experience what the school is like is what I found to be the most enjoyable part. Connor Healy was my host and he took me out to dinner and showed me some of the sponsor houses. I talked to Coach Russ about some of the different schemes. We watched some film together. I was excited just being there and learning more about the school and the football program."

After his weekend trip to Fresno State, Foy compared and contrasted the two schools and felt like he was ready to make his final decision.

"They way it happened," Foy explained, "was Coach Calhoun and Coach Campbell were in town and stopped by my house. When they were there I gave them my commitment in person. They were very happy. It was pretty cool.

"What I saw at Fresno State didn't compare with what I saw at Air Force. It was the character of the guys I spoke to at the Academy, the school itself, and the football program that really sold me on committing. You can't beat the all-around environment at Air Force has. At first, I was a little worried about the military aspect, but the more I've learned about it, the more excited I'm getting. I've got a guaranteed job after college. That's cool to think about."

In addition to offers from Air Force and Fresno State, Foy had an offer from Navy and a preferred walk-on opportunity at the University of Washington.

Servite won a state championship in 2009 and posted 14 wins in 2010 and 10 in 2011. This past year, however, the Friars had only three wins, but Foy's performance was one that stood out.

"This was my second year as a stater," Foy stated. "I played inside backer in a 4-2-5 defense. In the off-season I focused on my size and strength. My strengths have always been my physical play and my athleticism. I served as a team captain and was named first team All-Trinity League."

Foy normally throws shot put and discuss in the spring but says he's going to focus on his speed training and preparing himself for Division 1 football. He plans on going in direct to the Air Force Academy in June. An honor roll student, Foy reports a score of 1700 on the SAT.
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