Adam Bungum talks decision

Adam Bungum, from Dodge Center, Minn., has decided to accept his offer to attend West Point and play football for the Black Knights. The 6-foot-2, 187-pound athlete committed to Army after taking recent official visits to North Dakota and Minnesota.


"My brother, Dylan, is a cadet and plays football at the Air Force Academy," said Adam Bungum. "He talked to me about playing at a service academy and how cool it was.

"Coach (Joe) Ross [at Army] began to express interest in me last spring. I took my official visit [to West Point] last month and really enjoyed it. Coach Ross knew I was leaning that way for awhile, but I called him today to make if official."

North Dakota had offered Bungum a full scholarship while Minnesota invited him to join their program as a preferred walk-on. It was a visit to West Point in early December that helped to seal the deal for Bungum.

"It was great," Bungum said of the trip. "We took a tour of the campus. I met with some of the players and talked with them about life at the Academy. There were three or four other recruits there that weekend. I think a couple of them have since committed.

"The coaches like me at safety. I sat down and went over some tape with Coach (Chris) Smeland. It was great to do that especially right before the Army-Navy game."

Bungum attends Triton High School in Dodge Center, a small city just 20 miles west of Rochester. He made All-State Honorable Mention, All-Area by the Owatonna People's Press, and All-Conference (Hiawatha Valley) as a senior.

Bungum plays on both sides of the ball. He made 22 catches at wide receiver for 379 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 43 tackles from the cornerback position.

"I've been a starter ever since my sophomore season," said Bungum. "We made it to the class 2A State Championship my junior year. This year we started off slow losing our first four, but came back to win five in a row and make it to the second round of the playoffs.

"I think the best qualities I have on the football field are my speed, size, and strength with my ability to step up and provide leadership."

Bumgum will sign his National Letter of Intent at Triton High School on Wednesday morning.

This spring he plans on competing in the 11o meter high hurdles, the 300 intermediate hurdles, and the 4X1 relay for his school's track team.

A month following high school graduation he plans to report to the U.S.M.A. Prep School on July 17.

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