Fetla talks his commit to Army

Luke Fetla made his first trip to West Point the weekend of November 17th. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound defensive lineman nabbed an offer from the Black Knights staff while on the visit. It didn't take the Tar Heel State prospect long to make his verbally commitment to play for Army. It was where he always wanted to be.

"I went to see Army play Temple," said Luke Fetla. "The game didn't turn out so well, but I loved everything else about the academy. It's a great setting on a beautiful campus. The teachers I met were amazing. They seemed like they really cared about the students. I was applying to the school even without football. Once I was able to gain admission, I think that increased my chances for an offer. Coach Coaxum offered me while I was there. I'm very appreciative for the chance to play football and the opportunity to serve my country."

At Pinecrest High School in Moore County, Fetla was a four year starter for the Patriots. In his senior year, Fetla anchored the defense and helped his team make the state 4AA playoffs.

"It was a fun season," Fetla said. "I had between 30 and 40 tackles and two and a half sacks. I was named All-Southeastern Conference for the second straight year. I felt like I did a better job with hand placement, getting off blocks, and predicting what the offense was going to do by watching a lot of film."

After making his commitment, Felta traveled to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to see the 113th Army-Navy game on December 8th. Fetla said he is planning another visit to West Point in the coming weeks.

"I'm going to making my official visit on January 5th," he shared. "I'm not sure where they want me on the defensive front in the flex defense. It will give me a chance to speak more with the West Point coaches and have another great experience on campus."

The Black Knights have a relatively young defensive line. They'll only lose one starter, Zach Watts, to graduation. Still, Fetla says he's coming in to make a name for himself as a freshman.

"My goal is to get stronger and faster so I can compete for playing time," Fetla said. "I know it's going to be tough, but I'm going to work to be the best I can be. I also want to get off to a good start in the classroom and maintain at least a B-average in my freshman year."

In the spring, Fetla plans on participating in competitive weightlifting in the 225-pound classification. He said everything should be fine for him to go directly into the academy next summer.

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