Slomka commits to Army

Connor Slomka made a mid-week decision to end his recruitment and commit to Army. The 6-foot, 210-pound running back/linebacker from Pine-Richland High School in the Pittsburgh area chose Army over offers from Morehead State and Georgetown. His father, Jim, played defensive line at West Point, but Slomka said there was more to choosing West Point than just family ties.

"I sent a text to Coach Bob Bodine the other night," Slomka said to "In the text I put that I was going to call him the next morning, that I'm thinking about committing. He had just gotten out of a team meeting and called soon afterward. He said, 'why would you text me something like that? Let's talk now'. So I gave my commitment to him with Coach Monken also on the line.

"When I committed, I felt like the coaches were really excited. Coach Bodine said he wanted to go out and celebrate but he had a team camp the next morning he had to attend otherwise he would have. I loved the academics [at West Point], it's big-time college football, and I wanted to present a good challenge to myself by going into the military. My dad played there so I've always been interested in the program and possibly going to the Academy. The staff just made me more comfortable with my decision. I really liked them.

"The coaches have never really specified what they'd like me to play when I get there. They asked me what I'd like to do. Right now, I'm not sure. I like playing running back, but I like linebacker too. I really liked the way that Army recruited me. Coach Bodine said things like I was his only home visit. They really wanted me to go there and that meant more than anything. I'm happy with my decision and I'm ready to start my senior year."

Pine-Richland High School is in Gibsonia, Pa., just 20 miles north of Pittsburgh. As a junior last season, Slomka rushed for 1200 yards and 17 touchdowns and was named First Team All-WPIAL AAAA Northern Eight Conference on a 5-5 Rams team. Top Stories