As they say in the Army, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." So goes Chambersburg, Pa., star DT/OL Kelton Chastulik. Last season things were looking bleak for Chastulik's team in a game against Miffin County.
"Our head coach resigned the morning of the game," said Chastulik. "Everyone was bummed."
That's when the 6-foot-3, 270 pound lineman took the lead for his team. On defense he had five tackles for losses and forced a fumble. On offense his blocking was a key in his team's running backs gaining a combined over 250 rushing yards. Chambersburg went on to win 28-7.
That's the kind of leadership Army West Point head coach Jeff Monken and his staff are looking for the Black Knights. On Wednesday they extended an offer for Chastulik to attend the United States Military Academy.
Chastulik announced his offer via a tweet saying, "Very excited and honored to receive my 11th offer from West Point to play ARMY football!"
Last year the hard-nosed lineman was named a second-team offensive and defensive lineman in the Commonwealth Division. As a junior, Chastulik was a starter for the Trojans on the offensive and defensive lines. He made 55 total tackles and piled up a team-best 11.5 tackles for a loss and finished with 3 sacks.
What makes Chastulik a great player? He believes it's a combination of great parents and a high motor.
"I have a high motor and I always try to focus on little things that will make me better," said Chastulik. He continued, "My parents always preached work hard in school and you'll work hard for football."
Chastulik must have listened. He has a 3.81 GPA and was a team Captain and MVP last season.
The sharp minded athlete has a bundle of offers from prestigious universities other than West Point. Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, Bucknell and Duquesne are some of his 11 offers.
Chastulik, who is also being recruited by Army for track (he's thrown the shot put 57-8), plans to visit Army West Point on July 29.
The Pennsylvania lineman is not sure when he will make his decision. Whichever school wins the sweepstakes to get Chastulik will be getting a fine football player and outstanding person.
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