Ready for West Point

John Curtis Christian cornerback Brandon Porter will graduate soon and move on to the college ranks, like many Patriots have done before. However, Porter isn't merely committed to a university over the next four years, as he received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy.

Porter  (4.6) will no doubt make his presence known in the Army secondary over the next few years, and he'll make an even greater presence (and sacrifice) by serving his country as an officer in the U.S. Army following graduation.

Army only looks for high school players who fit certain criteria.  Not only must the recruit be talented, but it takes a certain dedication, willpower, and drive to survive and prosper in military life.  Look no further than the level-headed 5-foot-7 corner, whose lack of prototype height was never an issue for the perennial powerhouse Patriots. 

In fact, Porter's ability to overcome such a would-be obstacle undoubtedly impressed recruiters for the Black Knights.  After all, the military prides itself on overcoming, adapting, conquering challenges. 

"It's definitely an honor to receive an opportunity to play football and attend school at Army," said the low-key senior, who doubled as the point guard on the JCCS playoff basketball team.  "You get a great education and the chance to play D-1 football," continued Porter, the No. 160 cornerback prospect in the nation.

However, while Porter obviously is a natural on the gridiron, he says that "basketball is my first love."  Make no mistake about it though - Porter shines on the hardwood too (16 ppg, six assists, two steals per game on the court). 

"The (Army) coaches have mentioned the possibility of returning kicks and also playing some (wide) receiver," Porter said.  He was excited and keen about the prospect of playing both ways (as well as special teams). 

You want a winner?  Porter was part of five consecutive state champions at John Curtis, and he proudly pointed out that this was the first string of that magnitude at the juggernaut private school football power (which has more than two dozen state titles to its credit in only about three decades of existence.) 

The Patriots only tasted defeat one time during Porter's senior year (dropped the road opener to highly-respected and nationally-ranked Texas 5A Trinity (Euless, Texas).  We don't even need to mention that the Patriots were forced to play that game after evacuating the metropolitan New Orleans area after a Hurricane bore down on the Gulf Coast and Jefferson Parish (where Curtis is located). 

Porter wouldn't even want that mentioned. 

"We were almost perfect," he said, "except for Trinity." 

The Patriots defeated modern-day rival Evangel Christian Academy of Shreveport for the second consecutive season in the 2A state finals, and it wasn't even close (despite the fact that ECA boasted a similar array, if not more, of college talent on its roster). 

Porter, along with close friend and classmate RB/LB Kenny Cain (Texas Christian), helped lead the Pats' (14-1) hurricane force onslaught vs. the Eagles (13-2) of north Louisiana (winning easily 35-14).

The year before, Curtis eliminated Evangel Christian in the semifinals.  

"Our coaching staff did a great job of preparing our defense for the (explosive pass-happy) Evangel offense," said Porter.  "They (ECA) had a great QB (Dez Duron) and five great wideouts," the future Black Knight added. 

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