Signing Day wasn't that much of a big deal for Alex Meier. After all, it wasn't until last Friday that he was officially accepted into West Point.
"That was a huge relief actually,'' he said, comparing that moment to today, "because I was waiting to hear back from the admissions board.''
He signed his letter this morning in his principal's office, with his mother looking on. "I've known I've wanted to go to Army for a while,'' he said Wednesday afternoon from his high school in Minnesota, "so it's not really new to me. But actually signing on and everything is a great relief, just to know that I have everything set up and I know what I'll be doing after high school.''
He thought he knew where he would be going after high school this time last year when he gave a verbal commitment to North Dakota State. But when he was taken off his high school team this past season as a result of a disagreement with the coaching staff, NDS backed off.
He wound up playing in only a game and a half.
That's when talks with Army escalated. "I feel like the whole team mentality, working together, just from meeting the coaches, I feel like I fit in really well with the players. The fact that I got to meet a bunch of (the players) and hang out with them just made me feel really comfortable with the whole experience.''
Meier took his official visit in mid-January. "A bunch of guys who took the visit the same weekend I did I added to my Facebook. I got talking to them, and then talked to them when they committed. We actually got pretty close on that weekend. I'm actually pretty excited to start playing with them. A lot of the guys from that weekend are going to the prep.''
At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, he played safety, but he said with some added weight he was told he could evolve into a rover. "I feel like this recruiting class is one of the best they've had in a while. The guys I've met seem pretty talented. I feel like this is going to be a great recruiting class and the next couple of years we'll be able to see how it turns out.
"I'm just excited for the whole experience,'' he added. Can't wait to get started with it. It seems like the best place for me to go.''
Stout = Destiny = Army football & West Point
West Point had Brent Stout at hello.
If anyone was born for the academy it was this kid. He lived on the grounds for three years while his dad was a teacher on the hill. His little sister was born at West Point.
And Wednesday morning it became official.
Stout, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker who will go directly to the USMA, signed at his high school guidance office in Wisconsin. He was flanked by his parents, his football coach, a teammate who is also going off to college to play football, a writer from a local newspaper and someone from the local news department.
Everything that West Point stands for is something that I strive to do for myself. The football program, all the discipline the school has to offer, I know that attending West Point will set me up for the future. Just having West Point in my life I can see setting up my future for success.
- Army commit, Brent Stout
Even if he was alone the moment could not have been more special.
"Oh, I feel amazing,'' he said. "This is a dream come true you might say. West Point has been my No. 1 school since I was young and I lived there. So that, and after my visit in the summer, I knew West Point was the school for me. And if football could work, too, that would be even more amazing.
"It did, and it makes it that much better that I can be part of the football team and, be part of the long gray line.''
Stout attended grade school at the Point and remembers going to classes with his father, who taught physics and helped write the nuclear engineering program. His father played football at Ripon College in Wisconsin and his grandfather played at Ohio University.
No one in the family has taken college to this level. "Everything that West Point stands for is something that I strive to do for myself. The football program, all the discipline the school has to offer, I know that attending West Point will set me up for the future. Just having West Point in my life I can see setting up my future for success.''
He wants to study mechanical engineering. "Ideally I would like to work on unmanned aircraft and vehicles. But who knows what's going to happen?
"Today is definitely a step on the ladder,'' Stout said of his official signing to play football. "It is a relief, but I've had this feeling for quite a while now since I was accepted a couple of months ago, unrelated to football. Since then I've had this feeling of awe, excitement, and with football (signing) on top of it this adds just so much more.
"I'm planning to make a career in the military,'' he added, "so I think from here on my life's going to be a little different. I just couldn't think of myself going anywhere else.''
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