April 12, 2011

Athlete, Lehman is anxious to get started for Army

Jonathan Lehman first went from walk-on to direct, and now he may go from quarterback to running back.

But it's all good for the high school senior from Brookfield (WI) Brookfield East High School, who reports to West Point on June 26th.

Currently a sprinter on his high school track team, Lehman continues to work out for football - as a quarterback, a running back and even as a receiver. "I had been working with a receiver in the off-season, but we're both out for track so we've slowed down a little,'' Lehman said. "But I've been keeping up with some of my quarterback stuff, and at the same time integrating a lot of cutting drills, I've been watching some running back tapes and even working on some receiver stances and explosion starts.

"So wherever I end up going I kind of have a base.''

He wasn't sure where he would wind up during the recruiting process. At first he was accepted for walk-on status in the football program, and then, Lehman said, when coach Rich Ellerson saw film on him he elevated him to direct.

"All I wanted was a shot,'' Lehman said. "I was really excited when he bumped me up. Coach Ellerson said he really liked the way I ran, and they're really high on me as a running back for the moment.''

The offensive system was different every year of high school for Lehman. It went from double wing to pro, then to zone and then the spread.

"I did a lot of running at quarterback,'' said Lehman, just under 6-foot-3 and weighing 175 pounds. "Half our offense was the option.''

Graduating in mid-June, Lehman has about two weeks before he reports. "I'm excited and I'm nervous at the same time, to be completely honest. I'm ready to get out but I'm very nervous for the transition, because I'm closing out a chapter of my life. I'm in high school and I've been in the same place, and now I'll be living somewhere else without the wing of my parents. So it's definitely going to be new,'' he said.

He is also preparing for BEAST, joking that next week he starts wearing his new, "Low quarters. I have to start wearing (my boots) to school, so I'll probably be the guy with the fanciest shoes in town.

"But I'm very excited,'' he added, "and I feel like I'm ready and have prepared myself mentally for it.''

No matter in what position he finds himself.

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