Aukerman commits to West Point

Center Grove (Ind.) safety Alex Aukerman and coach Eric Moore were talking colleges Monday.

Aukerman told Moore he was thinking about committing to Army.

Moore asked Aukerman, a two-year starter, “What if IU (Indiana) comes in and they are interested?”

Aukerman replied, “Honestly I’ll be still going to Army. It doesn’t matter… I just want to commit right now because I know where I want to go0. He said, “Alright, you have the green light.”

Aukerman called Army wide receivers coach Tucker Waugh, who recruited him, around 6 p.m. Monday and gave his verbal commitment.

“It just felt right,” said Aukerman, who is 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds.

Aukerman flew under Army’s radar until he attended a prospect camp on July 7 at West Point. Three days later, Army called with an offer.

“I had not really talked to the coaches until I came to camp,” Aukerman said. “I don’t know if they had watched me film before they offered me. It  was a quick turnaround…I was just interested before. The academy side is a big part of it. I’m not just going to go there to play football.  I’m wanting that commitment (to service) as well.”

Aukerman is the sixth commit of  Army’s 2014 class. Center Josh Boylan of Grace Prep in Tyler, Texas, gave Army his pledge Sunday.

“I got to know all of the coaching staff (at the camp),” said Aukerman, who also received offers from Division I-AA Harvard and Holy Cross. ” The campus and the facilities just really blew me out of the water. I did not expect them to have such top-class facilities like they do.

Aukerman plays for one of Indiana’s top teams. Center Grove has made the state 6A (highest classification) semifinals the past two years. Last year’s Center Grove team produced two Division I players – tight end Kyle Wozniak (Minnesota) and safety Mario Swann (Eastern Michigan).

Aukerman’s father, Lance, played quarterback at Ball State. He and Waugh, a quarterback, were teammates at Ball State for one year.

Army plays at Ball State on Sept. 7. Aukerman said he will attend the game in Muncie, which is about an hour from his home in Greenwood, Ind.

 

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