Sage Baltrusaitis’ connections to the military run deep.
Baltrusaitis’ grandfather, Mike Sherry, was a guard for the tomb of the unknown soldier.
Michele Baltrusaitis, Sage’s mother, has worked for the Department of Defense at its tank automotive command in Warren, Mich. for 28 years.
“ I went to work with her every year and I would get to talk to a lot of West Point grads that she works with,” Baltrusaitis said.
Attending West Point became Baltrusaitis’ dream. On Thursday, the 6-foot-1, 250-pound Brother Rice (Mich.) center made it a really, verbally committing to Army.
“I’ve always wanted to go to West Point,” Baltrusaitis said. “I’ve always been around the Army and loved it.”
Baltrusaitis’ family have been die-hard Army football fans. The family Christmas party is held on the December Saturday of the Army-Navy game.
But, Army wasn’t the first Division I school to offer Baltrusaitis. Baltrusaitis attended Army and Air Force football camps this summer.
“I was kind of high on them (Air Force),” said Baltrusaitis, who plans on coming to West Point directly. “But, I wasn’t that hard of a decision once Army was interested because I knew that’s what I wanted to do.”
Baltrusaitis earned his first start for Brother Rice in the 2012 postseason as a sophomore. He’s been the starter ever since. Brother Rice won back-to-back state titles in 2012 and 2013 and is 6-0 this season.
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