Recruiting: Cerniauskas’ commitment

Michael Cerniauskas’ West Point connections run deep.

Cerniaukas’ father, Chris, is a 1993 graduate. His uncles Paul and Michael also graduated West Point in 1993 and 1995.

The Catholic (Baton Rogue, La.) safety’s college decision was entirely his after receiving offers from Army, Navy and Air Force.

After a virtual visit Saturday, Cerniauskas was one of five recruits to announced their commitments to the Black Knights Sunday.

“It means that I am committing to something bigger than myself,” Cerniauskas said. “A brotherhood that fights for the same purpose and following in the footsteps of many greats who have done it before is a great honor.”

Cerniauskas was recruited by fullbacks coach Mike Viti and attended 2019 Army prospect camp last summer. Army was the last of the three service academies to offer Cerniauskas in March.

“What set Army apart at the end was that I wanted to do when I got out of college, the people there and the big-time football being played in the upcoming years,” Cerniauskas said.

Cerniauskas found his own path to West Point to become a legacy commit.

“Throughout this process, I was a dad,” Chris Cerniauskas said. “Not a grad. And, I completely backed off and supported him no matter which way he went. Mind you I never disavowed the academy because I love the institution. At the same time, when it came to my son, it was all his call and not mine. That said with his choice in and the tradition continues, there‚Äôs definitely a sense of pride.”

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