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Rising Lafayette senior Trey Neville ended his college football recruitment Tuesday, giving his verbal commitment to play football for the U.S Military Academy at West Point.
The son of a service academy football player – Neville’s father Tommy played nose guard for Navy – Army and Navy were the two programs that stuck out to him from the beginning.
“My dad played at Navy, so I always knew what the service academies were about,” Neville said. “They recruited me the hardest, so it was an easy decision.”
Holding offers from Columbia, Princeton, Harvard and Yale, Army proved to be the lone Football Bowl Subdivision school to offer Neville a roster spot.
After visiting Navy last weekend and walking away without a scholarship offer, Neville decided it was time to pull the trigger and end his commitment for good.
“I just got a different feel at Army,” Neville said. “Everyone at Army is smart and works hard, I think it’s a great group of people to associate with. I think it would be a great place for me.”
On Tuesday, Neville called Jay Bateman – Army’s defensive coordinator and Neville’s lead recruiter – to tell him about his decision to commit. Ecstatic about the commitment, Bateman told Neville to call Army head coach Jeff Monken to let him know as well.
Monken, who is on vacation, fielded Neville’s phone call while shopping at Home Depot. Neville laughed as he described Monken’s reaction to his commitment as “loud” and “excited.”
A tight end and defensive end for Lafayette’s state runner-up football team last season, Neville will make the transition to offensive tackle this year after playing it during his freshman and sophomore seasons at Jamestown. Army, an independent FBS school, recruited Neville to play on the offensive line as a tackle.
With his commitment to Army, Neville becomes the second Lafayette football player to commit to play football at an FBS school this year. Earlier this year, Neville’s teammate Cheyton Pine committed to play football at Pittsburgh.
An unrated prospect across recruiting services 247Sports and Rivals, Neville said he is happy to have the recruitment process finished, allowing him to focus solely on academics and football during his senior year.
“It’s definitely a good feeling,” he said about his recruitment coming to a close. “I’m glad to know where I’m going, and I can focus on Lafayette winning a state championship.”