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Seth Combs looks forward to being a soldier
"I just received my offer from Army about three or four weeks ago," said Seth Combs, who attends Saint Xavier High School in Louisville, Ky. "I emailed my early senior film to my recruiter, Coach Coaxum. He got back to me and said they were interested and to send him more film. Then went I sent him the film of my overall season, he said they were very interested.
"After I came back from my official visit which was on the weekend of January 5th and 6th, I took some time to reflect on it. I decided to call Coach Coaxum and let him know I wanted to be a Black Knight. The academics [at West Point] are outstanding. To me, they're the best in the country even better than the Ivy League. Obviously, I was attracted to the football team as well and the coaches. I like what comes with being a solider. It's been a tradition in my family. My father is a Colonel in the Army Reserves. My grandfather served in the Army as well. Of course, my brother went to West Point. My sister even works in the H.R. department at Fort Knox."
During his visit to West Point, Combs, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound middle linebacker spoke with his future position coach, Payam Saadat, one what his role would be in the Black Knight defense.
"Coach Saadat was telling me I'd play the bandit like my brother," he said. "He was explained film to me and what we'd be doing then afterward he quizzed me on it.
"It was nice to tour the campus and see what it would be like. They talked about what we would specialize in. They have other branches that aren't necessarily combat-related. It was a lot of information to take in. My host was Colin Linkul. My favorite part was going to the mall with the players and kind of getting away from our parents for a little while. It was nice to see hear their perspective on life at the Academy away from a controlled environment and learn about what they do from day-to-day."
Many football fans are familiar with the St. Xavier-Trinity football rivalry which packs Louisville's Papa John Stadium every September. Combs and his Tiger teammates fell for the second time to their crosstown rivals in the third round playoffs in what would be his final high school game.
"I played inside linebacker in a 4-2-5 defense," Combs said. "I'm not sure of my tackle total but I had one interception and six pass breakups. This year, I felt I was the embodiment of a leader for our team. As a junior, I would look up to the seniors. I grew to understand that role very quickly. Going into the year I work on playing more physical and getting stronger and faster. I think I improved most in my open field tackling and with my pass coverage. It was a tough way to end the season losing to Trinity, 15 to 14. A couple of mistakes killed us and that proved to be the difference in the game."
Combs had one other offer from Dayton. His plan is to go directly into the U.S. Military Academy in early June. Combs said he's playing rugby with his fellow seniors to keep in shape in the off-season and spending a lot of time in the weight room.
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