Nehemiah Vann’s college football plans were set.
Vann, a quarterback from Seven Rivers Christian School, was staying in state, committing to the Florida Gators as a preferred walk on.
A week before Vann was going to sign, Florida pulled his offer. Vann needed to pivot as his recruiting reopened.
Army running backs coach Darren Paige reached out to Vann. Army offered Vann a chance to reach three of his highest goals – play football at the highest level, have all of his college tuition paid and employment after college.
Vann decided to visit Army in May and committed Paige and the Black Knights while on post.
“I immediately fell in love with the culture, campus and people at West Point,” Vann said. “I decided that I wanted to attend and graduate from West Point and serve in the United States Army as an officer. West Point was too good of an opportunity for me and my family to pass up.
There is a twist to Vann’s commitment. He will be a member of the Black Knights’ 2024 class. Vann will play a post-graduate year at Feltrim Academy in Haines City, Fla. It’s worth the wait for Vann.
“I love the (Army) coaching staff, the culture of the team in the school and the lifestyle of the students at West Point,” Vann said. “I also love the campus and its location.”
Army’s new shotgun offense was also a draw to Vann. He threw 60 touchdowns with just five interceptions in his junior and senior seasons. He also added 16 rushing TDs.
“I’m a good passer, who can make plays with his legs when he needs to,” Vann said. “I think I can take care of the ball well in this new offense.”