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Recruiting: Alabama RB Jay Loper visits Army

Jay Loper left West Point Friday after an unofficial visit knowing it may not be his last trip to the academy.

Army’s historic campus made a strong first impression on Loper, a running back from Bayside Academy (Ala.).

“Just about everything there has an amazing story behind it,” said Loper, who has an Army offer.

“The football facilities are incredible and seeing all the awards and accolades players have achieved over the years, how much they invest into the program, and overall how important their cadet athletes are to the school.”

Loper was among a group of 2022 prospects visiting West Point this week as recruiting restrictions were lifted. Navy and Air Force have also offered Loper. He has announced plans to visit Air Force on June 17-18.

Loper’s visit helped him extended relationships with Army’s staff.

“It was great to finally meet the coaches that I have been on phone calls and zoom calls with,” said Loper, who was 2020 honorable-mention, all-state selection. “I spent majority of my time with Coach (Cortney) Braswell because he recruits Alabama and I have been in contact with him through this whole process. I built a great relationship with my position coach (Tucker) Waugh, and really enjoyed talking with him. Getting to meet Coach (Jeff) Monken in person was an absolutely amazing experience.”

When asked if he’d be returning to West Point, Loper said, “Yes, of course. I will be going back.”


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