Josh Greer’s family tree is filled with military service.
Greer’s father, uncles and both great grandfathers served, mostly in the Marines. Greer wanted to continue his family’s legacy and while creating his own.
Army’s football offer provided Greer with that opportunity. But, Greer also had other options. He weighed an Ivy League education at Dartmouth. And, Ohio State, a team that the Archbishop Hoban (Ohio) tight end grew up rooting for, offered Greer a preferred walk-on spot.
Greer chose to start of his own military path, committing to Army and assistant coach Blake Powers over the phone on Jan. 11. He reaffirmed his decision after a visit, his first trip to West Point, on Jan. 21.
“That decision (his commitment) was tough,” Greer said. “Ultimately when I came out to visit, it felt right and this is the best fit for me. The history surrounding me, the new conference (AAC), the brotherhood, the weight room, indoor field and beautiful campus. All made it feel right. The atmosphere in general really.”
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Greer believes his aggressiveness at the point of attack and his ability to block and catch in space are good fits for Army’s offense.
Success has followed Greer in his high school career. Archbishop Hoban played in football state championship games in Greer’s sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Greer also won a state basketball title his junior year, starting nine games.
“Hoops definitely helps with my footwork and keeps me conditioned,” Greer said.
Greer, who has a 4.2 grade-point average, could bring some position flexibility to Army’s 2024 class. He started his senior season at tight end and moved to the offensive line at guard due to injuries. Army is recruiting Greer to play tight end.