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Recruiting: Arizona all-state WR Dom Esposito commits to Army

Dom Esposito’s 2022 season was one of the best for a receiver in Arizona football history.

Esposito, an all-state receiver from Higley High School, caught 97 passes, tied for ninth all-time in the state. He scored 20 touchdowns and had 1,381 receiving yards, helping Higley to a 5A state title.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound slot receiver credits much of his success to his mother, Michele, and the example that she set.

“My mom is the hardest worker I know,” Esposito said. “She’s a special education teacher and has always given me anything I need. She’s the most genuine person I know.”

Esposito made his mother and family proud Thursday. He called Army offensive coordinator Drew Thatcher with his commitment to the Black Knights.

“I knew West Point was the school for me with the rich history and a great opportunity,” Esposito said. “Army football stood out to me with the longevity of the coaching staff and the commitments made by both the players and coaches to come together for the common goal of winning games.”

Esposito’s recruiting moved quickly this week. Esposito was pulled out of class to speak with Thatcher, who is installing a new shotgun-based offense in his first season at West Point, in person during a school visit Tuesday. Air Force offered Esposito Wednesday, Esposito was a Black Knight Thursday.

“We (he and Thatcher) have been texting/calling for the past few weeks,” said Esposito, who considered Air Force ‘just because of its proximity to Arizona.’ “He’s a great guy and I can tell how much passion he brings. I’m ready to play for him and get to work.

“I can’t wait to get up there and start learning and working with the guys.”

Esposito mentioned he was “committed to play football and serve my country” in his social media announcement. Esposito’s father, Bob, was an officer in the Marine Corps.

“I’m very excited to serve and make my family proud,” Esposito said.

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