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Recruiting: California WR Nehemiah Brunson selects Army

Nehemiah Brunson’s Army football commitment was built largely around connections made with the coaching staff and players.

From special teams coach Sean Saturnio to sophomore offensive lineman Jonah Zimmerman, Brunson, a slot receiver, was drawn to Army’s culture. Drawn in enough for the Army-Navy Academy (Calif.) High School senior to announce his Army commitment on July 4th. Brunson gave the Black Knights his verbal Tuesday.

“It was between the program and coach Saturnio,” said Brunson on what led to his commitment. “Coach Saturnio definitely had a toll on why I committed but also the brotherhood that the team brings as well.”

Brunson’s Army recruitment started when he contacted Saturnio after the coach visited his high school. After building a strong relationship with Saturnio for two months, Brunson was offered by Army in March.

“The relationship didn’t stop there,” Brunson said. “I continued to stay in touch with him (Saturnio). He constantly texted and still texts me checking to see how the family and I are doing.”

Brunson visited West Point for a Junior Day before the spring game. He met some players including Zimmerman, who is from Oceanside, Calif. Advice from Zimmerman would help Brunson with his commitment.

“A couple of days before I made my decision, I spoke with him (Zimmerman) and asked numerous questions about the school and the life of a student-athlete at West Point,” Brunson said.

Brunson excelled on offense and defense his junior season. He rushed for 669 yards, added 421 receiving yards, scored 16 touchdowns, made 70 tackles, picked off four passes and returned a kickoff for a score at Army-Navy.

“I can play both sides of the ball,” Brunson said. “However, I am also flexible to playing wherever I am needed to help the team out.”

Ironically, Brunson also received an offer from Navy and his choice was coming down to the academies. What set Army apart from Navy?

“Definitely, the coaches and players,” Brunson said. “The coaches at Army made me feel wanted at the school and the players were very welcoming.”

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