Jeffson Locke lists one of his hobbies as training for football.
Locke’s dream is to make it to the NFL. The Dalton (Ga.) tight end’s next step towards that goal will be for Army.
Locke committed to coach Jeff Monken Monday and posted his decision on the Fourth of July.
“I wanted to make my commitment before my senior season,” Locke said. “I sat down with my family and every answer we found led me to West Point. So, the decision was pretty easy for me to make.
“West Point was my answer because it provided a great place to play high-level football, get a great education and set me up for future success on and off the field.”
Locke received an offer from Army in March, visited West Point on Junior Day in April and followed with a return visit on June 22. Navy and Air Force also offered Locke. He visited Navy twice and Air Force once.
“I considered the other service academies pretty seriously and in my top three were Army and Air Force (with Austin Peay),” said the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Locke. “Army stood out to me (over the other service academies) because of its resources and its staff.”
Locke’s commitment continues a run of tight ends in Army’s 2024 class. He is the sixth commit at the position.
“I can do both aspects of the position, blocking and catching passes very well,” Locke said.
Locke has family ties to Army military service. One of his great uncles was a second lieutenant and died while serving in the Vietnam War.