Julian Porter’s social media post starts with “1000% committed.”
Porter, a defensive back from Bartram Trail (Fla.) High School, committed to Army Monday during a recent unofficial visit after attending the Troy game Saturday.
The commitment is locked in for Porter, who switched from wide receiver to defensive back this spring, after a thorough recruitment. Porter was waiting for a program to take a chance on him after an injury-filled junior year. He entered summer camp season without an FBS offer.
Porter attended camps at Auburn, Duke, Central Florida, Mercer, Austin Peay and Tennessee-Chattanooga. It was at the Mercer Mega Camp that he had his most important conversation with Monken and Army. safeties coach Danny Verpaele at the Mercer Mega Camp.
The connection built stronger and stronger from there with a zoom presentation from cornerbacks coach and Florida recruiter Daryl Dixon to a visit in July. Porter researched the academy and talked with people that had careers in the military. Porter wanted to make an informed decision.
“The constant response was West Point is a great opportunity beyond football,” Porter said. “My parents told me it had to be my decision so they never pressured me but supported me.
“On my most recent trip, I was already about 90 percent sure I was ready to commit but I really wanted to feel the gameday vibe, interact more with the players and attend classes. In the end, it was a no-brainer.”
Porter has been a playmaker on defense for Bartram Trail this season. He finished off a 31-19 win over Creekside with a Pick Six Friday night.
Porter’s commitment starts a pipeline from Bartram Trail to Army. Black Knights freshman outside linebacker Elo Modozie starred at Bartram Trail.