Will Stallings is working out at 4 a.m. on the West Coast as he discusses his Army football future.
Stallings is driven to make a difference at West Point both on and off the field. His Army commitment is more than football. The Clayton Valley Charter (Calif.) running back has felt a calling to attend an academy with the thought of serving always on his mind.
“Taking care of the country that has taken care of me,” Stallings writes in a direct message. Just like his father, Will, a former Marine.
Stallings just needed to see West Point in person to know that’s where he belonged in late January The official visit invitation was what Stallings had been waiting since Army offered him last March. Stallings’ offers included Power Five schools Tennessee, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Pittsburgh were among Stallings’ offers. He committed to Tennessee in June 2022 but withdrew his commitment in November.
“As other schools’ offers came in, I was wondering if West Point was going to give me an official visit,” said Stallings, who is 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds. ”During my visit, I sat down with coach (Jeff) Monken) and we talked about West Point.
“After seeing the great history of West Point, talking to the players and understanding the brotherhood, the greatness of a West Point education and the ultimate network West Point offers, this was an easy decision.”
Stallings contacted Monken a few days after his visit with his commitment on Feb. 1. He said that he “loved everything Tennessee and all the other school have done for him.”
“When it became West Point was a real chance, I realized God was good,” Stallings said. “My decision was made. It was all about trusting the process after that.”
Stallings, who played both fullback and linebacker in all four of his prep seasons, should be a good fit for Army’s new shotgun-based offense. He ran out of the shotgun his entire high school career, which included the 2021 season at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.
“I’m a hard runner, lot of power, very quick, read holes great with the speed to pull away” Stallings said. “I’m a one-cut-and-go (runner). I’m going through you or past you. I currently have five offers to play linebacker. I definitely know how they move and what to look for.”
Turns out West Point was exactly what Stallings was seeking. Stallings chose a more unique and tougher path by committing to Army.
“Life is not just about playing football,” Stallings said. “It’s playing football, getting a great education, connecting with a network and doing something bigger than you. You tell me where else can I get all the above.
“I’ve been recruited by some top Power Five schools, They recruited you to play football. West Point and coach Monken recruited me to take care of my life, become a better man and play football. Unbelievable.”