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Recruiting: Inspiring Army commitment for Rochester WR Anthony Diaz

Anthony Diaz officially committed to Army football three weeks ago but the Rochester (N.Y.) East wide receiver’s declaration Friday afternoon had a moving message.

Diaz announced he’s joining the Black Knights’ 2024 class in front of family and friends on the same corner that his brother was killed in 2017 as a tribute.

“It (his commitment) means a lot because in Rochester, many people don’t get as recruited as much by college,” Diaz said. “Being given the opportunity to play collegiate ball for one of the best successful programs in the country is truly a blessing.”

Diaz called Army head coach Jeff Monken with his verbal commitment on June 23. Diaz’s decision capped a nearly four-month recruitment from Army after receiving his second FBS offer in late February. Buffalo was first to offer Diaz back in March 2022. Diaz, one of Rochester East’s top track athletes, could have waited for FBS offers but he couldn’t pass up Army’s combination of football and academics.

“At first, I didn’t have Army in mind but after visiting the school (in April and June) and knowing how it is there, it should’ve been something I wish I could’ve looking into more sooner,” said Diaz, who was also considering Fordham and UAlbany.

“The school offers many opportunities for life and the football team is amazing. The coaching staff makes it feel like you’re home away from home.”

Diaz can’t wait to watch Army’s new shotgun offense in person this season. He plans on attending a few games at Michie Stadium to get a glimpse into his future. Diaz rushed for touchdown, caught a scoring pass, threw a touchdown pass, had a pick six and returned a kickoff and punt return to the house as a junior.

“I’ve been looking forward to seeing the new offense work out this season knowing they would be throwing the ball more than the past few years,” said Diaz, who is 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds.

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