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Recruiting: OL commit Donta Marshmon always wanted to play for Army

Donta Marshmon’s first memories of Army football were watching on television the rivalry against Navy.

Marshmon remembers watching the 2017 Army-Navy game with his father, Jeffrey at Fort Gordon (Ga.) where he was stationed in the Army.

Then, 11 years old, Marshmon’s attention was caught by Army’s white uniforms in a snow-fallen, last-second victory. Every year since, Marshmon knew he wanted to play in “big game.”

And, there was no question what side Marshmon wanted to play on. His grandfather, Ervin Marshmon was a specialist in the Army’s 18th Airborne Corps.

Recruiting would start slow for Trinity Christian (N.C.) offensive lineman. He would receive his first FBS offer from Air Force in April, followed by Navy in May. Four days later, Army would offer Marshmon with the opportunity that he was wanting most.

“Even though, the other two (academies) came first, West Point has always had a place in my heart from a kid,” Marshmon said. “Plus, I couldn’t go against family business.”

Marshmon, who is 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, verbally committed to Army offensive line coach Mike Viti Friday.

“All along, I knew I was waiting to become a Black Knight from the beginning,” said Marshmon, who played for South View High School his junior season before transferring to Trinity Christian. “I chose to commit to West Point solely off the benefits and quality of life that becoming a West Point graduate will bring to me and my family.”

Talks with his family made Marshmon’s decision less stressful than most. His father currently serves in the 4th Psychological Operations Group at Fort Liberty, N.C.

“My family made it clear that West Point would offer me the best opportunity for success in life,” Marshmon said.

And, Marshmon’s June 7 West Point visit exceeded expectations.

“I was impressed with the hospitality of the staff and my dad couldn’t stop talking about the historic scenic view of the campus,” Marshmon said.

When asked if he had committed to his dream school, Marshmon said, “I never dreamed of being offered by a prestigious academy like West Point so when the opportunity arose I knew this was home.

From a zero-star recruit to playing for his top school.

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