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Recruiting: South Carolina DL Ben Britton connects, commits to Army

Ben Britton has 11 FBS offers but he probably moved Army to top of his college list during an unofficial visit when the Black Knights were holding spring practice.

It was then that Britton felt Army’s coaches made their intentions known about how much they wanted him to play for the Black Knights.

The connections with current Army players and recruits continued on Britton’s most recent West Point trip. The Oceanside Collegiate Academy (S.C.) defensive end committed to the Black Knights about a week ago and his decision was affirmed with the visit.

“(Army) will set me up for future success better than any school in the country,” Britton said. “They play great teams. My freshman year, we’ll play four Power Five (schools). Coach (Jeff) Monken has also built agreat culture and team. Coach Danny (Verpaele) recruited me harder than any other school. So, it just seemed like a no-brainer.”

Britton’s Sunday commitment announcement highlighted a successful recruiting weekend for the Black Knights. Glenville (Ohio) safety Jermaine Agee and Penn-Trafford (Pa.) lineman Zach Tomosovich also announced they’ve joined Army’s 2024 class Sunday. Like Britton, Agee and Tomosovich held double-digit FBS offers. Britton was offered by both Navy and Air Force as well as Liberty, James Madison, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Toledo, Old Dominion.

Another important reason for Britton’s decision was the opportunity to play in defensive coordinator Nate Woody’s attacking scheme.

“A lot of teams just keep their defensive line off the backers, which isn’t fun to play in,” Britton said. “(Army) wants to play fast and attack the offensive line, which is what I’m all about.”

The camaraderie between Army players and vibe of the recruits “made it feel like home” during Britton’s visit, he said. The fifth-year service commitment following graduation of West Point is something that Britton takes seriously.

“I think everybody in America should serve,” Britton said. “It’s just something I think will help the world.”

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