Amir Ali watched his first live college football game from seats in the Alamodome last fall when Army visited Texas-San Antonio.
Ali wasn’t rooting for the Black Knights or his hometown Roadrunners at the time but the Holy Cross defensive end got a glimpse into Army’s style of play.
“I knew Army was going to win based of its record,” said Ali about Army’s 28-16 victory over UTSA. “I followed Army after that game. I think their program is amazing and what they offer in the program is what I’m looking for.”
Army offered Ali, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound 2022 recruit, first in April. Ali visited West Point Friday and committed to the Black Knights before leaving post.
“The coaches, the alumni, the campus life and what they had to offer for an education stood out to me,” Ali said. “Through the process of recruitment, Army was consistent and that was the main thing I was looking for. I wanted a school to show me that they wanted me, which was I chose to commit.
“On my visit to Army, they showed me what Army was all about and I loved every part of it. It felt right and the right place for me and my future.”
Ali is no stranger to military life. Military service runs deep in his family. His grandfather and uncle served in the Army. Two aunts and an uncle served in the Air Force and one of his cousin is currently in the Navy.
Having a family with a military background helped mold Ali into the player and person he is today.
“I’ve learned dedication, a strong work ethic and the importance of character and respect,” Ali said.
Ali’s commitment is part of big recruiting week in Texas for Army. Ali is one of seven recruits to commit to Army since Monday. He brings versatility to Army’s defensive front.
“I believe my skills can benefit their defense not only at defensive end but all around the defensive line,” Ali said.