Kaleb Luna’s dream school has always been West Point.
The academy was an opportunity to follow his father’s path to the Army. Robert Luna retired as a sergeant first class after 17.5 years of service.
Attending West Point for its academics was an option for the younger Luna. Playing football for Jeff Monken would make his college decision more fulfilling.
When Luna, a 6-foot-2, 305-pound senior from Ellison, Texas, received the upperclassman offensive line MVP award at Army prospect camp followed by an offer from the Black Knights three weeks ago, he said, “I hope to be a Black Knights soon.”
On Monday, Luna officially gave his verbal commitment to Army over offers from Navy, Texas State and Louisiana-Lafayette.
“I would’ve just went for educational purposes but playing my favorite sport at such a prestigious military academy that is renowned globally is quite significant!,” Luna said. “ Also, I’ve always had a passion to serve my country.”
Luna said he left West Point after the camp knowing Army was his top choice. Monken had constantly checked on Luna’s efforts during the camp and Army showed interest and followed up on recruiting prior to his camp visit. Luna has watched Army games since his freshman year with the hopes of joining the brotherhood.
Army is recruiting Luna to play center or guard.
Luna wasn’t the only camp MVP from Texas with Army ties. Sunnyvale’s Tripp McAda, son of Army quarterback Ronnie McAda, earned the Class of 2020 QB MVP.
2019 Army prospect camp MVPs
Class of 2020
QB – Tripp McAda, Sunnyvale, Texas
WR – Andrew Margiotta, Marshall, Va.
TE – Cole Bunicci, Connetquot, N.Y.
OL – Kaleb Luna, Ellison, Texas
DL – Mason Nelson, Howell, Mich.
CB – Jeremiah Morgan, Riverdale Baptist, Md.
S – Tommy Zitiello, Ponte Vedra, Fla.
Offensive MVP – Weston Jones, Romeo, Mich.
Defensive MVP – Clayton Basile, Bethlehem Catholic, Pa.
WR – Nick Bandy, Wahlert, Iowa
OL – Weston Jones, Romeo, Mich.
LB – Clayton Basile, Bethlehem Catholic, Pa.
Special teams – Jai Patel, kicker, South Brunswick, N.J.
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