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Opportunity to serve sold Voit on Army
"Army started recruiting me in August at the beginning of my senior season," said John Voit. "Coach Mumford offered me in November. He liked my versatility a lot and said he could move me around in the 4-3 flex defense. He also mentioned he likes my length. He sees me at either defensive end or outside linebacker. I was very intrigued with the offer and went on my official visit the weekend of January 10th and 11th.
"The visit went great. It was very impressive. I talked with Coach Mumford on my technique and met the other coaches on the staff. It was fun getting to know some of the players. My host was Colin Linkul, another St. Louis guy. We hung out a lot on the visit. He's a great guy and took me around campus. On Sunday before I left, I committed to Coach Mumford first and then I told Coach Ellerson with my parents with me."
Voit chose Army over offers from Southeast Missouri State, Tennessee-Martin, and heavy interest from Missouri State where his older brother, Luke, is currently a senior baseball player.
"I think that the U.S. Military Academy sells itself," he said on his commitment. "What sold was the prestige of the Academy. It is a big five year commitment to make after college, but rewarding because you get to serve your country and have a good job right away afterward. After five year, I may even decide to make a career out of it, but of I don't I know I'll be in great shape going into the job market. It's always been my goal to play Division 1 football at the highest level and I get the opportunity do do that as well. It didn't really take a lot of sell me on the idea of going to West Point."
The versatility Coach Mumford alluded to was evident in Voit's senior season. He played defensive end, outside linebacker, tight end, wide receiver, and punter at Lafayette High School for head coach Boyd Manne. Voit helped the Lancers to a 12-1 record in 2012 and a berth in the Missouri Class 6 semifinals leading a defensive that gave up less than six points per game and had seven shutouts on the season.
"On the year," said Voit, "I had 108 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, eight sacks, one interception return for a pick six, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. I was named first team All-State and All-Metro for defense and first team All-Conference on offense and defense. This was my third year as a starter. I've improved on my speed and quickness and on my first step off the line of scrimmage."
After high school, Voit plans to spend a year at USMAPS. He'll have a National Signing Day ceremony at his school with two other senior Lancers expected to sign with Division 1 programs.
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