Baltrusaitis: I want to serve

Sage Baltrusaitis

Sage Baltrusaitis knew he wanted to serve his country and play Division 1 football, he just had to figure out where he wanted to do it. The 6-foot-1, 255-pound offensive lineman from Brother Rice High School in metropolitan Detroit selected Army over Air Force giving his verbal commitment to Black Knight recruiter, Tucker Waugh.

Sage Baltrusaitis knew he wanted to serve his country and play Division 1 football, he just had to figure out where he wanted to do it. The 6-foot-1, 255-pound offensive lineman from Brother Rice High School in metropolitan Detroit selected Army over Air Force giving his verbal commitment to Black Knight recruiter, Tucker Waugh.

"It's a long process with the [U.S. Military Academy] admissions," Baltrusaitis told ArmySports.com. "I was waiting to know if I'd be admitted directly or spend a year at prep. When I was talking with Coach Waugh, he let me know that even though I was waiting that I had the green light to commit whenever I was ready. I spoke with Coach Ellerson and he told me to go ahead and do it.

"Growing up I always wanted to serve. Leadership is big with me and I thought West Point is the best place in the country to help me expand on my leadership and play D-1 football. I felt like it was the perfect fit."

It was actually Baltrusaitis who sought the Army coaches out at the start of his junior season at Brother Rice. The effort paid off big with an offer extended in September.

"I knew I wanted to attend one of the service academies," he said. "So I sent them my film and credentials. Then I went to their camp on June 1st this past summer. Although I'm not the biggest, and they don't necessarily want the biggest, they told me I move well and I'm quick off the ball. I got to meet Coach Simi and Coach Spencer at camp. My recruiting has gone through Coach Waugh though and he's kept them informed on how I'm doing."

Baltrusaitis has been a three-year starter at center for the Brother Rice Warriors who are currently 8-0 and set to play Central Catholic at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday night for the Catholic League championship. He was recently informed by his head coach that he made First Team All-League as a senior. Baltrusaitis shared he would like to pursue a degree in Leadership Development Science or Management at West Point.

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