Barbe High lineman Hunter Brown found a combination he could not resist at the Air Force Academy — a chance to play the highest level of college football as well as an opportunity to prepare for a career in the military.
Brown, a 6-foot-2, 270-pound tackle, committed Monday evening to play for the Falcons.
Air Force football players, like all academy students, are required to serve a two-year stint upon graduation. Academy graduates are commissioned as second lieutenants. The academy is located outside Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Brown said the military commitment was one of the things that attracted him to the Air Force Academy.
"There is a long line of people in my family who have served and I wanted to keep that going," he said. "We have had some in the Army and some in the Navy. I will be the first in the Air Force."
Brown said he is mulling whether to pursue engineering or train to be a pilot.
"They have nutritionists who help you get your weight down to meet the pilot requirements," he said. "I don't think there are any height limits. I went out there for the spring game and did a camp there a couple of years ago. I loved the culture they had there. Everyone was nice and greeted me. It was a different vibe there. It felt like family."
As a junior, Brown earned first-team all-District 3-5A and American Press All-Southwest Louisiana honors while helping the Bucs to an 8-3 record. The Bucs offense averaged 35 points per game.
Brown said he visited the Naval Academy and South Alabama and received offers from Louisiana College, Mississippi College and Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Air Force competes in the Mountain West Conference and went 5-7 last season.