West Orange defensive ends Jock Petree and Winston Chastang have being playing football together since middle school.
Both had the desire to join the military long before they met.
Their dreams became a reality Saturday morning, when Chastang and Petree players committed to Navy following a team camp.
“I’ve always wanted to go the military after I got done with school, so it was a perfect opportunity,” Chastang said.
Petree echoed his statement.
“When I was growing up, I wanted to be in the military but I didn’t know what branch,” Petree said. “As soon as I found out about Navy, I knew that was my home.”
Because of their desire to join the military, it took much restraint for both players not to immediately commit to Navy when the Midshipmen offered them scholarships in May.
“As soon as I got the offer, I wanted to commit as soon as I got it, but I wanted to wait and make sure I made the right decision,” Petree said. “As soon as we got to Annapolis [Friday] and saw the campus, I knew it was where both us were going to go.”
Getting a chance to play together for the next four years only sweetens the deal for the duo.
“It’s one of the best feelings ever knowing that, even though you’re far away from home, you’ll have a friend with you, playing on the team with you,” Petree said.
Chastang (6-3, 225) and Petree (6-1, 220) are ranked No. 34 and No. 60, respectively, on the Sentinel’s 2013 Central Florida Super60. They form one of Central Florida’s top defensive fronts along with Tennessee commit Corey Vereen and Nathan Ozdemir, who also attended Navy’s camp and could be on the verge of receiving a Navy offer as well.
Both Chastang and Petree will be used in the same capacity as they are at West Orange: they will rotate between defensive ends and standup linemen, offering Navy some versatility up front.
Although he’s firmly committed, Chastang said he will entertain phone calls from other colleges.
However, convincing him to change his stance might prove to be an impossible task.
“Yeah, you can go play for a big school, but after you’re done, then what?” Chastang asked. “After you graduate, it’s something way bigger than football.”