For Meade’s Jacob Hawk, choosing a college took all of five days.
Hawk, whose father was a warrant officer in the Army, always had an inclination for the military academies, so when Navy offered him a football scholarship on June 22, it didn’t take long for him to accept.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound right tackle for the Mustangs went to a Midshipmen spring practice, where he said the coaches took an interest in him. Hawk went to a camp earlier this summer, performed really well, and was offered a scholarship. He verbally accepted the offer on June 27.
Hawk chose Navy over Wake Forest, William and Mary, and James Madison.
“I’m a military kind of person,” he said. “When one of the academies came up to me and offered, I was really excited. I chose Navy because I was visiting campus and I liked the campus, the coaches, and I like the military.”
Though his father has Army connections, Hawk said the Black Knights were never really an option.
“I’ve never really been up to West Point, so Navy was the better choice for me,” he said. “I like the downtown area (near Navy) — I like Annapolis.”
Starting at right tackle, Hawk helped Meade to a 10-3 record the Class 4A East Region championship last season. Though he thinks his skills in the trenches will be an asset on the gridiron, Hawk thinks his leadership and unity will help the team, as well.