Read Commits to West Point

Leon Senior Rhett Read with parents Debbie & Mark Read at West Point.

Rhett Read, a senior at Leon High School, has verbally committed to play for the West Point Black Knights in New York next fall.

Standing at 6? 4? and 228 pounds, Read is a Tight End. After graduating from Leon High School, Read will move to New York next summer.

He will red shirt for the Black Knights which means he will be able to play for five years. After graduating from West Point, he will serve his country for at least four years.

Read is a Captain for the Leon Cougars this year. His junior and sophomore year of high school, he received 1st Team All-District Defensive End. His freshman year, he received 2nd Team Tight End.

Read started playing football when he was in the seventh grade and has enjoyed every minute of it.

?My favorite football memory is defeating Franklin 21-20 to share the district title my sophomore year,? Read said. ?That was a sweet win.?

Rhett is the son of Mark & Debbie Read. His grandparents are Willie & Kathryn Gilliam of Buffalo and Billie & the late Raymond Read of The Woodlands.

Read and West Point coaches connected this past spring semester. Rhett and his parents traveled to New York July 19th-22nd to tour West Point. Read was able to meet the coaches and some players as well as watch the team workout.

?It is just a great opportunity for me, and I get to play football,? Read said. ?They made me feel like their family, so I am very excited about this opportunity.?

?I have to admit we were a little surprised when Coach Viti asked if he could come to Buffalo and visit with us. He was very professional and informative on that first visit. We asked him how he found Rhett and his comment was it was easier finding Rhett as a football player that it was finding his house. As parents, we were sold on the opportunity that West Point gives a young man. We felt honored that they were recruiting our son. Our visit to New York was definitely the selling point for Rhett. The athletic facilities and campus were definitely first class, but most of all the people there are the kind of people any parent would want their kids to be associated with,? Coach/Father Mark Read said. ?As a former coach, it?s always exciting to see athletics open up doors for your players that otherwise might have not been opened.?