The Army-Navy football game comes with the privilege of the players meeting the President in the years he attends the game.
Well, at least one future Black Knight has enjoyed a Presidential greeting before that special opportunity might offer itself at a future Army-Navy game.
Tim Kamana, who announced Monday he has committed to Army, is a safety from Honolulu Punahou, President Obama's alma mater.
When Kamana was a freshman, President Obama visited his old school. The former Punahou basketball player shot baskets with his old teammates, one of whom was John Kamana, Tim's uncle.
"I had a chance to shake hands with him and talk before security swept him away," Kamana said. "That would be cool to have a chance to see him again."
Kamana, a 5-11, 180-pounder recruited as a free safety, committed after visiting Wyoming over the weekend. He had also considered enrolling at Michigan State as a preferred walk-on, where his father, Carter Kamana, was a defensive back from 1981-84 (his uncle John Kamana was a running back at USC from 1980-83).
"I liked my trip to Wyoming, but I felt in the long run a West Point education is better for me," he said. "I can achieve so much more than almost any other college with a West Point degree.
I know it's a tough school (West Point), but I also know it will push me in other ways. It will instill a lot of values in me that I wouldn't get at another school. It will test me, and that's important to me.
- Army commit, safety Tim Kamana
"I know it's a tough school, but I also know it will push me in other ways. It will instill a lot of values in me that I wouldn't get at another school. It will test me, and that's important to me."
It was this evening that Kamana said he informed Army co-defensive coordinator Payam Sadaat of his decision.
The Army coaching staff likes Kamana for his speed, aggressiveness and instinctive play. He also considered advanced at directing defenses when reading offenses and adjusting the defense from his free safety role.
He said he was ready to commit after his trip to West Point the weekend of Jan. 20, but he wanted to discuss the decision with his family then was received a late offer from Wyoming, which he felt he should consider.
"One of the things I liked about my trip to West Point is I felt like I was part of a family," he said. "With me being so far from home, that will be important to me."
Kamana added he won't learn until later he if he is admitted directly to West Point or the USMPS. He said the competitor in him is eager to get to West Point this fall. But since he doesn't turn 18-years-old until August, he recognizes the value of a year at the prep school.
Either way, one game already circled on his calendar is Army's football game against Hawaii on November 30, 2013 at Aloha Stadium.
"They told me about that game on my trip to West Point," Kamana said. "That will be a great chance for me to play in front of my family and friends. I'll be so far away that I don't know how many chances my family will have to see me play in my career. I feel blessed I will have that opportunity play in Hawaii."
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