Migut's now an Army man

Migut's now an Army man

TOLONO — Steven Migut knew last August when he committed to play college football at Army that things wouldn't be easy. Not only would there be the matter of participating in Division I as a scholarship-earning quarterback, but there's also a guaranteed five years of active military service following graduation.

But the Unity senior has faced challenges even before getting to West Point, as he's learned about the institution's admissions process.

"It's tough," Migut said. "I have to get a letter from my congressman. I have to go through everything a normal person would have to do to get into West Point. A lot of people apply and don't get in."

Migut is taking the task head on. He made it official Wednesday by signing his national letter of intent with coach Jeff Monken's program.

A few swishes of his Army-themed pen made Migut a Division I football player. Migut will join the likes of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley alumnus Nick Meunier (football) and Champaign Central graduate Nick Finke (basketball) as east central Illinois standouts attending the New York-based school.

"(The Miguts have) put a lot of time and effort in over his high school career and his athletic career," Unity coach Scott Hamilton said. "I'm much more happy for him and his family and what it means for him than what it means for our program."

College football was always a focal point for Migut, who held offers from a bevy of D-II and NAIA programs before Army entered the fray. Migut's state-level success in the hurdles also had him on DePaul's radar as a track athlete. When Monken and the Black Knights came calling, it marked Migut's first true taste of D-I football interest.

A spring 2017 camp followed, and Migut wowed the Army coaching staff — enough for Monken to offer a scholarship after the event concluded. Migut's father, Dennis, said Migut will be part of a four-quarterback class, offering immediate competition as well, after Migut rushed for 1,230 yards and 19 touchdowns and threw for another 1,349 yards and 15 scores through the air this past season for Unity, which advanced to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.

The military aspect of Migut's newly sealed future wasn't something he'd ever looked into before the Black Knights made their offer. But it didn't deter him, either.

"I just wanted to go play college football somewhere, go into something football afterward," Migut said. "But now that the military is an option, it's not something I'm going to back away from. It's not something I'm necessarily scared of."

Migut plans to begin his path toward a business management degree in West Point's prep school while also integrating himself into Army's triple-option offensive scheme. Migut said the setup will offer him a chance to adapt and grow as a quarterback, considering he only took snaps out of shotgun for the Rockets.

Hamilton didn't seem concerned with Migut's ability to take on a new style of offense.

"The most important thing is he'll bring a winning attitude and athleticism," Hamilton said. "I think if he can continue to work as hard for them as he does us, it's just a real positive for their program."

Once Migut completes a medical test and provides West Point with his second-semester transcript from this school year, he'll officially be admitted. It's something that's been a long time coming for the 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete who was told he'd be too small or too slow to compete at a major-college level.

"Throughout the recruiting process, I got my doubts," Migut said. "It was tough because I didn't get a lot of interest from here and there. But now that I'm signed, I've got this great opportunity ... and I'm just excited to go there and do my thing."