David Eure had plenty of options that wouldn’t have required him to grind through basic training and fulfill a military commitment.
With Rutgers, Vanderbilt and San Diego State among his many offers, his could have been a football-only decision. And maybe a year ago he would have explored that.
But on Jan. 6 – his 17th birthday – Eure’s perspective changed with his mother’s cancer diagnosis. Suddenly the challenges of a service academy didn’t seem so steep.
“That put a lot on my shoulders,” said Eure, who had already lost his father. “I just figured you can’t be broken down any more when you’ve been at the lowest of the low. I just figured that someone’s always going to have it harder than you with whatever you’re going through. Somebody’s always having a harder day or a harder life than you, so I’m pretty sure I can get through it. I’ve gone through a lot in my own life.”
Eure didn’t find himself enamored by what he saw as a flirtation recruiting game with top-level schools. They would come on hard, then leave him wondering where he stood as other recruits committed.
Wanting stability, choice for the 5-foot-11, 180-pound native of Gardena, Calif., ultimately came down to Army, Navy and Air Force, with a Nov. 30 official visit to Colorado Springs sealing that decision.
He signed a nonbinding Letter of Intent with Air Force on Wednesday, the first day of a new early signing period adopted by college football.
“I was pretty satisfied with this, knowing that my future is promised as long as I keep going down my path and doing everything right,” Eure said.
For Air Force, Eure’s commitment gives the program three three-star recruits in the defensive backfield. Eure, who has a weighted 3.8 GPA and a qualifying SAT score, will enter directly and play cornerback. Safety Gary Mossop Jr., from Broken Arrow, Okla., is also entering directly. Considering Air Force started freshman outside linebacker Lakota Wills this past season and gave defensive tackle Jordan Jackson a large role, it is conceivable that both could immediately compete for playing time.
It is unknown if Auston Deason, a three-star cornerback from Pearland, Texas, will enter directly or through the prep school.
“I think the class we have coming in, it’s kind of loaded,” Mossop said.
The defensive backfield was in flux for Air Force last season as it replaced all four starters. Sophomore Jeremy Fedjelem was barely on the third team when the season started, and by the middle of the campaign he was starting at the field cornerback position.
This recruiting class seems to represent an emphasis to improve the talent base in the secondary.
“The scheme that we run is a man-to-man defense and we send a lot of pressure,” Eure said, “so they’re going to want some guys who can cover man-to-man.”
On a personal note, Eure’s mother, Carla Buecker-Eure, has been in remission since Aug. 10.
“It’s been a burden and a blessing at the same time,” Eure said. “It made me appreciate life and want to go be successful and get the best education at Air Force that I could find.”