Landry Songer honored his verbal commitment to country and sport by singing at the bottom of a National Letter of Intent with Army West Point last Wednesday.
The Midlothian fullback was the only Panther who participated in the first NCAA early signing period since 1981, as the day is typically held the first Wednesday in February.
Standing in front of friends and family inside the Midlothian High School media room, Songer admitted the reality of his commitment had not yet sunk in.
"It hasn't really set in, honestly. I have been thinking about it for a while, but I think it is going to hit me pretty soon. I am pretty overwhelmed right now,” Songer said. “It is such an honor to be given this opportunity and a blessing. I just think that there is no end to the opportunities and doors that it is going to open up. I am incredibly thankful to be able to sign today with a U.S. military academy and to be able to go play football."
Songer missed the first three games of 2017 with a fractured talus, a bone located in the lower portion of the ankle. He promptly returned to lead the Panthers with 12 rushing touchdowns and rumbled for 741 yards on 138 carries. The future Army Black Ranger also posted ten-year program highs with 231 yards (29 carries) and five scores against Red Oak.
"I just can't say enough about how proud I am of Landry and the job that he has done since his freshman year,” Midlothian head football coach Doug Wendel said. “He will serve as a role model for years to come because of his work ethic. I am so proud of him for sticking with his commitment, and for the leadership and positive attitude that he brings. This is a tremendous honor for him as well as a tremendous honor for our school. He will represent us very well."
Songer said next on his agenda will be to tackle the Academy’s offseason workout as soon as it is received. Though a few nerves still linger around his upcoming transition into Division-I football, Songer explained he would “attack it with everything I got and go in with that mindset."
"I want to thank God, for sure, for providing everything along the way and keeping me worry-free. I gave it all to Him,” Songer said. “Also, my family, my mom and dad, for always paying for all of the extra work to be put in and driving me everywhere. And for, earlier on, instilling my key principles that they have given me like my hard work from my dad and the studious aspect from my mom."