Springfield coach Maurice Douglass has heard many players discuss their post-football careers, and it is easier for some than others.
“Some guys really don’t know what they want to do,” Douglass said.
That’s not a problem for Cameron Hoelscher. Hoelscher, a linebacker who’s entering his senior season at Springfield, has known for a few years he wants to join the FBI. The problem was figuring out what university to attend to fast-track that career. When Army offered him a scholarship, the decision became easy.
Hoelscher gave a
verbal commitment to play football for Army last week
, selecting the academy over Kentucky, Brown and Air Force among others. He toured the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York earlier this year and received an offer in June.
“Their coaches really made me feel like I was at home,” Hoelscher said. “When I toured, the atmosphere of the whole university — you can’t even describe it. And the academics are just second to none. I’ve talked to a lot of (FBI) agents and they say a degree from there is one of the best in the country.”
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A stint at the academy comes with a five-year service commitment in the Army, and Hoelscher said he’ll be proud to serve in the branch. But first, he hopes to help lead the Wildcats to a Greater Western Ohio Conference championship and playoff run this year.
Springfield finished 7-4 last season and second in the GWOC National East. The program won nine games in the previous five seasons and had not made the playoffs since 2010.
“It was the first step to what Coach Douglass wants to do,” Hoelscher said. “Hopefully last year will carry us forward this year. …The environment at practice has been completely different this year. Everybody is focused…