Service to country important to AFA commit

Service to country important to AFA commit

In January, Pete Cender (Howell, MI) turned heads at the Army All-American Combine in San Antonio. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end was named was named to many All-Combine teams after his strong performance. He raked in offers from Western Michigan, Air Force, and Bowling Green, before he made his verbal commitment to play for head coach Troy Calhoun in June.

In January, Pete Cender (Howell, MI) turned heads at the Army All-American Combine in San Antonio. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end was named was named to many All-Combine teams after his strong performance. He raked in offers from Western Michigan, Air Force, and Bowling Green, before he made his verbal commitment to play for head coach Troy Calhoun in June.

"The two biggest things that sold me on Air Force were the education and the opportunity to serve my country," said Pete Cender. "I have a cousin in the Marines and my father is a former Marine, but I never really thought about the military myself until Air Force offered. I sat down and thought it would be a great avenue to take. I'll have had military service and a great education, which will help me to be successful later in life.

"I committed after camp around June 22nd. The football and the atmosphere are awesome, but it was the the Academy's academic excellence and chance to serve that got me."

Cender's Air Force offer, his second, came in April. At the time of his commitment, he was receiving serious interest from Cincinnati, Iowa, Syracuse, and Missouri. Cender hasn't swayed from his commitment and will take an official visit to campus in January.

"I'm looking to working with Coach Moreland who is also my recruiter," Cender stated. "Air Force runs a ground attack, but when the tight ends and receivers get it they usually go for a lot of yards. I need to play unselfish football and block and when my number is called make the most of it.

"I think I'm a receiving tight end. When the [Air Force] Academy offered, they said they liked my size, ability to split out at receiver, and my hands. They also said they liked how I got up to get the ball and what I do after the catch is made."

Unfortunately for Cender, his senior season was cut short due to a knee injury in the third game. His team, the Highlanders finished the year at 6-4 with a first round loss in the MHSAA Division 1 playoffs.

"We just wanted to be very conservative with it," Cender said on his knee injury. "I'm going to be 100 percent by the first of the year and ready to play at the next level."

Cender plans on returning to competition in the spring for track season. Last year, he was named All-State in the discuss. He reports all he needs to do is slightly improve his ACT score to be eligible to go directly into the Air Force Academy next summer.

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