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Snider High School tight end Simon Dellinger commits to continue career with Army

Snider High School senior Simon Dellinger before practice Wednesday at the school. (Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com)

Snider High School tight end Simon Dellinger’s commitment to continue his football career should have “commitment” underlined.

Dellinger announced Wednesday he will continue his post-high school career with the Army at West Point.

Army coaches began recruiting him when the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Dellinger was a sophomore.

“It hasn’t been a hard decision because they’ve gotten me through the process,” Dellinger said. “They have so much to offer after graduation, it’s hard to turn that down. They’re talking about a 40-year commitment. That’s serious. That’s what they mean.”

Dellinger plans to pursue a career in the medical field, possibly as a surgeon. He’s the third brother in his family to continue football after high school. Addison Dellinger played at St. Joseph’s College and Zenden Dellinger started at Western Michigan and is now at Indiana.

“They’ve definitely helped me throughout the whole process, evaluating colleges and seeing what was best for me,” Simon Dellinger said.

Dellinger caught 15 passes for 223 yards last season and was a major cog as a blocker in the Panthers’ running game. After narrowing his choices to Army, Air Force, Navy and Eastern Michigan, he is relieved to make his decision public.

“That was one of my top goals to get the decision out of the way so I could get ready for the upcoming season and not worry about anything else,” he said.

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