Coming off a historic campaign at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL.), there’s one thing offensive guard Joshua Sauickie hopes to accomplish at the collegiate level.
Win football games.
“Winning is the main goal for many,” Sauckie told 305Sports Sunday night. “With Air Force, they want to win and have a competition culture similar to what goes on at St. Thomas Aquinas.”
The rising senior committed to the United States Air Force Academy on Tuesday, selecting them over the likes of Maryland and Georgetown.
“They believed in me,” Sauckie said. “They believe that I could help the program in the coming years.”
Air Force, who ended their 2019 season with an 11-2 record, including a 31-21 victory over Washington State in the Cheez-It Bowl, closed out the year nationally ranked for the first time since 1998.
Finishing 22nd in the Associated Press poll and 23rd in the USA Today Coaches poll, there’s no doubting the current winning culture that head coach Troy Calhoun is generating, which has improved their recruiting efforts tremendously.
Just this week, the Falcons gained verbal commitments from five prospects, bringing their total commits in the 2021 recruiting cycle to 22 players.
“The tradition and way Air Force carries themselves for a higher purpose,” Sauickie said on what stood out most from the Falcons program. “The relations with the coaching staff is great. They all believe in me and my talent.”
With still so much time to have a change of mind, the three-star guard seems devoted to remaining part of Air Force’s future. And while it’s still unclear, Sauickie plans to visit the campus sometime this year.
“I plan on visiting AF in person,” he said. “But with the uncertainty of the world, we can only pray that I and the rest of my class will be able to take visits.”
Sauckie’s football season is also in question, as Florida’s rising numbers in coronavirus cases have schools pondering its options on reopening this fall. Regardless, Sauckie is working on his craft en route for another state title run with the Raiders.
“One part of my game I believe I’ve improved on is my first step and being able to transition it into a quick powerful step,” he said. That will allow me to dig out defensive tackles.”