Thursday, September 22, 2011
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Brookwood High School varsity Football head shots. 2011
Air Force football's recruiting pipeline into Gwinnett County has added another commitment, Brookwood senior Jackson Buonamia.
The 6-foot-3, 280-pound offensive tackle told the coaches of his decision last Thursday, but kept it mostly a secret until Tuesday night when he posted it on Facebook. One of the most excited responses came from Air Force freshman offensive lineman Blake Fussell, who played with Buonamia last season for the Class AAAAA state champion Broncos.
"When I put it on Facebook, (Fussell) went wild, he was really excited," Buonamia said.
Air Force has signed 14 Gwinnett football players the past seven years on National Signing Day, including Fussell this past February. The program has signed at least one Gwinnett player each of those seasons.
Buonamia chose the Falcons over offers from Ball State, Buffalo, Georgia State and Arkansas State. He plans to major in mechanical engineering. Some bigger schools have shown interest in the two-way lineman, but none have offered yet.
"I just liked the overall opportunity at Air Force as opposed to just playing football," Buonamia said. "I liked the security after football and I just liked the feeling out there."
Buonamia's Brookwood teammates Nick Tompkins (Michigan State) and Zach Jackson (Illinois) made college commitments earlier.