Will Huntsman, son of Mary Kaye and Jon Huntsman, Jr., will attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and will have the opportunity to play football for the Midshipmen. The Naval Academy competes in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) as an Independent. The Midshipmen are coached by Ken Niumatalolo. Niumatalolo is the first coach in school history to lead Navy to a bowl game in each of his first two years and is the first Service Academy coach to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in his first two years.
Huntsman signed his letter of intent in February in a most unusual place, the Marine House attached to the United States Embassy in Beijing, China.
“I chose to sign my letter of intent in the Marine House because it was a significant part of my life in Beijing,” reflected Huntsman. “I spent a lot of time there rehabbing my knee and the Marines have helped me train physically and prepare mentally for what it takes to be in the military. Maybe someday I will look back in 10 years and be sitting in the same spot, who knows.”
Huntsman has been looking forward to attending the Naval Academy from the beginning of his high school career.
“I chose the Naval Academy because service to country means a lot to me, especially in uncertain times,” said Huntsman. “I want to be a part of something bigger and make my own path. Being able to play football there is just a bonus because it is not a school that someone goes to just to play a sport or have a great social experience. It has been my goal all along.”
Huntsman plans to continue his study of Chinese and possibly foreign relations or political science. His target for his initial five-year service is to pursue Marine Special Forces and hopefully turn that into a career.