Duty, Honor, Country.
The United States Military Academy at West Point is well known for taking outstanding individuals and turning them into our nation’s leaders. So it should really come as no surprise to people who know him that London High School senior and standout kicker Miller Kronk of the Red Raiders football team has chosen to continue his athletic career at Army.
Kronk signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday at the high school to play football with the Black Knights, doing so in front of dozens of friends, family members and teammates.
“Army is getting an outstanding United States of American that is completely selfless and puts others before himself,” London football coach Kyle Cutler said.
“I think to go to a place like West Point you’ve got to have an inner-ambition, an inner-desire and inner-drive to accomplish that. I think if you look around this was a community venture, there are people here because he’s a tremendous kid, an outstanding individual and we’re excited for the path he’s chosen.”
Kronk, a kicker/punter, was a four-year letterwinner with the Red Raiders football team, he also earned varsity letters with soccer (two) and track (one). He owns the school record for longest field goal (51). He was a first team All-Mid-State League and All-Central District selection (2016, 2017), an All-Ohio special mention as a junior (2016) and this season he earned first team Division IV All-Ohio honors. He’s also a three-time Academic All-MSL.
The decision to look at the military academies as a college option wasn’t always at the front of Kronk’s mind, but during the last year he really did his research and made the decision.
“This is the beginning of the rest of my life, this chapter is coming to an end and I’m really looking forward to the future,” Kronk said. “It hasn’t always been what I’ve been striving for but this past year I did a lot of research on schools and definitely I thought it was the pinnacle of all academic institutions. Athletics, leadership it was everything I ever wanted all in one.
“Throughout my whole life I’ve been pushing myself physically in sports, in high school I learned to push myself academically so I could strive in the classroom and on the field. Initially Ohio University and (University of) Cincinnati were places I was interested in but then I narrowed it down to the service academies. When I started doing my research, West Point became my number one in April. I took a visit and my heart was set.”
Cutler said he knew early on that Kronk had the intangibles needed to play at the next level. The athletic ability was there but it was the things he saw off the field that convinced him he had a Division I athlete on his hands.
“When he was a freshman you could see it,” the coach said. “Even as a freshman you could see it. Sometimes you just know it’s possible when you see their work ethic and commitment, you could see that with Miller from the beginning. That’s why he’s going to maybe the premier institution in our country.”
“I think it finally hit me after my first year kicking,” Kronk said of when college football became a possibility. “I could hit 50 yard field goals as a freshman and I knew not many people could do that. I knew that by talking to people who had played at next level that I could play at the next level if I worked at it. So I kept working on my craft.”
Kronk credits those around him and those in the community for making this a reality.
“London has really been a big part of my development,” he said. “It’s a humble town, it’s helped shape me into the person I am today. Especially the football team, those are my teammates and my brothers. They’ve been through it all.”
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