RICHMOND – Richmond-Burton graduate John Flood might have acclimated well to life and the daily regimen at the U.S. Military Academy if football had been a part of it.
But when his favorite sport was removed from the equation – something he never expected when he planned on attending West Point – Flood did not want to stay.
Flood came home to Spring Grove two months ago and got a job delivering water softener salt bags for Huemann Water Conditioning and found a new place to play football. The two-time Northwest Herald All-Area lineman will attend Wisconsin-Whitewater in January and play for one of the nation’s best programs at the NCAA Division III level.
Flood said coach Rich Ellerson’s staff told him if he came to the Academy and wanted to play football, he would not have a problem making the team. Flood said his tryout consisted of a 40-yard dash and a vertical jump, and little else, and he did not make the Black Knights team.
“If football had worked out, I would have liked staying there,” Flood said. “It’s been an interesting past couple months.”
Flood (6-foot-3, 250 pounds) was down to about 220 pounds when he returned home because of all the running students do at the Academy. He says he could bench-press only 250 pounds. Now, he has gained back weight and is benching 365 pounds. He was a two-way starting lineman on R-B’s Class 4A state runner-up team in 2011 and graduated in 2012.
R-B graduate Kyle Wismer, an All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference linebacker, helped Flood with the recruitment process to the Warhawks. Flood was an Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 4A All-Stater in 2011.
“Kyle was one of my main contacts up there,” Flood said. “I hung out with him a couple times and he let me know a lot about their workouts.”
Flood also will be teammates with Harvard’s Collin Nolen, a former rival in football and basketball. The two were supposed to be teammates in the Illinois High School Shrine Game last summer, but Flood had to leave early for basic training.
“Me and Collin are good buddies now that we’re not going against each other all the time,” Flood said.