EDMOND — Boasting long red hair in a pony tail and a bushy, red beard, Edmond Memorial's Jordan Weltzheimer was aware Wednesday his style is about to change.
The 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman signed his national letter of intent to play football at Air Force, essentially signing away a style he's had since his freshman year that earned him the nickname “Big Red.”
“I'll just cut it, trim it up and shave it,” Weltzheimer said. “It doesn't really matter to me. It's just something I did in high school. If I get out of the military, maybe I'll do it again. I might decide I like short hair better.”
Weltzheimer always had a dream of playing Division I football. He's also an Eagle Scout who has earned three Palms, and he's had a strong interest in the military, which made the Falcons a perfect match.
It also helped that Memorial has become a small pipeline for the academy with Weltzheimer becoming the third Bulldog in four years to sign there.
“I think it all started with Will Conant to where they really started coming around our program and see how we emphasize character and discipline and what we do,” Memorial coach Justin Merideth said. “I think they respect that.
“Obviously, it starts with our kids going up there and having some success. They like what they see with our program, and they keep coming back. I'm very happy they do.”