January 28, 2008

Black Knights Recruiting Notebook: Updates

With 8 days and counting remaining until National Signing Day, the recruiting victories continue for Head Coach Stan Brock & staff. But with those victories there are some defeats as well. However, each college coaching staff has to have tough skin throughout the various stages of the recruiting process (quiet-contact-dead-evaluation periods), and especially as we reach countdown to National Signing Day, February 6th.

Not only did this weekend Army host visitors, but we continue to see how effective Coach Brock and his staff have been with home visits, where players like Michael Ross, Derek Bisgard, Nathan Hughes, Lonnie Liggins, and Charles Soon all said yes to Army subsequent to playing host to Army coaches, lead by Coach Brock.

Even with that, there is still work to be done with the prospects that visited this past weekend and those that still remain on the fence and here's a brief update on some of the recruits.

What are they saying?

Will Wilson - Offensive Lineman
McLean (VA) Langley

Getting Will Wilson would be awesome for Army. He would join a solid group of offensive linemen that include Matt Dillon , Matt Vilante, John Neill and the recent commitment of Michael Netherland .

Wilson, whose father is a West Point graduate, took his official visit to Army this weekend and by all indications, had a good visit. Is there any added pressure having a dad who is a West Point grad? "Him being a graduate plays a little bit in my decision, but not a huge factor" says Wilson. "He doesn't push it real hard and ultimately it where I'm going to happiest at. Ironically I was real surprised with my visit, because it was more relaxed than I had expected and I had visited VMI where it was really strict."

Aside from Army, the 6-foot-3, 290 pound prospect has taken official visits to Old Dominion, VMI and unofficial recently to Navy - also with an offer from William & Mary.

Wilson has narrowed his choice down to two schools, with one being Army and the other William & Mary.

Joey Allen - Offensive guard
Cedar Park (TX) Vista Ridge

Prior to his official visit this weekend, Joseph Allen received a Monday home visit from coach Adam Waugh and that really sat the stage for his first time visit to the West Point campus. "He came in and talked about my upcoming visit," shares the All-District player. "If all goes well, I would come home and speak to my parents about the trip and may commit then."

Presently, Allen has offers from Army and Navy, with Iowa State possibly offering … as well interest from Arizona, Baylor and SMU.

Joe Poropatic - Linebacker
Newnan (GA) Northgate

Joe Poropatic returned from his official visit to Army this weekend, where the 6-foot-1, 225 pound linebacker enjoyed himself.

Did Poropatic commit? "No, I didn't commit," declares Poropatic, who will probably make his decision on National Signing Day.

Poropatic, who is being recruited by special team coach, Gary Miller, finished the season with 65 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles.

In other news:

Athlete, Chris Hill returned yesterday evening from his official visit to Annapolis, where Hill informed Coach Mumford that he had committed to Navy. He is 100% on his commitment and has canceled his official visit to Air Force. As mentioned previously, Army, Navy and Air Force each saw Hill in different roles for their respective programs and we stated that Hill's decision would be based on where he felt he would fit in better.

Running back Trey Reed is a new name to the list of recruits and partly because he has fallen under the radar. He missed 12 games this season after suffering a torn ligament in his ankle on the first play of the season. The 5-foot-9, 187 pound back out of Texarkana (TX) Pleasant Grove High School has narrowed his choices down to Army & Navy, with the Midshipmen having a slight lead.

However, Reed, who runs a 4.48 forty, has already taken an official visit to Navy and the Army staff is hoping when Reed visits the West Point campus this upcoming weekend, he will be singing a different tune.

Speaking of running backs - Luca Romeo has been a top target for Army and the Black Knights still have a shot at the 6-2, 215 running back out of Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier High School. However, both Louisville and Cincinnati have expressed interest in Romeo, but as a preferred walk-on. With fellow St. Xavier's teammates, such as running partner Darius Ashley & wide receiver Stephon Ball both committed to the Cardinals, look for Romeo to make an unofficial visit to Louisville very soon. In addition, Romeo may try to visit Cincinnati sometime after signing day.


Committed

The list continues to grow for commits headed to USMAPS, and a name that can be is linebacker, Sean Dyhre , who committed last week. The 6-foot-1, 220 pound backer was hearing from BYU, Air Force and UNLV.

Dyhre has not scheduled his official to Army, and will probably visit after the Signing Day. The Plano West High School (TX) has been recruited by cornerback coach, Wally Ake and finished the season with 55 tackles and 4 sacks from his outside linebacker position.


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