January 22, 2009
QB, Beck commits to Army - who will be next?
Last season's recruiting class saw Army receive a stable of quarterback commitments
seven to be exact.
Of those seven, we saw Indiana Player of the Year, Paul McIntosh separate himself from the academy during the first quarter of the season; where it was clear to him that West Point wasn't for him. Spencer Otto never made it on campus because he did not qualify medically and Demetrius Richardson lost his enthusiasm on the field, as well as in the classroom after losing the starting role and eventual playing time at the prep school to Trent Steelman, whereby the typically enthusiastic Richardson left the USMAPS.
So with freshmen quarterback Matt Arent converted to a skill position, that left two freshmen on the Army roster (Josh Jones and Max Jenkins), and technically one at the prep school (Steelman).
It remains clear that there is always a need to get commitments both in quality and quantity, or at least a minimum of three and two quarterbacks for the Black Knights and the prep school rosters respectively.
This recruiting season has seen some quality names on the "we want them" board, but the results have been lagging behind. As recently as a month ago, Austin Dantin was such a player and feeling was that he might pull the trigger and say yes to Coach Ellerson and staff. But with the most recent pursuit from the Michigan Wolverines and some sincere soul searching, Dantin stepped away from the Army offer. "I was completing my paper work (application & essay) and my heart wasn't into it," stated Dantin, who eventually spoke to Coach Holmes of his decision.
Also on the board are valued names like Chris Beck, Ortavious Hypolite, Caleb Knights, Kenneth Cluley, Cody Jackson and Heath Parling.
CHRIS BECK COMMITS
For Beck, who is out of talent rich Tucker (GA) Tucker High School, it was a no brainer for him. "I was going to West Point regardless of football or not," shares the excited and newest member of the Black Knights' 2009 recruiting class, who will be a direct admit into West Point.
The 5-foot-11, 185 pound quarterback knew when he visited the academy unofficially last spring that West Point is where he wanted to attend college.
Beck is a very athletic quarterback, who ran the Wing-T offense at Tucker and teaming up with running back and LSU commit Drayton Calhoun, along with several other Division I prospects, help lead them to their first ever Class AAAA state championship this past season.
We will have more on Beck in an upcoming article.
For quarterback Kenneth Cluley, he has seen and heard from all three academies recently
up close and personal. "Coach Ellerson, along with Coach Shields came to my high school today," shared the prospect out of Waco (TX) Reicher when describing Wednesday's visit. "Coach Singleton of Air Force was in for a home visit and Coaches Niumatalolo and DuPaix of Navy came for dinner on Tuesday."
It appears that three schools are Cluley's finalist and does anyone have a lead right now? "I would say a very slight lead would go to Navy and only because they offered me right after my junior year," says the 5-foot-10 ½, 200 pound prospect, who was offered by Army's assistant coach John Mumford last Tuesday.
As such, Cluley will be on the West Point campus this weekend for his official visit to Army and is scheduled to visit Navy, followed by his visit to Air Force sometime after February 7th.
According to Cluley, he passed for approximately 1,400 yards and rushed for 600 yards, after missing six games due to a broken fibula. "I was never full speed when I did return, but I'm 100% now," says Cluley.
WEST COAST PROSPECT
Quarterback Cody Jackson will be making his way to Northeast from the West Coast, as the San Mateo (CA) Junipero Serra High School prospect will be making the trip with his parents. "I'm really excited about the visit," shares Jackson. "My dad fought in the Gulf war, and to go to such prestigious school (West Point) would be an honor."
This season saw Jackson throw from approximately 1,200 yards and 800 yards rushing, out of the spread option offense.
Jackson's recruiting is being handled by Coach Shields, who he spoke to as recently as Monday. "He talked to me about the new coaching staff, their vision with the team, the facilities and the pride of West Point," said the 6-foot-0, 200 pound Jackson.
GoBlackKnights.com congratulates Chris Beck for becoming newest Army Black Knight Class of 2009.
Stay tune as GBK.com continues to follow Army recruiting throughout the year.
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