January 28, 2009

Army coaches make in home visits to Mtshali and Cluley

Kenneth Cluley and Jamal Mtshali are two of the top prospects left on Army's board heading into the final week of the recruiting process. The Black Knights are looking to make a strong push at the end, and that started this week as the Army coaches came knocking on both of the prospects' doors.

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QB, Kenneth Cluley - Waco (TX) Reicher High School

For quarterback Kenneth Cluley, he has one more official visit to take and it will be decision time for him. "I'm visiting Navy this weekend and then I will sit down with my parents to talk about my decision," shares the prospect from Waco (TX) Reicher High School.

Last weekend, Cluley made his way to Army for an official visit and chance get a feel of what Army football and West Point are like, up close and personal. "I was great," states Cluley, who was hosted by Army starting quarterback, Chip Bowden. "The facilities were nice, the players made me feel real comfortable and my parents loved it."

In addition to his on campus experience with the coaching staff, the Cluley family saw coaches Ian Shields (offensive coordinator) and Chris Smeland (co-defensive coordinator) stop in for a home visit. With most of his questions answered on his official visit, Monday night's visit was a more informal get together. "They were here for dinner and really just summed up the weekend that I spent at West Point," declares Cluley.


LB, Jamal Mtshali - Silver Springs (MD) Northwood High School

Hard-hitting linebacker Jamal Mtshali was scheduled to visit Army last weekend, but had to cancel, but will be joining an impressive list of prospects this weekend on the West Point campus and excited about his visit. "It's such a prestigious school, I am hoping to connect with the players and the cadets, to what and how things are from their point of view," shares Mtshali in his Barry White deep voice.

Although Mtshali attended the Hargrave (prep school) combine on Monday and has made it clear that going the Hargrave route is an option he is considering, but he has and will continue to look long and hard at Army. "Coach Saadat came to my home (Tuesday), because school was canceled due to snow and I had a lot of questions for him," recalls the 6-foot-2 , 230 linebacker. "Also, through family and friends I have already met with Colonel Jackson who is a "67" grad … and he has told me a lot about the academy.

Mtshali fits into the same mold as many of the players that Coach Ellerson is targeting … they are versatile and adaptable. Ellerson's has four different categories for players to fit in and in the case of Mtshali, his size, speed, aggressiveness and explosiveness makes him an ideal fit for the defensive end/linebacker category.

Getting Mtshali on board is a major priority for the Army coaching staff.



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