December 19, 2011

Black Knights' recruiting continues to heat up

With National Signing Day rapidly approaching, the Army staff still has plenty of work to do to solidify the recruiting class for 2012.

Yes, there is still plenty of drama and questions that only time will answer, but GoBlackKnights.com has been working delinquently and have some the latest surrounding the Black Knights' recruiting efforts.

Typically undersized upfront defensively, the Black Knights would love to add size and athleticism at tackle and end. As the recruiting pace continues to pick up, the Army staff was able to receive two verbal commits from two quality defensive tackles. However, there are several top notch ends that remain on the "recruiting board" and one them is Jacob Davis out of Wichita (Ka.) Northwest High School, where he played middle linebacker.

The 6-foot-2, 242 currently holds offers from North Dakota State and Army, has already visited the former school.

"I've already visited North Dakota State and suppose to visit Army in January ... either the 20th or the 27th," he adds. "The academic and prestige is what I really like about Army."

Davis' recruiting at Army is being handled by seasoned defensive line coach, John Mumford. "I have met Coach Mumford a few times, but he came to our school on Tuesday," says Davis, who indicated that Army is projecting him as a defensive end. "He walked me through the admissions process and that's when we discussed an official visit.

Davis, who made 1st Team All City and All Metro is now focused on that next step, which is college. "I'm working out hard and playing a little basketball in the gym," said Davis.

Another prospect to keep an eye on is Matt Arends who played wide receiver, some safety and running back while at Prior Lake (Mn.) Prior Lake High School.

The 6-foot-1, 195 pound athlete shared with GoBlackKnights.com that he doesn't have a preference, as long as he's out there playing.

Currently he has two offers from Army and Princeton, along with interest from one Big Ten school. "Northwestern wants me to come in as a preferred walk-on," adds Arends.

However, it appears that Army has caught his attention, but not only on the football side of the equation. "I went on an official to Army for baseball and I've actually been up there twice," shares the dual sport athlete.

Should Arends become a Black Knight, he could join the ranks of playing both sports at Army like sophomore running back Jonathan Crucitti. "I know about him from some of the kids I talked to when I was on my official at West Point," he adds. "But I will probably only play one of the sports and I would most likely pick football."

Due to NCAA regulations, which limits the number of officials visits to one school, even if the visits were for entirely different sports. Even with that, Arends remains in contact with Army fullback coach, Joe Ross and has seen enough of West Point to be in a position to make an equitable college decision.

"I spoke to Coach Ross four days ago ... we had a very nice conversation," says the native of Minnesota. "He told me they really like to recruit athletes, so he was specific where he saw me playing."

"West Point is a place that I have been pursuing, ever since I went up there for baseball. I have been to a lot of different top Division I programs for baseball and the facilities at West Point are second to none. They are top notch and my interest is high. When I started my whole college search, academics were very important and that's why I like Army."

With Army and Northwestern continue to show strong interest, it is somewhat ironic that Arends had an opportunity to see the teams go head to head, as the Black Knights beat the Wildcats, 21-14. "I was actually on my recruiting trip to Army for baseball when Army beat Northwestern," shares the prospect out of Minnesota. However, Arends indicated that at that particular time, neither school was recruiting him.

He indicated that Princeton is just looking at him for football.

Brandon Dewitt remains a top target for the Army coaching staff.

Look for this talented lineman, who could excel on either side of the ball ... don't be surprised if he doesn't become a Black Knight sometime this week, early.

Keep it right here as GoBlackKnights.com brings you the up-to-date information on the targeted recruits for the Class of 2012

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