April 11, 2009

Army commits talk about Spring Game visit

The first Black & Gold scrimmage of the Rich Ellerson Era got underway yesterday at Michie Stadium, and on hand were several 2009 commits.

As the Black Knights concluded their spring practice with the annual game, those 2009 committed prospects that made their way to the West Point campus had an opportunity to meet with the coaching staff, tour the campus, connect with their future teammates, and of course, watch the spring game.

Some of the players on hand at yesterday's scrimmage were, Clayton Keller, Julius Warmsley, Brandon Porter, Casey Brewer, Raymond Maples, E-Jay Tucker, Casey Hughes, Jordan Crockett, Julian Crockett and Marcus Dixon.


Making their way from Louisiana was three-star defensive end, Julius Warmsley and speedy cornerback Brandon Porter. Warmsley, who picked Army over Tulane, is one of the top ranked prospects of this year's recruiting class. Warmsley and Porter made the trip together, along with Porter's parents.

After arriving early to the campus, the Louisiana crew spent some down-time driving around the historical campus and taking in the scenery before making their way to the stadium. "I just love the environment, the campus and how friendly the people are," shares Warmsley, who upon along with Porter ran into several other arriving commits heading into the stadium. "This guy stops us as we (Porter family) were walking together and it was Casey Brewer and we just stop and started talking. Then Casey Hughes comes up and it was like a big prep school meeting right there … that's when coach Brock (John) came out and greeted us … then we went into the stadium. At that point we went down to the sidelines, but I also had a chance to chat with Coach Ellerson."

As the other part of the Louisiana connection, Porter is excited about what he has seen and can't wait to get going.

"It was a great day, especially talking to and hanging out with my future teammates," shares Porter, who spent time with Tucker, Dixon, the Crocketts, Alex, Maples, Clayton Keller and of course Warmsley. "I think we bonded real well … it was a great chemistry.

It was a great day, especially talking to and hanging out with my future teammates.

- Cornerback commit, Brandon Porter

In addition to the time that was spent on the West Point campus this weekend, Porter and Warmsley made a visit down to the USMAPS. "We met Coach Green, who is going to be one of the new coaches there," shares Porter's dad, Byron. "He's from Coach Ellerson's tree and he was very informative, we met with the athletic director and the director of math. The whole trip was a great experience."


For twins Jordan and Julian Crockett out of Tampa (FL) Berkeley Prep High School, this weekend served as an opportunity to take in their official visit as well as attending the spring game. As a result, the Crocketts arrived Thursday evening and toured of campus with Major Greene, followed by evening out for dinner with by defensive tackle coach Clarence Holmes, as well being hosted by running backs Pat Mealy and Kinsley Ehie.

Friday was just as busy for the brothers, as they were joined for breakfast Coach, Holmes, which was followed by the twins shadowing a cadet to class. "We went to a calculus class with a freshman and I had no clue what was going on," shares a laughing Julian. "It's funny, because no one else did either."

Like all the other committed players in attendance, the Crocketts had a chance to bond with their future teammates. "We met up with both Caseys, E-Jay, Brandon Porter, Julius and I met Raymond Maples for a little bit," says Julian. "The team looks good and Ali's scored on a nice play … I was impressed with the athletes on the team."
Julian is projected as a running back and Jordan at cornerback.


Defensive back/wide receiver Casey Hughes was just as enthusiastic about meeting his future teammates, along with seeing the 2009 Black Knights, up close.

"I met up with a lot of the guys and we had a chance to stay on the sidelines and watch the game from there," shares the athlete out of Shillington (PA) Governor Mifflin High School. "I got a chance to speak to all the coaches and met with Coach Ellerson after the game. I really excited about getting started. Dixon was there, Warmsley, Porter and the Crockett twins were there and we all hung out, which allow me a chance to get to know them."

Another Pennsylvania player on this weekend's docket, was talented running back, Raymond Maples, who was joined by his family.
Maples had a chance to connect with many of the coaches and was enthusiastic about his chat with Head Coach Ellerson. "I spoke to Coach Ellerson, Waugh, Saadat, Tucker Waugh and Coach Holmes," shares the 6-foot-0, 200 back who runs a 100M best of 11.1.

Before Maples makes his way to the USMAPS, he has one more high school game remaining, as he prepares for the Philadelphia All Star game (Public vs. Non-public) on May 16th.

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