April 6, 2011

Hasanoglu taking his talents elsewhere

When we announced Army's 2011 in our March 20th article, we noted that ….

… "Of course with West Point as the destination, there is always the attrition component that must be factored in as the soon to be new cadets make their way to the infamous, R-Day."

Getting prospect through the system and maintaining their focus and commitment is almost a full-time job in itself for the Black Knights' staff, as noted with a one recent prospect who has decided to take his talents elsewhere.

Well, back on February 9th, Derek Hasanoglu took his official visit to Army and days later became a Black Knight.

Afterwards, Hasanoglu took a few days to assess the opportunity with Army versus a preferred walk-on with the Wildcats of Northwestern.

As shared with GBK at that time, playing for the Black Knights and attending West Point was too much to pass up.

"I verbally committed yesterday to Army … to Coach Ross," shares the 6-foot-3, 183 pound prospect on February 14th. "But it was the stability with Army and the Army staff made me feel like that really wanted me when I was on the visit. I felt like I could potentially help out on the field faster at Army."

"They are both great schools academically, but it the prestige that can't be match when you talk about West Point. There were too many things to pass up not to attend West Point."

However, only ten days after saying yes to join the Black Knights' 2011 recruiting class, the prospect from the state of Wisconsin decommitted from his verbal to Army and will attempt to make the roster of the Wisconsin Badgers of the Big Ten.

"I'm going to Wisconsin," Hasanoglu shared with GBK this weekend, as he outlined what steps he took to reach this stage of his college career.
"The preferred walk-on for the summer roster is filled. What happen was that I was going to Northwestern initially because I had a preferred walk-on there, but I was not able to get into the school academically.

Then I called the coaches at Wisconsin that had been recruiting me there and told them my situation. They tried to work something out and so what is going to happen is that I won't make it for the spring camp because they have their tight roster.

But it (roster) expands come fall and they said that I'm in the running for one of those spots this fall as a preferred walk-on. However, the worst case scenario is that I will be on the roster next spring."

So, what was Hasanoglu for backing away from his verbal to Army?

"When I committed, it never set well with me and I was always expecting it to be a huge relief to have the recruiting process over with," he says.

"I was in it for the football and the benefits of the West Point education, but I wasn't sure about the military commitment part of it."

Of course, one of the more difficult aspects of all of this was notifying his recruiting coach at Army, Joe Ross.

"I called Coach Ross ten days after and he told me to think about it and not to feel rush," Hasanoglu shared. "But afterwards, he followed up and said that he had to let admissions know what my status was and at that point I respectfully decommitted.

Hasanoglu is a quality athlete who could have made his mark on either side of the ball. His departure doesn't diminish the solid 2011 class that the Army staff has put together.

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