September 25, 2009

Several Army prospects speak out

There is absolutely little to no rest for the weary … as least that's the case for the Army coaching staff. As the Black Knights prepare to travel today for their weekend contest with Iowa State, many of the Army coaches are already on the road, as they make their way for some Midwest recruiting.

GoBlackKnights.com takes a look at some of the prospects that are currently on the Army recruiting radar screen.

Army commit Martinez Davis has been spending time focused on his senior year, although he is also keeping tabs on the Army football season. "I spoke to Coach Coaxum after the Ball State game and he was excited about their win," Davis said. "He was sharing with me that he can't wait for me to join them"

Davis indicated that although the Air Force staff is aware that he has verbally committed to the Black Knights, they would continue to pursue his talents.

So, is Davis a solid commit? "Absolutely and Coach Coaxum already knows that," confirms Davis.

Another prospect who is high on the Army list is running back and linebacker Brian Lucas out of Damascus (Md.) Damascus High School. Lucas is the type of player that would be an ideal fit into the Army system and brings a brand of athleticism, as well as being a very physical player.

Lucas had been recovering from some bumps and bruises from the teams' two-a-days and was being brought along slowing by his coaching staff, but all indications are that he is good to go now.

Last week he had 2 TDs, 160 yards rushing on 20 carries and he will be going both ways next week.

He went to Towson's game last Saturday and is scheduled to go to Monmouth on Oct 31st. The 6-foot, 215 pound Lucas indicated that he will be definitely be taking an unofficial visit to Army, but is undecided on the date that he will visit the Black Knights.

Linebacker Brad Bars remains in contact with the Army staff and indicated that he has spoken to Coach John Brock, who is handling his recruited and make it up to the game against Vanderbilt. Bars is finishing up his highlight tape from his first few games of this season, to get it up to the Army staff … he is hoping that will be the clincher and that an offer would be forthcoming.

Another recruit that is on Army's list is athlete James King, who has offers from Army, Navy, UNLV and most recently, UC Davis. To date, he has not set up any official or unofficial visits. "Coach Shields called and I returned his call, but he wasn't available," shared King, who is playing wide receiver, defensive back and linebacker.

Although it appears that Army's initial interest in running back Cameron Ayala has faded somewhat, the swift running back, who just returned from an injured shoulder is still looking for his first offer and still has his eyes on Army. The Bradenton (FL) St. Stephen's High School prospect has already been accepted to West Point academically and is hoping that the balance of his senior year will recapture the interest of the Army staff. His initial recruiting had been handled by Clarence Holmes.

Coming into the weekend Jonathan Crucitti made no secret of the fact that the Army Black Knights were the leader for his services, along with Stanford. Crucitti made his visit (unofficially) to West Point for the Black Knights' game against Duke, but was on an official visit for the Army baseball team. According to North Carolina native, nothing happened for Army to lose their lead. As a matter of fact, it enhanced his interest in the Black Knights and may have put Army over the top.

Dual threat quarterback Henry Hunter, who recently took an unofficial to Arkansas and is hearing from several schools, still has his eyes on Army. "Coach Waugh called me the other day when I was in practice," shares Hunter. "I called him back a couple of times, but I'm still waiting to hear back from him."

Another prospect who is drawing solid interest from the Black Knights is Matt Luetjen, who stated that he has been in contact with Coach Tucker Waugh as recently as last week to set up an official visit, but has not button down an exact weekend. Luetjen holds offers from Army, Air Force and several Ivy League schools.


The Army staff is working diligently to pull in a few running backs from 2010 recruiting class and one back that remains on their radar is 3-star Orleans Darkwa. The prospect out of Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth High School recently submitted his highlight tapes and transcript to the Black Knights' staff and Darkwa remains optimistic that he will receive an offer from Army pretty soon. On the other side, he is receiving interest from several schools and took an unofficial visiting Clemson over the weekend. The talented running back indicated that him enjoyed the game atmosphere and hopes his senior highlights will also convince the Clemson staff that he is worthy of a Tigers' scholarship.

GoBlackKnights.com caught up with athlete Jonathan Crucitti, who took his official/unofficial visit to Army two weeks ago during Duke game. I spoke to Coach McKeehan and thanked him for showing me a great time," states Crucitti. "I had some questions before I got there … if I would fit it or if I would like it and all those questions were answered.

I was watching on the internet and saw that Army beat Ball State, so that was good to see."


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