September 4, 2012

Army commit versus Army prospect this weekend

When outside linebacker and Army recruit Duncan Morfitt out of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Notre Dame Prep traveled to Dublin, Ireland to take part in the 2012 Emerald Isle Classic, he wasn't sure what to expect. But when the dust settled, Notre Dame Prep came away with a decisive 20-6 victory over Father Judge (Pa.).

"It was a great experience," declared the 6-foot-2, 210 pound Morfitt. "We were able to play together as a team and of course it was better to go all that way and win. It was definitely a very special moment because Coach Bemis (Scott) was the one who put all this together. Unfortunately he could not go out there and watch us win, but we definitely won with him in our hearts."

Demis started the football program at Notre Dame Prep and led them to back-to-back state championships in 2007 and 2008. But his tenure as ND's head coach ended last year when he lost his battle to lung cancer. "He was an amazing man and coach. He is the one who put this trip to Ireland together. So our win there was bittersweet."

Conversely, in that same Classic, 3-star OL and Army commit Patrick Joseph from Hamilton High School in Chandler (Ariz.) did not have the same level of success, as his team fell to Notre Dame, 27-15.

Confusing? Not really. Hamilton's loss came to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks (Calif).

This is a Hamilton squad that finished the 2011 season with a 13-1 record and were Arizona's 5A-DI runner-up. Not to mention that they were ranked No. 46 in the nation in the 2012 Preseason RivalsHigh 100. What makes matters worse is they suffered a disappointing 17-14 loss to Mountain Pointe in their season opener and now head into game three of season, 0-2.

"Yes, I heard Hamilton loss ... that's all I know about their game," says Morfitt. "We all played on Friday night, but at different venues, so I didn't have a chance to see them play."

The Match-up, OL

Ahhhh, but the plot thickens. Because this weekend Morfitt and Joseph will have the opportunity to see one another play as Hamilton and Notre Dame of Scottsdale (Ariz.) square off against one another.

Not only will to two Arizona program go head to head, but there is a possibility that Joseph from his tackle spot could have a few encounters with Morfitt from his defensive end position.

Needless to say, Morfitt can relate to Joseph's verbal commitment to the Black Knights. "I am extremely interested in Army and definitely one of the schools that I throughly enjoyed visiting (July, 2012)," he adds. "I couldn't be more excited about the offer and I just want to play ball somewhere and Army is definitely seems like a great fit."

Morfitt also understands the uniqueness of attending a college such as West Point. "One of the questions that Coach Guyader (Andy) ask me in the beginning was do I feel I could fit in with the military aspect, as well as the strictness and academics of what West Point is all about," shares Morfitt. "Well, pre-offer or looking at college for football and things like that, I had always had thoughts of being in the military. So I don't have a problem at all being part of what West Point is all about. It's a place that builds your future for sure."

"Education is the number one thing that I am looking for, and obviously I would love to go play professional ball, but I know the chances are against me. So, what is the most important thing? And that's education and that's one of the perks of having Army recruit you."

With offers from Army and Navy, Morfitt indicated that he is also hearing from several other schools including Stanford, New Mexico State, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Yale.

However, even with Morfitt's strong interest in the Black Knights and Navy, he indicated that he will take his time when it comes to making his college decision and football may not be his only option.

"Honestly, I am not looking to commit early, because I just want to see what other offers I get," he confirms. "But I also play baseball and I would love to see what offers comes from there as well.. It's honestly tough decision, so I have no idea right now."

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