October 29, 2008

Did three-star DE prospect, Warmsley commit to Army?

This was an important weekend for three-star defensive end Julius Warmsley, who along with his mother Linda, was making the trip to New York, for his official visit to Army. However, it wasn't the first time that Warmsley had seen the Black Knights up close, as he was on hand to witness Army's defeat of Tulane in New Orleans, 44-13 during the fifth game of the season. But seeing the Black Knights on the road versus embracing the entire West Point experience is an entirely different venue. "It was great - unbelievable experience … with the campus and that kind of history, I was speechless," shares Warmsley's mother, Linda. "Throughout, the coaches were very helpful. We looked for an area (college) that we are accustomed to, and the developmental environment at West Point was exceptional, because it's not all about football. Our thoughts are about how well Julius would benefit from West Point and it is an exceptional environment."

One thing for sure, when any recruit makes an official visit to Army, the idea has always been to ensure he has an opportunity to experience the life of a cadet, as well as that of a Black Knight football player. That's a lot to cover in 2 day period, but Warmsley was able to experience a broad range of venues while on campus. "We arrived on Friday and stayed in the hotel with the players the first night and then I stayed in the barracks the next night … actually I liked it," chuckles the 6-foot-2, 240 pound defense end.

Warmsley was hosted by freshman running back, George Fletcher and sophomore defensive end, Marcus Hilton, but had a chance to hang out and meet with several other players throughout the weekend. "I hung out with Hilton at a friends' room and we played Madden 09, but then Fletcher and I attended the Plebe dance and it was awesome. Actually, Fletcher didn't know it was that night, and I ended up wearing a toga, but again, it was great."

Where there any other players that you had a chance to meet and what was your overall impression of the players? "Truthfully, I loved them all," says a very candid Warmsley. "I met with Victor Ugenyi and they call him the "Nigerian Nightmare", I met Tre (Miranne) who is from New Orleans and Jesuit High School and also Frank Scappaticci."

Along with the fun and games, the 48th ranked weakside defensive end had a chance to see how the Black Knights prepare for a game, as he was able to sit in on the pre-game meetings, saw film, as well as the game plan.

On Saturday, he attended chapel with the players, and had a chance to meet with the academic advisors.

When asked how he would rank his official visit to Army on a scale of one to ten, Warmsley remained consistently candid with his response. "Although I don't have any other visits to compare it to, I would say it was without a doubt, a ten," declares the Louisiana prospect.

With such a great weekend under his belt, was he ready to say yes to Coach Brock and the Black Knights' staff? "I do like West Point as a school and the overall, I think it's a great opportunity for me and they are in my top two (Army & Tulane)," shares Warmsley. "Coach Brock and all the coaches said that they would love for me to commit, but I like how Coach Brock handled the situation … he didn't pressure me and just said that whatever you want to do, we will never force you and there is no pressure to commit … I like that about him."

Aside from Army and Tulane, Warmsley is also hearing from Boise State, Tennessee, Southern Illinois, and Louisiana-Lafayette.
For Warmsley, GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow his senior season and recruiting.

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