January 23, 2009

Porter committed & ready to visit, but is Knights close?

With less than two weeks until National Signing Day, prospects and programs are scrambling to finish up their visits and figure out the final piece to their recruiting puzzle.

Will Knights become a Black Knight?

Chillicothe (OH) Chillicothe High School dual-threat quarterback Caleb Knights will be spending the next two weekends determining where the best fit will be for him in the puzzle of three schools that make up his list of finalist. This weekend he will be at Air Force, followed by Navy (1/30), although he has yet to receive an offer from the Midshipmen.

However the third school on his list is Army, for which the others will be compared. Knights made his initial official visit of the recruiting season during the weekend of 12/12 to Army. "My visit to Army went real well," shared Knights, who was on the West Point campus during the Black Knights' coaching change. "Great facilities, the coaches were great, the food was great - I ate a lot of pasta when I was there {laughing}."

Knights has been in constant contact with the Army staff and indicated that he was recently visited by Recruiting Coordinator, Tucker Waugh. "He was here to see how things were coming along with me and letting me know how interested they are in me," says the 6-foot-1, 180 athletic quarterback, who passed for 1,100 yards and rushed for 1,100 yards this past season, and was named 2nd Team All Ohio (Division III).

Knights made it clear that he will be measuring what Air Force and Navy have to offer against what he called a great Army official visit. "If they don't like them like Army, I will be committing to Army," declares Knights.

Along with his football talents, Knights is the starting point guard for Chillicothe High School, and has been their floor leader since his freshman year. Last season saw the Chillicothe basketball team win the State Championship. According to Knights, Army offensive coordination, Ian Shields will be in town next week to take in one of Knights' basketball games.

Porter right at home this weekend

Speaking of basketball, Army commit Brandon Porter also starts at point guard for his John Curtis High School team, where they are currently 11-4 and thus far Porter is averaging about 15 PPG and 7 rebounds.

Unlike Knights, there is no longer a battle for signature; he is a solid Army commit and is presently on his way for this weekend's official visit. Speaking from the airport, the speed corner expressed his excitement about being a Black Knight and connecting with his new teammates. "Coach McKeehan was at my home on Saturday, to ensure that I was committed and I told him that my commitment is solid," confirms Porter. "I have been talking to Marcus Dixon , Julius Warmsley, Tyler Dickson and Lyle Beloney on the phone or through Facebook and we are just getting to know each other …. We all say we can't wait to start school and play ball."

This weekend's visit will mark the third time that Porter has visiting the West Point campus. He was there for Army's Junior Day and attended the one game when Army hosted New Hampshire.

Porter made it clear that he will do all he can to get as many of this weekend's visitors to say yes to Army and wants to be part of bringing a winning attitude to the Army program.

There is no doubt that he knows exactly what it's like and what it takes to be a winner on the football field. Porter has won a state championship in football all four years while in high school at LaPlace (LA) John Curtis High School. This past season made it five in a row (he's played on four). There has not been another team that has won five championships on any level. John Curtis has won a total of twenty-three, which is a national record.

Stay tuned for up-to-date recruiting coverage of the Army Black Knights as GoBlackKnights.com follows the process of recruits across the country.

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