May 29, 2009

DE, Julius Warmsley picks up an Athlete of the Year Award

As we reported earlier this week, 3-star defensive end and Army commit Julius Warmsley has a football resume that is impressive, but for the standout defensive end there has not been much down time since football season ended. Following his accomplishments on the gridiron, he moved to the hard-court, where he was All-District 7-4A choice -- after averaging 22 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

From basketball, it was onto April's Louisiana State High School Olympic Weightlifting Championships. Warmsley won the 105-kilogram class (power lifting) and had the second best overall lift of 211kg. From that venue, it was onto track & field, where he was the Class 4A runner-up in the javelin with a toss of 182-7 that ranked among the area's leaders.

Add to that The Advocate's Athlete of the Year (Male) Award for the Baton Rouge-Metro Area for the state of Louisiana. "I was surprised, but I went into the banquet with the attitude that it was just an honor to be chosen as a finalist, there are a lot of quality student-athletes that have been selected for this award. Warmsley, who was accompanied at the event by his mother, Linda and high school football coach, was speaking of players like former LSU standout Todd McClure of the Atlanta Falcons as previous winners.

The 6-foot-2, 235 pound defensive end is working hard this off-season through of all things, ballet, as well as weight training. "Ballet is for agility and to stay in good cardio shape … I'm really enjoying it," states Warmsley. "Right now I want to lose some fat and gain more muscle - get more toned."

As the USMAPS bound and four sport athlete continues to condition himself over the summer, he indicated that he developed a solid bond with fellow Louisianan Brandon Porter, but also stays in touch with other future teammates, Casey Hughes & Marcus Dixon.

WR, RYAN MUMMA

In our article, "GBK.com looks at Army's 2009 Recruiting Class - Offense (dtd 5/10)", we inadvertently listed Mumma under the running back category versus wide receiver, which of course is his primary position and where he excelled both in high school and at the USMAPS.

For those who may not know much about Mumma and what he brings to the table, allow me to properly introduce him to you.

Mumma graduated from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California in 2008, and if you follow high school football, you know that Mater Dei is one of the top football programs in the nation. At one point during the California native's senior year, Mater Dei was ranked as high as 2nd in the nation.

Mumma starting at wide receiver his junior and senior year and I'm sure if you were to ask the 5-foot-10, 175 pound player, it was a great two year run.

Mumma's quarterback in high school was Matt Barkley (Rivals.com #1 ranked QB in the nation - 2009), where they teamed up during Barkley sophomore and junior years. Oh yeah, Barkley is a true freshman at USC, where he enrolled early and is already #2 on the Trojans' depth chart.

The smooth Mumma, who is more of a possession receiver than burner, has sure hands and when it comes to pressure, he has demonstrated that he can handle it.

At Mater Dei

He compiled 1,041 receiving in his two years as a starter and 11 touchdowns at Mater Dei.

At the USMAPS

During the 2008 season and more specifically when USMAPS played NAPS, Mumma had 3 catches from Trent Steelman for 81 yards, including one for 40 yards and a TD. Hopefully this will be a combination and sight that will unfold over the next four years for the Black Knights and the Army fans.

Pipeline

With Mumma coming out the Trinity League (CA), along with the four incoming prospects (prep bound), it is apparent that the Black Knights are developing a solid pipeline of quality prospects from the talent rich Trinity League.

The four other players include three players from the Orange Lutheran High School - All-Trinity League players Kyle Dravis (RB), Davonte Anderson (CB) and All-County wide receiver Scotty Williams, along with Zach Burge (OL), who was Co-Lineman of the Year.



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