August 28, 2012

Three Army prospects talk visiting West Point

There are several prospects that remain top targets for Army's 2013 recruiting class. Of course, there is always that proverbial question that recruiters often face as to whether the prospect will visit the school.

Well, caught up with three players who provide some insight into their recruiting relative to the Army Black Knights.

DeAndre Wise, OL

"I plan on visiting Army on November 3rd when they play Air Force," shares 6-foot-2, 280 pound lineman, who's first visit to West Point will be an unofficial encounter and who appears to have a budding relationship with his recruiter, defensive tackle coach, Clarence Holmes. "My relationship with Coach Holmes is coming along great."

Wise shared that it has been Holmes' consistency and sincerity that has impressed him. "Me and Coach Holmes have a really good relationship over the last month since the time they offered me," he adds. "We actually talked Thursday night. I just started school and he was asking me how school was going ... really, it was less about football and more personal."

"I love Army and the opportunity after you graduate from West Point is enormous," shares Wise, who also noted that Princeton Review's recent tabbing Army No. 1 in America with having the 'Best Athletic Facilities' has also caught his attention.

"That's even greater, because I see that they even sports seriously just like they take academics seriously ... that's a plus."

"I am looking to take my SAT's again, so that when it comes to Army, I will be good to go. After I make my two visits (Army), that's when I'm going to make my decision. I know that my first visit is November 3rd, but I have to schedule my official visit there as well."

Beyond recruiting, Wise has his senior season in front of him and is very optimistic that he and he teammates at Alpharetta (Ga.) Alpharetta High School will be ready to go.

"We open up Friday night at home against Milton High School," shares Wise. "It's a big rivalry game, but we should come out on top. We are looking real good and we are loaded with D-1 talent on both sides of the ball."

And the talent pool that Wise was referring and those who have already committed to a college ranges from DE Naim Mustafaa (Georgia); QB Joshua Dobbs (Arizona State); WR Carlos Burse (Vanderbilt); Blake Rowlinson (Troy), to name a few.

Ty Griffin, QB

The shifty 6-foot-0, 188 pound signal caller is currently holding offers from both Army and Navy.

However, according to the Kennesaw (Ga) McEachem High School prospect, he is also hearing from Duke, NC State, Georgia Tech and along remaining in touch with Georgia Southern.

Like Wise, Griffin's recruiting is being handled by Coach Holmes.

"It was about two weeks ago that I heard from Coach Holmes," says Griffin. "Things are going well there and I'm interested in Army, as well as Navy. I have talked to Coach Holmes about visiting, but just haven't set anything up yet."

The Georgia native's season started last weekend, however didn't fare well in their opener. "We lost, but we played good," he noted, as Griffin and his teammates at McEachem fell to Grayson High School, 30-12.

Unfortunately, along with falling short on the scoreboard, the elusive Griffin suffering a lost physically as he sprained his ankle, but will miss the team's upcoming contest this Friday.

Marcus Ward

At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Ward is being recruited by some colleges as a corner, which is where he played in 2011. But his senior campaign has him holding down the safety/linebacker spot, but will also see reps at safety for Vestavia Hills (Ala.) Vestavia High School.

"Yes, I will be starting the season at strong safety and you can probably add outside linebacker as well, but safety is my main position," confirms Ward.

Along with having an offer from the Black Knights of Army, Ward currently has offers from Wofford, Memphis, UAB, Air Force, South Alabama, Louisiana-Lafayette and University of Penn.

With a lot in front of him, Ward shared that he will be looking soon to get out and see schools up close and personal.

"Now that September's coming up, I will be in contact with the various schools that I plan on visiting unofficially," he adds. "I know that I will be at Memphis, Louisiana-Lafayette, South Alabama, Clemson, I will probably go to Mississippi State for a game, Tennessee."

When it comes to the two academies that are on Ward's 'watch list', he offered this assessment when it comes to seeing them up close and personal. "I just have to sit down with my family and figure out if we are going to get up that way. But speaking of Army and Air Force, I love the academies ... they are very very prestigious," says Ward, who indicated that like the aforemetioned prospects, that he and Coach Holmes remain consistent in their conversations.

"It was probably about two weeks ago is when I spoke to Coach Holmes," declares Ward. "He's a really really good guy and they offered me probably about the end of July, going into August. So they were actually my latest offer."

And of course, along with his recruiting, Ward's senior season is about to launch. "We had a jamboree on last Friday and we open up at our place this upcoming Friday against Homewood."

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