February 24, 2009
Will Army reap the harvest of February official visits?
Although National Signing Day has past, there remain several prospects across the nation who remain undecided. For Army, Coach Ellerson and staff continue to host official visits to the West Point campus.
The weekends of February 6th & 13th saw a variety of recruits make their way to the historical campus, as the hour glass for making a final decision empties out. Some of the prospects such as linebacker/safety, Alfred Fields, Army commit and safety Lyle Beloney, quarterback Zach Williams, offensive lineman Frazier Blankenship, athlete Zerick Rollins, running back Randall Williams, and cornerback Ronnie Hardison to name a few.
SIGNED, SEALED & DELIVERED
When GBK.com spoke to Fields two months ago, his verbal commitment to Army was very soft and he began to look at other schools, whereby he even considered attending Florida State minus playing football. "Both my parents are graduates of FSU," says the roverback prospect. "They were pretty sat on me going to FSU academically, but after the visit to Army, it was West Point for them .... they loved it."
So what was it for Fields that enabled him to commit to Army? "It is the best fit for me athletically and academically," confirms the Riviera Beach (FL) Suncoast High School recruit, who was hosted during his visit by running back Kingsley Ehie. "My career goal is to be a diplomat and West Point is it for me."
The 6-foot-1, 195 pound Fields indicated that he hears from Coach Holmes weekly, just to check in and see how things are going.
The USMAPS bound prospect should have very little trouble transitioning to Coach Ellerson's style of defensive, because at Suncoast High School, they ran a similar 3-4 defensive scheme.
Fields closing by stating ... "It's a new year and not just beat Navy, but beat everyone."
IN LIMBO ?
Also visiting (2/13) was Army commit and running back, P.J. Clark, who has yet to send in his signature to the Black Knights' coaching staff, although the running back out of Norfolk (VA) Norfolk Christian School stated to GBK.com that he would have his paper work into the staff this week.
As mentioned, cornerback Ronnie Hardison was also part of the visitors during the weekend of 2/6 and remains a commit (signed) to Elon (DIAA). Although the Sarasota (FL) Riverview prospect indicated last week that he was 60-40 leaning towards Elon, he has concluded that he will be making a tough decision very soon. "I spoke to Coach Holmes recently about my paperwork (admissions), and to clear up some questions about the overall commitment," said Hardison, who is teammates with Army commit, C.J. Shelley. "C.J. is my boy, best friend and we have been on the same team since flag football.
Look for Hardison to make his decision this week.
LB, Jamal Mtshali remains 50-50 between Army and attending Hargrave prep school. The 6-foot-2, 225 pound Mtshali, who has a great deal of upside would be a solid catch for Coach Ellerson and staff.
Stay tune as GBK.com continues brings you an update on recently committed quarterbacks, Zach Williams and Miles Freeman.
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