June 29, 2007

New York QB impressed with Army

Most football prospects spend the summer prior their senior season attending college camps and working out for coaches and New York quarterback, James Brady is no different. "We (family) are in Boston now," says Brady. "We were at the BC camp yesterday and we are leaving … headed to UConn (camp)."

Although Brady had a productive BC camp, sometimes for recruits, it comes down to numbers and timing. "I did well and talked to the coaches, but they got a verbal from Justin Tuggle the other day," says Brady.

However, the 6-foot-1, 213-pounder, is extremely excited about his first and only offer (Army) he thus far, but is working hard and making his rounds this summer to increase his recruiting stock.

Visiting the West Point campus only added to Brady's excitement and interest in the Black Knights. "My mom and I took an unofficial to the campus about 3 weeks ago," shares Brady. "I was almost like a private tour and I talked to Coach Brock for about 30 minutes. I loved West Point, but the only thing holding me back is the commitment after graduation, but it's not a big deal though."

What was Brady's mother's reaction to the West Point visit? "My mom loved it and if the commitment factor wasn't there, I would have committed to Coach Brock on the spot … so now I have some things to think about."

The elder Brady (dad) has some thoughts about the West Point commitment. "I view the commitment like someone's first job out of college, and I shared that with my son," declares Brady's dad.

Brady, who is being recruited by Black Knights' tight-end coach, John Misciagna is getting support from other sources as well. Along with the encouragement from his father, former St. Anthony's player and current Black Knights starting WLB, Frank Scappaticci has chimed in as well. "I spoke with Frank during spring break and he loves it at West Point, and it does set you for life," notes Brady. "What surprised me most were the football facilities. They are some of the best in the country and everything is centrally located … from the weight room, the indoor football field to the stadium."

Aside from his summer camp campaign to BC, UConn and his unofficial visit to Army, Brady is also hearing from Syracuse, Iowa, Missouri, Purdue, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and many of the Ivy schools, such as Princeton, Dartmouth and Pennsylvania.

The New York quarterback's top schools are Army, Purdue, Iowa, Princeton, Missouri and UConn.

Brady has done a solid job in maintaining his focus on camps and preparing for his senior football season. Football at St. Anthony's is historical and as competitive as anywhere on the East Coast, and the country for that matter. The Friars were #1 in the state of NY and #24 in the nation this past season. He is working out with several teammates at Parisi's Strength & Speed facility in Long Island.

"Our coaches have said several times that this year's team could probably be St. Anthony's best ever," shares Brady, whose Friars have at least 4 Division I prospects, including Rutgers' commit, defensive tackle, Scott Vallone.

Brady, who runs a 4.65 forty, leads the Friars triple option offense, that saw the signal caller complete a little less than 60% of his passes, for 1600 yards, 10 touchdowns. He rushed for over 500 yards and 5 touchdowns.

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow the recruiting of this New York prospect.

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