Back in July, offensive lineman Nick Bennett expressed his excitement about the Black Knights when he made it clear the degree of interest he had in Army? "It is pretty high."
"I want a school with high academics and West Point is ranked number one by Forbes. I love structure and that's what the school is all about and I want the military."
The 6-foot-2, 280 pound lineman went on to lay out the timeframe he had established surrounding making his college decision. "I may wait a few weeks until schools starts and then make a decision," said Bennett during his July interview with GoBlackKnights.com.
With the start of school right around the corner, having taking time to visit his top two schools, Army and Navy along with sitting down and discussing things with his parents, Bennett reached his decision this weekend.
"Every since I got offered by Army, I just been thinking about the school and remember back to when I was back there for that week and how much I liked it," says the excited prospect out of Eastern High School in Louisville (KY).
Then when I went to Navy the next week, I realize that I did not like it nearly as much as Army. After that I decided I wanted to go to Army regardless of football but football just sealed the deal.
- OL, Nick Bennett
"When I was up there for that week for the West Point summer session, I realized that I wanted to attend a school like a service academy. Then when I went to Navy the next week, I realize that I did not like it nearly as much as Army. After that I decided I wanted to go to Army regardless of football but football just sealed the deal."
THE DECISION & THE CALL
"I reached out to Coach Smeland and told him that I talked about it with my parents, I had thought about and I want to be a Black Knight. He was very excited about my decision and I can't wait to get up there and start playing up there."
Bennett, who will taking an unofficial visit to Army when they host Temple in October, is regarded as an offensive linemen, but will be playing defense this year for his high school.
According to Bennett, it's a 99% chance that he will be going direct based on his grade. I can't wait to get up there and put on a show for the Army fans.
In addition to Army and Navy, Bennett is hearing from Marshall, Bowling Green and Western Kentucky.
GoBlackKnights.com congratulates Nick Bennett as he becomes the first member of the Black Knights' 2011 recruiting class.
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