October 7, 2010

Insider: Prospect updates

Inside the Huddle: Prospect Updates

This past Saturday, several recruits made their way to West Point to see the Black Knights host Temple in what turned out to be a hard fought game between two programs that are clearly on the rise.

GoBlackKnights.com had a chance to catch up with many of the prospects who were on hand, and even those who were unable to attend.

Army commit and offensive lineman Nick Bennett was on hand and as he mentioned to GBK in an earlier article ... just being there confirmed his decision to become a Black Knight.

Speaking of lineman, Jake Winkel out of Aurora (IL) Marmion Academy was also present. This was Winkel's second trip to West Point, as he made his way to the campus in July, where he connected with his recruiting coach Joe Ross. During his July visit, he had an opportunity to see the campus and football facilities in detail.

However, due to a very tight flight schedule on Saturday, he was able to take in the pregame warm-ups, but did catch the bulk of the game.

"I did not get there until right after kickoff, but the atmosphere up there was great … the place was rocking," shared Winkel. "The field is unbelievable … looks great, the stadium is classic with some add on.

I was mostly watching their offense … I really like that they run the option offense. I watching the offensive line and they really fire off the ball and they attack."

Unfortunately for Winkel, as tight as his flight was coming in, it was equally as time sensitive going out. "I did not get a chance to speak to the coaches after the game because we had a 6:00pm flight out of JFK and we had leave immediately, but I did leave my most recent senior tapes. Since I missed him (Ross), I emailed him Sunday when we got home and he responded.

He said he wanted my recent ACT scores and I faxed that to him. He said he was impressed with my scores and he was going to review my most recent film this week."

Although the 6-foot-3, 285 pound Winkel does not hold an offer Army, he has made it clear that they are his school of choice.

"Army is my number one school," confirms Winkel, who has 3.75 GPA, an ACT of 31 and has plans to major in biology in college. "If I were to make a decision today, it would definitely be Army.

I would be thrilled to be a Black Knight … going up there a couple of times, I know what they are all about, plus I go to a military academy so I'm use to the military aspect as well."

Other prospects who was on hand was kicker Rich Tyndall out of Moultrie (GA), Colquitt County High School; defensive lineman Jonas Niusulu from Barstow (CA) Barstow High School; R.J. Kaiser of Fayetteville (NC), Jack Britt High School where the 6-foot-2, 210 pounder plays defensive end.

James Gill and [db]Jake Peterson also took in the game.

However, cornerback prospect Be-Be Allen out of Atlanta (Ga.) was unable to attend due to a conflict in his football schedule.

One prospect who is high on Army's list is safety Matt Semelsberger was all set to make his way to West Point on Saturday, but due to a season ending injury, the hard hitting safety was home recovering from surgery.

"I broke my fibula while I was running the ball and my foot got stuck in the turf," shares Semelsberger, who sounded optimistic under the circumstances and following Friday's surgery.

"For twelve weeks I will have these plates in and take them out in the spring. At this point, I will be working hard to get ready for my college career."

For the prospect out of Ijamsville (Md.) Urbana High School, he has been keeping a watchful eye on Army's season. "I have been following their season and they have been looking solid … I'm very interested.

With offers from Army and Navy, Semelsberger was comfortable in naming his top four schools. "BC said they are very interested in me and I'm going to get some film to them and the same with West Virginia. Right now, my top four are Army, BC, Navy and West Virginia."

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