October 15, 2010

Navy commit plans to visit Army

Rodgers (Ark.) Heritage High School Athlete Jimmy Britton, a current Navy Midshipmen commitment, says the Black Knights are very much in his picture.

"I'm visiting Army the weekend of January 21st, says Britton, who has been following Army season. "In Arkansas we don't really get a chance to actually see them play, but I've looked at the scores of their games and they are playing well … plus the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy is still up for grabs."

For the hard hitting safety, who plays multiple positions, he has narrowed his choices down to the academy rivals. "Army and Navy are my top two schools," Britton confesses. "They are right up there with each."

Decision - After I take my official visit and I haven't set up a visit to Navy yet.
One thing for sure, Britton has developed a solid relationship with cornerbacks coach Tony Coaxum and there is no discounting the impact factor that the connection between the two will have on Britton's final decision.

"I spoke to him last week," shared Britton, when acknowledging the last time he talked to Coaxum.

However, the Navy commit, who indicated that he will be making his decision after his official visit to Army … knows that he can only select and attend one of the two schools. "It's going to be very tough," he says.

"With Coach Coaxum and from what I have seen from Army, I am very impressed. I got a chance to meet him in the spring - he was recruiting in this area and he came down to watch me during a spring game.

He's a great-great guy and we have a good relationship … that's what I really like. I want to see the school and meet the rest of staff. It's going to be tough decision when it comes down to the wire."

"My relationship with the Navy coach is not as much as it has been with Coach Coaxum," says Britton who visited Navy unofficially in June and who notes what he believes are some of the similarities between West Point and the Naval Academy.

"For both the schools, it's the intense academics, discipline, and the structure; career options afterwards and of course the football," shares Britton who also shines in the classroom.

"Academically I pumped up with as many AP classes that I could and I'm ranked #5 in my class out of 412."

The 6-foot-2, 210 pound athlete plays multiple positions at Heritage, which is the type of players that Ellerson loves to bring into the Army program. "He's (Coaxum) talked to me about a lot of position, which is what I'm doing now at my school.

His talents could project him at the Mike, Rover, Sam or even at safety … with an addition 10-15 pounds, perhaps at the Whip spot.

That said, Britton had a chance to play more offense this past weekend than he normally does. However, he walked away from his game last week with mixed results.

He broke his middle finger in the first half when the finger was introduced to the helmet of one of the opposing team's defenders and he was unable to play the 2nd half. Britton did scored two touchdowns on runs of 77 and 7 yards.

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Britton's recruiting throughout his senior season and up until the time he makes his decision.

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