November 19, 2010

Prospects have their eyes on Army's contest versus Notre Dame

Although Army is recognized as the visiting team and as such they aren't allowed to host prospects on Saturday as the Black Knights take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. However, several Army recruits have taken it upon themselves to be on hand at the new Yankee Stadium to take in the game.

On the other hand, there will tons of players who are unable to make the trip to watch the game live, but who will be glued to their big screen TV come Saturday evening.

One of the player who will be at Yankee Stadium is Matt Giachinta out of Paramus (NJ) Paramus Catholic. Giachinta, who recently reported to National Staff Analysis, Mike Farrell that Army is now his number one school.

Residing in the Garden State, the 6-foot-1, 210 pound athlete will not have too far to travel as he makes his way via the NJ Turnpike and right over the George Washington Bridge.

"Army is my favorite because of the relationships that I build with the coaching staff," says Giachinta, who is being recruited by running back coach Tucker Waugh.

"I will be attending the Army - Notre Dame game on Saturday and in December I'm going to the Army - Navy game as well. My family and I bought our tickets a couple of weeks ago.

Offensive lineman prospect Rafe Kiely will be watching the game from home, but is also looking to set-up his official visit to the West Point campus.

"I'm trying to set up my visit to Army," he says. "I have my rough days planned out and Ross said they are really busy right now with scheduling but looking to get set up very soon."

When asked if will be watching the Army - Notre Dame game, Kiely responded with a resounding confirmation. "Yes I will be," says a laughing Kiely. "I had a lot of people come to me at school and ask me if there was any way they could get tickets for that game. I said if there were tickets to that game for me, I would be flying down there myself and watching. It's like the SuperBowl … its so big and extravagant."

Army commit Nick Bennett will not be in attendance, but like others, will watching closely via the NBC telecast.

"I'm definitely watching the game … I can't wait," says the 6-foot-2, 278 pound lineman. I have that whole evening planned out to watch game.

For Joshua Trimble, who has brothers Jordan and Justin wearing the black & gold of Army, will be watching from home.

"I won't be able to make it, but will definitely be watching," says Joshua, who is still waiting for an offer from Army, with the possibility of being the forth Trimble to play for the Black Knights. "I was at the Army for the Kent State game last week and enjoyed myself."

Clearly for Coach Ellerson and his staff, Saturday's game is an opportunity for the prospects (2011) that remain on the radar, as well as those from the recruiting class of 2012 to see the Army football product that to date they have only heard or read about.

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