December 13, 2010

Black Knights host tons of recruits at the Army-Navy game

Army hosted a huge unofficial visit Saturday where 32 prospects were scheduled to be on hand for the Army-Navy game at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Although the end result was not as Army had hope for, as they suffered a 31-17 lose to academy rival Navy.

For many of the recruits that were present, they were able to look beyond the final score and have assessed the entire body of work of this year's Army team.

A group of players from talent rich The Hun School Princeton (N.J.) highlighted the recruiting day, along with six Black Knights' committed players that included Tala Atimalala, Collin Downs, David Evans, Logan Pearce, Matt Semelsberger and Duran Workman

GoBlackKnights.com had a chance to speak with several of the prospects in order to get their take on the game itself, the venue and playing for the Black Knights of Army.

The Recruits

Duran Workman

"The pre-game was real amazing … just being there gave me a peace about my commitment to play at Army," shared the safety prospect who also shared his thoughts on the game itself. "The turnover at the one yard line and returned 90 plus yards was a 14 point swing and was the difference in the game."

"I had a chance to speak with my future teammates Collin Downs and David Evans. We talked about the future - how cool it was and will be. Everything was a lot more than I expected."

A.J. Dillione

"The visit went really well," says the offensive line prospect. "I had a chance to talk to many of the coaches … it was a great experience and the game was hard fought … I was rooting hard for Army."

"I have high level of interest in Army," shares Dillione, who is still hoping that an offer from the Black Knights is forthcoming. "I would be honored and excited … it would be the most exciting thing that would have ever happen to me."

"I can truly see myself playing for Army."

Matt Giachinta

"I really enjoyed it - really liked the atmosphere and the crowd," says the Giachinta, who like the players from the Hun School, made his way down interstate 95 from New Jersey.

"Minus the turnover it would have been a great game," he shared. "It was a great experience and I can see myself playing in this game."

Giachinta indicated that he will be making his college decision in January, soon after he takes his official visit (1/14) to Army.

Over the next month, it will be a very exciting time for Army recruiting, as several recruits remain on the fence, but with many leaning towards the Black Knights.

Of course, GoBlackKnights.com will keep you up to date as prospects begin to make their decisions, official visits and much more … as we get closer to Signing Day and the formation Army's 2011 recruiting class.


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