January 5, 2011

Black Knights hosting big OL this weekend

It never fails … whenever Army plays, you can bet your house that the television commentators will mention how small the offensive line is in comparison with other Division I programs. And when confronted with this proverbial topic, Coach Ellerson's typical response is that he wants to ensure that his linemen can move and explode in small a space … that's the triple option prototype offensive lineman, at least for the Black Knights.

But don't think that for one moment if the Army staff were to find that "typical size" offensive linemen prospect that they were turn their heads the other way.

On the contrary, there is one prospect name Matt Hugenberg who has caught the attention of the Black Knights' staff and if you ask his high school coach, Bill Connell of Quincy Notre Dame, he is quick to confirm the fact the Army staff is on the right path.

"I have seven Division I and IA linemen in colleges around the country right now," shares Connell. For example there's Jack Cornell (6'5", 315) who starts at Illinois and we have a pretty idea about what a quality linemen is coming through our program."

So it is easy to understand why Hugenberg has the Army staff excited. Personally, they like what they have seen firsthand in the 6-foot-5, 290 pound tackle prospect. Secondly, it is the endorsement from Connell who has become somewhat of a connoisseur on quality high school linemen. For which, Connell signs off on Hugenberg's football talent and character, whereby both would make him an ideal fit for the Army program.

"He's a real good kid … you don't have to worry about where he is on Saturday night, he has good feet and he can move," shares the Quincy Notre Dame Head Coach. We run a versatile offense, which consist of some spread and our guys up front have to be mobile and he is."

And Hugenberg is quick to confirm his coach's assessment. "I consider myself as an athletic offensive lineman and not just some big dummy lineman."

"He has a Division I body and has played between 315-325, but because he wrestles at a heavy weight, in our state he has to be in the 290 pound range. But when wrestling is over, he could eat a couple of turkeys and be at 300 pounds," Connell shares as he laughs at the truth in the possibility."

"I started this season at 310 pounds," declares Hugenberg, who plays right tackle in Quincy Notre Dame offense and is looking forward to his upcoming visit to West Point.

"I am definitely interested in Army and I'm looking forward to my visit … it should be fun. But I'm not ruling out anyone right now. I think I'm going on visits to UNI and Murray State.

GoBlackKnights.com will keep you posted on Hugenberg's official visit to Army and his recruiting all the way to the end.

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