January 17, 2011

OL, Matt Hugenberg makes it official

With four of the starting five offensive linemen graduating in May, there has been a pressing need to get quality talent upfront into the pipeline.

Unlike many of the other positions on the team, that allow for the staff to interchange a player's position … for the most part the offensive linemen brought into the system end up as offensive linemen. Yes, there are some exceptions to the rule, especially under Coach Ellerson's direction.

There were two quality offensive linemen that appeared to be Army bound. However, both Rafe Kiely and Derek Evans, who will be taking their skills to Wyoming and Appalachian State respectively.

But even with that, the staff has been pretty successful in getting the commitment of some very talented prospects with a several others possible commitments on the horizon.

David Evans leads the charge, along fellow 2011 offensive line recruiting class teammate Nick Bennett, Bill Allen and now you can add Matt Hugenberg's name to the list.

So after taking time to evaluate his official visit from last weekend … Hugenberg matched up his personal goals to what Army football and West Point could offer him and gave his pledge to the Black Knights' staff.

"When I committed to Coach Ross, he was very excited and he said he was going to Coach Ellerson know right now," shares the 6-foot-5, 295 pounder who also explained why he selected Army.

"I actually made a list of what I wanted … like my goals in life and Army football (West Point) met most of those goals."

How much of an impact did your visit last weekend play in your decision?
"It was totaling different than I expected," he noted. "I didn't go on my official visit thinking I would be going to school there. It totally changed my perspective on what West Pont was all about. Understanding the lifestyle there impacted my decision."

Hugenberg's initial stop will be the USMAPS (West Point's prep school) and he indicated that the coaching staff has targeted him to play guard, as well as drop some wait by the time he arrives this summer. "When I show up they said they want me to show up at 275 pounds," says Hugenberg, who can't wait to get started.

"I am so excited. When is signing day ... February 2nd? I want to get it going right away."

"Go Army, Beat Navy," shares an enthusiastic Hugenberg.

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