January 18, 2011

Black Knights land New Jersey athlete

For some time now, Matt Giachinta has been a fixture around Army football games this season, as well as the campus itself.

In July he made his way to West Point for an unofficial visit to take a tour of the campus and football facilities.

During that initial visit, Giachinta met with Coach Tucker Waugh who has been handling his recruiting and afterwards, the Garden State prospect spent time in the "big office" with Head Coach Rich Ellerson.

And the 6-foot-1, 210 pound athlete was on hand for Army's home opener against Hawaii, in attendance when the Black Knights took on Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium and front & center at the Army-Navy contest.

So when Giachinta took his official visit to Army this past weekend, it confirmed what he had known for sometime … the Black Knights are who he wanted to commit to.

GoBlackKnights.com had a chance to catch up with the versatile athlete to discuss his decision to commit to Army.

Newest Member of the 2011 Recruiting Class

"I just spoke to Coach Waugh this afternoon," Giachinta shares just moments ago. "He is on the road recruiting and he called me up. He asked me if I wanted to be a Black Knight and I said yes. He was very excited …. We have been going on this recruiting journey for some time now, so it was time to become a Black Knight."

So why did the New Jersey prospect decide on Army and what are his expectation?

"As far as the prep school goes, I like that because it helps me transition into the school year, militarily and academically, as well as football wise, it helps me prepare to play at the Division I level," Giachinta acknowledges.

"But at the end of the day, I looked at all my opportunities and at the end of the day I couldn't pass up West Point."

Although Giachinta attends Paramus Catholic in New Jersey he is from Cold Spring, NY and has been commuting to the New Jersey school since 10th grade.

From their town's riverfront in Cold Spring, the Giachinta family can actually see the historic campus.

"West Point is only 20 minutes away and it great to have my family around and able to come watch me play. If you go down to the dock in our town, you can actually see West Point."

In closing, he made it clear that deep down inside, he knew that he would be a Black Knight and that he is very impressed with where the program is going.

"I really had a strong feeling in my heart that Army is where I was going to commit … the official visit confirmed that for me," he shared.

"I have noticed how Coach Ellerson has turned the program around and the guys coming into the program continues to get better and the coaching staff has done a great job getting special talent on board."

Although Giachinta's first stop will be the USMAPS, you better believe that the Giachinta family will also be permanent fixtures at the Army football games, especially those at Michie Stadium.

GoBlackKnights.com would like to congratulate Matt Giachinta for becoming the newest member of the Long Gray Line and part of the Black Knights' 2011 football recruiting class.

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