January 21, 2011
Haskins adds speed to Army's 2011 Recruiting Class
If there is one position or group of positions that Army has solid talent and depth to add, it would be at running back. Take your pick, A,B or C backs look good for years to come.
Hassin, Brown, Maples, Cobbs, Crucitti, Turrentine and Dixon, just to name a few will keep quarterback Trent Steelman busy will "options" to pitch the ball to.
However, as talented and deep as the backfield roster appears to be, the pure speed factor is one attribute that has been missing from the arsenal.
Well, the 2011 recruiting class just added a speedster to an already impressive group. Ja'Quail Haskins out of Killeen (Tx) Killeen High school gave his verbal commitment to the Army coaching staff on Wednesday.
The 5-foot-8, 170 pound back has scorched the gridiron and track and has the numbers to support it.
His senior year carrying the ball, saw Haskins blazed by, cut around and leave behind defenders for 1,550 rushing yard and 20 touchdowns.
Similarly on the track, he once again, blazed and left behind his competition and in the 100M State Finals he ran a sizzling 10.31 (wind added) and 10.56 (prelims) at the Richardson Invitational Track Meet.
GBK caught up with Haskins, who visited West Point last weekend, to discuss his recruiting by Army and his decision to become a Black Knight
"It was a great time there," shares Haskins, without being asked about his time spent at West Point. "My host was running back Brian Cobbs - It went well
they treated me like a brother and like I was already a member of the team."
For Haskins, being able to connect with the players, the coaches and the administration was a major factor in his decision.
"The companionship they showed me
it's so much different than the traditional university. I met with so many people and I was able to get an idea of what to expect as a West Point grad."
So where does the speedy back stand with Navy? "They offered and wanted me to visit
I haven't told about my commitment to Army, which is solid
I will get to them soon," Haskins states
In addition to connecting with the current roster of players, Haskins was able to develop a rapport with some of the recruits who were on hand during last weekend's visit.
"I know that Deandre Bell has or is about to commit and we hit it off," he says. "I also connect with Jared Rogers as well
man I'm very excited."
Haskins first stop will be the USMAPS.
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