January 27, 2011

Black Knights get commit from Cornerback

There is no question that the Black Knights struggled from time to time throughout the 2010 season at cornerback.

At times, seasoned players like Antuan Aaron and Richard King looked inexperienced out there and even at times they appeared a step slower, not as quick or fast as the receivers they faced. Then you had sophomore Josh Jackson who was in fact experienced and although he came on at the end, as did King, there is a need add quality talent in the lineup of corners on the roster.

We are not talking numbers, but impact players that can push the aforementioned players and others on the roster.

One such player could be Chris Carnegie out of Berkely (Calif.) St. Mary's High School. The 6-foot-0, 180 pound defender has the talent and swagger to become an impact player at Army.

Yes, Army � as Carnegie just gave his commitment to the Black Knights' staff or more specifically to Black Knights' offensive coordinator Ian Shields.

Carnegie is one of the few players to have committed to Army sight unseen, but that will change this weekend as he will make the trip East for his official visit to West Point.

He took a few moments yesterday to discuss with GBK why he selected Army and a few other topics.

"I was offered by Army last Tuesday," shares Carnegie when asked when he received the offer from Army.

"Coach Shields visited me at home and told me he was serious about me playing at Army. He told me that he didn't want me to commit until I too my official, but I had already made up my mind."

So why did Carnegie jump at the offer to play for the Black Knights and attend West Point?

"At my school, I take on a leadership position and kind of a go to guy at school and I feel that West Point will continue to develop my leadership skills and make me a better man as well."

Although he plays on both side of the ball at St. Mary's, he has that defensive back mentality and that's exactly where the Army staff has him locked into play.

"DB is what I'm going to play at Army," he states. "I like playing corner more and I prefer bump and run. I feel that if I can stop them off the line from getting a head start and my speed can keep up as well."
Which probably explains why Carnegie indicated that his favorite cornerback is the New York Jets' physical, but athletic corner, Antonio Cromartie.

Prior to his senior year, Carnegie played safety, but was moved to corner his senior year � one reason he gives is that he was almost too physical. "I played safety last year and kind of knock myself out of the position and moved to corner," he states.
In addition to football, he participates in track where he runs the open 100M, 200M, along with 4x100 and 4x400. His personal best time in the 100M is 11.0 that took place at the BSAL finals.

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

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