February 2, 2011

Signing Day Central: Rabb & Hugenberg are onboard

Greg Rabb can't wait to get going.

"I'm excited. I'm anxious. I can't wait to go to the next level and get it done.''

Rabb, the 6-foot, 230-pound running back with quick feet and the ability to go all the way every time he touches the ball, signed his letter of intent Wednesday morning.

He shared the moment with four teammates in his high school auditorium, at University High in Orlando, Fla. Their destinations included Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Bryant and Villanova. As for his choice, it wasn't that difficult.

When I compared West Point to other schools they didn't really match up, … It wasn't that tough of a decision. It was not that hard.

- Army commit, Greg Rabb

"When I compared West Point to other schools they didn't really match up,'' he said. "It wasn't that tough of a decision. It was not that hard.

It's about opportunity,'' he said. "Everybody talks about after football, and I have nothing to worry about. I'll already have the tools to be ready for life. That's what West Point is all about.''

For this breakaway back it's all about getting ready for his opportunities.

"I think things will kind of like return to normalcy,'' he said about all the hoopla now being behind him. "Everything is all done and it's time to get to work, work hard and get my mind ready and prepared.

"Today was a great atmosphere,'' he added. "I'm officially a Black Knight.''

And perhaps over the next five years, it will be Matt Hugenberg who will be opening the holes for Rabb, as the 6-foot-3, 283 pound offensive lineman made it official today.

Matt Hugenberg Signs

The location and atmosphere wasn't the most exciting, but that didn't bother Hugenberg in the least. Besides, tomorrow at his high school in southern Illinois, he and four teammates will be acknowledged in a ceremony at the school gym.

Nearly two feet of snow cancelled school on Wednesday, so Hugenberg did an audible and signed his letter of intent in the kitchen with his mom and dad by his side. "It wasn't too huge,'' he said of the moment, "but I'm feeling pretty good. I'm pumped.''

Huge can certainly be applied to this football player, who stands 6-foot-5 and, nearing the end of his wrestling season, weighs 283 pounds. Fourth in the states a year ago, he's hoping to win a state championship at the end of this month. His record right now is 29-3.

Although he did play nose guard in high school, Army has him projected as an offensive guard. He will start his career at the prep

The affable young man chose West Point over Northern Iowa and Western Illinois. "I like the military part, and I love their schedule,'' he said. "Their schedule is amazing. I'm just excited.''

First he'll take care of wrestling season.

"I'm relieved,'' he said of his official signing. "I got this out of the way, so now I'll finish up wrestling and really start to relax after that's over.''

But not so much today.

"I can't move my car out of the driveway yet,'' he added about the 22 inches of snow surrounding his house. "So that's what I'll be doing today.''

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