February 3, 2011
Carnegie, Newman and Sanchez are ready to go
Army commit Chris Carnegie out of Berkely (Calif.) St. Mary's High School got his moment in the spotlight yesterday as the cornerback/wide receiver gathered in front of family and administration during Wednesday's signing ceremony. "We just finished it not too long ago," Carnegie said during the early afternoon yesterday, where his ceremony was held in the school's multi-purpose room.
"My mom, dad and grandma were there," he said. "My athletic director introduced me, then my head football coach and basketball spoke, along with the track coach and we were joined by the school's president, students, teachers, teammates."
Like most recruits across the country yesterday, Signing Day is the end of a long haul and for many, it could not come soon enough.
"I feels great to know that what you have done did not go unnoticed, but it is also a stress release," says Carnegie, as he defines that moment.
It will be interesting to see where the USMAPS bound athlete will start his college career. "When I was up on my official visit, they had me in a position meeting with Coach Guyder, but also I was in a position meeting with the DB's," says Carnegie.
For the Carnegie, he has little down time when it comes to his athletic schedule, but will be setting aside time after winter track to start his college preparation. "I'm playing basketball right now, but working out in track and when that is over, I will be working out with Jalen Rosales.," he says as he makes reference to fellow Army commit and neighbor.
"He's at Berkeley High which is about five miles away and get some football workouts going. I got close with him on our trip to Army � we were on the same flight together."
For wide receiver Justin Newman, his 8:45am signing day ceremony was more low key, as he settled for a family celebration at the Mesa Country Club in Arizona.
"The moment is amazing and to think that's where I'm going to be next year," says Newman who will enter the program as a direct admit.
So, did the wide receiver have a chance to speak with the Army staff after his ceremony? "I was going to call them after I spoke to you guys, but I spoke to Coach Guyder yesterday," Newman shared yesterday morning. "We just talked about how today would go and that I have a chance to get some time my freshman year, especially since they lost one of their wide receivers."
Like Carnegie, Newman is beginning to move into the college preparation mode, at least as it relates to playing at the next level. "I'm going to run track � keep lifting and in the back of mind, I'm working hard to come in and try to get a starting spot," declares the 6-foot-4, 194 pound receiver.
For defensive end Derek Sanchez, it all came together yesterday, as he held his ceremony at the chapel at his high school. "It was awesome," the prospect out of Reno (Nev.) Bishop Manogue High School.
"There were a couple of news stations there, my family and friends, along with staff from the school."
After his signing ceremony, Sanchez noted that he was in contact with the Army coaching staff. "I spoke to Coach Saadat earlier today � he was excited that I was signed and ready to go," says the 6-foot-3 1/2, 212 pound defender, who is a direct admit.
"I'm very excited and can't wait to get going."
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