February 11, 2011

Hard hitting LB is ready to go

Although linebacker Tyler McLees had given his verbal to the Army staff on January 30th, he had to patiently wait for admission to give the nod yes before he could officially become a Black Knight.

"I was in the basement and I got a voicemail, but the call didn't go through," McLees shared of his recent engagement with Army's offensive tackle coach, Bill Tripp.

"It was Coach Tripp and I listen to the message and he said that admissions had accepted me into West Point. I had already verbally committed there so he knew I was going there.

For the prospect out of Melville (NY) St. Anthony's High School, it was a a moment of relief and excitement to know that he would be wearing the black & gold of Army and attending West Point.

"He emailed me the football certificate and I had it signed and faxed the next day."

The 6-foot-0, 220 pound hard hitting linebacker has been in contact with the program since his first unofficial visit back in the early stages of 2010.

"I came up for a spring practice last year and I came to watch summer training camp and the North Texas game," he shared this afternoon. But it was his most recent visit that confirmed for McLees that he was ready to play football on the Banks of the Hudson.

"On January 17th I visited Army and it was great … that's when I decided that Army is where I wanted to go," says a still very excited McLees, who was hosted during his visit by sophomore safety Matt Luetjen.

McLees declared that Luetjen was very informative and forthright relative to his questions surrounding playing football at Army and attending West Point.

But even before his final visit, McLees had already begun exercising due dillegence around what entails to be at West Point and he was able to connect with former St. Anthony's product and Black Knights' 2008 captain, Frank Scappaticci.

"I have actually spoke to Frank Scappaticci several times," McLees says. "It was good … he answered a lot of my questions, he pretty much told me that it would be tough, but be worth it in the end."

And McLees inquiries don't stop with the Ins and Outs of West Point, but he has been keeping track of what is unfolding with the 2011 recruiting class. "I look on GoBlackKnights.com to see who was going direct and who is going to prep."

So where does see himself playing next season, as he will be a direct admit this summer?

"Coach Tripp says they see me as a Whip, but Coach Saadat had be me watching film as a Mike," says a chuckling McLees, who knows that Army fans were use to seeing big plays made by #50 in the middle, but knows that he will have to put his own signature on whichever position he plays.

"I'm very familiar the type of player Stephen Anderson was playing in the middle."

"I'm not a burner, so I play with relentless effort, try to be smarter than everyone else … know the blocking scheme and make things happen out there."

GoBlackKnights.com welcomes Tyler McLees as part of the 2011 Recruiting Class.

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