February 12, 2011

Proulx joins the Army 2011 Recruiting Class

When you look at the list of running back prospects that make up the 2011 recruiting class, talented is one of the obvious adjectives that can be used to describe this group. But they are also versatile, explosive and powerful. Although they are deep in numbers, it almost appears that each has their own unique qualities.

Luke Proulx who was offered only two weeks ago is one of the most recent acquisitions to this group and is a quality pick up for the Black Knights.

Proulx is out of Bothell (WA) Bothell High School and is a faster version of current Army freshman running back, Jonathan Crucitti … maybe 10 pounds lighter.

His skills are more similar to starting slotback Malcolm Brown, where he does everything pretty well. The fact that he is a little bit of a "tweener" relative to 5-foot-9 , 185 pound frame, many schools backed off. He was viewed by some as too small to project as a power-pro style "I" tailback, which is the role he played at Bothell.

Proulx is a legit 4.5 forty prospect and will be a nice slotback in Army's triple option offense. He is fast and physical, along with being deceptively strong, which made him both productive and durable.

His head coach, Tom Bainter rates him in the top 1% of recruits he's ever coached at Bothell. That is a mouthful because this is a program has placed tons of players at the next level.

Proulx finished with approximately 4,000 yards rushing and nearly 50 touchdowns over the past two seasons. To go along with his 4.5 speed, he has a sanctioned 11.1 time in the 100M and 22.2 in the 200M.

GoBlackKnights.com had a chance to catch-up with the First Team All-State athlete to discuss his commitment to the Black Knights.

"I committed on Tuesday," shares an elated Proulx, who was recruited by offensive coordinator, Ian Shields and was being recruited by Washington State, Montana and a few others along with taking an official visit to Central Washington.

The speedy back had visited the West Point campus on the weekend of February 4th and his player host was Josh Jones.

"It was awesome," he said. "They have so much to offer and I get more excited the more I think about it. The comradery of the players and being a West Point graduate, as well as the facilities are top of the line … it's off the chart.

Proulx knows that there is deep competition, but is up to the task to making a name for himself. "I hope to make an initial impression on the special teams … maybe as a kick returner. Then eventually working through a running back spot, but if not I'm open to play slot receiver or the other side of the ball."

Proulx first stop will be at the United States Military Academy Prep School.

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