March 10, 2011

Evans and Workman visit during Black & Gold Spring game.

If there's an Army game, scrimmage, meeting … you name it, there is a strong possibility that future Black Knights David Evans and Duran Workman will be close by.

The two direct commits have become permanent fixtures around anything Army football related and yesterday's Black & Gold Spring game was no different. The game, which represents the conclusion of spring practice for Army saw both players on hand and they seem to enjoy every moment of their time spent on campus.

However, it appears that the West Virginia native, Duran was being challenged by the New York chill that surrounded Michie Stadium during Wednesday's contest.

"It's really cold right now," says Workman, as he watched the game from sidelines."

"Things are going well except for the weather," chuckles the hard hitting safety, who also spent time with some time with a few of coaches during his visit.

"I met with Coach Coaxum for about an hour," he says. "It was an opportunity to learn some things about the defense and get familiar with some different things. We talked about different coverage, techniques from the Sam, Rover and the Mike. I also talked with Coach Saadat and familiarizing myself with what they expect from me and what I will be doing this upcoming season.

Workman indicated that the staff appears to be leaning on him jump starting his Black Knights' career at either the Sam and Rover versus the free safety. "They would like to keep me in the box because I'm physical," shared the 6-foot-0, 200 pound defender.

Like many of the Black Knights' 2011, Workman also excels on the track that he facilitates along with his Black Knights' workout regimen.

"I have track practice for an hour to hour and a half after school and then I have the Army workout takes about an hour and half … so I've been doing that after school every day," he shared.

Workman runs the 100M, 200M, 400M, 4x100 and 4x200. "Our meets start towards the end of March and I won't start running towards middle April, because I'm a pretty big guy so I don't want to pull anything."

But just that quick, his focus turns back to the business of eventually joining his future teammates at Army. "I'm real excited and anxious to get on the field and start playing," he concludes.

One of those teammates will be offensive lineman, David Evans, who clearly was enjoy the spring game … from an offensive perspective.

"Things are going well … the offense is leading 25-12 much to Duran's chagrin," says Evans as he laughs at his future teammate's defensive loyalty.

For Evans, who arrived at 1pm, he had a chance to take in some sites as well as connect with some of the coaches. "Since we arrived early, it gave us plenty of time to walk around the campus," he said.

"I talked to Coach Tripp and the strength coach … Coach Gerch.

I talked to him about what his program is about and the things I should work on before I get here this summer. I talked to Coach Tripp about how excited I was to be arriving this summer."

His excitement was heighten as he had his eyes fixated on what the big guys on the OL were doing during the game.

"I have been watching the offensive linemen and the 1st team OL looked really good," Evans declared. "They looked really cohesive as if they knew what they were doing."

So does Evans feel that he can come in and compete right out of the gate?

"I think size wise I'm right in the mix with all these guys," he confirms the 6-foot-3, 270 pound lineman. "I'm bigger than a few and a few are bigger than me, but not many. So size wise it's not going to be any difficulties for me … I'm not at any disadvantage. It's going to be about me hitting the weights, how aggressive I am and how much I want it when I get here this summer. I can definitely see me out there playing and it's all going to be a matter of how hard I work and how much I want it.

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