June 21, 2011

A pumped up Jeffires is ready for Army

Very little time remains for the Army's incoming class of 2011 on their "home" turf. While most of their friends will still be enjoying the peak of their summer vacation, those coming in direct and to the USMAPS will soon find themselves at their new home on the campus of West Point.

Now that the time is close at hand … this next week GoBlackKnights.com will introduce to the Army fans several prospects that flew under the radar but now are part of the group of newly anointed Black Knights.

We kick off our coverage with Brandon Fusilier-Jeffires, who I just graduated and will be prep bound.

Jeffires, who played strong safety and inside linebacker in high school passes they eye test with flying color, as he joins a very deep group of defensive players who will get their first taste of West Point via the prep school.

"I was recruited to play strong safety and I'm very excited to be headed to Army," says the 6-foot-1, 185 pound prospect out of Houston (Tx) Lamar High School, who's recruiting was handled by Black Knights' linebacker coach, Coach Robert Lyles.

So when did Jeffires actually receive his offer?

"Army offered me in mid-April and I accepted at that time, but I got my LOA the beginning and I was good to go," he shared with GBK on Monday.

"It is one of the best schools in the nation academically, playing Division I football so you get the whole package."

Like most of the skilled players that Ellerson and his staff have brought into the program over the past two season, Jeffires also participates in track where he runs 400m (49.5) and 400x4 relay.

But it is on the gridiron that Jeffires reputation has flourished. And for those who have not seen him perform, he provide his own personal assessment.

"I am more of a hitter versus a cover guy because I came in playing strong safety, but moved to inside linebacker because our lack of depth at our school," Jeffires states. "I played inside in my junior year and my coach kept me in the box."

As the days now draw closer to reporting to West Point, Jeffires finds it hard to contain himself.

"I'm really excited about playing safety for Army," he reiterates. "I heard from Coach Lyles … he came down and had dinner in mid-May. They had an orientation thing at my school as well and he came down."

"I have been getting emails from the prep school coach and a letter from Coach Ellerson … he's having an gathering at his house the day before R-Day."

Jeffires is also excited to have connected with another local prospect and future teammate. "I have been speaking with Deandre Bell," he says as he shares how their paths crossed. "We met at orientation at 2nd Baptist High School and he was there. It was everyone who was going to West Point or the prep school from Houston and it was put together by the Parent Club."

It should be noted that the prospect out of Houston comes from very strong bloodlines. His dad, Haywood Jeffires was a 1st round (20th overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State. The senior Jeffires was a 6-foot-2, 198 pound wide receiver and played in 10 NFL seasons from 1987-1996.

"He's really excited and really proud that I will be playing football for Army and attending West Point," shares Jeffires of his dad's reaction to his son taking that next big step in life.

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