July 13, 2011

DE, Rosales & WR, Carnegie are Army ready!

Jalen Rosales and Chris Carnegie weren't high school rivals in Berkeley, Calif. The two played for schools just a few blocks away, but Rosales at Berkeley High School in the Alameda Contra Costa and Carnegie at St. Mary's College High School in the Bay Shore Athletic League.

St. Mary's and Berkeley did scrimmage, but it wasn't until the two found each other getting on the same plane at San Francisco International Airport that they got acquainted.

The two were bound for the same destination - the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

"And then we got diverted to Texas,'' Rosales recalled.

The two will once again take that cross-country flight in the next few days to begin their military careers at the United States Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS).

Rosales was an outstanding defensive end/linebacker and long snapper for Berkeley and is projected to play defensive end at the prep school. Carnegie was a standout cornerback/receiver at St. Mary's. He will be a receiver.

"I've been working with a trainer since the spring,'' said Rosales, who also played defense on the lacrosse team. "We've been doing a lot of one-on-one drills''

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Rosales was recruited by Hawaii, Fresno State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Northern Arizona and Nevada. Army gave him an altogether different possibilities.

"I really was blown away with the facilities Army has,'' said Rosales, who recorded 82 tackles, seven sacks and 12 tackles for a loss last year. ""It was super nice. My jaw dropped.''

He also caught 14 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns. He also made 60 pancake blocks as a tight end.

"My drive for the ball,'' said Rosales when asked what may have attracted Black Knight coaches to his game. "I would say how quick I was coming off the line. They liked my speed.''

Speed is definitely a part of Carnegie's game, which remains a primary recruiting focus for Army Head Coach Rich Ellerson and his staff.

He ran a 10.86 in the 100 meters, 22.37 in the 200 and 49.6 in the 400 during the spring. He also ran a 47.9 relay split on the 4x400.

"When I first said I was going to West Point some of my friends said 'you're going to fight in a war?' and I told them it wasn't like that,'' Carnegie said. ""A lot of them didn't know where West Point was, but I showed them.''

The 6-foot, 180-pound Carnegie was recruited as a cornerback, but said he will be playing wide receiver.

"They saw some of my film running a jail break screen,'' said Carnegie, who added that he considered walking on at Hampton University (Va.) at one point. ''I really didn't care where I play, I just want to get on the field.

"This is a chance to play Division I football and my life will be set up after I graduate,'' he added.

He has been working out for some of the California Polytechnic State University coaching staff, where Ellerson coached between 2001 and 2008.

"I'm working out every day,'' said Carnegie. "It's been challenging, but I'm getting the hang of it.''

He arrives with the rest of his new teammates this weekend.
"The architect, the brick buildings, West Point is like a city of its own,'' he said. ""There's nothing like it.''

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