September 28, 2008
Texas prospects watch Army take on Texas A&M
GoBlackKnights.com caught up with several Texas recruits who are on the Black Knights' recruiting radar and who took special interest in Army's game against Texas A&M this past Saturday in College Station, Texas in front of 84,090 fans.
As the Black Knights made their way to Texas to take on the Aggies, several prospects were invited to attend the game in order to see Army up close and personal.
However, it was only a couple of weeks ago that people along the Texas coast were leaving home or planning to evacuate as Hurricane Ike churned toward them. The storm made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast as a Category 2 hurricane, paralyzing Houston and flooding Galveston and other coastal areas.
Despite the difficulties caused by Hurricane Ike, recruiting has picked up again in that area for the Black Knights. Although some of the recruits are still recovering from Ike, there was also the conflict of some of the prospect's scheduled high school game with the Army-Texas A&M game.
Even with that, some of the recruits were able to keep their eye on the tube, to see the Black Knights take on the Aggies.
Wide receiver Drew Coleman from Cedar Park (TX) Vista Ridge was one of several prospects scheduled to attend the game on Saturday. The swift receiver was going to attend with his quarterback Taylor McHargue, who was invited by the Texas A&M, but they decided not to make it, although they watched it together on TV. "We had lost a tough game Friday night and to be honest, we just weren't up to it," says Coleman. "Army looked really good and I was rooting for them to pull the game out and Taylor was rooting for A&M. I was really impressed with Army."
Another player who was very impressed with Army's performance, but unable to attend the game is dual threat quarterback, Ortavious Hypolite out of Orange (TX) West Orange-Stark. Hypolite and his family were directly impacted by Hurricane Ike and the talented Texas prospect is doing a commendable job in balancing family, school, football, and recruiting. Like many Texas high school football programs, Hypolite and his teammates have a couple of games canceled from their schedule. "We missed two games because of Ike," declares Hypolite. "Our apartment got flooded and I'm staying with my coach and probably will be doing so for the rest of the year." With his mother & grandmother relocated to Houston, along with his brother & sister staying with an aunt, very close by, it has been a very hectic time for Hypolite. Even with all of these distractions, he has continued to maintain his eyes on his football season, as well as recruiting and Army is one team he is watching. "I like how they ran their offense and the quarterback position would fit me well there," says Hypolite. "I thought about some of things I could do or do differently when I watching the game. I really like how they ran their option and I was rooting for them to comeback and beat A&M."
Hypolite, who runs a spread option, is looking forward to connecting with Coach Adam Waugh at his high school on Friday when Army visits Tulane this weekend.
Steven McCormack, who visited Army on Junior Day is off to a solid start this season, where in his first game he had 188 all purpose yards (1 TD) and the second game of the year, scored two touchdowns and 4 receptions. "I was planning on attending the game, but we had a game that night," says McCormack. "However, I did speak to Coach Waugh briefly when he stopped by my school on Friday."
Hard hitting safety Joseph Bonugli, who leads his district in solo tackles was also unable to attend due to having a game himself on Saturday. "Because of my game, I couldn't make it, but I'm keeping in touch with Coach Waugh and setting up my official visit date," shares Bonugli. "He gave me some dates and I just need to work things out with my parents so we can visit."
Like Hypolite, Athlete Tyler Boss of Klein (TX) Klein has seen two games canceled on his team's schedule, but is moving forward with the balance of his season and because of his own game, was unable to attend Army's game against Texas A&M. "I saw some of the highlights and they looked pretty good on both side of the ball," conveys the 6-foot-4, 190 pound athlete, who is being recruited by Army as a free safety. "Coach Waugh came by the school on Friday and I spoke to him. I plan on taking an official visit to Army after the season. I'm very interested
it's a great environment and great education."
Stay tuned to GoBlackKnights.com as we continue to follow Army's recruiting efforts for the Class of 2009.
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