October 19, 2011
Is Truesdale a Black Knight?
When you talk to athlete Rondreas Truesdale, the speedster appears to be ready to pull the trigger and make his college decision .... so has he?
"I feel like I want to commit, but in the morning I wake up and say to myself, I'm going to do it today," shares Truesdale, who is in the middle of that internal fight with the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. "Then by the end of the day I say that I'm going to wait.
So what school is the athlete out of Fort Mill (SC) Indian Land High School looking to give his pledge to or should we say, close to saying yes to?
"It's Army," shared Truesdale, who has the designation as the states' Class 2A 110M Champion in the high hurdles. "I'm pretty much there, I just have to take the ACT test again. I need to at least make a 20 on the test and after that, I am good to go."
Truesdale's attraction to Army has come about sight unseen, which is a reflection of the solid recruiting job by Black Knights' cornerback coach Tony Coaxum, along with the budding relationship between the two.
"I spoke to Coach Coaxum last Thursday and the conversation went well," shares Truesdale. "We just caught up on everything and he shared with me how the team did ... things of that nature. I told who we were going against and what our game plan is for my team."
"You know when there are certain things that you pick up when you meet someone? Whenever I spoke to or meet Coach Coaxum it was clear that he was the right guy ... a good guy. It's a vibe that he gives off."
But for Truesdale, the idea of becoming a Black Knight and attending West Point goes beyond his connection to Coaxum, as he pointed out on Tuesday.
"I'm impressed that upon graduation, you are an officer," he adds. "The opportunity to attend some a top quality school and play Division I football is a goal of mine. If you are going to West Point just to be a football player, it's probably not the place for you. I would be going there to succeed in life and that is a place where I could succeed. When it comes to West Point, my family and coach both said it's up to me. They said they didn't want to push me one way or the other."
The 5-foot-9, 185 pound prospect made it clear that he has plans to visit the West Point campus in the very near future. "Me and my coach plan on going to their next home game," adds Truesdale.
For Indian Land, who is 6-2, Truesdale has over 1,400 yards rushing and on defense where he plays safety he indicated that he has over 40 tackles.
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