July 26, 2010

Introducing DE Jacob Drozd

When it comes to signing day for college football programs, one could argue that it is a uniquely counter-intuitive process.

Unlike the NFL where the team with the worst record is awarded the first pick … there is no such luxury when it comes to college football - actually on the contrary, it often appears that the rich just get richer.

And when you consider all of the elements that surround the recruiting that is associated with Army football, such as the entrance into West Point and embracing the mission of the Academy - the possibility of pulling in those "4-5 star" players diminishes.

That is why the Black Knights' staff probably goes that extra mile that other coaches may never consider. That is why when some colleges recruiters view a particular prospect as a "coal" type recruit, the Army staff may see that individual as a "diamond in the rough", but a diamond sure enough.

There are several variables that the staff considers and a couple of those that Ellerson invoke on his staff is to find those prospects that can play multiple positions and who are athletic.


One such player that slid under the radar of college coaches and even our radar is defensive Jacob Drodz out of Seymour (Ct) Seymour High School, who was recruited by John Brock.

So who is Drodz? Well he is an explosive 6-foot-3, 215 pound defensive end who is currently settling in at the USMAPS. But there is more that defines what he brings to the table.

He holds the state record in the high jump at 6'9" inches, owns the school record in the Javelin Throw at 186-1. Did I mention that he is a solid shot putter, high hurdler and won that state's decathlon?

As a junior, Drodz led the state in sacks with 18 and when the Army staff adds all these things together, the translation is simple … he is a football player.

"As far as a football player, Jacob is the most explosive player we have had at Seymour and the most explosive first step that I have seen … that includes a pretty good group of players that have gone through our program like Mike Osiecki who plays linebacker at UConn," shares Seymour Head Coach Tom Lennon.

"His athletic ability for his size is almost freakish at times."

Along with coach Drodz in football, Lennon doubled as his track coach. "He set the state Class-S record in the high jump at 6'9" and did so as a 215 pound athlete … that's pretty impressive," says the proud coach.

"He won the state decathlon on a Wednesday; we flew him down to North Carolina on Friday and finished All-American in the javelin. I feel that Army has a very special player."

With his frame, this multi-talent athlete is more than capable of adding on twenty pounds and not lose a step. At Seymour he played running back, linebacker, defensive, quarterback and offensive tackle … wherever he was needed, he stepped in.

He is a 4.6 forty player and clearly has the attributes to play in the same role (Quick defensive end) as current Army All-American Josh McNary.

Drodz is one of those undervalued players who is more capable of coming into the Black Knights' program and making a name for himself. Without a doubt, Coach Ellerson and his staff are excited that he will be doing so wearing the Black & Gold of Army.

"We are very proud of him and happy for him," shares Drodz's dad, Gary. "He has been blessed to get this opportunity to play for Army and attend West Point."

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