September 10, 2010

GBK: Inside the Huddle


Antuan Aaron has had a good week of practice and physically it seems that the junior cornerback is back to his normal self. Look for Aaron, who missed the season's opener against Eastern Michigan to start in his customary cornerback spot.

However, there is a change opposite Aaron. Fans will see sophomore Josh Jackson get the nod over Richard King, as the Black Knights continue to prepare for Hawaii. The change has less to do with King, and more to do with Jackson's continued progression as a player. Either way, expect to see King out there getting plenty of reps against their pass happy opponent on Saturday.


Always a concern at the prep is that hated word … "attrition". But if you know anything about West Point and the USMAPS, it is par for the course.

As one Army observer noted … "Having the prep school on the West Point campus should pay huge dividend and on so many levels."

Thus far, the prep school team has only lost two players and both out of the state Florida; Last year this time the numbers were higher.

But Ellerson and staff aren't waiting for next year's logistical move. They know they currently have a special class in place at the Fort Monmouth School and have made a few adjustments to ensure that things flow accordingly, whereby attrition is minimized. The most notable change is the current list of graduate assistants. Typically there have been four GA's linked to the prep school football program. However, this year the staff has placed all five of the GA's at the USMAPS.

• Carson Williams
• Victor Ugenyi
• Duke Lull
• Chase Prasnicki
• Damion Hunter

This is a solid group of 2nd Lieutenants who handle the mentoring both on and off the field.

Not to mention that Coach Tom Simi and Coach Wade Green are in their second year, so it's not all new to them anymore.

Potentially, this may be one of the best recruiting classes ever assembled at the prep school. With talent like slotback Trenton Turrentine and a special talent in fullback Larry Dixon, who could be a beast at the "B-back" spot upon his arrival to the West Point campus in 2011.

The staff is also high on quarterback Angelo Santiago and then you have Stephen Fraser, who is another quality running back.

On defense you have 6-foot-2, 170 pound Hayden Pierce, who is a big time talent at safety.

Speaking of defense …Brian Lucas is very much like Stephen Anderson, and not because they both attended the same high school. They are very similar in their physical and athletic make-up, and although Lucas came into the program with the ability to play both sides of the ball, he is currently lined up at linebacker.

Marques Avery at corner is probably the faster there and that's impressive for a 6-foot-1 cornerback. Coming out of high school, he was one of fastest 100M and 200M times in the state of Washington last year.

He was the 200M (21.35) state champion and in the regional track meet he ran a 10.67 100M and wind calculated at 10.70 … and not to mention that he is a physical corner.

Also there's Jacob Drozd who can add value on both sides of the line.

JV picks up win

The Army JV prevailed in the first game of the season as they beat Fordham 41-14.

Reggie Nesbit had a 90 yard interception for TD, while Julian Crockett at slot and kick returner had a solid game.

Mustapha played well as did freshmen Clay Rutherford and Colby Miller.

At cornerback, freshman Brandon Porter had a very solid game.


Matt Giachinta out of Paramus (NJ) Paramus Catholic High School will be making his way to the West Point campus for Army's home opener as the Black Knights host Hawaii.

Three-star linebacker, Cody McCarthy out of Boise (Idaho) Bishop Kelly High School was scheduled to make the trip for Army's home opener, but a conflict in his schedule has caused the hard hitting linebacker to look at other potential dates to make he way to the Northeast campus.

Although he doesn't have an Army offer yet, running back Tyler Peterson is exciting about his upcoming unofficial visit this weekend. Peterson who is from Moorpark High School (Calif.), rushed 588 yards, 8 touchdowns, had 27 tackles, 1 fumble recovery and kicked of the 2010 season with 122 yards on 16 carries.

This Saturday the Black Knights host Hawaii at Michie Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12noon.

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