Matt Semelsberger just knew Army was the place for him. For a long time, the Ijamsville (Md.) Urbana High School safety was leaning heavily toward the Black Knights. But it was clear that Navy who sits in the Midshipmen's back yard was making some real noise for Semelsberger's talents.
But once he made his unofficial visit two weekends ago, as Army hosted VMI, it became crystal clear for the hard hitting safety where he not wanted to spend his college years.
West Point was place he needed be at and Army was the place he wanted to play football.
The 6-foot-1, 205 pound safety prospect is a reflection of the continued trend that started to unfold last year with Ellerson and his staff; where going head-to-head against either Air Force or Navy for prospects no longer means waiting close to signing day to determine if a prospect was either a yea or nay to wear the Black & Gold of Army.
So after talking with the coaches, taking in the game, the West Point experience, meeting the players, watching Army defeat VMI and spending time around campus, Semelsberger went home to assess it all and two days later he verbally committed to his recruiting coach, John Brock and then notified Rich Ellerson.
"I went up to the VMI game, I like what I saw, I love their facilities and they presented West Point really well," shares Semelsberger.
"We got there for the game and went through a tour of their facilities, I saw the weight room and it was gigantic. I'm a weight room freak, so I was really impressed with that.
Again they did a great job in explaining West Point, the prep school and I really like their brand of football."
For Semelsberger it really came down to Army and Navy, but when the dust settled, the Maryland prospect extended his pledge to the Black Knights.
I got home and a couple of days later I gave Coach Brock a call and told him I wanted to commit to Army. I'm very excited and I can't wait to get playing for Army.
- Safety prospect, Matt Semelsberger
"Army presented themselves better and also Annapolis is near where I live and getting away from this area and out into the world a little fits me better," Semelsberger declares with the excitement of the moment still in his voice.
"I got home and a couple of days later I gave Coach Brock a call and told him I wanted to commit to Army. I'm very excited and I can't wait to get playing for Army."
Semelsberger, is ranked by MDHigh.com as the 13th best defensive back in the state of Maryland, along with be listed as the 37th best player in the entire state.
The chances are that he will start his career off at strong safety (Sam), but could project later at the Rover or Whip positions.
"Coach Brock said they want me to play linebacker, but I will probably start out at strong safety position and once I put on same weight at prep school I will probably transition into that weakside or outside linebacker," declares Semelsberger.
But his season was cut short when he suffered a fractured fibula, but the hard hitting safety is looking to make a comeback should Urbana go deep into the playoffs.
"We are 9-0 now and heading into playoffs and we are top seed," acknowledges the newest member of the Black Knights' 2011 recruiting class. "I don't think we will see anyone until semi-finals, so I am hoping to make it back as we make our way through the playoffs."
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