February 25, 2011

The 2011 recruiting class is getting ready

Jalen Rosales

Rosales has all the tools to be an outstanding defensive end within the Black Knight flex defense and doing all that he can to prepare for the next level.

"I've been doing lacrosse and personal weight training," shares the 6-foot-3, 230 pound defender, who will be joining a host of defensive talent headed to the USMAPS. "We won our first game of the season last week."

"I'm really looking forward to getting there (prep school). I've been making friends with a lot of the guys on Facebook like Dalton Mendenhall and Chris Carnegie. We've actually made a web connection of Facebook."

"I'm really glad to be part of the Army tradition," concludes Rosales.

Ryan Alexander

Speaking of talented defensive ends, we also caught up with 3-star prospect, Ryan Alexander as he talks about some of the activities that are keeping him in shape and getting him ready for the next level.

"Right now I'm actually playing basketball and we just won our bi-district playoff game and we hoping to keep it going.

Recalling a previous conversation with the talented defender, the question of his ability to dunk surfaced, where a chuckle precedes Alexander's response. "No, I just rebound and foul," says the laughing 6-foot-2, 230 pounder

"I'm still very excited about my commitment and Coach Mumford stays in touch with me. My whole family, parents and two sisters are really excited as well."

Like most commits, the native of Candidan, Texas has kept his eyes on the 2011 class with anticipation that in a few months, they will officially be classmates and teammates.

"I've been looking at GoBlackKnights.com to see who has committed and who I will be playing with," he declares, as he also talks briefly about his workout regiment.

"I lift and I have put more of a priority on lifting. I workout intensely before basketball practice and I've been getting stronger and I think faster and quicker."

"I'm probably going to do track …. The throws and maybe even run, but working out more than anything."

Chris Carnegie

Carnegie is one of a few cornerbacks that the Army staff was able to pull in and the speedy corner slowed down for a moment to discuss some of his off season preparation undertakings.

"I'm doing track right now," he says. Actually we start on Saturday and I'm running the 100M, 200M, 4x100 and 4x400.

Carnegie is part of a very dynamic and talent group of defensive players who are prep bound and the 6-foot-0, 178 pound cornerback is fully aware of what could potentially unfold during their initial year together before they make their way to West Point. "I'm very excited," he says, as he talks about his connection with some of his future teammates and keeping an eye on what players make up the 2011 recruiting class.

"On Facebook I've connected with players like Jake Peterson and I've been noticing on Rivals that the commitment list is growing and I can't wait to get started."

Dalton Mendenhall


Add Mendenhall's name to the list of talented defensive ends coming into the system. Like most if not all, each could find themselves playing the quick end, whip, rover or a couple other spots in Army flex defense.

But for now, the 231 pound prep bound Mendenhall is taking the step to get ready to compete.

"I have been lifting weights every single day," he stated on Thursday. "I just got my weight program from the strength and conditioning coach today and started my Army workout today."

"Today was some power shrugs and everyday it's speed and Olympic lifts. It gives you interval and running charts."

Mendenhall's track season will kick off next week, where he will handle the shot-put duties, but clearly he now has his eyes on the prize of connecting with his future teammates.

"I'm very excited," he declares. "I have been following the recruiting of our class and reached out to a lot of guys on Facebook, like Jalen Rosales and Jake Peterson."

"The speed of the game is going to be so much different and faster, but all I do with my teammates and bring the enthusiasm. At the prep school our opponents will be players who are also going Division I and we will be facing tough competition, but we will be ready. We have some really good guys coming together at the prep school."

Derek Sanchez

Defensive end/linebacker, who is coming in direct has been gearing up relative to his strength and conditioning.

"They (Army) sent me my workout and that's primarily what I've been doing. I might be doing track this year," he shared yesterday, as he is also considering participating in his school's track program.

"If I did participate, it would be the 100M, discus and shotput.

The 6-foot-4, 217 pounds is extremely upbeat about and can't wait to get started as a Black Knight. "I beyond words excited," Sanchez states.

Brent Stout

The direct bound Stout has been and will be taken on several athletic task to get himself ready for the next step … Division I football.

"I'm playing basketball and to tell you the truth, we stink … yeah we work hard and all that stuff, but we just don't have it," says Stout as he chuckles about his team's output this season.

Albeit a disappointing hardwood season for the 6-foot-2, 218 pound future Black Knight, he remains committed to put forth his best effort … win, lose or draw and maintains that same attitude and commitment in his other athletic endeavors.

"Last year I did shot-put, discus, high jumps, 300m hurdles and 110 hurdles, but this year I will be more focused a little bit more," he declares. "I always enjoyed the throws, so I will be doing that and doing some shorter sprints to get faster."

"I'm terribly excited and everyday I'm focused on West Point and Army football when I am lifting. I'm in the weight room everyday from 5:40 am to about 7:30am … then some sprints."

Cortland Fort

Fort is another quality corner who will be kicking off his Black Knights' career at the USMAPS and is working diligently knowing that in only a few months he will be joining an outstanding recruiting class that is prep bound.

"Basically I've been working out every day and my regiment is lifting, abs, biceps and squats," says the 6-foot-0, 170 pound corner.

"I lift before I go to school every morning. I'm also working out every Saturday with a coach across the area … he works out a few D1 and Junior College players."

The native of California is currently projected as a corner. "I played safety in high school, but either one is fine, but at Army I will probably play corner," notes Fort, who likes what he sees in his future teammates.

"I go on Rivals and look at everyone who has committed and their bios."

Look for Fort to fine tune his speed this season running track at Etiwanda High School. "I'm going to be running track and running the 4x100. I didn't run last year, but the coach knows I run a 4.4 and asked me to run this season."


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