October 31, 2011

N.J. defensive end hoping for Army offer

As college recruiting is about to step into the month of November, college coaches around the country are starting to look even deeper for talent. Perhaps that diamond in the rough who offers a much upside as some 2 or 3 star prospect.

For defensive end Tanner Thexton, who made his way from the Garden State to check the Black Knights take down Fordham, 55-0, making the trip during the October snow storm was well worth it.

Although the 6-foot-5, 235 pound "diamond in the rough" Somerville (NJ) Somerville High School prospect has yet to be offered by Army, he is interest remains high.

GoBlackKnights.com had a chance to catch up with Thexton on Sunday to discuss his recent visit to West Point.

"I got an invitation to go to the Army-Fordham game and I liked it, even with the bad weather," who is being recruited by Army's recruiting coordinator, Tucker Waugh.

"He saw my highlight film recently, he talked to my coach and came in to visit me at my school ... It's happen quickly.

However, Thexton said he will not be making a college decision based on just one visit and hopes to see more of what the military academy has to offer.

"I have only been up there one time and talked to Coach Waugh briefly, so I need to do a little more research," shared Thexton, who was able to see an expanded portion of some the key facilities despite the weather conditions around the campus.

"We toured around the facilities; We went to the indoor practice facilities, which is very nice. They had a big tailgate set up in there for game day. Their weight room is also very nice and beat Air Force and beat Navy posters all over there."

Like many schools, Army is recruiting him as a defensive end and he is receiving/showing interest in several Northeast based colleges.

"I'm also interested in Boston College; I've been to their coach for awhile and schools in the Ivy League as," he adds. According to Thexton, who maintains a 3.7 GPA, only Brown and Princeton are the only programs in the Ivy's that he has excluded from interest list.

And what about Thexton's interest in the Black Knights? "I really liked going up there," he states. "My dad and great grandpa were in the Army. My dad was impressed with the way they played, the campus and the facilities. I'm going to probably go up there again to check it out even more."

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