August 11, 2012
Catching up with Army commit, Patrick Joseph
Over at Hamilton High School in Chandler (Ariz.) offensive lineman and Army commit Patrick Joseph started practice about 2 weeks ago in helmets and short, to date the squad is in full gear and starting to put in the game plan.
That's right ... Joseph and his teammates, who finished the 2011 season with a 13-1 record and Arizona's 5A-DI runner-up are ranked No. 46 in the nation in the 2012 Preseason RivalsHigh 100 are now preparing for their season opener,
"Our first game is August 24th where we play Mountain Point," says Joseph, who also shared that he and his line mates are more than ready to jump start the season.
"I really like this group, it's a hard working group and everybody is returning. Everyone has some form of game experience except for our center ... we lost our starting center to graduation. Even though everyone is returning, we are still pretty young. We have two juniors on the line. So they are going to do really good things this year and next year .... I'm really excited about them."
One of those players from the 2014 recruiting that Joseph is referencing is tackle Casey Tucker who has already committed to the Trojans of USC.
Joseph will be the first to admit that having made his official decision to commit to Army in July, has now allowed for the 6-foot-3, 285 pounder lineman to focus on the preparation for the upcoming season.
"Making my decision when I did has allowed me to concentrate on my senior year and not so much worried about where I'm going," he adds. "So I'm really just focusing in and trying to get ready for this upcoming game here and the season that follow it."
Joseph realizes that with a state championship as a strong possibility, that he and his teammates can't afford to take any team on their schedule lightly. However, he also knows the capability of this year's Hamilton squad and that they are a force to be dealt with. "Mountain is a fairly good team, but I don't think that they'll ... we will definitely roll over them," shared Joseph, who seems to also have an eye on their following opponent. "Then we play Notre Dame out of California."
With one eye on upcoming opponent, Mountain Point and the other eye on Notre Dame, Joseph must have adopted a 3rd eye, because he has Army constantly in his sights, along with regular communication with his lead recruiting in wide receivers' coach, Andy Guyader.
"I talked to Coach Guyader about a week ago," says Joseph. "I recently opened up my admission's file and starting the process to apply to West Point. As soon as I get the file complete I will be reviewed and accepted into the academy."
Pride & Honor
"I'm very excited. I think West Point is the best school for me, I think it's the best football program for me, I'm hoping that we get a good recruiting class for my incoming class, I'm so honored to be attending West Point and to be playing there."
"I hope that I can do really big things there and make them proud, make my family proud and make my country proud. Everyone was really proud of my decision. My coaches really like the fact that I was going there and my teammates were happy that I made the decision to attend Army."
Joseph wanted to ensure that the Army fans were aware of how he feels about he decision to become a member of the Long Gray Line and wear the Black & Gold of Army. "Let them know that I'm honored to be playing at the best school, that institution and I just hope that I can make everybody proud and just do the best that I can do," he declared.
Our sense is that from the Joseph family to the Black Knights' coaching .... there are some proud folks already."
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