October 17, 2012

Army continues to tap into the Hamilton pipeline

Over at Hamilton High School in Chandler (Ariz.) they seem to produce offensive linemen on a regular basis and Army, along with several other college programs is one of the schools that clearly recognizes that fact.

Comparatively speaking, from tackle to tackle, Hamilton's offensive front is bigger than the Black Knights, which is why the Army staff is excited to already have
received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-3, 285 pound 3-star prospect, Patrick Joseph.

In addition to Joseph, Army now have their eyes on another Hamilton road warrior.

This time it's the from the 2014 class, where Hamilton still has plenty of talent.

One of those players from the 2014 recruiting class is tackle Casey Tucker who has already committed to the Trojans of USC.

Then there is center Bryce Holland, who is getting plenty of attention from the Black Knights. "I talk to Army about once a week, every week," says the 6-foot-3, 260 pound prospect, who only favorable things to say about what is unfolding with Army. With Coach Guayder, it's been great, it's going along well and he's a great guy, great coach and I really enjoy talking to him."

"He's coming out either tomorrow or Thursday and we are going to talk a bunch," Holland said on Tuesday when chatting with GoBlackKnights.com and referring to his relationship with the Army's wide receiver coach."

Although Holland is awaiting his first Division I offer, he is both confident and optimistic that Army will be the first to come through.

I do expect an offer," says Holland, who indicated that Army is at the top of his list of schools. "I was just thinking about the opportunity that comes with Army and about the brotherhood that is formed. Also I'm very excited to see the campus, I heard its breathtaking."

So does Holland plan on visiting the West Point campus? "Yes, after the season and I'll also be going up to Utah," adds Holland, who says that Joseph is constantly putting a bug in his ear about the Black Knights.
"Yeah, he's always messing around with me about Army. Saying you are going to come to Army with me type stuff."

Right now I'm just getting letter from Michigan State and Utah.

"I'm mainly a center, but the coaches work me at guard and center. So I played four games at center this year and four games at guard.

There were huge expectations for the Hamilton squad coming into the 2012 season. This is group that finished the 2011 campaign with a 13-1 record and Arizona's 5A-DI runner-up were ranked No. 46 in the nation in the 2012 Preseason RivalsHigh 100. Unfortunately, their season did not start off with a bang, as they lost their first two games of the year. But they now appear to be back on track, according to Holland.

"We are 6-2," he adds. "Our next game is against Basha High School on Friday. We know that every game is going to be a dog fight and we expect them to hit us, but we are going to hit them harder."

For Hamilton it start up front with the offensive line, which is a close on and off the field. In addition to Holland, Joseph and Tucker, you have Devon Final, (Sr.) 6-foot-2, 310 pounds and Josh Mageo, 6-foot-4, 264 pounds.

"As an offensive line unit, we're all five best friends," claims Holland. "I mean we hang out all the time and we have group dinners, group meetings, go out to lunch after practice ... we do everything together."

So what is Holland looking for in a program at the next level? "I'm looking for a place where I can play smash mouth football and have good time doing and like the people I play with, like the coaches ... and especially a good town," he states.

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