November 12, 2012

2014 OL continues to be high on Army

There were huge expectations for Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton High School coming into the 2012 season. Hamilton had 2011 campaign with a 13-1 record and the 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 as expected, as they lost their first two games of the year.

Since that time, it appears the Huskies have gathered themselves as they went on a 10-0 run including two decisive playoff wins to boost their overall record to 10-2. Next up (Friday) for this crew is Desert Ridge in the semi-finals as Hamilton attempts to maneuver through the very competitive Arizona State Playoff brackets.

But on Saturday, 3/5 of Hamilton's top tier offensive line took time out from their own football schedule to gather at the home of 3-star prospect Patrick Joseph, who is also a 2013 Army commit to watch the Army-Rutgers game on the tube.

Along with Joseph you had two prospects from the 2014 recruiting class. Offensive tackle Casey Tucker who has already committed to the Trojans of USC and rounding out the trio was center Bryce Holland, who holds an offer from the Army Black Knights.

"I watched the whole game," adds Holland. "I watched it with Patrick Joseph, the other Army commit and Casey Tucker, the USC commit. We were just talking about how they (Army) played really passionate football and how they give their all every play ... they play hard football."

"Even while we were watching the game, Patrick (Joseph) was talking to me about the benefits and opportunities that go along with graduating from West Point. It's basically an Ivy League education, you can't get a better education than that and it's just a great opportunity."

While being close friends and teammates, Holland says he has taken the initiative to conduct his own CSI homework on the United States Military Academy at West Point and offered this brief summary. "I've been doing a lot a research about the school (West Point), the history of the school and about the opportunities that come along with attending West Point," said Holland. "It's peaked my interest more ... and they still remain high and on top of my list."

For Holland, there is budding relationship that he has developed with Army program, especially his recruiting coach, Andy Guyader. "I heard from Coach Guyader (Andy) just a couple of hours ago," said Holland of his Sunday conversation with the Army wide receiver coach.

In addition to Army, the 6-foot-3, 260 pound lineman indicated that he has been recently receiving constant letters from Missouri and is also hearing from Utah.

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