On the same day that Army suffered its worse defeat during the Rich Ellerson era, was the same day/game that defensive lineman Luke Fetla made his first visit to West Point and took in his first Black Knights' game.
Yes, that was Temple's 63-23 route of Army, but it did not deter the inevitable for Fetla, who was more impressed with the potential of the Black Knights' program and what West Point has to offer.
"It was my first time on the West Point campus," shared Fetla, who appeared to put Army's loss into perspective. I have officially committed to Army. I went up to the Temple game, which is the last game of the season other than the Navy game and talked to Coach Coaxum (Tony). He told me they were going to send up my application and that's pretty much when they offered me."
"Other than the game it was great. I got to see the warm-up on the field, they gave me a tour of the facilities, the brand new indoor practice field, the health room, the ice bath ... it just blows my mind to think that I can be there. They have a little bit of everything. I had a chance to see the players warmup, which was awesome, just because their sense of ... well, every single one of them seemed like a leader. The warm-ups were just cut and concise and they were ready to go it seem like. And when they took the field it was disappointing a little bit, but there's work to be done."
Fetla's excited was also confirmed by his head coach at Pinecrest (NC) Pinecrest High School, Chris Metzger. "He's headed to West Point to play for Army ... yes, it's all but a done deal and Luke comes around once in a lifetime kind of player," said Metzger, who offered this assessment of Fetla's football talents and quick to point out that Army is getting a hell of a football player on top of everything else. "He's a three year starter on the D-line. He played strictly defense for us at defensive tackle. He's tenacious, a competitor, definitely pursues the ball well, very technically sound, very aggressive and very coachable. He fits the mold of an Army football player to a tee. It was the only place he wanted to go and he made that crystal clear."
I said yes to Army because I really love the school. I love the way that they produce leaders and the chance I get to serve in the military. I really respect the program and every individual that comes out of it.
- 2013 Army commit & DL, Luke Fetla
"I am absolutely excited about my decision," shared the 6-foot-1, 230 pound defensive lineman. "This was my number one school and I'm so excited that it came together for me. My decision is solid."
So where does Fetla see himself fitting into Army's defensive scheme? "Defensive end is where Army is looking at me," offers Fetla, who also talked his overall acceptance status.
"I've gone through the application process and I would say within the next month I should have what is called an L.O.A., which is my Letter of Assurance and means I will be part of the class of 2017 ... and I will be playing Black Knight football," says a very excited Fetla.
Why Army for Fetla? "I said yes to Army because I really love the school," he adds. "I love the way that they produce leaders and the chance I get to serve in the military. I really respect the program and every individual that comes out of it. I was looking for a school first and football came after that. The football team really impressed me; the way that they treat their players, the practice schedule they run, the sense of honor that they have and they share a common bond. They are just brothers on the football field and they will eventually be brothers in the military ... I really respect that."
Fetla will be taking his official visit the first weekend in January.
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