June 23, 2006

Ryan Flanagan committed and ready to go!

Moving away from home to attend college is usually a reality check for many incoming freshmen, especially those who make the move from one part of the country to another part, and that move can often be a challenging one for both student and family. On R-Day, the reality check is almost instant, whereby when the final goodbyes are shared it means welcome "New Cadet", you are now at West Point and as far a mom and dad go, well…!

For Ryan Flanagan, who is out of West Chester, Pa., East High School, there is the benefit of being within driving distance of the West Point campus, which allows his family the option of making trips up to the home games, as well as other venues in which plebes (freshmen) may have some down time. "I'm driving up with my parents, grandparents and sister from Pennsylvania for R-Day," shares Flanagan. "On Sunday we have a football dinner at the Kimsey Athletic Center and I'm looking forward to seeing the coaches and meeting my new football classmates."

Flanagan, who stands at 6-foot-6, has maintained his weight since committing to Army, and comes into R-Day at 270 pounds. Clearly with his 6-foot-6 frame, this time next year, one could expect to see the Pennsylvania offensive lineman tipping the scales in the 290 plus range.

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