January 21, 2008

Black Knights Recruiting Notebook: Updates

With 15 days left to Signing Day, each day for both coaches and recruits becomes a little more intense, but yet clearer as to final decision. This weekends visit for Army saw a number of recruits make their way to the West Point campus to spend time meeting with Coach Brock and his staff, along with a personal feel of what West Point and Black Knights' football is all about.

What are they saying?

Charles "Ekolu" Soon - Wide Receiver
Honolulu (HI) Kamehameha

Wide receiver is a big need for the Black Knights (2008 recruiting class), but unlike most other needs, Brock and staff have come up empty thus far. One player the Army staff is high on and could also double as a punt/kick returner is Charles Soon from Hawaii.

The speedy receiver runs a 4.46 forty and is excited about the prospect of playing at Army and spoke to GoBlackKnights.com about his recent official visit to the historical east coast school (West Point). "It' was great and I loved it," proclaims Soon.

Soon received lots of attention from the Army staff, but spent a lot of time talking to Head Coach Brock, along with coaches Waugh (Tucker), Baranik and Tuitele. "Coach Tuitele is Polynesian and that helps," says a laughing Soon.

Although Soon did not commit to Army, he is a heavy lean towards the Black Knights.

In the next couple of days, GoBlackKnights.com will have a more detailed article on Charles Soon to discuss where Army fits into his recruiting equation.

Frank Allen - Offensive guard
Delran (NJ) Holy Cross

At 6-foot-3, 278 pounds, the New Jersey recruit is down to two schools, and one is Army and the second is New Hampshire, who Frank Allen will visit next weekend.

Allen was hosted this weekend by fellow New Jerseyian, Ethan Thies. "I was impressed by everything they had there and I felt really good there," shares Allen.

Allen is being recruited by tight end coach, John Misciagna and will be making his decision soon after his official visit to New Hampshire next weekend.

Luca Romeo - Running back
Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier

Luca Romeo is build in the same mold as running back and Army commit, Jared Hassin[/db] (6-foot-2, 220-pounds), where he comes in at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds. Coming out of one of the top programs in the nation, Romeo talents would fit well with what offensive coordinator Tim Walsh has in store for the offense this upcoming season.

Romeo's player-host this weekend was Patrick Mealy and the Cincinnati native had only good things to say about his visit. "It went well and the campus is beautiful," says Romeo. "I really like it for sure, but I have to consider the service point as well."

Aside from Army, Romeo is getting consideration from Louisville, Cincinnati and Duke, but all as a preferred walk-on candidate.

Right now, we would say that Romeo is a 50-50 in committing to Army.

In other news:

Running back Lonnie Liggins status is pretty much the same, although he has removed Navy from consideration and it is now down to Army and Virginia. Again, Liggins does not have an offer UVA, and we believe when it's said and done, the speedster from Maryland will be a Black Knight.

Home town visitors
Another hot receiver for Army … Head Coach Stan Brock, along with cornerback coach, Wally Ake visited wide recruit, Nathan Hughes this past Tuesday. Coach Ake will be paying another visit to the Hughes home tomorrow, and there is a strong possibility that the speedy wideout will commit to Army.

Last week this time, Coach Brock & defensive coordinator, John Mumford visited the home of Army commit and defensive lineman, Michael Ross. Clearly the Black Knights' staff is hoping for the same results from Hughes.

Look for upcoming articles on players like Jeff Benson (OL), Derek Bisgard (DE), Shawn Dyhre (LB) and others.

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