September 17, 2008

Pennsylvania LB commits to Army

It was the first time (middle school) that he stepped on the West Point campus, that Canon-McMillan All-Conference Linebacker Brad Strimel gained a strong interest in the uniqueness of West Point. However, it was his tour in June that confirmed to the 6-foot-2, 220 pound linebacker that Army is where he wanted to play football.

Strimel was recruited heavily in the spring by the Black Knights and offered by Army wide receiver coach, Dan Baranik. This past Wednesday, Strimel made a verbal commitment to become the sixth commitment for Coach Brock's 2009 class.

When Canon-McMillan High School's head coach Guy Montecalvo was asked about the play of Strimel, he had plenty to say about his 6-foot-2, 220 pound All-Conference linebacker. "He runs well and is excellent in reading and reacting, as well as a very very good tackler," shares Coach Montecalvo. "Army offered him late spring and recently committed … he has always wanted to play for Army and they got themselves a very good ball player."

Along with his role defensively, Strimel is the backup fullback for Canon-McMillan. "He backs up Mike Hall (junior), who already has offers from schools like Florida and Penn State," declares Coach Montecalvo.

How does Strimel feel about his decision to become a Black Knight? "I'm very excited about my decision," shares the tough backer, who will also be joined at Army by teammate, strong safety/slot back Jon Pozonsky. "It's a dream come true for me to there (West Point) without football, but playing for Army makes it even more special … and the facilities are phenomenal."

Does Strimel any concerns about Army's 0-2 start to the 2008 season? "Coach Brock has the program going in the right direction, despite the slow start and there is no reason why Army can't play high quality football against anyone," echoes Strimel when speaking about his future team.

While Strimel is excited about his decision to play his college ball for Army, he still has a high school season to take on. Right now, he and his teammates have a 2-1 record, with their only lost coming to defending Class AAAA PIAA champion, Central Catholic, where the final score was 17-13.

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