October 12, 2008

Recruits in attendance as Army beats Eastern Michigan

As Army hosted Eastern Michigan today, it was a big weekend on the recruiting front. With several prospects scheduled to be at Michie Stadium for unofficial visits, including Black Knight commit, Patrick Jarin. Come inside GoBlackKnights.com to read some of the feedback from recruits and parents.

Jarin, along with his parents made the trip all the way from California and he was not disappointed and shares with GoBlackKnights.com about unofficial visit to Army. "The game was really good," shares future Black Knight and linebacker, Patrick Jarin while describing Army's forth quarter comeback against Eastern Michigan. "I liked it a lot and the fans were getting into it."

All the recruits had a chance to share in first hand and up close, the Army football experience. Prior to the game, the prospects spoke with the coaches, followed by being sideline viewers as the Black Knights went through their pre-game warm-ups and then it was to their designated seats. "My parents and I met with Coach Baranik about 10:30am, then I did a one-on-one with Coach Brock for about 15 minutes and he shared with me how excited they are about me," shares linebacker prospect, Taylor Hayes-Leak, who was scheduled to be joined on the visit by teammate Justin Trimble, who is the brother of Army's starting cornerback, Jordan. "He had surgery yesterday, but is doing fine and is expected to make a full recovery."

The Trimble connection does not stop there for Leak, who is coached at Bishop O'Connell by Steve Trimble, father of Jordan, Justin and 2007 West Point graduate and former Black Knights' captain, Jeremy. "I saw Coach at the game and he spent some time talking to may parents.

What was Leak's thoughts regarding today's contest? "Army over powered Eastern Michigan," states Leak. "It was an intense game and I liked it a lot. I love the campus, the family atmosphere and my parents really loved it. After the game, we went into the locker room, the team took a moment for pray and I celebrated with the team."

Thos same feelings were echoed by center prospect, Trevor Rothstein, who made the trip from Illinois. "It was an awesome game …. I just loved the atmosphere," notes Rothstein, who was joined by his parents.

Even some of the parents were able to embrace the excitement of an Army football venue. "It was great," shares Rolando Jarin, father of Patrick. "The coaches were very welcoming; unlike some of the other games (schools) we have attended. The game was exciting, it was a huge win for Army and it brings them back. Just driving around campus was special, so much history, sits right on the Hudson River and the change of the colors of the trees makes it very special."

However, for some recruits like linebacker - running back, Brandon Walker, there always exist the possibility of a conflict in schedule with most high schools playing on Saturday. "I was invited to attend and would have been there, but we had our homecoming," declares the 6-foot-0, 210 recruit out of York (PA) William Penn Sr. Walker will be setting up his official visit to Army for December.


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