November 7, 2008

Several top targets visit during Army-Air Force game.

Last Saturday Air Force came into Michie Stadium and squeaked out a win over Army by a score of 16-7. This was a day in which the Black Knights hosted over forty football prospects and ten of which have offers.

Also in attendance were verbal commits that included running back, Mitchell Davis (Ct), teammates Brad Strimel and Jon Pozonsky out of Canonsburg (Pa) Canon McMillan High School, along with athlete Hunter Frantz. caught up with several recruits who are on the Black Knights' recruiting radar and who took special interest in Army's game against Air Force this past Saturday in front of 37,409 fans at Michie Stadium.

Athlete Hunter Frantz made the trip with his parents all the way from Oklahoma City (OK). The 5-foot-10, 190 Frantz could end up playing one of several positions with the Black Knights, but this year at Putnam City High School, he is playing quarterback. "Army is looking at me as a slot guy, running back and quarterback somewhat," shares Frantz.

Frantz indicated that he had a chance to meet with coach Tucker Waugh a little bit before the game and of course coach Wally Ake, who has handled the recruiting of the versatile Oklahoma player. However, because it was senior day, Frantz noted that he didn't have an opportunity to chat with Head Coach Stan Brock before the game.

What were Frantz's thoughts about the game itself? "It was good, but the offense couldn't get going," shares Frantz, who follows Army's games weekly. "They keep getting better every week."

Frantz is still looking to schedule his official visit to Army, but did confirm that he will be attending the Army-Navy game, December 6th.

Although Running back Mitchell Davis did not have travel as far as Frantz, as the Connecticut prospect made the unofficial visit to the game with his parents, but arrived just a little before kickoff time. "We got stuck in traffic trying to get onto the campus," says Davis.

Davis' delayed arrival did not deter him feeling the pre-game and subsequent game day energy. "Although I was late, I had a chance to talk to a few of the other recruits and the atmosphere was crazy, especially when Army scored the first touchdown of the game," shares Davis.

While Davis noted that the outcome of the game did not affect his verbal to the Black Knights, he is also being courted by Duke and Hofstra, as well as making it known that his verbal is now a soft one.

One commit who verbal is solid, is linebacker Patrick Jarin, who attended the Eastern Michigan game, but was did not make the Air Force game. However, Jarin observed the game on the tube and the USMAPS bound prospect had one suggestion for his future team. "They should have passed more," shares a laughing Jarin.

Thus far this season, Jarin has recorded 82 tackles, 1 sack and 15 tackles for a lost. The California prospect will be attending the Army-Navy and is scheduled for his official visit the weekend of January 13th.

But beyond the prospects that have given their verbal commitment to Coach Brock, on hand were 5 players that were uncommitted, but have offers from the Black Knights. They were kicker Eric Osteen; tight-end Tom McHugh; safety Steven Fogleman; receiver Sam Thompson and fullback Sean Unterkoefler.

Here is what a couple of the players had to say.

For Fogleman, it was his second visit to the West Point campus, but his first Army football game. "It was a really good atmosphere and Coach Brock is doing a good job with the program," shares the safety prospect who flew up from Virginia with his father and teammate Kenny Fryman. "I could see myself playing there."

The 6-foot-0, 208 pound safety, was offered by Army in June and is being recruited by wide receiver coach, Dan Baranik, also had a chance to tour Army's state of the art football facilities. "The facilities are amazing … I have not seen that anywhere before," shares Fogleman.

For Kicker Eric Osteen, who arrived that Friday from Georgia, it was an eye opening experience and an opportunity to have many of his questions answered. "I got to talk to a lot of graduates there and learned the inside scoop that I didn't know before and that helped a lot," says a candid Osteen. "West Point prepares you for the future and I could actually see where they were in life."

Osteen also confirmed that because of senior day, none of the recruits were able to have a one-on-one with Army Head Coach Stan Brock, but that he did speak to the recruits as a group.

On the game side of the equation, Osteen had this to add. "Even though Army lost, I still enjoyed it and to see all that I saw, plus the cadets there, it was great," notes Osteen.

Although Osteen is not ready to commit, anywhere, he gave his unofficial visit to Army very high marks. According to the strong leg kicker, his visit was a ten out of ten.

Stay tuned to as we continue to follow Army's recruiting efforts for the Class of 2009.

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