December 13, 2008

Army lands big commitment in 3-star defensive end

The Black Knights picked up a big commitment on Tuesday, as three-star defensive end Julius Warmsley decided that it was time to end the recruiting process and follow his heart.

On Tuesday, recently dismissed Head Coach Stan Brock and offensive line coach, John Tice paid a visit to Warmsley and it was then that athletic defender gave his pledge to play football at Army. This came in on the tail end of Warmsley's weekend official visit to Tulane. "My visit to Tulane went well, but some things I didn't like, which swayed my decision," shares Warmsley.

However, as previously reported by GBK.com, Warmsley who is ranked as the 34th ranked player in the state of Louisiana and the 49th ranked weakside defensive end in the country had for some time been a heavy Army lean. Hence his official visit to Tulane ultimately served as a confirmation that Army was where he wanted to play football and West Point is where he wanted to graduate from. "Not taking anything away from my son, but it is an honor to be even considered to attend West Point," shares Warmsley's mother, Linda Warmsley.

Through the entire recruiting process, the talented defensive end and his mother developed a very close relationship with the Army staff, especially Stan Brock. So how did the Warmsley's family react to the news that the Army head coach had been fired, only days from presenting Brock (& Tice) with his verbal commitment? "I had a solid and growing relationship with Coach Brock, but this does happen in college football," shares the newest member of Army's recruiting class of 2009. Ms. Warmsley also chimed in with her feelings. "I sincerely appreciate Coach Brock for affording Alex (as he affectionally called at home) this opportunity and wish him the best."

And how did Warmsley find out about Brock's situation? "My head coach told me at 2pm and mother had been trying to call me, but my mailbox was full," notes Louisiana native. "I eventually spoke to Coach Holmes at Army and chatted for about 30-40 minutes about what was happening."

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound prospect Baton Rouge (LA) St. Michael also turned down such offers Arkansas State and Southern Illinois, as well as having UConn and others enter the picture.

With Brock's departure, some of those same schools that were after Warmsley's services, along new kids on the block started to view Warmsley as a "free agent" and have attempted to reconnect and connect with the prospect. However, Warmsley and his mother Linda have vowed that his commitment is solid. "Tulane called and I was wondering why they called, but my coach warned me that other schools will try to reopen the recruiting," shares a laughing Warmsley. "I'm a Black Knight."



For Warmsley who was recruiting by Coach John Tice, he will make first stop at the USMAPS, which according to Warmsley and his mother, was an option for them. "Every player that I spoke to that went direct wished they had gone prep and every prep guy said they were glad they went prep," declares a confident Warmsley.

The commitment of Warmsley solidifies Army's continous flow of defensive end talent.

Developing the Talent Pipeline at Defensive end


Derek Bisgard - Defensive end. USMAPS

Last year's recruiting saw the Black Knights' pull in Derek Bisgard out of Saguaro High School (AZ). As GoBlackKnights.com stated last year, Bisgard was arguably the most important recruit in this class considering the Black Knights' need for a corner run stopper, but perhaps more importantly, a pass rusher … as well as the added depth at the defensive end position. We felt that Bisgard could have had immediate impact had he gone direct, but the Arizona High School Defensive Lineman of the Year who has a motor and attitude that don't stop, has spent the 2008 season fine tuning his talents at USMAPS.

This season Army fans have witnessed the emergence of sophomores defensive end Josh McNary, who started the season at the Will linebacker spot, until the return of Steve Anderson to the lineup and Marcus Hilton. With McNary's performance, the development of Hilton, along with the resurrection of junior Victor Ugenyi … Bisgards' apprenticeship at USMAPS has worked out for all involved.

Galen Clemons - Defensive end. Northampton (PA) Northampton Area

And with Galen Clemons, along with Warmsley's commitment, defensive end is one area that the Army staff has to be feeling pretty good about themselves for the next several years. Chances are that the 6-foot-3, 245 pound Clemons, like Bisgard and now Warmsley will spend his first season at the USMAPS. "My dad and I went to check out the prep school's game this past weekend versus Lafayette's JV team and I had a chance to talk to the players and coaches," shares the Army bound defensive end.

Clemons was also in attendance at the traditional Army-Navy game, December 6th.

Stay tuned for up-to-date recruiting coverage of the Army Black Knights as GoBlackKnights.com follows the process of recruits across the country.


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