For offensive guard prospect and Army commit, Robert Panchisin, he just needed to hear that with newly hired Head Coach Rich Ellerson, he would still be a Black Knight. "Athletic Director Kevin Anderson called and told me that everything was going to be okay," shares the 6-foot-2, 280 prospect. "He said my spot was fine, they wanted me and not to panic and that I would be hearing from the staff after January 1st (NCAA - Dead Period)."
Panchisin indicated that initially he was worried and that he, as well as his family had grown fond of former Army Head Coach, Stan Brock, but that his goal was and is to play football for Army. "My commitment is solid; I'm getting all my admission stuff together, staying in shape and keeping my grades up. If it were up to me, I would at the prep school now."
For 3-star defensive end commit Julius Warmsley, he echoed Panchisin's sentiments. "I'm fired up about playing at Army and attending West Point," declares Warmsley, who just heard from linebacker coach, Tony Coaxum. "I spoke to Coach Coaxum and they are coming down Monday to chat with me, and then I think they are going over to see Brandon Porter afterwards. For me, I can't wait to get going."
Then there's hard hitting linebacker, Patrick Jarin out of Chula Vista (CA) Eastlake High School, who continues to hear from schools, and even recently, USC. However, Jarin, who will take his official visit to Army on January 9th, is looking forward to meeting with Army's new mentor, Rich Ellerson. "I'm excited about my visit," shares Jarin, who spoke recently to Coach Tucker Waugh about his upcoming visit to the Northeast and the West Point campus. "He told me that Coach Ellerson is very excited to see me and that he saw my highlights and really liked me."
Jarin indicate that Army remains his number one school; he is very high on the Black Knights and is still committed. The 5-foot-11, 220 linebacker will be taking his visit my himself, and shared that his parents wanted him to feel Army for himself and give him an opportunity to speak with the current players and hear from them about what it is to play football at Army and attend West Point.
Although P.J. Clark from Virginia has yet to speak with any of the coaches, he has been in contact with Major Green who is part of the administrative staff that oversees admissions for student-athletes. "We have been back and forth by email, and he said that Coach Ellerson is in the process of reviewing my tape," says Clark. "He also said that I am still one of their top recruits and I told him that my commitment is very solid."
As it stands right now, the All-State running back will be heading to the prep school before making his way to the West Point campus.
The Black Knights have answered a recruiting need at wide receiver and two headlines will be prep bound. Out of New Jersey is E-Jay Tucker, who made his position crystal clear. "We will be turning it around at Army," vowed the 6-foot-0, 205 pound wideout.
The other offensive receiving weapon that is solid on his commitment to the Black Knights is Ohio prospect Tyler Dickson.
The 6-foot, 195 pound receiver has been compared to current Ohio State Buckeye starting receiver, Brian Hartline by his high school coach, B.J. Payne, who also coached Hartline. "I'm very excited (hiring of Ellerson) and anything that can help us win
that's good," declares Dickson, who has also been in contact with other future Black Knights from the recruiting class of 2009, along a familiar face on the prep school roster. "I have talked to Brandon Porter on Facebook and I saw and worked out with Brad Gallik (USMAPS) over the holidays. Brandon and I talked about the team, that playing for Coach Ellerson will be tight and about how solid our class is that is going to the prep school."
That link has also extended down to Texas as safety prospect and commit, Lyle Beloneyis equally as excited and has also connected with his future teammates. "I spoke to Coach Waugh (Adam) recently and he told me how excited they are to have me," notes Beloney.
So how did the Texas prospect first hear about the hiring of Coach Ellerson? "Actually it was through Julius Warmsley, Marcus Dixon and Brandon Porter, through Facebook," states Beloney. "We are excited about the class we have coming in and right now, I'm trying to get up there (West Point) to check out the campus."
Beloney, who will be receiving an in-home visit sometime this month and like the others, has indicated that his commitment to Army is solid.
Speaking of in-home visits, defensive end commit, Galen Clemons shared that Coach John Mumford will be making his way to the Clemons' home on Monday.
Also scheduled for a home visit is athletic cornerback, Brandon Porter out of LaPlace (LA) John Curtis High School, who will have Coach Coaxum visiting on Monday. "He's going to stop by, but also watch my basketball game," said Porter, who is averaging about 15 ppg this season.
Stay tuned to GoBlackKnights.com as we continue to focus on the Army recruiting class of 2009.
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