January 11, 2009

LB, Patrick Jarin confirms his commitment to Army

It was back in August when linebacker Patrick Jarin committed to the Black Knights of Army. Since that time, there have been several events that have taken place which caused the hard hitting linebacker out of Chula Vista (CA) Eastlake High School to change his commit to Army from solid to soft.

During that time, Jarin saw his stock begin to rise, where calls started coming in from schools such as USC, Northwestern, BYU, Colorado State, to name a few. In addition, Stan Brock was dismissed as the Head Coach of the Black Knights, as well as several other members of his staff that included Saga Tuitele. Tuitele had been responsible of Jarin's recruiting and two had developed a very good relationship.

This weekend, Jarin made his official visit to Army and the West Point campus, and an opportunity to meet face to face with new Head Coach, Rich Ellerson and his staff. "I really like him (Coach Ellerson)," declares Jarin. "He talked to us about how they are going to change the program … he talked about it non-stop. I loved it man, it was super sweet."

Along with being part of the 12 recruits that were on campus this weekend and listening to Ellerson, as well as the other coaches, the 5-foot-11, 220 pound linebacker had an opportunity to spend 30 minutes one-on-one with the new Army head coach. "He wanted me to be sure that this is where I wanted to be, he talked about the academics and what he wants me to do as a Black Knight," says Jarin as he gathers himself at the airport, heading back to the West Coast. "My commitment is solid and I'm very excited."

Jarin was hosted by linebacker Tyler Hufstetler and spent time with some of the other prospects that were on hand this weekend. "I had a good time with Huff … I stayed in the hotel one night and then one night in the dorms," says Jarin. "The dorms are like any other college, and I also had a good time chatting and hanging out with Semmes (Justin) and Ortavious (Hypolite)."

Jarin confirmation of his August commitment to Army represents a solid get for Coach Ellerson and his staff.

Stay tuned to GoBlackKnights.com as we bring coverage of this weekend's official visits.

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