November 26, 2009 Black Knights' Recruiting Update


What appeared to be an eventual state championship match-up of two of Tennessee's top running backs, both with offers from Army wont' be happening. Three star running backs, Orleans Darkwa and Keith McBride would have been a contest that Army coaches would have loved to see, but Darkwa and his teammates out of Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth High School did not hold up their end of the bargain. A surprising 27-24 loss in the playoffs to Montgomery Bell Academy on a late 40 yard field goal, where they suffered their first loss of the season. This is a team that Ensworth beat early in the season, 50-21.

In the game the 5-foot-11, 200 pound running back accumulated 240 yards on the ground and a touchdown. On the season Darkwa rushed for approximately 2,200 yards.

Along with his first offer from Army, Darkwa indicated that the Black Knights have some competition. "Navy is coming into the equation … they have called, shares the talented back. "They just got my tape and an offer should be forthcoming."

When is comes to Army, Darkwa, who is being recruited by John Brock is looking to make the Black Knights the last school that he will visit officially.

As a result Ensworth's lost and Memphis University School win over Baylor out of Chattanooga, McBride's season culminates on December 3, as his undefeated team will take on the Montgomery Bell Academy for the state title.

The similarities continue between the two stud backs out of Tennessee. Like Darkwa, the Midshipmen of Navy have come a callin. "Navy offered me and it's coming along great," shares the 6-foot-0, 210 pound running back. "I was impressed with their big win over Notre Dame and they are heading to another bowl game, so that has caught my interest. I may try to take a visit up there after the season."

McBride is still being actively recruited by Duke and hearing William & Mary, Mississippi State, whereby he attended the Alabama-MSU game.

At this point, Army, Navy and Princeton are in the lead on McBride's top list of schools.


Matt Luetjen, who was unable to make his scheduled official visit to Army on during the October 9th weekend has now on the docket. "I did not make the Army visit because they could not get a plane ticket scheduled," shared Luetjen, as he reflected on the chain of events surround his initially scheduled visit. "They were playing (Vanderbilt) at 12 noon that Saturday, so we could not make it and so we have it scheduled for the 29th of January."

In addition to the Black Knights, the athletic Luetjen has offers from four Ivy League schools and academy rival, Air Force. "Both of the academies are a good choice for me and both fit my style of play at quarterback," states the prospect out of Hennessey (Ok.) Hennessey High School.

"I have been very impressed with Coach Waugh (Army) and we talk at least once a week. He made it down for our 9th game this year. He told me how impressed with how I run the ball and how I play quarterback. I love running the football, and sometimes I feel that I was better made for a running back.

Luetjen, who is a coaches' son, has a command of the game, both on the field and in the huddle. This season, he threw for 14 touchdowns with just one interception.

Max Forde is clearly on the top of Army list of top recruits and although the 3 star defensive end did his best to make his official visit (see 10/12/09 article), it just never happen.

But visit he will … the 6-foot-2, 245 pounder who already visited (official) Washington State in November has rescheduled his official visit to Army for the December 2nd weekend. will continue to follow the recruiting progress of each of the aforementioned recruits.

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