December 15, 2009

Black Knights' Recruiting Whispers

For most recruits, they had their last opportunity to take the field this season during their annual Thanksgiving rivalry games, and of course for many, their playoff and championship games are now in the record books. Right now prospects are putting the final touch on their official visit itinerary or making the verbal commitment to their top school, as it is countdown time to the recruiting season.

Mike Cermak, LB

For Cermak, the recruiting process ended a few weeks ago when he committed to the Black Knights, which allowed him the opportunity to sit back and root for his team in the Army-Navy game. "Our head coach and my linebacker came over to my house, along with a lot of other folks watched the game," shared Cermak, who shared that he was disappointed with the outcome, but see a very bright future for the program. "I've been work hard and I'm looking forward to get there. I'm very excited to be part of that game in the future."

Bobby Lyons, DE

Lyons is one of two highly sought after defensive ends on the Army recruiting radar. The 6-foot-5, 230, defensive end out of Tarpon Springs (Fl.) East Lake High School indicated that he is looking to schedule his official visit to Army sometime in January.

Maxx Forde, DE

Three-star defensive end Maxx Forde has already taken his official visit to Army and is scheduled this weekend to visit Idaho.
"I'm not sure if this is the last one (official visit), says the 6-foot-4, 250 prospect. "I have been talking to Air Force, but I'm not sure if I will take a visit there."

When it comes to favorites, it appears that all schools are even right now. "Army will be a factor in my final decision, but I have no favorites," says Forde. "I'm still in the evaluation process right now,"

Ndubisi Ezekoye, Athlete

"Bisi" is an exception student-athlete and would be a tremendous pick up for the Black Knights. Although he list Army as one of his top schools, there remains a lot of competition for his service, as the speedy (10.8 100M) prospect from Silver Spring (Md.) Kennedy School is making his official visit rounds. "I went to Georgetown for an official visit and I'm going to Harvard this weekend, but don't think I will be taking an official to UConn," Ezekoye declared. "I talked to Coach McKeehan of Army the other day. We talked about the Army-Navy game … he wished that I could have come up and I'm trying to set up an official visit to Army.

The 6-foot-1, 180 recruit indicated that Yale and Columbia may get a visit as well.
Does Ezekoye have a decision date in mind? "Probably at the Crab Bowl (all-star game), which is on the 19th of December," Ezekoye states. "I've visited UConn and Navy unofficially and for Army I don't need to see the campus … it's (visiting the campus) not a priority for me."

Jonathan Crucitti, Athlete

Crucitti had put his recruiting on hold as his team played in the state championship game, but after their back to back state title (16-0), the 5-foot-11, 190 prospect is back on the recruiting circuit.

The dual sport athlete out of Mount Ulla (N.C.) West Rowan High School has recently seen the Razorbacks of Arkansas come by his school and inquire about the talented athlete.

Army remains the favorite for Crucitti's service.

Henry Hunter, QB

Hunter is a very athletic quarterback, with a equally strong arm. For the moment, he has put away his cleats and laced up his sneakers and is making some noise on the hard court right now.

So with offers from both Army and Navy, what was Hunter's thoughts about the 110th Army-Navy classic? "I didn't get a chance to watch the entire game, because I had a basketball game that afternoon," shares the 6-foot-1, 205 pound quarterback. "But Army looked good and it's the same way I saw them when they played North Texas …. A lot of heart and I like that."

With an official visit schedule for January 29th to Army, Hunter is now starting look at setting up other visits soon.

The Black Knights are high on his list, but Hunter indicated that he will not make a commitment anywhere until signing day.

Orleans Darkwa, RB

This three-star running back is starting to receive a little more attention, but remains a top target for the Army coaching staff. "A lot of new colleges are coming in and showing interest," confirms the 5-foot-11, 200 pound all-purpose back. "LSU and Kentucky have talked to me and I had a recent in-house visits have come from UAB.

LSU wants me to do an official on the 23rd (January) if they offer and UT Chattooga wants me to do one on the 28th. And Army wants my visit to be the last on my list. By January 1st, my family and I want to make sure we have our final list of official visit. I'm looking to take all my visits in January and most likely all five visits."

Trenton Turrentine, RB

Turrentine took his official visit to Army during the December 4th weekend and came away very impressed. Presently, the Black Knights are his leader.

This weekend he will take an official visit to Idaho State and is looking to schedule a visit to Central Arkansas.

The 5-foot-11, 200 running back who is being recruiting by Tucker Waugh indicated that he is looking to make his decision soon after Christmas.

Martinez Davis, CB

The talented corner has been a solid commit to the Black Knights for some time now, but has Davis had a change of heart?

Well, like most recruits, Davis is attempting to look at the big picture and according to his father; maybe he should look at the schools that continue to show him interest.

And that is exactly what the 5-foot-11, 170 corner prospect has and is doing. He has taken official visits to West Illinois (12/4) and Austin Peay (12/11), as well as eventual visits to Army & Air Force sometime in January.

But the Black Knights staff wants to ensure that Davis realizes their level of interest in seeing him in the Black & Gold, but also that if he maintains his commitment, it is because he wants to be at West Point. "I had a home visit from Army last week from Head Coach Ellerson and Coach Smeland," declares Davis. "They encourage me to make what is the best decision for me. I'm ready to get up to Army and feel the vibe when I get there." will continue to follow the recruiting process for each of these recruits.

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