June 30, 2010

The Luetjen Watch

From the time that Derrick Luetjen received an offer from Army, his interest in Black Knights has been steady, while his interest in Oklahoma State and Tulsa were high.

However, Luetjen's perspective has changed after taking an unofficial visit to Army this past weekend, where he accompanied his parents and his older brother (Army commit), Matt for R-Day at West Point.

The Luetjen family arrived on the East Coast on Saturday, where they stayed in Newburg, New York and relaxed as a family until Sunday afternoon's football BBQ.

"Matt connected with the coaches and future teammates," said Derrick, who also has an opportunity to speak briefly with Head Coach Ellerson, along with Major King, running back coach Tucker Waugh, who handles the recruiting of both Matt and Derrick.


"Matt reported at 9:30AM and stood in line for every … that was a long process," says a laughing Luetjen. "They gave some speeches, told us about the history of West Point and we said our goodbyes … and he was off.

After saying his goodbyes to Matt, the 6-foot-3, 265 pound lineman spend the better part of the morning meeting with the Army coaching staff, particularly Coach Ellerson and Waugh, as well as defensive end coach John Mumford.

"Right after saying good bye to Matt, we went to meet up with Coach Waugh and he asked how Matt handle it," stated Luetjen.

"Then I met with Coach Ellerson who talked about me playing a number of positions such as defensive, defensive tackle or even center. He gave me the run down on everything about Army football and West Point … it was a very good meeting."


Along with being impressed with the coaching staff, the impression that R-Day left with the younger Luetjen, Derrick was quick to point out how taken back he was with the culture of West Point, along with the physical make up of the campus and the football facilities.

"Their indoor facilities were the best I have seen and that includes all the Big 12 schools that I have visited," says Luetjen.

"The campus is the most beautiful I have ever seen and the character of everyone at West Point caught my eye. If it was from the Coaches, Cadets, Colonels, and Lieutenants to the Superintendent … everyone, they are just great men of character.


"Coach Waugh took us over to a corner in the weight room and said that this is favorite part of the weight room," Luetjen shares with GBK.com. "There were two ropes there … players climb up, ring the bell, everyone stop and yells, BEAT NAVY.

"Yes, I could see myself wearing the Black & Gold of Army."

At the end of the day and having the opportunity let his visit soak in, Luetjen mad it clear that his interest in Army has climbed to the next level. "My top three are Army, Tulsa and OSU (Oklahoma State) ," declares Luetjen, who kicks off his high school practice on July 5th.

Although he does not have an offer from Tulsa or OSU, he remains optimistic that eventually that will take place.

"I haven't heard a lot from OSU, but I'm going to Tulsa's camp July 17th and I am hoping to receive an offer after I camp there," confirms Luetjen.

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Luetjen throughout his summer and senior year.

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