February 6, 2011

Army adds 3-star DE to the 2011 Class

With defensive ends Jalen Rosales, Dalton Mendenhall and Gavin Maher already committed and signed, the Black Knights haven't stop there.

This weekend, 3-star prospect Ryan Alexander, still making his way back home to Canadian, Texas from his official visit to Army this weekend gave his pledge to become a Black Knight.

"I'm on my way back from my official visit to West Point and so right now I'm at the Dallas Airport," the 6-foot-1, 230 pound defensive end said this afternoon, as he elaborated on his visit and his decision.

"It went great and I loved it and I was impressed with everything. I called Coach Mumford and verbally committed today."

Alexander turned down preferred walk-on opportunities at both Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
"We were keeping tabs on him because he was a guy that Tech was looking at as a preferred walk-on at fullback," shared RedRaiderSports.com Managing Editor Aaron Dickens"

Well, this weekend proved to Alexander that there was a strong desire on the part of the coaching staff and his connection with players on the Black Knights' roster, that Army is where he needed to be.

"My host was Steve Erzinger and I thought he was a cool guy," says the future Black Knight. "He talked to me all about West Point. Every single thing that I could think of I asked him about West Point and he answered me honestly."

"I also hung out with Zach Williams who used to live in Canadian," says Alexander in finding a neighborly face in the crowd. "He graduated from Melissa … he graduated from Melissa but he lived in Canadian before he went to Melissa."

Of course it didn't stop with just the players, clearly the defensive end who will be a direct report, had an already established relationship with defensive line coach, John Mumford, but he walked away from his meeting the Army's mentor, Rich Ellerson, completely sold on Army.

"I like Coach Ellerson a lot," he declared earlier. "I had a one on one with him and had a chance to have breakfast with him at his home. My parents and I had a meeting with him, along with the admission's guy."

So was there any hesitation on Alexander's part subsequent to his visit? After I went there for my visit, the football and the career … I was sold," he says in a very excitable voice. "The facilities are crazy. The weight facilities compared to any major Division I schools that I have visited."

"I'm pumped and I can't wait to get up there. Coach Mumford said that he thought I was leaning that way and he as very excited about my commitment."

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