October 19, 2012

Black Knights' Recruiting Update

As college football moves into the second half of the season's schedule, that also means that recruiting begins to turn into high gear, where the novelty of recruiting for many high school seniors becomes more of a reality check. It means that unofficial visits really mean more than a day away from home, that managing one's schedule to get in the necessary official visits becomes essential and of course, making that all so important college decision can be both exciting and overwhelming.

For cornerback Bryon Fields who is out of Charlotte (NC) Providence Day High School, he has gone through the full cycle, which lead him to Thursday's decision.

"I verbally committed to Duke University tonight," said Fields, who reached out to GoBlackKnights.com to notify us of his college choice.

Fields explained why the Blue Devils will be his college home for the next 4-5 years. "It was just the best overall fit for me ... strong academics,improving program and close to home," said Fields, who was still being actively recruited by the Army Black Knights. "I heard from Army earlier this week."

Then you have Logan Neitzke. The 6-foot-3, 235 pounder out of Appleton (Wis.) Appleton North High School currently has four offers which include both Army and Air Force.

Unfortunately, Neitzke's high school football career is over and now he is looking ahead to where he will be attending college. "I suffered an ACL injury and I'm going to be out for the rest of the season," he shared. "It happen week for of his senior campaign."

Neitzke had surgery last Thursday and is now in rehab mode, but states that some schools have not been scared off by his recent mishap.

"Coach Tucker Waugh of Army came and visited a few weeks ago and he said they're not changing anything because of the injury," declares Neitzke. "He said the only thing that may happen is that I might have to go through the prep school if I'm not physically ready. In a week or so, I am going to schedule my official visit there."

"Most the schools just want to see how my surgery went. Army especially said that it's full speed ahead for recruiting and North Dakota want to look at my doctor's notes and stuff when I go up for an official and have their medical staff evaluate me."

Prospect Joey Kuperman from San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic, also is receiving academy attention.

The offensive line prospect who tips the scales at 6-foot-1, 285 pounds indicated that his offer list consist of Army, Air Force and Navy, along with University of San Diego. In addition to those offers, Kuperman shared that Cal-Poly, UC Davis, Northern Arizona and Montana are showing sincere interest in his talents.

"I spoke to Coach Guyader of Army weekly as well as the other academies," says Kuperman. "But actually I heard from Army tonight. We talked about my upcoming game and their upcoming game. It just happen to be the team we are playing this week runs a similar defense that Army runs, so we chatting about the defense."

"I haven't decided on what schools I want to visit (official) yet, but I think all three academies will be in my range to visit."

Kuperman was quick to admit that playing center for any of military academies fits well into his style of play. "As for as the center position goes for Army and all the academies it's very similar," he adds. "Just take care of your gap and you have to be quick."

On the season, Cathedral Catholic is 5-2 and they have their upcoming rivalry game this weekend against St. Augustine High School for what is deemed the "Holy Bowl".

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