January 26, 2013

Recruiting Notebook: Army hopes to get their man

When Army kicked off their first weekend of official visits, there were ten prospects on hand and four (Nehemiah Brown, Luke Fetla, Patrick Joseph, and Andrew McLean) had already committed to the Black Knights.

And soon to follow would be Scott Washle, but one player that was on Army's "hot list" and who had still not pulled the trigger anywhere was quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw.

Adding a top level quarterback or two in this year's recruiting class is a major must for head coach Rich Ellerson and his staff. If this year's NFL season proved anything, it would be that a rookie QB can turn a franchise around, as noted by Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks), Andrew Locke (Ind. Colts), RGIII (Washington Redskins) ... all of whom had QB pedigrees where the results met the exceptions in 2012.

However, of all of the aforementioned signal callers, there is one other rookie who was rarely mentioned if at all during the kick-off of the season.

Actually, the name Colin Kaepernick didn't hit the media waves until the mid-portion of the 2012 campaign. as he stepped in for the San Fransico 49er's injured starter.

The irony of course, is that minus all the pre-seasoned fanfare he is now Superbowl bound.

Well, Army is hoping to boast that they may have found their own version of Kaepernick in 5-foot-11, 183 pound Ahmad Bradshaw out of windy city of Chicago by the way of Brooks College Preparatory. Like Kaepernick, the very athletic Bradshaw's resume is minus any Rivals.com star ranking. But what he does bring is a ton of talent and upside, both with his arm and legs.

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Actually Army came to my school on Thursday. It was Coach Ellerson, Coach Waugh and Coach Guyader. It was a good time and Coach Ellerson wanted to meet with my mother because she didn't get a chance to come to West Point on my visit. He had a chance to tell her more about the school and stuff that we both didn't know. She talked to me afterwards and she likes West Point. Army is still No. 1 so far and I'm looking to commit on Signing Day or close to Signing Day.

The Black Knights have sat atop Bradshaw's list of school and some fans may wonder why he has pulled the trigger yet, for which he had this explanation.

"I'm just trying to weigh out my options. I have never been a military guy, so I'm trying to see what offers my happen in comparison to West Point. Don't get me wrong, I can see myself fitting into that environment. I mean football is a sport has taught me or should I say that has makes it hard for you not to come to a challenge and I feel that I would be able meet the challenges of West Point should I decide to go there.

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