February 5, 2009
GBK.com: 2009 Class continues!
Signing Day has come and gone so now is a chance to look at several of the other prospects Army has compiled as part of the 2009 recruiting class.
THE NEW BLACK KNIGHTS
Getting three-star defensive Julius Warmsley out of Baton Rouge (LA) St. Michael High School was a significant catch for Coach Ellerson first recruiting class. Warmsley, who is ranked as the 42nd ranked player in the state of Louisiana and the 52nd ranked weakside defensive end in the country enjoyed every minute of his signing ceremony and can't wait to get started wearing the Black & Gold of Army.
"When Channel 9 interviewed me, I was jumping up & down, because I'm so excited and I can't wait to get started," shares a jubilant Warmsley, who hand a chance after signing and faxing to speak with coaches McKeehan, Waugh and Holmes. "Coach Holmes wanted to know how I was doing and that the staff said how great it was to have me on board."
BRINGING THE SPEED
Speedy athlete Hunter Frantz, described his signing day as "really great". With three of his teammates also signing their respective letters of intent, Frantz had an opportunity to give a brief thank you speech to all who were in attendance, as well as taking tons of photos and being interviewed by local media.
Reflection: "This is a dream come true," declares the Oklahoma City (OK) Putnam City North High School prospect. "I didn't really dream this when I was little, so it's better than a dream."
After signing, Frantz spoke briefly on the phone with recruiting coordinator, Tucker Waugh. "He told I can help the team and I told him how excited I was, but I couldn't talk long, because I had to get back to class."
To the Army Fans: " I'm real excited to part of something special."
BRINGING THE SIZE
For the 6-foot-4, 280 Austin Noonan, his signing did not take place until 12:30pm, and on hand were his parents, step dad, teammates and his mothers boss, who is a 1986 graduate of West Point. "It was fun, and afterwards I spoke to the coaches at Army to let them know I faxed my information," says the offensive line prospect.
Refection: "I don't know what to expect, so I guess you can say I am in anticipation," says Noonan, who may be a direct admit. "I thought I was going to the prep school, but said I might be going direct
but that could change, so who knows."
HUGHES & JACKSON
Safety Casey Hughes was relied that it all has come to an end. "My day went very well and I had a good time," says the safety prospect. "But it's good to get it finally over with."
Hughes' father, John echoed the excitement he feels towards his son's decision. "I'm just excited about the West Point opportunity that Casey has," shares the senior Hughes.
To the Army fans: "I hope that we beat Navy for you."
Like all the aforementioned Army signees, quarterback Cody Jackson had a day that contained an array of emotions. "I have so many emotions," says Jackson, whose ceremonies started at 9:30am, with his parents, grandparents, tons of friends, coaches and the school's principal all in attendance. "I am relieved to know where I'm going, I'm ready to get started and I'm super excited to play at such an awesome school as West Point."
To the Army fans: "Be ready for an exciting 4-5 years, because Coach Ellerson has a winning plan."
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