June 12, 2011

Black Knights looking to attract PA safety

Army is currently going after some very high quality talent for their both free and strong (Rover) safety positions.


The common denominator for each is their versatility; along with their aggressive play and athletic ability which are very similar to that of former Army Black Knight and current Detroit Lion, Caleb Campbell.


Both Chris Santini and Zack Jackson come to mind when you look at the offer list of top tier safeties that the Black Knights are targeting.


With an offer already in hand from Boise State, along with Oregon and USC knocking on the door, it may be hard to pull Santini to the East coast against some of the more prominent West coast schools ...only time will time.


In the case of Jackson, whose older brother Josh is the starting cornerback for Army ... he remains interested in the Black Knights, but is anticipating more offers this summer, so it will be interesting to see how things begin to unfold for him over the next month or so.


Other safety talent includes Zach Espinosa, Kevin Brown, along with Ohio native, Tyler Jackman.


But one name that has recently surfaced on the Black Knights' radar screen is hard hitting safety Okezie Alozie from Bethlehem (Pa.) Freedom High School, who recently picked up an offer from Army.
The 6-foot-0, 200 pound safety/linebacker was excited to share about his recent offer that came from the Black Knights.


"They saw some film on me and I had been talking to Coach Tucker Waugh through email and he then came to my school," shares Alozie. "We talked about West Point and he shared how he loved my film, along with the whole coaching staff being excited about me … then he offered me. Needless to say, I am very excited."
















We talked about West Point and he shared how he loved my film, along with the whole coaching staff being excited about me … then he offered me. Needless to say, I am very excited.










- Safety recruit, Okezie Alozie











However, when the Black Knights first reached out to the harding hitting safety, he wasn't completely aware of the Army/West Point connection, but that has since changed.


"To be honest, at first I only knew a little bit about West Point,' he says. "My best friend's dad is in the military, so I heard some things from him about West Point, but when Coach Waugh came, it opened my eyes more … and my interest has really increased."
"He called me recently and we talked about a visit, which I plan on taking in June."


Alozie, who maintains a 3.3 GPA also has offers from Navy and VMI, but indicated that other schools are recruiting him hard, and some appear to be close to extending him an offer.


"I'm also hearing from and I think those close to possible offers are Georgia Tech, Boise State, Temple, Bowling Green and definitely West Virginia," says Alozie, who is also making his summer camp rounds.


"I was at Temple's camp last Sunday and it went really well. I did really well, ran fast, did well during one on one and they pulled me into the field house after the camp … I talk to the head coach and the coach that recruits me."


"I have to give them a call next week to see what their decision is."


STYLE OF PLAY


I have a variation of styles, where I played corner and free safety before. We run the same kind of defense that West Virginia and Army run 3-3 stack which is like a safety/outside linebacker.


I like to be aggressive and love to hit someone. My best forty is 4.58 run at the Temple camp last year.


Alozie, who declared that he is an aggressive defender, who loves to hit and plays both sideline to sideline player. "I'm a really good run enforcer, but I can cover as well," notes Alozie, who registered 76 tackles, 4 sacks and 5 forced fumbles his junior year.


"I have a variation of styles, where I played corner and free safety before. We run the same kind of defense that West Virginia and Army run 3-3 stack which is like a safety/outside linebacker."


So, what is Alozie looking for in a school? "I would like to feel comfortable with the coaching staff and have them make me a better player," states Alozie, who has run a person best of 44.01 in the 1.10M. "I'm also looking for the Family atmosphere … I just want to be comfortable where I am with a great education."


GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Alozie's recruiting throughout.


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