September 22, 2011
OL, Dewitt expressed high interest in Army
Coach Rich Ellerson and his staff are working diligently to pull down 4-5 quality offensive lineman in their 2012 recruiting class.
Over the past two days, GoBlackKnights.com has brought you up to date on 3-4 O-line prospects that sit atop the Army recruiting board.
Today we introduce another in 6-foot-2, 275 pound Brandon Dewitt who reside in Lawton (OK) and attends Lawton High School.
With offers from Army and Sam Houston State, Dewitt talked to GBK about his recruitment resume with the Black Knights, who have done well in keeping taps on the athletic lineman.
"I talked to Coach Mumford last week," shares Dewitt. "We both were talking about out next opponent, who I was going to be playing and he told me they were getting ready for Northwestern. I know they won 21-14. I have it recorded, but haven't had a chance to watch it yet."
"He also wanted to know how things were progressing with my file. It's coming along great ... all I have to do is type my statement on why I want to attend West Point."
Dewitt realizing that Army looks for that unique style of lineman when recruiting the guys up front.
So does he fit that mold for the Black Knights? "Mainly with my footwork and my speed for where my weight is," adds Dewitt, as he shares what distinguishes him from other linemen. "Because there aren't very many people in my area that weigh what I weigh but can still move around the way I can."
I have watched them previously. One of our assistant coaches played defensive end at Army and so we are always talking about them.
The other unique factor surrounding Dewitt's recruiting is that unlike most recruits, making his way on "post" of the West Point campus has a very familiar feel for the offensive line prospect .... although he came away impressed with the program's athletic facilities.
"I visited Army when I went to the University of Penn camp in July," he adds. "So I drove up to West Point with my mom and visited there."
"Their facilities are the better than any facilities that I have seen going through all the schools and the coaches are really cool - really friendly. The players came up to me and asked how I was doing, as I was watching them working out. The indoor practice facility is bigger than Baylor's which is the only one that I have seen ... they have a really great program."
But when it comes to feeling at home, the student-athlete who maintains a GPA 3.87 and who has plans in majoring in either Engineering physics or biochemical engineering can say what most prospects are getting a taste of for the first time.
That is because Dewitt currently resides on the Army military base of Fort Sill in Lawton, where his dad is Commander of the Training Brigade on post.
"He (dad) was really excited about my offer from Army, because even when he was going to school he knew of West Point, but did not have the opportunity to go that route," shares Dewitt. "He was just excited that I am interested in going that direction, because even when I was younger I was always thinking ... oh, I wouldn't want to go into the Army, but that has changed. And it being West Point has even enhance my feelings."
And Dewitt knows that he is ahead of his counterparts who are being recruited by the Black Knights.
"It makes a huge difference because I kind of understand the military lifestyle versus someone who just gets an offer from Army, so they don't really know what to expect," he says.
"But growing up in a military family I kinda of have a feeling what things may gone on and what level of discipline that you have to go through .... things like that."
So with that said, has Dewitt determine when he will be making a college decision?
"I'm not exactly sure because a lot of schools say they want to see my first four games," he declares. "So once I do that and get the film out to them, where I will see where I stand with everybody and it will help me make my college decision."
Right now according to Dewitt, his top three schools are Army, Penn and Dartmouth, who also stated that he is looking to visit (officially) Army in December or January.
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