May 15, 2012
NJ prospect has Army in his top three
If you ask Princeton (NJ) Hun School's head coach, Dave Chris to describe Chris Cardinali, he will be the first to tell you that he a very versatile player and a true student/athlete.
"He's a safety/will linebacker and for the academies, he can run either A or B back," shared Dudek when referring to the 5-foot-11, 197 pound New Jersey prospect. "Academically, he's squared away and fits them (academies and Ivy League) well. He's being looked at by Army and Navy, along with all of the Ivies ... He's just that kind of a kid.
When it comes to the Black Knights of Army, Cardinali recently had an opportunity to visit the West Point campus, along the Army football facilities, up close and personal. His recent visit was a reflection of his off the field attributes as well as his talents on the gridiron.
"I was there last Saturday (May 5th) to receive the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award and I then caught up with Coach McKeehan and he showed me around the campus and the facilities," says Cardinali, who as the recipient has demonstrated a balance between academics and athletics, as well as being a positive influence in the community.
It was after the ceremony that he was able to take in the other aspect of what West Point would offer him, which is Army football.
"I saw the field first, then he showed me the stadium, then we went into the football offices, meeting rooms, locker room, weight room and their indoor turf field," said Cardinali, of the second leg of his tour relay. "I think their facilities are just are good as anyone's in the BCS. The weight room and indoor facilities can compete with anyone in the nation."
"I am very interested in Army and Navy as well," adds the prospect who visited Navy during their Junior Day and Spring game.
In addition to Army and Navy, he is also hearing from Yale, Leigh, Temple and Boston College, along with Duke who is just starting to show interest.
As previously mentioned, Cardinali has played a variety of position as needed at the Hun School, where he has played running back, fullback, outside linebacker and strong safety. However, at the next level he may be more suited at strong safety, but that may be determined based on which program he ends up committing to.
In addition to making his various campus visits, Cardinali is working hard on his home turf and is taking advantage of Hun's college coaches access viewing of current prospects.
"We have morning running every Tuesday and Thursday where we run in the morning for any coaches that come," says Cardinali. "It's kind of like combine drills to show off our athleticism. We are lifting everyday ... we have a lifting program. On the weekend I'm working with a speed & explosion trainer named Val Barnaby who use to play for Rutgers. He is out of Parisi's (SC&C), but he does some things on his own where he does primary workout that translate to the field and combine type of stuff."
"Actually, Coach McKeehan came to watch us in morning running. Primarily me, Quashae (Hendryx), Hunter (Knighton) and Abdul (Majeed). He got to check us out in person."
Cardinali indicated that his top three are Army, Navy and Yale.
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