July 19, 2012

Brennan returns from his unofficial visit to Army

There is little of the depth and talent at the quarterback and running back positions that has integrated the Black Knights' program since Rich Ellerson has taken over as head coach four years ago.

However, no matter how talented those who carried the ball in Army's triple option might be, being the leading rushing team in the nation at 346 yards per game start with the guys up front.

Needless to say, identifying and recruiting quality offensive linemen has always been a primary recruiting focus under Ellerson's watch. As the Army mentor mentioned in his July 8th Q&A with GoBlackKnights.com, "I really like some of our offensive linemen, but offensive linemen shouldn't be in the mix as freshmen weather that are coming up from the prep school or coming direct ... I hope that doesn't happen," said Ellerson, when referring to the 2012 incoming recruiting class's offensive line prospects and their maturation process within the system.

And this emphasis is apparent in Army's recruiting quest for the 2013 class, having already received the verbal commitment from 3-star lineman, Patrick Joseph, along with others that will continue to fill the pipeline of outstanding O-line prospect.

One such player is Devlin Brennan out of Poughkeepsie (NY) Our Lady of Lourdes High School, who just returned from his unofficial visit to the West Point campus on Wednesday.

"I arrived about 12 noon and connected with Coach Bill Tripp who is the O-line coach at Army," shares the 6-foot-3, 275 pounder. "I then met Coach Ellerson and my conversation was really good .... he's a great guy and I love him. He's a great coach and a good person."

"Afterwards me and Coach Tripp start talking about the whole Army program. Then we toured the facilities and I thought they were awesome ... some of the best facilities I have seen. The weight room was gorgeous and it was massive. It kind of blew my mind. I saw the indoor practice field and it was very nice too ... they have great facilities."

Once inside Michie Stadium, Brennan was quick to point out that he already had visions of being part of the Army football culture and being stepping onto the field wearing the Black & Gold.

"Oh yeah, I'm totally open to West Point, that's one of my big options," he adds. "I can really see myself playing there."

Brennan, who was joined by his dad on the visit, had the opportunity to travel with Tripp via the golf cart mode of transportation, to see the historical perspective of the West Point campus. However, with a storm making it's way up the East Coast, that portion of the visit was cut short.

"I thought that aspect of the tour was really interesting," says Brennan. "It's a very historical place and there's a lot of history there ... it was really interesting. But then it started to thunder and there was a huge lighting storm, so we had to rap up the visit right after that."

The Ride Home

Making the drive back to Poughkeepsie allowed for Devlin, along with his dad, Rob to assess and discuss yesterday's visit, as the offensive shared part of what that father-son moment was like with GoBlackKnights.com. "We both loved it, I mean it's a different place of all the other colleges, you know. It's a different lifestyle. The connections you make there, they will last forever."

"After seeing what they have to offer, I hold Army with really high regard. The two big ones for me right now are Army and Dartmouth. I'm still pretty interested in Bucknell, but those two (Army & Dartmouth) are my favorites."

And when it comes to making his college decision, the New York native indicated that it may happen a little later in the recruiting process. "I'm probably going to make my decision as late as possible, because I really want to be sure on this, because it's a huge decision," says Brennan, who maintains a 3.9 GPA.

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