November 7, 2010

Safety, Duran Workman commits to Army

For many prospects the recruiting process is heading down the final stretch. Most have already narrowed their list of schools, taking their official/unofficial visits to check out the colleges and perhaps a game itself of those schools on the list, and of course the ultimate goal of making their college decision.

For some time now, Duran Workman had been ready to pull the yes lever and commit to Army. However, staying in character, there were three prerequisites that needed to take place in order for that to occur. First and foremost, it was a must that he have a chance to take in the Army game day experience up close, even though he had already visited the campus in the spring.

Secondly, he wanted to meet the position coach face-to-face, which in Army's case is coach Chris Smeland, who coaches the safeties.

Finally and probably most important for the prospect out of Saint Albans (W. Va) George Washington High School, he wanted to give his pledge to the Army coaching staff in person … especially offensive line coach Gene McKeehan who has been handling Workman's recruiting. caught up with Workman right after he made his decision on Saturday, as he talked about his day on the West Point campus and he decision to become a Black Knight.

"The first half was great except the turnovers before halftime, that I thought it put them in a hole and they gave up a touchdown that hurt momentum and hurt them a lot," shares Workman, as he provides a little first half analysis.

"I love the atmosphere and it's everything that expected it to be. They gave up some big plays in the secondary and I feel that I can come in and help in the secondary. I think folks are excited about Army football and the direction of the program."

So how does the 6-foot-0, 195 pound safety feel that his style fits into Ellerson's defensive scheme? "It's not your everyday defense and they do a lot of different things on defense," he says.

"They did a lot of different things with the strong safety and that's exciting to me."


As much as Workman embellished watching Army take on Air Force in front of 38,128 pumped up fans, his ultimate moment was after the game when he had the chance to sit down with various members of the coaching staff to talk about his future as a student-athlete.

"I met with Coach Tucker Waugh outside the locker room and he lead me up to safeties coach's (Smeland) office," shares a very excited Workman. "He said he would be excited to get me to West Point and to coach me … then they took me to Coach McKeehan's office."

"Then I met with Coach McKeehan and I told him that Army is where I am going to play football and West Point is where I want to attend to school. He was very excited … he and I have become close … his the coach I wanted to let know first.

Coach Ellerson came into Coach McKeehan's office shortly after. Obviously he was disappointed in the loss, but he was happy that I committed."

For many young men and women who make the decision to attend West Point, which is one of the most prestigious and challenging colleges in the country, it really is a personal decision. However, having one's parents there (USMA) to taste first hand and provide their blessings is icing on the cake for many future cadets.

"They (his parents) have been positive about the school the whole time and they believe that this is the right place for and I'm excited that they approved of my decision to commit," Workman shared.

"We are staying at the Doubletree in Time Sqaure (NYC) and we are just going to hang out … it's going to be a special night for sure."

Clearly as special night for the Army fans as the Black Knights pick up a talented prospect in safety Duran Workman. congratulates Workman for becoming the newest member of the Black Knights' 2011 recruiting class.

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