January 19, 2011

Holstein picks Army over Stanford

The Army coaching staff has done an outstanding job in locking down the commits of safeties Matt Semelsberger, Duran Workman and Alex Meier, with the possibility of adding Joshua Trimble who has narrowed his choices down to Army, Virginia Tech and Buffalo.

As such, the Black Knights have added talent to two positions (free & strong safety), that will be hit hard with the graduation of Donovan Travis, Donnie Dixon and Jordan Trimble, not to mention limited experience and depth at those roles going into spring practice.

In the case of Semelsberger, he will be heading to the prep school where the 6-foot-2, 200 pound prospect from Maryland could project at the Rover position after a year at USMAPS.

With that, you can now add Addison Holstein's name to the Black Knights' impressive list of incoming safeties.

The 6-foot-2, 185 pound safety selected Army over Stanford, as he made his decision today to become a Black Knight.

GoBlackKnights.com had the opportunity to speak with Holstein soon after he gave his pledge to Army defensive tackle coach, Clarence Holmes.

"I committed today to Army … I called Coach Holmes and told him of my decision," says the very enthusiastic Holstein.

The prospect from Lecanto (FL) Lecanto High School had taken his official visit to Army during the January 7th weekend and was hosted by Black Knights' backup quarterback Max Jenkins. "Honestly it went great," shared Holstein earlier today.

"He was a great host; he was straight up with me, what he went through and how hard it was. I felt very comfortable with him and the guys that we hung out with. There were guys just like me …. Guys like Steve Erzinger and Jordan Trimble; I was with those guys the hold time."

How significant was your visit to Army?

"I wasn't sure when I got the offer, but when I got up to the campus it was beautiful and it wasn't at all that I had expected … it was a real college," says a laughing Holstein. "The kids on campus were just normal college kids, although they do some of things they do is different."

So what made you select Army over Stanford?

"To be honest, I was waiting to see if I got in (admissions) to Stanford to make my decision between those two," Holstein shares. "I don't know if the word use is correct, but they kept putting it off and putting it off. I just basically said to them that I'm making my decision to Army. I spoke to them (Stanford coaching staff) a few days ago and it wasn't like West Point was my second choice because to be honest, it was going to be hard decision between the two if I had gotten into Stanford. But I'm 100% happy with my decision to commit to Army and attend West Point."

I canceled all my other visits and I had already been out to Stanford twice for unofficial visits. I went when I first received the offer in May and I attended their camp in the summer.

For Holstein, he not only a player, but a player that studies that game and watches what unfolds on the college football landscape. One team in particular that he has been watching is his future team, the Black Knights of Army.

"My dad and I look at Rivals every day and it looks like we are getting commitments every day," declares Holstein, who also talked about his favorite college football player. "I grew up a Miami fan … and Sean Taylor who passed away a few years ago. He would light you up and I loved the way he played, just flying to the football."

So what is Holstein's style of play? "I've only played safety this season," he confesses, where during his junior he played almost every snap at quarterback.

"I'm not a Division I QB, so I moved over to the defensive side," he shared. "You can see it in my videos … I fill the alley hard, I'm pretty quick and there aren't a whole lot of people that will get behind me."

In addition to football, he participates in track where he runs the 100M, 200M and 400M, along with 4x100 where his squad made it to the regional's the past two years.

Holstein, who will be a direct admit also plays for Lecanto's basketball team as a shooting guard.

It is clear that Holstein has big expectation coming into the Black Knights' program and surely the same can be said relative to the staff's anticipation of getting the versatile safety on board.

"The big thing for me … my high school doesn't have a tradition for winning a lot, so going to a school that was good, winning games and going to a bowl was important to me," he says.

"With the guys still there and the guys we are recruiting, Coach Ellerson has the program going in the right direction."

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