December 3, 2012

Speedy Calif. RB gives pledge to the Black Knights

If there's one position that Army has significant depth, as well as talent to match, it is at running back and that also includes the fullback position. And you don't lead the nation in rushing two years in a row without stud-like talent.

You can start with junior Raymond Maples, who has registered back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing seasons, and then you have fellowship slotback, who are all currently sophomores in Terry Baggett, Trenton Turrentine and Stephen Fraser .... not to mention the talent coming in from the USMAPS.

Of course at fullback you have sophomore Larry Dixon, who is part of impressive line of talented fullbacks like current Tennessee Titan, Collin Mooney. Backing up Dixon is Hayden Tippett, who can step in without Army missing a beat.

Well, the Black Knights just added another back to their stable of running backs when the coaching staff received the verbal commitment from Nehemiah Brown out of San Diego (Calif.) Valhalla High School.

Although the speedy back had offers from schools like Colorado State and Webber State and has yet to take an official visit to West Point, saying yes to the Army Black Knights was a no brainer for Brown.

However, when speaking with earlier during the day on Sunday, Brown made it clear that Army was his first choice, but he had yet to pull the trigger. But something happen between that initial chat with GBK and the conversation where California native made his pledge official.

"I verbally committed to Army this evening after I spoke to you guys earlier and then I talked Coach Guyader (Andy), said the newest member of the 2013 recruiting class, who also scheduled to visit the West Point campus the weekend of January 4th. "I spoke my parents and they really like the school and I know it will help me out in the future. When Coach Guyader called, we were talking about the game (Army-Navy) and I was watching the movie, the Game of Honor. He explain to me how the game is a huge rivalry and I'm going to be there on Saturday. It will be an opportunity for me to meet some of the players, some of the other recruits that will be there and he said had Coach (Ellerson) wants to meet me as well. So I'm going to talk to him and my dad is going to meet him."

On the season, Brown, compiled 563 yards on the ground on a mere 55 carries, along with 12 rushing touchdowns. Add to that 8 receptions for 304 yards and 5 touchdowns. He was just as effective on special teams where he registered 556 yards on 8 kick returns that also netted 3 touchdowns.

Comparatively speaking, Brown says there is one player that he not only does he look up to, but feels their style of play is very similar. "I really like Ray Rice," confesses Brown. "We're about the same height and he style is how I do it. I can run around people or I can put my shoulder down and get a few extra yards.

Although Brown doubled as a cornerback at Valhalla, he is a projected slotback, is probably faster than what is currently on the Army roster. However, he will need to hit the weight room, to build on his 5-foot-9, 170 pound frame. Whereby, the prep bound speedster will have that one year post grad time to get up to speed in that area.

In addition to football, Brown made his mark in track, where he ran the 100m, 200m & 400m. At the Mount Carmel 2012 CIF State Track & Field Finals he logged in a personal best of 10.68.

"I'm excited about my commitment because if I wasn't going to the next level (NFL), West Point offers me a tremendous future after college," declares Brown.

And when it comes to the military component, it is not unfamiliar territory for Brown as he explains. "My dad was in the Marines for 20 years and my mom works for the military, but as a civilian."

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