June 30, 2012
Army's 2012 Recruiting Class Begin Their Arrival
All the recruiting and commitment conversations are now in the rear view mirror and for the Army Black Knights 2012 incoming recruiting class, so will their respective cities and home towns come this weekend.
Yes, this weekend it all becomes reality, as the direct admits, along with the more than 35 USMAPS players will gather together at West Point to start their careers as Black Knights and cadets.
Things will "officially" kick-off on Sunday mid-afternoon with a cookout at the home of Army head coach Rich Ellerson, that will offer an opportunity for players to meet collectively for the very first time, but obviously not the last.
Then on Monday, the final goodbyes are extended as Reception Day (R-Day) begins for the newest members of the Long Gray Line.
There is a host of talent coming on board, as many are in the final run of being at home prior to heading to the historic campus, while others have already arrived.
For Kyle Ricciardi, this weekend is his last opportunity for some downtime and then it's off to the next phase of his life.
"I'm currently at a concert in my town," says Ricciardi, as he shared with GoBlackKnights.com Friday evening. "I'm leaving on Sunday to arrive at West Point and I'm very excited."
For incoming defensive tackle Evan Finnane, who will be joining his older brother Shane as a Black Knight .... Friday served as an opportunity to reflect, but also looking ahead.
"I'm at home ... leaving tomorrow morning (Saturday)," says Finnane, who spent part of Friday at his high school (Elgin) with his dad where they took a few moments to review the names of all of his teammates inscribed on brick pavers at the entrance to Greg True Field, which honors the teams that resurrected the football program over the past 6 years.
Like Fiannane and Ricciardi, Cedrick Bell will be trekking from Marion, Indiana along with his family.
"My flight leaves Sunday morning, arrives at 1:30pm, I should be at West Point by 3pm and once I arrive I will be going to Coach Elllerson's house for a gathering," confirms the safety prospect.
"But my parents flight leaves tomorrow afternoon and one of the coaches will pick me up from the airport."
However, defensive tackle Khodadod Kia has establish his dwellings for the next four years as New York.
"I'm doing great. I'm currently at West Point right now" says the 6-foot-0, 260 defensive tackle, who travel East by himself. "My parents decided to wait and come back for "A" Day, because you only get 30 seconds to say good-bye, so they are coming back then."
Kia is wasting no time making his rounds, as well as some necessary adjustments from the West Coast to the East Coast. "I'm getting use to this heat .... it's a lot different than Southern California, but tomorrow I'm probably going for a run" shares a laughing Kia, who has connected with some of the Army football brass.
"I have already spoke to Coach Saadat and stopped by his office to say hello. I also the academic liaison, Lt. Colonel Green and admissions to talk to some of the folks that I know over there."
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