Well if you like college football, weather you be as a coach, fan or football recruit ... it really doesn't matter if you happen to be watching or even more so, attending the Army-Navy game on Saturday.
The 113th match-up between these two historic schools was a classic toe-to-toe college football classic. This was a game that went down to the final drive, although unfortunately for the Army faithful the conclusion wasn't how many of the 69,607 had hoped for.
That being said, there were several high school prospects on hand, some who have already extended their verbal commitment to the Black Knights' coaching staff, while others are still determining if Army is where they will make their pledge.
GoBlackKnights.com had an opportunity to speak to several of the players, who provided their thoughts on the game itself and a brief update on their recruiting relative to Army.
Andrew McLean, DE (Army commit, 2013)
"The overall experience of it was amazing," says the 3-star Army commit. "I mean, obviously lost and that kind of suck, but going on the field before, watching the players warm up, seeing my recruiting coaches and just seeing the atmosphere with all of the cadets and midshipmen, the current military, veterans that were there ... it was an unbelievable experience."
"Army played a great game on defense and that's what really made me happy. Because they didn't give up a touchdown in the 2nd half until Navy got that long drive going with about 5 minutes left. Army just played really good on defense throughout the game."
I wanted to but I almost couldn't because it was too big, too overwhelmingly exciting to see an event like that and for me to get to play in a game like that .... it's extraordinary," shared McLean, when asked if he was envisioning himself playing in the Army-Navy rivalry.
"Honestly, I think Army should have won the game and they had a few missed opportunities where they could have put some points on the board. Obviously the fumble, but overall they played a solid game.
If they had been playing like that all season, they would probably have a lot better record."
Of course, being on the field during the pre-game warm-ups allowed for many of the commits and prospect to intermingle with one another and McLean said he took advantage of the opportunity. "I met Luke Fetia and Nehemiah Brown," says McLean, when discussing the chance to meet with his future teammates. "It was nice to talk to them on about our similarities and why we chose Army. I talked to a few other kids that I never got their names but trying to recruit them because they were looking at a few other schools ... Air Force mainly and Navy.
Kevin Sundberg, DT
"It was an awesome game and it was a great experience," shared Sundberg, who had Army atop his list of schools prior to Saturday match-up against Navy. "But it was also a real eye opener. I knew Army (fans) got into their football games, but this was a new and completely different level of football for me. I've been to other college games, but I've never seen so much school spirit, it was so loud, it sounded so amazing and I would love that. It is just an experience that I would love to take part in."
"Army is high on my list and I'm high on their list. I've been talking to them lately ... I've been calling them and they've been calling me once a week. As of right now, I'm leaning towards Army. The other schools can always pull me away from what I have, but right now after Saturday and the experience that I had I am leaning more towards Army."
Nehemiah Brown, RB (Army commit, 2013)
"The venue was huge and the game ... I really enjoyed it," says Brown, who attending the game with his dad and brother. "It was high energy and a good game down to the wire. Tough lost for Army, but they could have got it."
"I can't wait to be in the uniform and be able to play in a game like that. It would be a great experience for me, as well as my family."
And speaking of family, Brown's dad, Lester Brown had this to say about his son becoming a Black Knight. "I think it's a great thing (Nehemiah's commitment) and it was definitely a good game, but we came up short. But in my opinion, the talent is definitely there and I think it's going to be a great thing for him to be a part of."
Luke Fetla, DE (Army commit, 2013)
The game was awesome," shared Fetla, when asked about the Army-Navy game day experience/venue. "There were so many fans there (69,607 sold out). The way that everyone marched onto the field ... it was an experience, more than a bowl game. It was something else completely and it just showed the game and tradition behind the Army-Navy game."
"We had tickets right on the thirty and we were watching with a whole bunch of Army fans and we were loving it. All the recruits that were around us ... we were so excited going into the 4th and we were winning, oh man. The game changer we thought was right there when it was 4th and 1 on the two yard line. We all kind of felt like they should have gone for it. We were hoping that they would, but we kicked a field goal, we were ahead and feeling good about. We were driving on them ... that last drive, it felt great. It was coming together ... they were passing, they were running and we thought that would be it, we thought we were going in, but the fumble just killed us."
Noah Allen, DT
I had a blast," shared the defensive tackle prospect out of Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton High School. "It was real fun and my dad and my good friend also had fun. I think if it wasn't for that fumble at the end of the game, it would have gone Army's way."
"It (to play in the Army-Navy game) would be real intense and real fun," declared Allen, who confirmed that he is set to make his way to West Point for his visit. "I'm going up to Army for an official visit in January."
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