April 27, 2012

OL, Jack Plunkett talks about his Army commitment

Better late than never is the best way to define Army's latest addition to the Class of 2012.

Big offensive lineman, Jack Plunkett, who had preferred walk-on offers from Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Buffalo gave his verbal commitment to the Black Knights in March and added the exclamation point on Tuesday, with a Signing Ceremony.

The 6-foot-3, 280 pounder from Hamburg (New York) Canisius High School, will start his Army football career at the USMAPS, but it was his persistency and interest in the Black Knights, along with his talent that caught the attention of the coaching staff.

"I had contacted Coach Tripp this past winter, somewhere around early December and I just emailed him and sent him my highlight tape," said Plunkett. "I shared with him the schools that I was interested in and told him that I was interested in any of the service academies, particularly West Point."

"After I emailed him my highlight tape, he got right back to me and the ball started rolling from there."

And rolling it did, as it didn't take long for the New York native to become a member of the 2012 recruiting class. "I remember them overnighting the Letter of Assurance type of deal and that was about a month ago," he adds. "I don't recall the exact date, but as soon as I got it, I signed it and sent it back to them."

Ironically, it was Navy's failure in following up with Plunkett that opened his eyes to Army football and the life of a cadet at West Point.

"Actually, I had always been interested in Navy, because I went to one of their camps," he confirms. "But I realized that it was the military that I was interested in pursuing after I graduate, so I figured that West Point's reputation would be a good fit for me. The more I learned about West Point the more I like about it. Then I visited there twice and like it more each time."

"My visits were after the football season in February and Coach Tripp took me around on a tour and we came back in March. I met with Head Coach Rich Ellerson briefly on my trips and I'm completely ... I'm so excited," says the prep bound offensive lineman.

So is Plunkett's commitment solid? "It's completely solid and I won't entertain anyone trying to come after me or recruit me," confirms the future Army offensive lineman.

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