November 21, 2012

California DT offered and high on Army

Army continues their quest to identify and pull in top tier talent at the defensive tackle and end position for their 2013 recruiting class.

The Black Knights have already received the commitment from 6-foot-3, 240 defensive end Andrew McClean, but they are surely looking to add more to the stable of quality talent.

And there is still plenty of prospects that remain on the radar. On the outside (DE) there are players like 3-star defender Sean Spencer who had earlier committed to Vanderbilt but has since reopened his recruiting, then you have Cody Moorhead, along with Taylor Driggers who is scheduled to visit the West Point campus and as we most recently reported, Solo Ceesay, just to name a few.

Then on the interior side (DT) of the recruiting equation, one recent name has jumped into the mix and potentially he has A+ upside from our assessment. The name is Kevin Sundberg who reins from Fowler (Cali.) Fowler High School.

Pre-med major and eventual orthopedic surgeon? Yes, that is Sundberg's career destination and from his play on the field this season, he has already started his residency on opposing running backs and quarterbacks.

On the season, the 6-foot-2 1/2, 280 pounder compiled 116 total tackles (65 solo); 7 sacks; 2 fumble recoveries and 1 blocked field goal. Although he has demonstrated that he is equally as effective against both the run and pass, Sundberg's self assessment adds this insight.

"The run ... I feel myself better against the run because I can fight off a block quicker, squeeze it down and make the tackle in the whole," states Sundberg, who currently holds offers from Air Force and New Mexico, with the most recent coming from Army.

"Army offered me on Veterans Day and Coach Guyader (Andy) is recruiting me there," adds Sundberg. "My interest in Army is high and you can get a much better offer than West Point. That's an amazing deal for me, it's such a prestigious school and it's a honor."

Even with a GPA of 4.0, Sundberg knows that a school such as West Point is a challenge, but was confident that if that is where he decides to attend college, he more than up to the task. "Of course a school like West Point will be difficult, but as long as I keep my mind set and stay focused it's should be just like any other school," he said.

Of the three schools that have offered, the DE prospect has yet to visit or schedule any official visits. "No, I have taken any official visits, but I have been to New Mexico when they played Fresno State and I plan on visiting both Army and Air Force in the month of January," says Sundberg, who is still looking to lockdown a specific date for both schools.

Sundberg is a throwback type of player, whose motor never stops running, so it was no surprise to learn who one of his all-time favorite players was. "I really like Clay Matthews even though he doesn't play tackle," he declared. "I want to set my intensity to his levels and standards to play the game as hard as he does."

With his size, it's no surprise that in his track endeavors, that Sundberg throws the discus and the shot-put.

However, his other sports involvement may cause some fans to do a double take. "This year I'm competing with the high school swim team. Over the summer I started training with the swim team ... just competing with the city team. We did pretty good, I took a few first place finishes.

Fowler's season and hence Sundberg's high school football career have concluded when the team lost this week to Bakersville Christian in the playoffs.


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