December 13, 2012

Recruiting Rewind: Geoffery Bacon

Let's take a look back and forward as GBK recaptures the moment in time.

The Past

Like many recruits, hearing about West Point is one thing, but experiencing it up close and personal is an entirely different story and current Army commit, Geoffrey Bacon can attest to that fact.

The 6-foot-1, 190 pound athlete out of Milwaukee (Wis.) Riverside University High School, made his official visit during the January 15th weekend and was sold on becoming a Black Knight.

Bacon, who played free safety and wide receiver at Riverside, has the frame to add weight, but also has the athleticism and speed to be an effective outside linebacker, which is where he initially being projected in the Black Knights' scheme.

Bacon's recruiting has been handled by Coach Joe Ross and during his visit to West Point, it was the addition that he received from Head Coach Rich Ellerson that made him feel like a wanted prospect. "I had a lot of one-on-one time with him (Ellerson) while I was there on my visit and Coach Ross. He's a real good guy and has been up front with me from the beginning," shares the USMAPS bound Bacon, who was hosted by Josh Jackson during his visit.

So on Tuesday, Bacon gave his pledge to the Army coaching staff to become a Black Knight and join the 2010 recruiting class.

The Present

The high school free safety/wide receiver began his conversion to linebacker at the USMAPS. And when the bulked up Bacon finally made his varsity debut, it was clear that he had not lost any of his athleticism and aggressiveness in his new role as inside linebacker for the Black Knights.
Yes, smallish by college standards, the 6-foot-0, 210 pound sophomore was relentless from the opening whistle of the season to Army's heartbreaking loss to Navy on Saturday. Throughout the 2012 campaign, Bacon was all over the field as his sideline to sideline play was one of the few bright spot defensively for Army who ranked 85th in the nation in total defense.

Conversely, the linebacker and Milwaukee (Wisc.) native was 5th in the country in total tackles, where he registered 136 on the season and averaged an impressive 11.33 take downs per game.

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