May 30, 2012
California RB pulls in offer from Army
The nation's leading rushing team in 2011, Army's coaching staff surely has developed a reputation for recognizing quality talent at running back and that includes some prospects who often fall under the proverbial 3-4 star rankings.
Case and point is the Black Knights' top rusher with 1,066 yards in junior slotback Raymond Maples. The chiseled 6-foot-1, 200 pounder, who is a breakaway threat whenever he touches the ball, is part of a stable of quality backs who will have defensive coordinators concerned every Saturday in 2012.
But the buck does stop there, because in college football you have to retool and consistently have quality starters, along with depth.
For Army, one such player has hit their radar and has an offer to prove it. Running back Xavier Menifield out of Santa Clarita (Calif.) Sierra Canyon High School.
"My recruiting is going pretty right now ... I have two offers so far, from Army and Air Force," says the student athlete who indicated that he is maintaining a 3.5 GPA.
"My first offer was Air Force in late April and Army was a week or two ago.
Menifield took a moment to express his interest in the Black Knights of Army and the academic reputation of West Point.
"I am very interested in their school (West Point)," he claims. "The opportunity after you graduate and after your service commitment is tremendous. Looking at any job or company, they know that coming from West Point you have great discipline, leadership capabilities and it's more of that than anything."
The 5-foot-9, 195 pound running back also participates in Sierra Canyon's track program where he his main events were long jump (22'8" - PR), while also running the 100M (11.04 - PR).
However, it is on the gridiron where the swift senior to be has been making noise. In 2011 he rushed for approximately 1,500 yards, 500 yards receiving with 34 combined touchdowns.
And when it comes to his style of running, he offered this self assessment. "I'm more of a downhill guy, I like to find the hole and make quick jumps towards it," says Menifield, confirming what his highlights show the viewing audience. "I'm not a scat back, I'm a more of find the hole and hit it kind of guy. A few of my coaches say I run like Hershel Walker."
In addition to his two offers, Menifield shared that Northwestern, Iowa State, Utah, UCLA, SDSU and Colorado are other schools that are showing him real interest.
What are Menifield's thoughts on attending school on the East Coast? "I"m open to wherever I go, and find a place where I fit in and it doesn't matter when it comes to location," he declared. I'm looking for a school that has great academics and I want to play.
GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Menifield's recruiting throughout his senior season.
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