January 31, 2012
Big NY offensive lineman says yes to Army
Army football coach Rich Ellerson starts out the recruiting process having to sell most prospects on West Point.
But for the last two years, James Meagher has been trying to sell himself to Ellerson and his assistants. Well, Army is now a buyer after Meagher's experienced a growth spurt before his senior year. He grew from a 214-pounder as a junior into a 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior.
Meagher, an offensive lineman from Pawling (NY) Trinity-Pawling, made an official visit to West Point last weekend and officially committed on Tuesday to the Black Knights.
"I feel blessed and can not wait to play for Army," Meagher said. "It's hard not to be a fan of Army, Navy and Air Force. They're stand-up guys that put in the work and don't make excuses. I'm from a patriotic family."
Army was Meagher's only offer from a Football Bowl Subdivision school, although he had invitations from Cal, Boise State and Nevada as a walk-on. He also had an offer from the University of San Diego, a Football Championship Subdivision school.
"Army is the only school that gave me an offer to play Division I football, and I can't wait to prove them right," Meagher said.
Meagher's growth spurt filled out the frame of a late bloomer. His father was a 6'2", 260-pound defensive end that started his career at the University of the Pacific before he finished at UC Davis.
"I found a trainer and got serious," Meagher said. "I stopped staying up late, stopped drinking caffeine, began eating healthy food and eating all the time."
Army recruited him as an offensive guard, and he says he prefers offense to defense.
"That sounds weird because most guys like defense," he said. "I like driving guys back and an I like pass protection. I like to get down and dirty in the trenches. Even when I was smaller (as a junior), I was nasty. The best feeling is pancaking people."
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