January 15, 2011

2012 OL hoping for an offer from Army

This is a new frontier when it comes to college recruiting. Lead by a social media phenomenon … technology has changed the face of college recruiting. Today's prospects post information through vehicles such as Twitter or Facebook … and of course many colleges, actually most all college football programs work hard to stay on pace, but within the guidelines with all the tweets, status reports via Rivals.com, email and of course the tradition face-to-face visits.

In this era where high school players have so many vehicles to choose from relative what a college offers both academically and athletically, it can cause some level of confusion and downright overdose by the time National Signing Day arrives.

Of course many prospects are driven by possibility that college A,B,C will be their path to the NFL, while there are those like offensive lineman Carl Hulick who has a passion for two fields.

Two Fields - Two Passions

The offensive guard prospect out of Anaheim (CA) Esperanza High School is quick to point out where his college passion lies ... or at least one area that he is highly considering.

"Actually, I have not had any correspondence from Army, but they are a school that I am really really interested in," the 2012 prospect shared yesterday.

"My coach has three sons go through West Point … all participated in track, but we also have Todd McDonald from our high school who is doing well and playing football at their prep school ... he was the center for us last year."

So what has propelled Hulick's interest in Army? "I feel that people should be serving their country … I'm very patriotic," shares Hulick, who currently maintains a 3.6 GPA.

"I think going through West Point and playing Army football … as high as the West Point standard and that education would propel you through life, as well as serve our great country would be an honor."

Dual Sport Athlete

Along with participating on the gridiron, Hulick also finds time to hit the mats, which at times forces his weight to fluctuate. Although he is presently hitting the scales at 6-foot-3, 262, he believes that will change once he rolls up the mats.

"Once my wrestling season is over … and if I wasn't doing cardio and weight training, I would be up to 270 in 1-2 weeks," says Hulick. "Typically with my body it happens before where I get low during wrestling season, the second I start getting in the weight room and hitting it hard with my Olympic lifts and my squats … I just bulk up big because my body has been waiting for it and I pack on the weight and muscle real nice."

Hulick stated that he was named to the First-Team All-League and at Esperanza he played offensive guard started both ways … nose guard as well.

"I enjoy both (offense & defense) … I love both aspects of it," he says. "Controlling your body on offense while you are pass blocking, but getting nasty on defense."

In addition to his interest in the Black Knights, Hulick has a few other schools that have caught his attention.

"UCLA has been talking to me and I have gone to the Rose Bowl for a few games and I like what they are doing there," he declares.

"Also the University of Washington has been corresponding with me a lot. They are one of my favorites, along with Army and UCLA … and I have had some conversations with Texas A&M."

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Hulick's recruiting throughout the 2011 football season.

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