March 25, 2011

Hulick very high on the Black Knights

Carl Hulick plans on taking official visits to the University of Washington, Colorado and UCLA to check out their football programs.

He would also like to come east and take a look at West Point.

And what if Army offered?

"I'd be so pumped! I'd be ecstatic. That's a great thing to have,'' he said Friday.

A junior from Anaheim (CA) Esperanza High School, the 6-foot-6, 265-pound two-way player is at this time being recruited as an offensive lineman. "I'm more comfortable on offense, but I love the difference on defense where you can trust your instincts and follow the ball. But I'll play wherever I'm needed. I'm big on team stuff,'' he said, "not individualism.''

That didn't keep him from making it to the round of 12 in the high school state wrestling tournament at heavyweight.

But make no mistake. He's a football player. "I like getting after it,'' he said. "I'm not afraid to get hit and I'm not afraid to make a hit. I keep my motor going. Basically I have as much intensity as possible.''

He started at OL as a sophomore and this past season doubled at nose guard while being named team captain.

Army assistant coach Payam Saadat has been recruiting Hulick, "and I'm really liking that,'' the youngster said enthusiastically.

The engaging senior-to-be also said that the San Jose State coach came down to talk with him in person, but noted that the recruiting process hasn't gotten too out of hand.

"Not really,'' Hulick said. "But my mom's getting a little crazy. She wants me to go to every combine and camp. But she keeps me motivated.''

He was motivated to actually join the Army if football didn't pan out, either due to an injury or a lack of interest by colleges.

"Just the thought of serving and stuff, I always thought I'd just join. Then someone suggested, "Hey, why don't you try to go to West Point, play football and do the Army thing?' I was like, 'That would be awesome!' I could play football, get that education and go in as an officer.

"I figured I could at least join the Army and then get my education paid for with the G.I. bill. My grandpa was an officer in the Navy,'' Hulick said, "and I have a cousin who's in the Marines. And a bunch of my buddies joined the Marines and are getting ready to be deployed. It's such a good thing to serve your country. I think a lot of people take that for granted.''

He certainly would not do that if West Point ever comes calling. The way he sounded, you really had to wonder if Washington, Colorado or UCLA would stand a chance.

"I'd do a lot praying and ask a lot people a lot of questions about it. If that would happen,'' he said, "I really think Army would be a good choice.''

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