March 26, 2011

Two quality RB's still considering Army

Their numbers are impressive, but the problem for the Army football program is that schools around the country like the numbers as well.

There are a couple of very good running backs who remain interested in playing for the Black Knights, but will they visit?

Although it may be a challenge to get Nick Tompkins to visit the West Point campus, but count Army out just yet. Defensive tackle coach Clarence Holmes, who is recruiting the talented running back has been know to pull a rabbit out of the hat as he did with DT, Tyrone Brown and Daniel Grochowski - both would offered preferred walk-on opportunities at Florida, along with safety Addison Holstein who selected Army over Stanford.

Tompkins is visiting Penn State today and is expecting an offer. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound speedster from Snellville, Ga., will also be taking visits to Virginia, Clemson and Arkansas. He has received an offer from Army, but he also has one from Boston College and Georgia Tech.

The halfback ran for 1,890 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior. "I'm still kind of considering (Army) but I haven't talked to them in a while,'' Tompkins said. "To be honest, they're not at the top.''

Andrew Long also doesn't have Army at the top of his list, instead more interested in Arizona, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA and Tulsa.

The Oklahoma native is only 5-foot-9, but his speed and toughness resulted in a junior year that included 176 carries for 1,500 yards and a kickoff return for 96 yards.

"I really haven't had a chance to check out Army,'' he said, "so it's kind of hard to tell. I did have a phone interview but I haven't received any mail from them.

"But I'm open to anything. There's nothing on the table right now,'' he said, "so I haven't discounted them.''

He is taking an unofficial visit to Tulsa this weekend.

Tompkins' visits are in part based on his desire to play football after college.

"My education is definitely my priority, but I want the possibility to get to that next level. I've wanted to play in the NFL since I was a kid. I would like to know that I could at least have the opportunity to realize that dream.''


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