May 18, 2011

Texas prospect plans on Army visit

The Black Knights continue to target quality safeties via their 2012 recruiting class efforts and you can now add the name Zach Espinosa to that list as well.
The 6-fot-1 1/2, 202-pound junior shared with GoBlackKnights.com that Army defensive tackle coach, John Mumford came by a few weeks ago to see the Texas prospect up close and personal.

"Coach Mumford had called me before and told me was coming to watch me during our spring ball practice," shared Espinosa of Mumford's evaluation during Espinosa's spring practice session.

"He said that he like what he saw and he wanted to go back and tell head Coach Rich Ellerson. But he said I could chalk up that offer and just wanted to confirm it with Ellerson. After he offered, he told me that he would be staying in touch."

Espinosa also excels in the classroom where he carries a 3.5 GPA, and is elated to pull in his first Division I college football offer. "It felt great to get the offer, especially the first offer," he says, as he turns his attention back to Army.

"My interest is s really high … I'm very interested," states Espinosa. "As soon as summer practices are over, I'm looking to go up there (Army) to see the campus and get a feel for the school."

"Coach Mumford sent me an email for their football website, the testimonials from past players and it's very exciting."

In addition to Army, Espinosa is being target by several other schools, but probably the most assertive recruiting beyond Army is Missouri.

"Mizzou's has talked to me a lot and they came up for my spring ball practice also," shares Espinosa of his other hot pursuer. "Their area recruiter and defensive coordinator came around. I will probably go and visit them the first week of June."

Like several of the strong safety prospects that Army has own their radar, Espinosa has the potential to get bigger and play linebacker or within Army's scheme, play the Rover back spot (hybrid safety/linebacker).

"Mumford said outside linebacker or safety, depending if I grow into a linebacker," confirms Espinosa.

"I'm playing safety and when we go nickel, I come up and press. So I play some hybrid, similar to Army's defensive."

In addition to the gridiron, the Texas native also participates in track where his person best is 11.03 in the open 100M, although his primary focus is on the 4x100M.

Last season, Espinosa registered one interception, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 78 tackles.

Espinosa and his Cedar (Tx) Cedar Park High School teammates finished 13-1 in 2010, but lost in the state quarter finals by one point to eventual 4A State Champions, Lake Travis.


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