December 2, 2011

Illinois RB has Army at the top of his list


If there's any phrase that could often summarize part of the Army's coaching staff's recruiting philosophy, it could be, "the apple doesn't fall too far from the family tree."

As such, the Black Knights have extended an offer to another 2012 prospect who has family ties to the Army football program.

It kicked off earlier with 6-foot-6, 310 offensive lineman Chad Reed, who is the younger brother of Seth, who started at offensive guard 2010.

Now you can add Joey Giovannelli's name to that list, as the 6-foot-2, 175 pounds high school senior out of Chatham (Ill.) Glenwood High School received the call that he has been waiting for.

"I was sitting watching TV and Coach Ross gave me a call," Giovannelli shared with GoBlackKnights.com. "That's when he asked me how I thought about receiving an offer from Army and I said I thought it would be great."

"I was excited and he said I should come up to the game, so I plan on coming up to watch the Army-Navy game and talk to all the coaches and get with the staff and everything."

So, what was reaction after getting off the phone with Ross? "First persons' I told was my parents and right after I called him to let him know ... he seem pretty excited, but I'm not sure if he wants to see me at school with him," shares a laughing Giovannelli, who then moved to a more serious manner when discussing the idea of playing with his brother Tony who is a plebe running back for the Black Knights.

"I actually think that would be pretty cool," he adds. "When we were together when I was a junior we made it to the state playoffs on the same team. It was fun playing and working with him ... he helped a lot and taught me everything, so I think it would be kind of cool to play with him in college."

At Glenwood, Giovannelli was primarily a running back, but also displays his talents at strong safety, where the team finished the season at 10-2 lost where they lost in the quarter-finals. For his senior season, Gionvannelli rushed for 725 yards on 69 carries along with 14 touchdowns and defensively he logged in approximately 55 tackles and 2 interceptions.

In addition to Army, Giovannelli is also receiving interest from Southern Illinois and Eastern Illinois, but made it clear that he is leaning heavily towards the Black Knights.

"Even with interest from the other schools, my interest in Army is pretty high," declares two-way prospect, when asked where does Army stand on his list of schools. "Going there is not just for football, afterwards you have to serve your years and it's a big commitment, but I am very interested."

"I've talk to my parents and Tony a lot about it (attending West Point), which is where I get most of my information. So it's good to know, because most kids don't know about it, so it's good to have a brother there ... it's like having an inside source. I know a bunch about the school, the football program and how things work to make my decision."

So, what is Giovannelli's next move?

"My most likely choice is Army right now, but it is not 100% yet," he states. "The academics are great there and the whole comradery of the school ... it's like a big family. You have to learn to get along with everyone because you are going to be serving together, so I like that aspect of it."

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