December 16, 2011

Illinois DT picks Army over Air Force

It's not a flurry of commitments, just yet, but the Army coaching staff is now beginning the receive the pledges from prospects to play football for Black Knights.

Defensive tackle Evan Finnane from Eligin (Ill.) St. Edward High School is one of those who decided to become Army's third commitment for the 2012 class.

Finnane did not have a wide range of offers, but when it came down to it ... it was Army and Air Force, but he just felt at home at West Point.

"I just committed to Army a couple of hours ago," declared Finnane to GoBlackKnights.com on Thursday evening. "Coach Joe Ross had just come for a home visit and I was just talking to him a few hours ago. He just ask me if I was ready to commit ... I said yes and that was primarily it."

This is a solid commitment for the Black Knights not only because Finnane who is a 6-foot-2, 255 pound defensive tackle legitimately fills a recruited need, but he also was a prospect that Air Force truly wanted.

Although Ellerson would prefer to see any and all lineman develop through a year at the USMAPS, Finnane, who's brother is sophomore defensive end, Shane Finnane, will be entering West Point as a direct admit.

But for the newest member of the Black Knights' 2012 recruiting class, it was a tough call according to the native of Illinois.

"It was honestly really hard," says Finnane, of his decision to attend West Point and play for Army over rival, Air Force. "Because, Colorado Springs .... meaning Air Force is just amazing. But my brother (soph. DE, Shane Finnane) and so does my high school friend Dan Manzer, who is on the prep team now. We played youth ball together, but not high school. I met up with him a little bit when I was up for my unofficial. We were talking about if I come to West Point that we would be in the same class since he's at the prep school.

So what was Finnane's brother's response when Evan told him of his college decision? "We aren't the most emotional bunch so ..." says Finnane as he begins laugh at his imitation of is older brother's reaction to the news. "He just said, congratulations, good job, I'm excited..."

Finnane, who took an unofficial when Army hosted Rutgers at the New Yankee Stadium, whereby after the game he went up to West Point and took a tour of the campus.

However, he is scheduled his official visit for January 8th and offered up this assessment of the Army-Navy game, noting that he is honored to play for Army and can't wait to play in front of 80k. "I absolutely watched it and was hoping that Army would have pulled it out, but just too many mistakes ... that happen all through the year though," elaborates Finnane.

"I'm mean, that game probably should have been for the Commander-in-Chief Trophy, but they messed up against with the fumble and just get some bad calls every now and then."

GoBlackKnights congratulates Evan Finnane on his decision to become the newest member of The Long Gray Line.

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