January 18, 2012
Blatnik ends his recruitment and it's Army
The Black Knights continue quest to fill a very important recruiting need, as they pulled down their third defensive tackle for the 2012 recruiting class when they received the pledge from Todd Blatnik on Tuesday.
"Coach Ross came into school today and I met him at our school's activities office," explains Blatnik, who indicated that he was pulled out of lunch to meet with Ross. "We just talked and he ask me how I liked the campus and what I thought of the coaches and players. I said that I liked it and he asked if I was ready to commit. I told him yes."
"He was happy and excited .... got loud and yelled out we have an Army football player and I just smiled all the way through the moment."
The 6-foot-2, 285 pounder out of Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead High School joins fellow tackle recruits, Evan Finnane and Lance Baggett, as the Black Knights continue to plug away at pulling down quality interior talent.
However, it was the night before with his family that Blatnik's moment of truth came to a head. "My family and I sat down, talked about it (college decision), the pros and cons ... weighed it out and felt that West Point was the best opportunity," shares the USMAPS bound Blatnik.
Blatnik's next trip to the West Point campus will mark the 2nd time that the Midwestern will have experienced the New York area and by all accounts, it's a great fit.
"I'm excited about coming to the Northeast," he adds. "I had never been to New York City until my official visit to West Point."
Blatnik's style of play mirrors that of former Army defensive tackle Mike Gann and add to that is Wisconsin native's ability to played three technique and nose guard as a big addition to the program. "I don't try anything fancy, I just try to make the plays," declares Blatnik, who shared that he could see himself arriving this summer in the 270 pound area. "I believe I'm pretty good with my hands, blow up the middle and make sure runs don't get by me."
Blatnik's final comments were directed the Army fans. "I just very excited, I hope I can bring good things to the table as the years go on."
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