January 27, 2012

Defensive tackle Jack Hanley commits to Army

The Black Knights continue to address a significant recruiting need as the staff picked up another defensive tackle commit when Jack Hanley said yes to the Army offer.

The 6-foot-3, 265 pound tackle connected with the Army staff on Thursday evening to give his pledge to become the newest member of the 2012 recruiting class.

"I called Coach Ross (Joe) to let him know of my decision," shared Hanley, who will be a direct admit into West Point. "I was excited, he was excited too ... it was just an exciting conversation you know."

"Initially, I tried to call and just got his voice mail, and then he called me back. When he called, I told him that I was accepting the offer to play football at Army and he said that he loved and glad that I would be part of the program."

So, what factored into Hanley's decision to commit to Army?

"When I went I up there on the visit and met some of the player, along with all the coaches it just felt right from the very beginning you know," he stated. "The facilities were great, the campus is unbelievable and it's a top notch university and the education is second to none."

And how did Hanley react to their son's decision? "They are happy for me and proud of me to be able to attend such a prestigious school and play Division I football," declares the prospect out of Concord (Ohio) Mentor High School.

Hanley's final three choices of schools came down to Army, Air Force and Akron, as the Ohio native provided a 'Reader's Digest' version of why he is now a Black Knight.

"Akron had not offered me yet, but I knew that the schedule that Army plays, the education and the opportunity to serve my country were just all three things that put Army over the edge compared to Akron," says Hanley. "They are a great program and going to be good, but I just Army put that over the edge."

"And then with Air Force, I didn't really get that feel with the campus, I didn't get a chance to meet all of the coaches."

To the delight of the Black Knights staff and fans, Hanley said that he felt more at home with Army.

"The weight is definitely off my shoulders now that I have decided," says Hanley, who is now focused on getting ready start his Army football and West Point cadet career.

"I'm looking to get bigger, stronger and faster before I get to Army this summer," concludes Hanley.

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