February 10, 2012

For LB, Dylan Leeming it was always Army

Although linebacker Dylan Leeming out of New Canaan (Ct.) appears to be a late pick-up for the Black Knights, he has actually been on Army's radar since his junior campaign.

But it was pretty much a sealed deal that Army was his destination once he hit the West Point campus the very first time in the fall of 2011.

Leeming the campus on two occasions. The first being during Army's snow storm game versus Fordham University, followed by spending time around the coaches, players and seeing the facilities during the Martin Luther King weekend.

"I was mainly interested in Army," says Leeming, who also took an unofficial visit to Navy, who were hosting Southern Mississippi. "After the Army-Fordham game I did a tour, they have some great traditions there and for me ... Army was just the right fit."

"Yes, he also visited Navy, but it never got that far because the Army coaches did a great job recruiting him and that's really where he wanted to go," shares New Canaan Head Coach, Lou Marinelli, who says that the Black Knights are getting a quality ball player.

"He was an outside linebacker for us, but at times we used him at tight end and at running back as well. We try to platoon kids, so he started at outside linebacker and a lot of special teams. He really runs well and a really tough kid. He's also the captain of our wrestling team."

Leeming, who's 6-foot-4 frame should allow him to add on addition 15-20 pounds during his first stop, which will be the USMAPS for the Army Black Knights.

Although he knew he wanted to make Army his college home, there was slight snag in the process for Leeming, who officially offered by the coaching staff the week before he signed his Letter of Intent Certificate on National Signing Day.

"I was offered a week before I signed, but I only recently (2012) became a U.S. citizen ... So they couldn't offer me until that took place."

In addition to football, Leeming is top quality wrestler in the state of Connecticut and wrestles in the 184 pound weight class, but also confirmed that once his season is over, it won't be difficult for him to get back to his football playing weight.

"I put in on pretty quick afterwards," says Leeming, who will have a busy wrestling calendar the next 1-2 weeks.

"I have county meets today and tomorrow and if I win I have states the weekend after," shares Leeming who is seeded first in the county and will go into today's competition with a 16-1, where his only lost came during the finals of a tournament in Rhode Island."

Look for the 6-foot-4, 200 pounder, who says he can't wait to get going, to get a first look as hybrid linebacker-safety in Army's swarm defensive scheme.

"I'm going to the prep school first and they will adjust you to the defense and I feel after that I will be able to jump in and contribute," he adds. "I'm definitely excited about my decision to attend West Point and play for Army."

Leeming, who runs a respectful 4.7 forty, plays fast, relentless, and according to the prospect himself, he tries to be as aggressive as he can, but also play smart.

After the season, Leeming says he plans on working out to faster and stronger to get ready for the next level of competition. "I'm not sure yet, but I might be doing this thing called hybrid athletics, which is like cross-fit training. My wrestling coach does it and he thinks it will help me a lot. It's a good balance between powerlifting and endurance lifting.

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