February 11, 2012
QB, Silva ready to start his Black Knights' career
At 5-foot-11, 210 pounds, Brandon Carletti-Silva has the built and look of a strong safety, but the athletic ability of a dual threat quarterback, which are the qualities that he hopes to prove to the Army coaches that he can play at the Division I level.
When the prospect of Duncan (Okla.) Duncan High School, who is prep bound will have plenty of competition upon his arrival this summer.
He will look to battle incoming signal callers, Tevin Long, Matthew Kaufmann and Blake McPherson (GBK will have separate articles on each).
But before he yields to the competition or another position, Silva is determine to show that he has what it takes to play quarterback at the next level.
"The staff has recruited me as a quarterback, but that have mentioned though that I'm flexible as far as my ability for the team," says the very candid prospect out of Oklahoma. "They said that if I come in and I don't like running the triple (option) then they would try me at the B-back, which is like the fullback or try me on the defensive side of the ball. But as of right now, they want me as a quarterback."
At Ducan, Silva ran the spread and ran the option out of the spread, where the team passed only when we had to.
Although Silva was sold on Army early on, his recruiting did not follow the tradition pathway, as the athletic quarterback explained.
"It was kind of an iffy situation at first because Coach Mumford (John) got my film from a Lawton coach who told them about me," shares Silva. "Lawton is about 30 miles north from me and so Coach Mumford decided to come down and talk to me. He got my film, but told me a lot of stuff would have to happen for me to be able to go there. But he stayed in contact to make sure I was keeping up with everything; he called me when he could and if he was down in Lawton talking to a recruit there, he would come by and talk to me to let me know what was going on, along with where I stood on their recruiting board."
And when is was confirmed that there was a spot for Silva, he took his official visit to Army the weekend after National Signing Day, where he was hosted by freshman quarterback, Angel Santiago.
"It was probably the best experience that I've had," declares Silva. "The campus is beautiful and the history behind it you can't get anywhere else. I had a chance to talk to Ryan Powis who is the starting center and he's a freshman, along another freshman ... Terrance Baggett who got plenty of time as freshman running back. I knew this was the place for me."
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