February 14, 2012

Army adds another solid DT pick-up to its class

Khodadod Kia, who most call 'Kia' made it official on NSD that he was going to be wearing the Black & Gold of Army.

Although the 6-foot-1, 270 pound Kia played both ways at Irvine (Cali.) Beckman High School, his inside presence fits well within the Black Knights' defensive scheme, where defensive tackle is where he will start his Army football career.

The late pick-up of the 2011 All-City defensive tackle is welcome addition to an Army class that has done well for itself at a position that desperately needed quality talent that was accompanied in many case by respectable size.

Tia, joins fellow defensive tackles Lance Baggett; Todd Blatnik; Evan Finnane; Jack Hanley and Ammon Tuimaunei.

Upon his recent official visit to the West Point campus, there no doubt in the mind of KIa, who will enter the academy as a direct admit that his college destination could West Point.

"The destination that comes after Army football and the four years that you're there ... what it means to serve and everything like that," explains Kia, who like most Army recruits, equally embraces the role of becoming a West Point Cadet, as one does in playing for the Black Knights. "Becoming a 2nd Lt. in the United States Army is the first and primary goal. Teaching cadets how to become that type of leader is the foremost thing which I love and then everything else comes second. And then football is a perk for me there ... that's how I see it."

Kia return to the New York area was his second time on the campus, as he boosted about how the combination of West Point's history overlaps with the up to date features of the football facilities.

"I visited unofficially last June and it was just an opportunity to see the campus, as well as check out the academics and football facilities are state of the art and there's no doubt about," he adds.

The Army coaching staff have been recruiting the explosive defensive tackle/nose guard for approximately one year, but it was only two weeks before signing day that Kia receive he had been waiting for ... an Army offer. And when National Signing Day approached, he made it official.

So, what are Kia's expectations coming in? "The staff is looking at me at defensive tackle and the playing time will just be depended upon just how hard I work and where the board laid out for the depth chart," he states. "I'm excited to get up there and get started."

Last season, Beckman finished 11-3, making it the last two years that they have gone to the finals. Unfortunately, both times they lost in CIF - Southern Division by one point.

With his high school career in the rearview mirror, Kia says his attention now moves toward his preparation for his college career. "I'm working on my running and endurance. Using the weight room at school and working with our school's strength and conditioning coach."

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