July 13, 2012

Army standing out for Stallings

GoBlackKnights.com caught up with athlete Jackson Stallings following his unofficial visit to Army last week, as the 6-foot-1, 220 pound prospect provided an update on his recruitment.

"I was just there (West Point) just for the one day ... last Sunday," shared Stallings, who's recruiting with the Black Knights is being handled by veteran defensive line coach, John Mumford.

"They were preparing for R-Day .... it was the day before and it was a pretty cool experience being up there right before that. I met with Coach Mumford at the stadium. He took my parents and I on a tour around the campus - a full fledge tour. We toured everywhere ... went by coaches row, looked at all the housing, looked at the Hudson River view from Trophy Point and man it gorgeous."

"We toured the locker room, the weight room, the training facilities, got to meet Coach Ellerson at his house as he was preparing for the picnic for the guys and talked to him for awhile. It was everything that you could ask for on a tour, it was great."

Army was not Stallings' only visit during his sojourn to the Northeast, as the recruit out of Moore (Okla.) Southmoore High School made sure that he made his rounds. "I visited Navy the day before and went to Yale, Harvard and Holy Cross during that five day span that I was in the Northeast," says Stallings who in 2011had over 500 yards receiving on 27 catches, along with 5 touchdowns ... while defensively he had approximately 35 tackles and 4 sacks.

At Southmoore, he plays H-back and hybrid player on defense, plays middle linebacker, outside linebacker and defensive end .... depending what scheme they are in.

Presently, Holy Cross is his solo offer, although he is hoping that an Army offer will be forthcoming. "They (Army) are very serious about me," he declares. "It seems like Coach Mumford likes me ... likes me as an athlete and the same with Coach Ellerson. They like my first step off the ball at defensive end, but they can see me playing the whip position they and also on offense see me fitting in at the fullback spot.I can tell that they have strong interest in me and that they feel comfortable with me as a recruiting ... someone fitting in to what they are trying to do at West Point. Which would be the full military man and what it takes to be a student there. I haven't talk to Coach Mumford since my visit, but he said he would be getting back to me soon and hopefully some thing good will come out of that."

Ironically, Stallings' military lineage may have some wondering, but not the prospect from Oklahoma, who made it clear where he is leaning. "I have two military men in my family and something that I look forward to," he says. "My grandpa was a colonel in the Air Force for approximately 25 years and my uncle in the JAG corp in the Navy for 20 years."

"Army, Harvard and Yale are probably my top three," says Stallings, who indicated that he has a 4. 0 GPA and has registered 25 on his ACT. "I like the academics of all three of those. To be honest, Army is my top just because I feel real comfortable with Coach Ellerson and Coach Mumford and everything they have going there."


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