January 6, 2013

Is LB, Scott Washle set to become a Black Knight?

Coming into this weekend's official visit, Linebacker, Scott Washle had previously indicated that Army was high on his list and the coaching staff was hoping that Washle's time at West Point this weekend would reinforce Washle's lean towards the Black Knights.

GoBlackKnights.com had an opportunity to speak with the prospect out of Raleigh (NC) Cardinal Gibbons High School upon his return this Sunday evening from making his official visit to Army.

"My visit was great," said Washle. "I arrived Friday, late afternoon and I'm just getting back from the trip."

"When we arrived, we stated at the Thayer Hotel," says Washle of his stay at the historic hotel that is located on the grounds of West Point. Then we went to dinner with all of the other recruits that were there, along with the coaching staff. Man, we ate so many meal together {chuckles}."

Like most visits, potential college teammates seem to begin the bonding process throughout their time together over the two days that they share and it was no different for North Carolina native. "I connected with Seth Combs, Luke Fetla (Army commit) and a few others."

Beyond the group of current prospects that were on hand, Washle stated that he also bonded with some of the current Black Knights, especially his host player. "Yes, I hit it off with Brian Zalneraitis, but everybody calls him Holt and he was my host," adds Washle. "It went well ... he had a lot of information and a lot of help and good to talk to. It was good to connect with someone and get their opinion, knowing that he's going to be straight forward with me and telling me the truth about everything. All the guys seem like great guys."

Saturday's Venue

Washle took time out to summarized Saturday's venue, that allowed for the linebacker to see all of Army's state of the art football facilities. "We toured the Kimsey Center and the whole football complex, with all the recruits and all the coaching staff," he said. "We did it a few times and Friday night we went over there and looked at everything without our host. Saturday morning we went through everything with the coaching staff and everything is real top of the line ... the training facilities, weight lifting facilities and football facilities. They were the best of the best."

As impressive as the Army football facilities were to Washle, he was quick to point out that there was another intangible that may sealed the deal for the linebacker prospect.

"The academic side of it," declared Washle. "Even though you are a football player, you are still treated like everyone else. You are being pushed to accomplish your classes and succeed in the classroom."

On the way home, Washle had the chance to have some family time away from the "moment" of being at West Point and shared this thought to his parent. "I told them that this is something that I want to do," declared Washle.

"So right now, I'm just going to finish up my application process and I probably plan on going to the prep school (USMAPS) for a year. So, I'm committed to Army and I'm just going to knock out my application and be underway."

So where does Washle actually stand with the Black Knights? "I verbally committed while I was there, but Coach Ellerson was understanding my situation where he said being 3/4 committed and very high on Army ... I want you to take some to look at everything and make sure that this is something you want to do," explains Washle. "He told me to knock out my application."

As it stands, Washle will be exercising the due diligence to complete his application, with the hope of being accepted into West Point and becoming a member of Army's 2013 Recruiting Class.

"I am absolutely excited about becoming a Black Knights," said the 6-foot-1, 220 linebacker

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