January 8, 2013

Army commit Fetla returns from his visit

For Army commit Luke Fetla, this weekend's visit served as a confirmation that he made the right decision when he gave his pledge to the Army coaching staff back in late November.

The defensive line prospect out of Pinecrest (NC) Pinecrest High School shared that upon his arrival for his official visit, it was just nonstop activity and interaction across the board.

"I arrived Friday that afternoon and checked at the Hotel Thayer, which was really, really cool and had a room over looking the Hudson River," said Fetla. "Then we went down stairs to have dinner with the football coaches and to meet all of them. Coach Ellerson was there and then we met up with our host. We actually at dinner in the field house, that overlooks the stadium (Michie)."

"My host was James Kelly. It was awesome. He answered all my questions and seems like a really neat guy ... I'm excited to play some ball with him."

The evening continued with a very informal greet and meet. "I got to meet a whole bunch of the other guys," adds Fetla. "So I met all the other guys, their parents and the coaches. It was a good time to get to know everyone."

I'm even more excited now than when I was when I came up for the game against Temple.

- 2013 Army commit & DL, Luke Fetla

Bonding With Future Teammates

On Saturday, Fetla traveled via bus with the rest of the offiical visit party to partake of an evening at the Palisades Mall. "We took a bus with our host and we all went to the mall just to hang out," adds Fetla. "We had a good little time together ... we went bowling. I was with Joseph (Patrick) and McLean (Andrew). I got to spend a good tour with Seth Combs, so it was a good time."

"We toured the facilities Friday and Saturday. We also toured the whole school on Saturday, so I got to talk with Colonel Greene in the library. We went over some classroom stuff and I got to go around and see school ... I saw the church and the gymnasium. I also the barracks, the mess hall and got to talk to a tac officer. I got the see the perspective from the students, from players and from coaches. Just walking around and seeing everything myself ... I got the whole nine yards."

One aspect of the visit that stuck with Fetla was the involvement with the coaches and players. "The last time I was up there, it was game day and I really didn't get a chance to meet Coach Ellerson, because everybody was in focus mode," shared the direct bound Fetla, who had this to offer. "Now that they took us up in January to show us all three perspectives ... military, football and then also life at West Point, all combined into one. It was neat to be able to connect with them on a personal level and spend time with them without being rushed."

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