January 9, 2012
Army on top for St. Hilaire
Three star prospect Elijah St. Hilaire prospect out of Palisades Park (N.J.) Palisades High School is one of several quality players that are surfacing hard on the Army Black Knights "hot" recruiting charts.
And it was his official visit this weekend to West Point that confirmed that Army is still very much in play for St. Hilaire, as he made the trip from neighboring New Jersey.
"My visit to Army was really good," says the 5-foot-10, 176 pound athlete, who arrived on campus Friday at 4:30pm.
However, according to St. Hilaire, Saturday is when things really began to kick off for him and the other recruits that were on hand.
"Saturday we had breakfast at the hotel and tour everything," he shares. "The facilities are very very nice .... great. From the indoor facilities, outdoor and the stadium itself - everything was great."
"Me and Nate (Guidry) were sitting at Coach Ellerson's table for breakfast. We all were hanging out and having fun," says St. Hilaire, as he spoke about his time with prospects like Guidry and Cedrick Bell. "They are commits are ready, so they were trying to get me to go there. Coach Ellerson and I talked about what I thought the school and he ask me what I wanted to know about West Point and the lifestyle."
Coming into his weekend visit, the New Jersey native had Army in his top two. Did his time at West Point change the Black Knights' positioning?
"I really liked it a lot," states St. Hilaire, who gave the indication that he is leaning heavily towards Army, but would like his father's feedback as well. "My dad wasn't able to go, but I liked it and my mom really liked it. I'm strong considering it a lot and everything is great and I don't mind serving (military)."
"It's still Bryant and Army right up there. But Army was more of a brotherhood and family. You can tell the relationship more than any other college. Even when they went out to play Rutgers, even the Rutgers' players noticed it. You can tell the brotherhood and how different it is, because those are the people you go in with, those are the people you are leaving with and those are the people that are going to be there through life. And the facilities ... that was a big difference when I compare it to Bryant. Just the way that things are run."
So what is the next step for St. Hilaire? "After decommitting (from Akron), it's been a rough road, kind of," he declares. "So being there today (Sunday), I spoke a lot with Coach Waugh (Tucker) and I will probably have one more visit (unofficial) because my dad wasn't able to attend. So we will be doing that in the next week or so.
During his visit, St. Hilaire was hosted by sophomore Patrick Laird.
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