May 9, 2011

Arizona athlete garners Army offer

Over the past couple years, the Army staff has done a superb job is recognizing, recruiting and getting the commitment of quality backs to add to the Black Knights' arsenal of fire power.

Two years ago it was Raymond Maples, last year saw three-star full Larry Dixon, and along with running back Trenton Turrentine give their pledge to Army.

Now it's the class of 2012, and the staff has set the ceiling high. They have made their way down to a favorite recruiting area …. Georgia or more specifically, Brookwood High School in the town of Snellville, home of current Black Knights, Jarrett Mackey, A.J. Mackey and Josh Jackson and of course where they extended an offer early to running back Nick Tompkins, who has a chance to be a member of the Rivals250 and currently holds over 16 offers.

While the staff continues to recruit Tompkins, another talented back has locked down an offer from Army and that is Anthony Lopez from Gilbert (AZ) Mesquite High School.

Lopez currently holds offers from Army, Colorado and Montana and if you ask his mother, she has a preference for the West Point connection and the Northeast for her son. "He's a solid 3.7 says," she says, as she points out why she has a slight favorite for her son. "I would love for him to go to West Point and I'm originally from New Jersey.

"Anthony was actually born in New Brunswick (NJ) and we were only about 30 minutes from West Point. He wants to be a dentist, so I told him Army (West Point) is ideal", laughs his mother.

Of course, when it comes down to making a decision, the 5-foot-11, 195 pound athlete knows that he has to factor in all the possibilities. Clearly each school has their own unique characteristics, such as what position they view Lopez playing at the next level.

"Colorado offered me as a corner and Army as a running back," says Lopez. "I'm open to either one … I'm with both."

At Mesquite he plays on both sides and more specifically on defense he plays cornerback. This means that even on the college level, he has quality size already.

"I feel I'm a lot bigger than most corners out there and I feel that I can do good at the next level at corner as well," he says.

He has registered a legit 4.5 forty and this weekend he will participate in the States (Championships). His qualifying time in the 100M was 10.94 and 22.8 in the 200M.

According to Lopez, both were his best times in the respective events.

Lopez's conversation moved by to Army and their offer to him, along with his level of interest.

"They offered me on Tuesday," he states. "Then Coach Guyader and I talked on Friday evening. He talked more about my track and football seasons and West Point as a school."

"My interest?," he utters. "Right now I'm getting talked to by other schools, but Army is high up there. I'm looking for great academics, good weather … trying to get out of this Arizona weather," says Lopez as he laughs about his comments.

In 2010, Lopez rushed for 1,552 on 179 carries, 21 touchdowns. He also had 13 receptions for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Class 5A classification. will continue to follow Lopez's recruiting throughout the summer and his senior season.

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