June 3, 2010

Army offers Georgia DT

Although he suffered a season ending injury after three games in 2008, senior defensive tackle Mike Gann has been constant inside presence over the past three years for the Black Knights.

Backing up Gann is junior Chris Swain, followed by sophomore A.J. Mackey. Swain has shown potential and upside from time to time, but has yet to leave you with the feeling that he is the true heir apparent to Gann's spot.

Unlike his brother, Jarrett who plays behind All-American defensive end Josh McNary and someone the staff will be hard pressed to keep off the field this season; A.J. is still finding his way around, and needs to demonstrate this summer that he is worthy of receiving quality game reps.

So as the 2010 season unfolds, pulling in 3-4 solid defensive tackles prospects for 2011 recruiting class becomes an essential part of this year's recruiting strategy.

The Black Knights' staff has already extended an offer to Mark Scarpinato, along with Derrick Luetjen, who is being recruited as a defensive end, but could also project as a tackle in Army's swarm style defense.

And now you can add Daron Wright to the list.

Three weeks ago Army made their intentions known when Coach Clarence Holmes let Wright know that the Black Knights would love to see him wearing the Black & Gold. "My head coach called me down to the office and Coach Holmes to talk me about Army and West Point," says the 6-foot-2, 255 pound defender, who also plays left tackle on offense on his high school team.

"I have had coaches come in, but no offers, so when he offered me I was very surprised and excited."

Since receiving his offer from the Black Knights, Wright and Holmes have remained in constant contact. "Coach Holmes called me today, but we didn't get a chance to speak, but yesterday we spoke," Wright shared with GBK.com. "He just wanted to touch base with me to see how I was doing and how my summer is going. I'm very interested and I plan on getting up there soon.

In addition to the Army, the Atlanta (Ga.) Grady High School prospect indicated that he is hearing from UAB, Duke, UCF and earlier in the process, Alabama.

He will be hitting the summer camp circuit starting today, as he will be at the University of Georgia's camp and Georgia Tech's camp on June 6th and 7th.

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Wright's recruiting throughout the summer and his senior year.

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