May 19, 2011

Black Knights offer Texas teammates

With Army offers picking up pace over the last month, a pair of talented Texas products have really caught the attention of the Black Knights' staff.

Victor Irokansi and Kingsley Ike more than fit the billing of the "dynamic duo" recruits as each recently picked up an offer from Army.

These bookend defensive ends place of domicile is Pflugerville (Tx) high school, where they both attend Hendrickson High School.

The Texas duo has already landed multiple offers to play together in college, which is something that they discussed a lot.

GoBlackKnights.com had a chance yesterday to catch up with both Irokansi and Ike to discuss their recent offer, their recruiting and the true possibility of playing together in college.

"Coach Mumford (John) came and watched us the spring evaluation period and he offered me and Kingsley yesterday," shared an elated Ironkansi.

"As soon as got my offer from Army, I text him (Ike) and he told me got the offer too. I wasn't surprised that they offered us both. Coach Mumford asked me if I had any family in the area and he said he wanted me to come in for a visit as well."

"From there he told us to stay in touch, but yesterday when he called, he said that he hasn't seen anybody as good me and Kingsley and wants us to be Black Knights."

Texas, which is rich and deep in talent, is a place that Army continues have recruiting success. Their recent win in Texas over the SMU Mustangs in last year's Armed Forces Bowl can only help in the Black Knights' recruiting effort in the Lone Star state.

But not all recruits are familiar with the fact that there is no distinction between Army football and West Point. "Something I didn't know about Army until Coach Mumford started recruiting me is that West Point is one of the best if not the best academic schools in the nation," declares the 6-foot-4, 220 pound Ironkansi, whose admiration for the New York based college seems is very obvious.

"The opportunity to attend the best academic institution in the nation, that is a great opportunity and I will be talking it over with my parents and go from there."
Irokansi, who is carrying a 3.48 GPS, also has offers from New Mexico, Iowa State and couple of others, along with hearing from several Big 12 and ACC schools, like Wake Forest.

"Right now, every day is a different school, and I'm very excited," he says, as he tries to remain focused on the task at hand. "I'm taking it day by day and keep on working … doing the things that got me here."

Statistically in 2010, Irokansi had 70 tackles to go along with 7 sacks and should see some time this season on the offensive side of the ball. "This year our coaches will have some packages where Kingsley and I are on the field at the same time offensively," he shares. "In those schemes I will be playing tight end."

In addition to football, Irokansi runs track and power-lifts.

Although their 6-foot-4 height is identical, Kingsley Ike tips the scales at 215 pounds, but has the frame to add 15-20 pounds by time he closes out his senior year.

But it's really Ike's quickness and speed off the corner that has the Black Knights high on the prospect, who took a few moments to discuss his Army offer, along with his style of play.

"I received the offer yesterday and when Coach Mumford called me to make the offer he told me that he wanted me there to play football for the Black Knights," Ike shared on Wednesday, as discussed further his initial encounter with the Army defensive line coach.

"My first meeting with Coach Mumford, he introduced himself, we introduced ourselves and spent time talking about the program."

And what was Ike's take on his face to face with Mumford? "I really like what he said about the structure of West Point and he mentioned that he wanted me to come up for a visit."

Ike knows that he is not your typical defensive end when it comes to his size, but what others may view as a liability, he uses to his advantage. Very much in the manner that Army's all-time leader in sacks, Josh McNary did over the past four years.

"I'm a quick - speed type end," he says. "I'm not the big powering guy to run over the offensive tackle, but I'm the guy that uses his hands and quickness to get around the tackles."

Ike holds a 4.1 GPA and indicated that he plans to major in computer engineering.

So have Ike and his running partner, Irokansi considered playing together at the next level?

"We have thought about playing college ball together since our sophomore year," states Ike. "We're trying to make that happen, but if we can't we have to go our own individual paths."

GoBlackKnights.com will continue the recruiting of both Irokansi and Ike throughout their senior season.



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