October 5, 2012
Wise & Driggers set to make visit to Army
Although they play on the opposite sides of the line of scrimmage, both 3-star prospect and center DeAndre Wise , along with defense end Taylor Driggers share at least two common threads. Both players are top targets when it comes to Army's 2013 recruiting class and both players have the Black Knights atop their interest list as well.
For Wise, who is out of Alpharetta (Ga.) Alpharetta High School, he made it clear that part of his recruiting priority is making his way northward to see the Black Knights up close.
"I'm going to Army on November 3rd when they play Air Force," shares Wise when speaking of his eventual unofficial visit to the West Point campus.
Wise, who is well aware of Army winless season, says he remains in constant contact with the staff.
"I spoke to Coach Holmes a couple of weeks ago," Wise declared. "They haven't started out too well and are trying to get the win. I the first game of the season against San Diego State and Northern Illinois game as well."
"My top two are Army and UAB, but I'm pretty much open to anyone right now, but not Troy any longer. So whatever comes, I will look into it."
Wise was quick to point out that although Army has struggled to get their first win of the season, the Black Knights offense has been virtually unstoppable with the exception of stopping themselves through turnovers.
"I love being the man on the offense and I love their offense ... I am high on Army. But I just came from UAB this weekend for their game against Tulsa, so they are back on my list. I'm looking for something (offer) from them soon ... this weekend. They haven't offered any offensive linemen yet and they said they were going to offer six offensive linemen in my class. They said that center would be one, so I feel that I can get that offer."
When it comes Army looking for their win, Wise has some sense of reference relative to his own football season, but knows that there is plenty of football left for the Black Knights and his own squad.
"We are 2-3 right now, but I'm having a great season right now," shares Wise. "I've improved on so much since last year. I average at least four pancakes per game, I feel more explosive ... yes sir, I feel way more explosive now. I just feel like I'm a better player than I was last year."
So what does the 6-foot-2, 280 pounds attribute his senior season development to? "I had a great off season this summer and spring," he adds. "I felt it coming into my season and I feel it paying off now."
"I gained 20 pounds during the off-season, got stronger, got stronger on my power cleans, my hip explosion and I took a couple of yoga classes to get more flexible," says a chuckling Wise. Yes sir, I feel much better now."
Like Wise, 6-foot-2, 250 pound defensive Taylor Driggers is managing both his season and scheduling visits to various schools, as he shared with GoBlackKnights.com.
"I'm looking to set my visits this week," he confirms. "I'm looking to visit Memphis and Army. I spoke to Memphis about a week and a half ago and Army was two weeks ago. I've already visited Troy, but Georgia State is down on my list now. My top schools right now are Army, Troy and Memphis."
"I will be making my decision after I get my visits in first," says Driggers, who 2012 season remains on the upswing.
"We had a big win Friday against county rival Highland Home, with a 53-12 win," he adds. "It was pretty rough," says a somewhat sympathetic Driggers of the win over Highland. "It was for the county championship, so we kind of laid it on them and locked that up ... it was a good win."
On the season, Driggers and his teammates at Brantley (AL.) Brantley High School are 5-0 and have outscored their opponents, 244-26.
Next up for Brantley is Geneva County, who is said to be the 2nd best team in the region.
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