February 2, 2011

Future Black Knights Holstein and Muenzer speak out

When you start getting recruits to pick Army over Stanford, you have to think things are going in the right direction.

That's exactly what Addison Holstein thought when he picked the Black Knights over the Cardinal, signing his letter Wednesday at Lecanto High School near Tampa, Fla.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive back chose to come to the northeast rather than the northwest. He will enroll directly at West Point.

He took his official visit to Army the first weekend of January, and because he'd been out to Stanford a couple of times on his own he never took an official visit to the northern California school.

So what was the deal breaker? "Pretty much I felt the love from Army,'' he said. "The coaches really like me a lot, they really want me to go there. Coach (Clarence) Holmes was my recruiting coordinator, and he's a great man. He called me when he could, to catch up and talk. I really felt the love.

Pretty much I felt the love from Army.

- Army commit, Addison Holstein

"I did from Stanford in the beginning, and then it seemed to drop off and I didn't really feel like I'd be a guy, a big-time guy there, and I wanted to go where I was wanted.''

He received his offer from Army midway through his senior season after he had created interest by sending the staff videos of his early-season games.

"I've been playing free safety. I run the alley pretty good. I try and come up and lay the wood on somebody, so, I like to hit. And I feel like I'm fast (4.52 in the 40), so I like to play the game fast.''

Although he grew up in Florida, Holstein would spend summers when he was little in West Virginia, where his parents are from. He always seemed to prefer the area more up north. "I love Florida, but West Virginia always seemed like home to me.''

And now it will be in New York State. "It was just beautiful,'' he said of his visit to West Point. "There was snow everywhere, just the limestone buildings up there, everything so kind of unified. It just felt like a good place to be.''

He signed the papers Wednesday morning in the high school library, witnessed by family members, the athletic director and principal. "I was really excited to sign and put everything behind me and get the weight off my shoulders.''

He will finish out his basketball season before going into training with the school's new coach - who happens to be the brother of former Florida State All-America Myron Rolle.

"The hard work's gonna come. I need to work harder than I ever had to get ready, because I want to be ready to step in and fight for a spot,'' he said. "That's my biggest goal right now.''

A Black Knight non-the-less

The snow kept Dan Muenzer from getting to school on Wednesday, so he had to do away with any fanfare and sign his letter of intent to Army at home.

In Illinois today, that wasn't so rare. Living only a half-hour west of Chicago, Muenzer said there was close to three feet of snow outside.

So with family members looking over his shoulder, the 6-foot, 195-pound outside linebacker officially became a Black Knight. "It's awesome,'' he said Wednesday afternoon. "I'm happy to be a Black Knight and playing for coach Ellerson.''

He will attend USMAPS.

Recruited by other schools, including Notre Dame, Muenzer said, "You can't beat Army with its tradition, and the enthusiasm of the coaches and the fans.''

The official visit has not taken place yet, but he was on campus for the Air Force game. He had an unofficial tour of the facilities but did not do the overnight visit.

A personal trainer has helped shaped his career, and at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Muenzer needs to put on a few pounds to hold his own at linebacker. He said he wouldn't mind playing defensive back, either.

I'm not big on scouting myself, but if I could use one word to describe me I'd say physical. I just like to hit people.

- Army commit, Dan Muenzer

"I'm not big on scouting myself, but if I could use one word to describe me I'd say physical. I just like to hit people. There's not much more to it. I like to blitz, too,'' he said, "just manhandle people.''

He did play wide receiver, but said, "It's fun to catch two or three touchdown passes, but after that, you just want to hit somebody.''

With both grandfathers having served in the military, Muenzer had read numerous books, "so I know a little bit about the background of the military,'' he said. "Overall, I'm not really bothered by the military (commitment). I like the regimented lifestyle, the structure of it and the brotherhood of the military.''

But for now, on Wednesday afternoon, the structure was returning to the driveway with a snow shovel.

"My mom's pestering me,'' he cracked.

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