March 2, 2011
Army adds another weapon to the Class of 2011
Like most prospect that are soon to be Army Black Knights, Terrence Baggett is not a single sport athlete. In addition to football, the shifty running back also doubles his duties on the basketball court for Whitney Young High School in Chicago (IL).
Baggett plays shooting guard and small forward on the national power Whitney Young round ball team that features 4-star forward and Ohio State bound Sam Thompson. Although Baggett is not a starter, he is a two year captain of the squad.
"We should go back to the state championship this year," Baggett declares. "We lost it last, but won the year before, but I believe we will win it back this year
we have one of the best teams in the country."
"We lost a few games down the stretch and fell out of the USA Today's Top 25, but we just beat the #3 team (Simeon High School) in the country, which is the team that Whitney Young lost to in last year's 4A state championship."
But it is on the gridiron where Baggett truly excels. As impressive as his 1,933 rushing yards, 32 rushing touchdowns, along with an 11.8 rushing average and two passing touchdowns are on paper, he just might be more exciting when you see him live or his highlights.
The direct bound prospect has deceptive speed, to go along with his breakaway and elusive moves, that confirm why he has broken the goal line 32 times in 2010.
When it is all said and done, the running back may be one of the several diamond in the rough players that make up the 2011 class. And although his recruiting by the Army staff did occur until late in the cycle, Baggett is geared and ready to go and he is not looking back.
"The first time I spoke to Army was January 12th
that's when it started," he shares and from there things moved relatively fast.
Baggett was offered by the Black Knights January 26th, which was followed by an official visit the week after signing day.
"I'm very excited about my decision and would not have chosen anywhere else," he shared yesterday with GoBlackKnights.com.
That excitement was on track the moment Army Head Coach left Baggett's high school after sitting down with the talented back and putting the cards on the table and it was sealed after his official visit.
"Coach Ellerson came to my school two weeks before signing day. He told me straight up what the destination would be (military) and that it won't be easy," Baggett recalls.
"Afterwards I really did my homework and I knew this is where I wanted to be."
But before he gave his pledge to the Black Knights, the confirmation came after his first trip to the West Point campus for his official visit.
I thought it was truly amazing place, all the history behind it, I love how the place is run
all the organization, the challenge there, which is the main reason I selected it and I love the coaches and players there," shared Baggett, who was hosted by quarterback Max Jenkins.
"I was there with about 7-8 other recruits up as well. Tyrone Brown who I know committed
it was a great time and the facilities are nicest that I have ever seen."
For Baggett, he believes that he is part of something very special when it comes to the current roster of players and who he is recruiting partners will be joining very soon.
"I was tuned into the signing day Chat Blog that was up on GoBlackKnights.com and I have been following our recruiting class since then. I'm very excited about being part of something special."
In addition to Army, the 6-foot-0, 207 pound runner had an offer from Central Michigan.
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