March 22, 2011

RB Baggett ready to get started for Army

Running back Terrence Baggett has all the physical tools, to go along with his natural talent to be an impact player as a freshman.

Yes, he is coming into a backfield that already has a proven deep at each position … perhaps with the exception of "A" back, where there will be a battle for the backup spot to current frosh, Raymond Maples.

The 6-foot-0, 210 pound Baggett, who just closed out his athletic career at Whitney Young High School in Chicago (IL), as their basketball team lost sectional championship.

"We missed so many opportunities," says Baggett, who shared where he felt the team dropped game, but also it is now time for him to prepare for the next level. "We missed 11 free throws, layups and lost by only 2 points."

"Now I start my Army football workout. I will be doing everything in the package and I will be working out with a personal trainer to assist me at Ex-Sports."

The swift running back still displays the same level of enthusiasm as he did on the day that he gave his pledge to become a Black Knight and believes that he can add value to the 2011 squad, even as a plebe.

"I'm very excited to get there and get started," he shared this evening. "I think I bring another explosive aspect to the offense. With Jared Hassin at fullback and playing at "A" back which is where I will be playing I think I bring another level of explosiveness to the offense."

I'm also familiar with Malcolm Brown, who I know plays "C" back and I heard his good with the ball in his hands, so it should be fun.

Baggett knows that the transition from high school to Division I will take a step up in his overall game, as well as preparing for the aspect of West Point. Both are settings that he declares that he will be working delinquently to obtain that level of performance when he arrives on campus this summer.

"I want to be stronger and faster when I come in this summer," he says.

"When I was on my officially visit with Max (Jenkins). He told me about transitioning into West Point, especially during Beast, that I should just do as I'm told and don't take it too seriously or you will get your feelings hurt."

As such, Baggett knows that playing football for the Black Knights is unlike any other college in the nation, because Army football and West Point are one. "Beyond football … I expect to become a leader and the best person I can possibly be throughout my four years there," shares Baggett, who indicated that he has plans on majoring in Chemical Engineering and that he is looking forward to the opportunity to extend himself being away from home in one of the most challenging college institutions in the nation.

"I think it's going to be a great opportunity to see what I'm made of and I'm going to have fun," he says. "West Point has a great support system, being around people with the same mindset that I have … it is going to be great."

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