Commitment Spotlight: Nate Guidry

Nate Guidry, out of Forth Worth's Arlington Height High School, became the latest Army commitment of the 2012 class. The Black Knights coaching staff officially offered the 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety in mid-October. Guidry originally had planned on committing to Kansas State, but is excited with the new change of direction.

"Kansas State was going to be it," said Nate Guidry. "I had made my mind up, but then they stopped calling me. Coach (Michael) Smith said he was going to visit, but he never came.

"Army offered me a full ride, and I decided to give them my verbal. I know the lifestyle is something I'm going to have to adapt to, but I think it's a great decision."

Guidry was recruited to West Point by Defensive Ends coach John Mumford. He says the staff likes him at safety or possibly outside linebacker. For right now though, he's happy to have found a college home at West Point.

"They're giving me the opportunity for a great education," said Guidry. "Earning a degree from West Point will be a big in starting a career after college. It's in a different part of the country, so I can see some new things. I really liked the coaches and what I heard from them. Being at the U.S. Military Academy is all about the brotherhood."

As part of the Arlington Heights Yellow Jacket football team, Guidry made 47 tackles and eight sacks playing both outside linebacker and cornerback, and some wide receiver, as a senior. He was named First Team All-District (Texas 4A-District 6) for the second year in a row at outside linebacker.

"I felt like I was able to improve on my one-on-one coverage," Guidry said. "My awareness was sharper. I made better breaks on the ball downfield. In pass rush I did a good job of breaking containment to pressure the quarterback."

Guidry was a team captain for head coach Ged Kates. The Yellow Jackets went on to finish the season at 9-3 with a second round playoff loss to Killeen. Guidry wore jersey No. 21 for Arlington Heights.

Rich Ellerson and staff hosted Nate Guidry for his official visit the weekend of January 4th through the 6th to familiarize with more with the program. He said he was able to watch four Black Knights games during the course of the season and felt it was a defense he would "be comfortable" in joining. Guidry plans on graduating with his class on June 3rd. Top Stories