Signee Spotlight: Brandon Carletti-Silva
"It was a great experience," said Brandon Carletti-Silva of his official visit. "To learn about the great academics and all of the military history was humbling in itself. To have the opportunity to play Division 1 football at a place like West Point is too good an opportunity to pass up.
"I saw the players who came out of Prep and how close they are with one another. I saw how much it means for them to play there. They take care of their players. It's like family, and I wanted to become a part of it."
Unfortunately for Carletti-Silva, going to West Point meant turning down an offer from Southern Nazarene in Bethany, Okla. where his twin brother, Bradley, signed with in February.
"It's too bad things didn't work out for us to continue playing together," Carletti-Silva said. "My brother and I have been playing on the same team since the second grade. He'll be going to Southern Nazarene to play outside linebacker. I'll be at West Point, but we plan on keeping in touch regularly and hoping for the best for each other."
Carletti-Silva was recruited to Army by John Mumford who has roots in the Midwest from coaching at both Kansas and Southeast Missouri State.
"He was going to recruit a player from Lawton, and the coaches there told him about me," Caretti-Silva said of Mumford. "He drove 30 minutes down to my high school. He got my film, and a week later I heard back from him saying they were very interested. Coach Mumford did a great job recruiting me."
Although he was a spread quarterback in high school, Army recruited Carletti-Silva to play quarterback. He says he's up for the challenge and would also be open to a position change.
"I was a starter in high school ever since my sophomore season," said Carletti-Silva. "While I may have had better stats in previous seasons, I felt this was my best year. I became a better leader and did a good job encouraging my teammates. I was confident in my decision making and made few mistakes. I didn't have any fumbles all year. I ended up with 1,200 passing yards and between 700 and 800 yards rushing.
"My body is flexible enough that if quarterback doesn't work out then I could move to fullback or outside linebacker. I'm coming in to play quarterback and will spend a year at Prep getting myself more familiar with the triple option offense."
Carletti-Silva was named All-District (Oklahoma 2-5A) and All-Region for his senior season. He was also one of two quarterbacks chosen as an All-Star performer for the Western side of the state. His team, the Demons, made it to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs.
In addition to the Army and Southern Nazarene offers, Carletti-Silva was also offered by Missouri Southern.
At Duncan High School he has wrestled and played baseball. He reports a 4.0 GPA. He wore jersey No. 9 for the Demons and was coached by Jim Holloway.
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