Just four days after teammate Joseph Tustin gave his verbal pledge to Army, St. Anthony's (Melville, NY) High School teammate, Dan Carlone, decided to join him with a commitment to Black Knight coaches. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end/outside linebacker just received an official offer last month but had been speaking to the staff about going to West Point ever since his junior year.
"It was at the end of my junior year when I first started talking with Coach Tripp," said Dan Carlone. "He said he loved my film. They liked my versatility being able to play up with my hand on the ground or stand up at linebacker. He also told me they loved the way I moved sideline-to-sideline and that I had quick feet. Army had been my number one school for awhile and I was so happy when I received the offer at the end of December."
Carlone traveled with Tustin on his official visit the weekend of January 11-13 which helped to seal the deal for Army.
"It was awesome," Carlone said on the visit. "Everything about it blew me away from the players to the coaches to the beautiful campus. We had some former West Point graduates talk to us about their experience at the Academy. Hanging out with the players, I got a sense of the bond they share. My player-host was Joe Drummond who talked to me about his own experience. It was a special time to tour the campus with my parents."
The week after his visit, back in his home on Long Island, Carlone received a phone call from Bill Tripp.
"He asked me what I thought about the visit," Carlone shared. "I told him that I really enjoyed it and that I had made my decision and was ready to commit.
"A big part of why I chose Army was knowing I'd be set for life after college. It's such a prestigious degree to have and I'm assured a job after I'm done at the Academy."
In his senior season, Carlone led the charge on defense helping his team, the Friars, to the CHSFL AAA championship game.
"We came within one point of winning the Catholic League championship," he said. "Looking back it was a good season. I had 92 tackles and eight sacks. I played outside linebacker and defensive end. I'd say 75-percent of the time I'd drop back. Definitely, I improved the most in my pass rush. Once I got used to playing back I started clicking and getting around the edge quicker to pressure the quarterback.
"On my visit there was a debate between the coaches about where they were going to use me. I talked a lot with Coach Mumford. He's a great guy. I think I'll mostly be standing up but they're going to move me around."
Carlone was named All-League as a senior. He was named All-Metro honorable mention. In the off-season, Carlone says he's going to work on improving his speed before he leaves for the Prep School in June. He chose Army over offers from Colgate and Stony Brook.
Carlone: Army "blew me away"
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