Christie thankful for opportunity to lead

New York's Capital Region produces some of the nation's top underrated talent. Army began recruiting Marcelino Christie of Shenendehowa High School after his breakout junior season. He subsequently was offered and then took an official visit to West Point on January 11th which resulted in a January 18th commitment. Christie recapped his recruitment and decision with ArmySports.com.

New York's Capital Region produces some of the nation's top underrated talent. Army began recruiting Marcelino Christie of Shenendehowa High School after his breakout junior season. He subsequently was offered and then took an official visit to West Point on January 11th which resulted in a January 18th commitment. Christie recapped his recruitment and decision with ArmySports.com.

"At the end of my junior year I was contacted by Bill Tripp," said Christie. "He told me they were very interested. At the time, I didn't know much about Army other than it's a great military school. I checked out one of their camps last summer. Coach Thompson was there and he really liked what I was doing on the field. We stayed in contact throughout my senior season. I went up one weekend on an unofficial visit for the Boston College game and it was a great experience. I loved it.

"When I went on my official visit it was surprising to me that it's really not that strict. It's a family atmosphere there and I felt a real connection with the players. My host for the weekend was Larry Dixon, who's also a running back. It's an exciting recruiting class and I felt equally excited to become a part of it."

Less than a week after his January visit to West Point, Christie called to give his verbal pledge to the Black Knights coaches.

"I felt like it was the best move for me," Christie said on his decision. "I like what they're doing with the football team and think I can come in and make a difference. They coaches told me they love having my speed in the backfield. They they recruit two types of running backs and I fit the criteria of a player who can move to cornerback or wide receiver. I'd like to stay at running back, but I'm willing to play anywhere that I can make an impact.

"I come from a household that maintains a level of discipline. I know what's expected of me. I believe I'll match-up well with military life. It's an honor to serve. I'm thankful to be given the opportunity to become a leader."

Christie, 5-foot-9, 180-pounds, rushed for 613 yards on 96 carries with 11 touchdowns in his second year as a starter. He was named a Section 2 New York Class AA All-Star for his senior performance for the Plainsmen.

"This year I improved on my toughness and my speed," he said. "I increased my 40 time from a 4.6 to a 4.4, so I'm excited about that. I also improved on my hands and feel more confident in my ability as a receiver."

On National Signing Day, Christie faxed his letter in at 1 p.m. then was given a congratulatory phone call from Luke Thompson. He plans on having a ceremony at his high school in his honor on Tuesday, February 12th. Christie also starred at track in the 100 and 200 meter dash and the 4 by 1 relay. His best time is a 10.8 in the 100. Christie was offered for track and field by Rhode Island. His next stop with be at USMAPS on June 23rd.

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