Slomka excited by Monken staff

Conner Slomka, a 6-foot, 205-pound running back out of Gibsonia, Penn., just north of Pittsburgh was given a verbal offer by the Army coaching staff, soon after the arrival of Jeff Monken in late December. Slomka, a big, bruising back, who also plays linebacker at Pine-Richland High School, rushed for more than 1,000 yards during his junior season.

"Tucker Waugh is the offer who offered me," Conner Slomka told "I like the new coaching staff. They seem very energetic and excited to change things and that gets me excited about the program.

"Coach Waugh told me they liked how well I run for my size. They said I was unusually quick for being a bigger, powerful back. My father, Jim, played for Army and we used to live in West Point so I'm familiar with the great tradition at Army. I like Coach Monken. I like the program, in general, as a whole. It sounds cliche but the staff is serious about getting the team headed in the right direction and I think they'll be successful in that.

"Right now, Army is my only offer. It's a huge commitment, one I need to put some serious thought into, but it's intriguing. I've been going to Army games since I was ten."

This spring Slomka has made spring trips to Penn State, Buffalo, and Eastern Michigan. He also reports interest expressed by Pitt, Kent State, Boston College, Cincinnati, and Duquesne.

"Obviously, I want to be a part of a good program," Slomka said. "I'm hoping to go to a school where the community really gets behind the football team. and there's a lot of hyped fans, that give the place an exiting atmosphere."

As a junior, Slomka was named first team All-Conference after rushing for 1144 yards on 201 carries with 17 touchdowns. He set two school records in 2013 for yards and touchdowns in a single game. Top Stories