Schrider has Army and Navy in top 3

Benjamin Schrider, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound tight end/defensive end out of Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, Calif. has singled out a top three out of his 14 D-1 offers. The Bay Area prospect took an east coast trip over the summer and he came away most impressed with Army, Navy, and Richmond. Schrider spoke with on what he likes about each program.

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"I've reach a time in my recruiting where I'm pretty much eliminating schools and focusing on three," Schrider said. "To be honest, I think I'll probably be ready to commit in the next week or two. It will be either Army, Navy, or Richmond.

"Army was the first school to offer me. I want to major in history I'm into U.S. history and the campus at West Point and everything around it is pretty spectacular. I thought it was just a real cool place to be. It's not until you're on campus that you realize how beautiful it is. I really, really liked it there. The program is looking for a turnaround with the new coaching staff coming in. I got to speak with Coach Monken, Coach, Bodine, and Coach Saturnio. They're looking for me to play tight end, which is more of a blocking tight end in their style of offense they're bringing from Georgia Southern. They believe I fit the mold perfectly and would have the opportunity to play early.

"For Navy, it's a great program. They're going to the AAC and I think that's really going to help their recruiting. My mom is seventh generation D.C. We're the only part of our family on the west coast. The rest of our family lives in Northern Virginia. My dad's family is from Pennsylvania. So Navy offers a location, for me, that's second to none. Coach Nua was in our area when i was on spring break so I missed him. When I went for the visit to Annapolis, Coach Niumatalolo was on break. So I didn't have an offer until recently. It came in five days after my visit. My godmother's brother is an Admiral in Navy and I've been talking a lot about it with him. Navy has a great fanbase and tradition. After the visit, the place has really stuck with me. They like me at outside linebacker which I have experience playing at camps. They think I have the right size and mobility, and I'll have a year to transition to the position because I'll go to Prep if I do go to one of the military academies.

"Also with Army and Navy, I want to be something bigger than myself. I'm someone who would enjoy being part of the brotherhood. Obviously I want to win, but I'm looking at the whole picture.

"The Richmond interest came through a family connection. One of the Richmond coaches was a groomsman at my cousin's wedding. When I went on the visit I really liked it. It's small with a nice feel and a top FCS program. I got along well with the coaching staff. I'm not looking to play at the highest level. I'm looking at which school will benefit me for life and that's what I feel most about Army, Navy, and Richmond.

"Obviously, if I do go with a military academy I need some time to think about it. My mom definitely wants to learn everything she can about Army and Navy. I've been talking to people and filled out the preliminary applications so I'm very serious about it."

Schrider has 11 other offers including Air Force, New Mexico, UTEP, Holy Cross, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, Montana State, UC-Davis, and Sacramento State. Top Stories