Steen makes the call for Army

Wednesday, the Black Knights received a commitment from 6-foot, 220-pound linebacker Jacquese Steen, a prospect from Oakland (Calif.) Skyline.

Jacquese Steen Bio caught up with Steen to learn more about him and gauge the impact he could make on the Army program when he arrives later this summer.

"The (Army) staff actually contacted my coaches halfway through the season," Steen said. "Coach (John) Loose started talking to me. He likes the way I run to the ball, said I was stout, versatile, everything like that. I was what he wanted to see in a linebacker and that I'd be great at West Point. That's how they came to be recruiting me.

"Of course, I was immediately interested. Army was my first offer. Initially, I was worried about the military service part. I've never been in the military and going to the service was really one of the last things on my list. What changed my mind was the in-home visit with Coach Loose. He broke it down for me and let me know that combat wasn't a requirement, that there were other branches I could go into after college."

Multiple factors contributed to Steen's decision, which he made site unseen.

"I didn't have any offers but several schools had been in touch," Steen said. "After Coach Loose explained everything in detail, I felt more comfortable about making the commitment. They had been recruiting me hard for awhile and I wanted to go ahead and solidify it. I haven't been able to visit yet. I would have liked to before committing, but I know that Army has the very best facilities and I just wanted to pursue the D-1 level of competition. What stood out the most was the academics. I was looking at three things; academics, athletics, and personal development, and West Point was the best option for me in all three areas.

"I called Coach Loose yesterday and told him I wanted to commit. He was excited. He said he couldn't wait to tell the head coach and the linebackers coach as well. It's exciting to think about being on the East Coast again. It's not going to be entirely new to me. I lived out there with my sister for a couple of years when I was younger."

Steen attends Skyline High School, which offers students an amazing view of the San Francisco Bay Area from the Oakland hills. A three-year starter for the Titans, Steen had 153 tackles, 10 for loss, one sack, and one quarterback hurry from his inside linebacker position.

In the spring, Steen plans to focus his attention to condition to prepare for his first year at USMAPS. Top Stories