McAllister announces commitment to West Point

Upon receiving his acceptance letter to the United States Military Academy, Eric McAllister II went public with his verbal commitment to Army on Tuesday afternoon.

The 6-foot-1, 270-pound offensive lineman out of Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. called right away to tell the coaches the good news.

"The coaches were all ecstatic, screaming over the phone," McAllister told "The admissions committee vote was 7-0. To get in to West Point is a big deal, but to get in with a unanimous decision is very special to me and my family. It's a great day for us.

"Obviously football is one of the last things that comes to mind when you make the decision to attend West Point. I think of honor, duty, pride. You can't beat a West Point education. It's an education I'll use to have the best life possible. It's the guiding principal I used throughout the recruiting process and West Point certainly shines brighter than the rest. My family and I made what we call a generational decision. Instead of focusing on my next four or five years of football, we focused more on the next 40 years of my life. That's the type of mentality I had in making my decision and why I landed on West Point."

Going into the season McAllister had accumulated around 10 offers from Albany, Delaware, Duquense, James Madison, Idaho State, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico State, Wagner, and Wofford. Army didn't arrive, McAllister says, until mid-way through the season.

"It was roughly around the seventh week of the season when Coach (John) Loose came to see one of my games," he said. "The next week I received the offer so I guess I must have preformed well enough. Coach (Bob) Bodine was my recruiter. He said he loves my tenacity at center. If you watch my film, I try not to stop on a play until the other guy is on his back. I'm athletic enough to pull from the center position and be able to get out on a safety or linebacker. They like that I'm mobile, but at the same time physical enough be able to run behind to pick up the tough yards."

A four-year letterman at Central Catholic, McAllister was a two-time All-(Northern Eight) Conference selection, first team All-State, and a member of the Fabulous 22 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "My job was to create opportunities for other players," he said. "My blocking allowed them to run up the middle or get out in space. That's what I bring to the table. I did my best at it for three years as a starter (on varsity) and that pretty much sums up my high school career. I started out at guard as a freshman, but moved over to center the next season and fell in love with the position. I found my niche on the football field."

The Army coaches believe he has as well. Jeff Monken is scheduled to make an in-home visit with the McAllister family later on in the week in Pittsburgh. McAllister said it is still uncertain at the present time if he will be admitted directly to West Point or if he'll first spend a year at USMAPS. Top Stories