Lynch "fired up" over Army

The allure of West Point was too much for Noblesville (Ind.) High School linebacker Donavan Lynch to turn down. The 5-foot-10 1/2, 199-pound Lynch had verbally committed to Air Force on December 2nd of last year, but wanted to see the visit Army before entirely shutting down his recruiting journey. The Black Knight coaches are glad he did.

Lynch spoke with ArmySports.com on what caused the change of heart.

"The biggest reason I flipped (from Air Force) was the players and the coaches," Donavan Lynch said. "Once I was face-to-face with Coach (Jay) Bateman and Coach Monken and saw what the team was all about, I got really excited about what the future has in store for Army football.

"My mother came with me (to West Point). She really loved it, but she always wanted this to be my decision. When we were meeting with Coach Monken, I looked at her and told her I was going to (commit) and she started screaming right away. I let Coach Monken know that after praying about the decision, I knew in my heart I wanted to be at West Point. He was ecstatic when I told him I was ready to commit.

"Once I got up to West Point and saw how beautiful it was I really fell in love with the place. People try to tell you that it's like a prison, but it's not like that at all, it's a college. The coaches are talented and are bringing in some top recruits. I think we'll beat Navy the next four, five years I'm there and probably go on top beat them for the next 20 years. That's the kind of faith I have in what Coach Monken is doing at Army."

Lynch had a first team all-state season as a junior which led to his first offer Eastern Michigan. Army and Air Force would soon follow suit with offers of their own in the spring.

"I remember my first meeting with Coach (Tucker) Waugh at my high school," Lynch said. "He said he thought Coach Bateman and Coach (John) Loose could really use my speed on defense. I remember getting a good feeling about Army that day. It was about a week later when I received the offer.

"I was looking at film with Coach Loose and something flipped a switch in me. The defense they run is similar to my high school's but a lot more in-depth. I had talked to our linebackers coach about changing up some things, making it more complex, and he said that it may be hard for some to get it. What Coach Loose and Coach Bateman are doing with their concepts is kind of what I was thinking we should do at my high school. It's awesome. I think they're both great man. I can't wait to go up there and be a part of it. I'm fired up."

In his senior season, Lynch had 104 tackles, six tackles for loss, four sacks,and two pass breakups. He was named first team All-Conference (Hooiser Crossroads), and first team All-State (Indiana 6A) in both junior and senior seasons.

InsideArmySports.com Top Stories