It's Army for Amos

D'Angelo Amos left West Point last weekend with a lot of think about. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound versatile senior out of Meadowbrook (Chesterfield, Va.) had several offers to chose from, but something about the Army visit stuck in his head. Today, Amos dialed Black Knights defensive coordinator Jay Bateman to tell him he was on board.

"It was 12:45 (P.M.) when I called Coach Bateman and Coach (John) Loose," D'Angelo Amos told "I told them that I was ready to commit. They were hyped. They both started yelling at me on the phone. Coach Bateman said he'd have Coach Monken contact me tonight and that he couldn't wait to tell him the news.

"Basically, I know that the education (at West Point) is among the very best in the country. I thought about committing earlier but my concern was the living accommodations and what it was like on campus. After taking my official visit, those fears were put to rest and they went to the top of my list. What set them apart and really put them over the top was after really thinking about the decision and talking in-depth with the coaches about it, I knew that was the place for me. What stayed with me the most was thinking about leaving the Academy with a degree from West Point.

"Army has a great program. The staff is dedicated to the student-athlete. They expect to see greatness from their players but show in themselves. It's a nice family environment to go into and be a part of and I believe I can go a long way in helping to bring the program back up. I always wanted to compete at the high D-1 level. Looking at my offer list, I wasn't going to be able to do that anywhere else but Army. I felt like I'm ready for the challenge. I'm always ready to compete."

Amos, who also lettered in basketball and track & field in high school, was recruited by Army at safety, but has played cornerback, running back, quarterback, and wide receiver at Meadowbrook.

"The biggest thing (Army) liked was my length at defensive back," he said. "They saw my ability to make plays and just how much of improvement I made from my junior to my senior year. It showed them I was willing to put in the work to get better. They think that I have a wide ceiling from which to improve on and they can help develop me to a greater place with my game than I already am."

In his high school career, Amos was a two-year starter at Meadowbrook. He was named starting quarterback for his senior season to capitalize on his athleticism, but also played in the Monarchs secondary finishing the season with four picks. Amos began receiving recruiting attention soon after his junior season (his Army offer arrived last May). He held additional offers from Davidson, Randolph-Macon, and VMI.

"It's a big burden off my shoulders," he said on having made his commitment. "I had a lot of people asking me what I was going to be doing and I really didn't know. It got a little stressful at times not knowing what to say. Now, I can tell them I'm going to West Point.

Amos said he will likely attend USMAPS prior to enrolling in the Academy. Top Stories