Maryland Duo West Point Bound

Is Atholton High School in Maryland becoming a pipeline to Army for football stars? Two stars from that school will attend Army in the future. Running back Kelechi Odocha, a 2,000 yard rusher, and hard hitting linebacker Geoff Easterling are both committed to helping make Army a better football team.

"It's the best coaching staff with the way they dealt with me. They were always supportive and called back. In recruiting that's not common," said Geoff Easterling, who will be attending the United States Military Academy Prep School in the fall. Easterling won't be there alone, his Athloton teammate Kelechi Odocha will be right there with him. Both of these players committed and signed with the 2008 Army signing class which figures to be one of Army's best crops in years.

Because of a knee injury Easterling saw action in only six games during the 2007 season but he had an impressive 66 tackles, 1 sack and 3 forced fumbles. He also blocked 2 kicks. However, it was enough to impress the Army staff. After he was injured, according to Easterling, the Army staff told him, "we are already interested in you enough, you have nothing to prove." Despite those words of assurance Easterling still returned to help his team in the playoffs, "I had to help my team no matter what," said Easterling.

Easterling (5-10, 200), who plans to major in Criminal Justice or Business, is excited to be heading to prep school with Odocha, "It's really cool. We've been playing school since middle school recess. Having somebody go through the military process and football process is really neat. He committed to Army a long time before I did and he was always supportive of me while I went through the rest of the recruiting process."

The feeling is mutual. Odocha, who chose Army over Navy, feels good about having his high school teammate along for the academy experience, "It's a really good deal to have someone there from your own school. Some people have friends from their own county or own state but to have two people from you own school, it's really a good thing. Hopefully we can help turn things around over there."

"He's fastest person you are ever going to see," said Easterling of Odocha. As a senior Odocha rushed for over 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns, his longest run going for over 70 yards. The speedster also caught receptions for over 150 yards.

Odocha, who also had strong interest from Air Force and Maryland in addition to Army and Navy, committed to Army on December 5th and then helped convince Easterling to commit.

What does the future hold for these two future Army Black Knights? Stay tuned to and follow their careers.

Geoff Easterling gets ready to nail an opposing quarterback. (photo provided by Easterling family) Top Stories