Maples Is Ready To Get Started!

Raymond Maples just recently signed a LOI to join the Army Black Knights on next fall. Needless to say, the 6-0, 200 pound running back is excited and ready to get things started… recently conducted an exclusive interview with RB Raymond Maples from out of West Philadelphia Catholic High. During our interview with Maples, the 2009 signee spoke in-depth on why he chose West Point as his final destination.  

SM: First of all, congratulations on your recent signing with West Point… Tell me, how does it feel to be a part of one of the most prestigious programs in the country? 

RM: Actually right now I can't believe it; I really can't describe the feeling. I'm very excited; very excited to be a part of it… I'm just ready to get started. 

SM: What other program or programs did you consider before making your final decision? 

RM: Basically it came down to Richmond and West Point. 

SM: What major factors helped you to decide that West Point was the place for you? 

RM: Basically, I know I'll have a good life after going to a program like West Point. Also, they are one of the nation's leaders in academics and job placement. They are also one of the top schools for my major. 

SM: What are you planning to major in? 

RM: I plan to major in Civil Engineering. 

SM: Academically, how are you looking right now? 

RM: I'm looking pretty good. I have 3.5 GPA right now. I have a 1410 on my SAT; 980 between the Math and Verbal. 

SM: Briefly switching to the athletic side of things, which member from the Army Coaching Staff was primarily in charge of recruiting you? 

RM: Coach Payam Saadat. 

SM: Are you expected to take red-shirt your first year or are you expected to contribute immediately.  

RM: I won't be contributing right away. I will be going to the prep school first. 

SM: My last question, what are you looking forward to most about West Point? 

RM: I'm really looking forward to meeting new friends; lifetime friends. Top Stories