Georgia star to visit West Point

With plenty of film out there for coaches to evaluate and then go back and reevaluate, from time to time, some college prospects receive offers that come as a bit of a surprise with very prior communication between coach and player. Such was the case when 6-foot-1, 280-pound offensive lineman DeAndre Wise from Alpharetta (Ga.) High School received an unexpected offer from Army.

With plenty of film out there for coaches to evaluate and then go back and reevaluate, from time to time, some college prospects receive offers that come as a bit of a surprise with very prior communication between coach and player. Such was the case when 6-foot-1, 280-pound offensive lineman DeAndre Wise from Alpharetta (Ga.) High School received an unexpected offer from Army.

"It was three weeks ago," said DeAndre Wise, "when [Army's] Clarence Holmes, the defensive line coach, and I talked on the phone. He talked about how much they liked my size and build, but most of all my character. He told me I thought I had the grades to make it at West Point and the athleticism to play well in their option offense.

"Before I received the Army offer I never really knew much about West Point. I'm just getting acclimated and so far I like what I see. It's a great opportunity especially to be able to do something big after college besides the NFL. I went to a military school during middle school, so I should have no problem adapting to the part of it. I have watched plenty of Army games on TV and the coaches sent me links to their games, so I'm becoming familiar with how they play. I'd like to take two visits [to West Point]. The first will be an unofficial visit for the Air Force game, then I'll probably take my official sometime in January."

With Army, Wise holds offers from South Alabama, Alabama State, Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, and Texas Southern. During the summer, Wise camped at UAB and Troy.

"UAB told me I was still on their board," he said. "Coach John Peterson just told me to be patient. I'm hearing from a few other mid-majors. I had planned om committing before the season, but now I think I'm going to wait until signing day. If I commit to Army there's no backing out so I want to wait and make a couple of visits first. I'm looking for a good opportunity with possible early playing time. The most important thing for me is going somewhere to get a good degree. That's why I'm so high on West Point. I'd like to hear from Navy and Air Force too."

This season marks Wise's fourth as the starting center for the Alpharetta Raiders. The team is coming off a 9-2 season in 2011 and features for seniors already committed to Division 1 schools including quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who made his verbal pledge to Arizona State in June.

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