Crossdale wants to be true student-athlete

West Point captured the heart of Malik Crossdale, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound athlete from Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, N.Y. After receiving an April offer from Army, Crossdale made his way back to camp and then let the coaches know he wanted to be a Black Knight.

West Point captured the heart of Malik Crossdale, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound athlete from Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, N.Y. After receiving an April offer from Army, Crossdale made his way back to camp and then let the coaches know he wanted to be a Black Knight.

"I just committed about an hour and a half ago," Crossdale told ArmySports.com. "I had been doing a lot of thinking this week about committing on Independence Day. The coaches knew I was thinking about it going into camp. When I got back home, I called Coach Thompson and let him know I was ready to commit.

"The first thing I love about West Point is academics. I don't think any school in the country can match it. I love the coaching staff. Every time I've been there they've made me feel at home. It's a place where I feel like I can excel on the field and take my talent to another level. I'm being recruited as an athlete. I know they like my speed a lot. They said I could play running back, but may be a better fit a cornerback."

Crossdale gained 800 rushing yards and scored 10 touchdowns on the 2012 season. He was named second team All-New York City, Tri-State All-Area, and All-Conference. He holds additional offers from Boston College, Buffalo, and James Madison, but it was Army that inspired him the most.

"I talked with Coach Ellerson about being a true student-athlete and making a decision for my future," he said. "He asked me if that's really what i wanted to do to take a couple of days to think about it. I told him I had made my decision, so he told me to call Coach Thompson to make it official. Now, it is."

Crossdale said he plans on playing some defensive back at Fordham next season since Army is interested in taking a look at his skill in the secondary. The state track champion in the 400 meter dash holds a personal best of 49.8 in the event.
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