February 10, 2010

Army pulls in two from Culver Academies

CULVER CONNECTION

Michael Kime was set and ready to sign with the Black Knights since the day he made his official visit that was followed by his verbal commitment. Last Wednesday afternoon, he and his high school teammate, Luke Schumacher, signed their commitment to play at Army and traded smiles in the process.

Kime has already developed a bond with his fellow and future Black Knight teammates. "I have been in contact with several players," shares the direct bound lineman, who is now tipping the scales at 260 pounds. "Some are going to prep and some going direct. I have been in touch with Trenton Turrentine … I saw some of his highlights and he is a really good running back.

The bond between Kime and Turrentine extends beyond their connection as future teammates, but the legacy that each will carry coming into West Point. "His father is a West Point grad too," says Kime, whose father, Bill is a 1985 graduate of West Point and played for former Army head coach Jim Young.

In addition to being familiar with the Black Knights' offense, Kime will be walking in the footsteps of his father, Bill, who is a 1985 graduate of West Point and played for former Army head coach Jim Young.

For Kime, Signing Day was bitter sweet, because those who mean the most to him weren't able to attend. "Unfortunately my mother was on a family trip to Korea to see my grandmother and my father was on a business trip," said Kime. "But they are coming up this week and take some pictures… obviously my father wanted to be here.

Although it was not the perfect setting for Kime, he was excited to share in the moment with several of his teammates, faculty and staff and of course, he was able to connect with the Army coaching staff.

"I spoke to Coach Ross and he was just as pumped as I was, plus I got my West Point appointment so it was a great day," says Kime as he reflects on that moment.

The 6-foot-1, 260 pound Kime is working hard to prepare himself for the next leg of the relay, which is wearing the Black & Gold of Army.

"Right now I am playing Lacrosse and hoping that we get our 4th championship," shared Kime, who is the team's captain for the second year in a row. "I love the sport and it helps me with my speed and agility. But also, during the winter, I'm doing a lot of heavy lifting."

Kime is quick to express his excitement about officially becoming a Black Knight, but also the opportunity to play on the same team with his current teammate. "I am ecstatic about my decision and a lot of people I know are now talking about getting tickets for the Army-Notre Dame game," shares a laughing Kime.

"It's cool to know about that I'm playing football at the college level with Luke."

Safety, Luke Schumacher

For hard hitting safety prospect Luke Schumacher, who missed a major portion of his senior year with a compression fracture of his vertebrate, he is equally as excited.

At my ceremony was my dad, brother, sister, my roommate at my school, a couple of friends that live in my hall and a few friends from home," says the 6-foot-2, 180 pound hard hitting safety.

"I am absolutely excited about my decision and the program. The team looked good this year and build on what they have done with a relatively new staff, relatively new offense and attacking defense and I am excited to be part of it."

Schumacher, who committed January 6th and signed last week, is looking to pick up where he left off his junior year where he recorded 56 solo and 45 assist.

Although Schumacher has yet to take an official visit to Army, he was able to make his way to the West Point campus during a Summer Leadership Seminar at the prestigious school. "While I was there, I met with the staff," recalls Schumacher, who like Kime, has been following Army's 2010 recruiting class. "I was looking at Rivals and we are definitely getting our share of talent this year."

When asked to describe his style of play, Schumacher's comments mirror his highlight film. "I'm hyper aggressive on the run attack and all honesty, can use work in playing pass coverage in the secondary," shares the safety prospect. "I play with reckless abandoned. I have good vision and see how a play develops fairly well and when I see, I commit 100%."

Schumacher, who is a direct admit, indicates that he is looking to add some size before he makes his way to West Point this summer. "I am in the process in a really intense workout plan now, where I am working on building muscle mass more than anything else," claims Schumacher. "I plan to carry that through the spring and summer until I arrive. We have great facilities here at my school and great trainers.


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