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February 4, 2013

Inside the Huddle: Pre-NSD

Cody Moorhead left West Point this weekend with a huge decision to make. According to the 6-foot-4, 260 defensive end, it is down to three schools, as Air Force, Army and Idaho represent his finalist. "It went well, it was a good visit and I got my questions answer and get underneath the skin of West Point .... how it works and everything," said Moorhead of his visit to Army, who offered this unique perspective and insight when discussing Army and Air Force.

"Air Force talked a little bit more about football and West Point tried to get the point across about what West Point is really about," shared the 6-foot-4, 260 pound defensive end from Renton (Wa.) Hazen High School. "Meaning, what you are getting into if you go there, which a big honor and everything that comes with it."

"It impacted me because when I went to West Point it made me feel like it was about something bigger than just football. It was like it was about the whole country and the duty and the honor. It's a very prestigious place to be at. At Air Force, they still want to compete in football, but along with that comes duty and honor."

Not discounting his interest in Idaho, Moorhead offered this academy comparative relative to how both appeal to his character. "When it comes to the military side, they both fit my character," he added. "What's different about them is the football aspect. West Point probably had a little bit better facilities, but I feel like Air Force had a little bit more dedication to the facilities. Like Army would workout probably twice a week, where Air Force might workout four times. They both appeal to me in their own ways."

And with all that, look for Moorhead to make the call with the next 24 hours. "I'm really going to discuss my decision with my parent tonight and tomorrow I will totally know where I am," he says.

That leads us to Elijah Anglin out of the Motor City of Detroit. The 2012 A.P. Michigan Division 3-4 All-State Prep Team performer would be a tremendous addition to an already solid recruiting class.

The talented OLB/DE is not only a high potential prospect on the field, but an excellent student-athlete with a 3.49 overall GPA. "He's the type of kid who we expect to blossom into something very special," says Renaissance High AD Greg Piscopink, who believes that sky is the limit for Anglin.

"He's about 220 I'm guessing and has a frame (6'4") for about 250-260 pounds. He has a big frame on him and muscular," adds the AD. "He just took a visit to West Point last weekend and was very impressed. He originally committed to Western, but they had a coaching change. I'm not trying to influence him, but I told him can't go wrong with West Point."

Joining both Moorhead and Anglin this weekend was athlete Brandon Barnes out of the New York borough of Staten Island, where the legendary NYC high school coach, Jim Munson had this to share with GoBlackKnights.com.

"His recruiting is going well," Munson said of his quarterback's recruiting status. "He has a couple of things working with Army and Wagner College. He visited West Point this weekend and it went great and they are looking at him as an athlete."

So does Barnes style fit the mold of a Army student-athlete? "Brandon is a great leader, very athletic, posseses a good arm but he has overall great athletic skills, which has Army interested and academically he is solid," says Munson, who was uncertain as where his player was leaning. "He's still not sure where he is leaning right now."

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