Tennessee linebacker Morgan Ernst called his first visit to West Point over the weekend, “an absolutely, amazing experience.”
Ernst was one of many prospects that attended Junior Day and the Black & Gold Game Saturday.
“I never really quite experienced anything like it,” said Ernst, who is 6-foot and 195 pounds. “The campus was beautiful. The facilities were beautiful. It was great football. It was just amazing all around.”
Army is recruiting Ernst as a hybrid linebacker/safety. Ernst starred at Webb High in Nashville his junior season, making 156 tackles including 14 for a loss, six fumble recoveries while forcing four fumbles and adding two sacks. He also rushed for 1,026 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The football experience impressed Ernst but the academics of West Point is also an attraction.
“It’s the No. 1 public school in the country,” Ernst said. “You start out with a job and you are already on your way to doing great things immediately after college. There’s not much hassle into getting started from there. You are set for life for sure.”
Army is Ernst’s lone offer. He said he’s received interest from Wake Forest, Furman and Ivy League schools including Princeton, Columbia, Brown and Penn. Ernst visited Navy in early March.
“It was different for sure,” Ernst said of his Navy trip. “It wasn’t on the river. Honestly, I think Army was a prettier campus than Navy was.”
Ernst, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds, said he connected with Army’s coaching staff.
“I thought they all seemed great to me,” Ernst said. “They were all very nice and very inviting. It was just a great experience. I will get back up there, hopefully sometime this summer.”
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