Athlete Matt Giachinta of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic ended his recruitment yesterday with a commitment to one of the Service Academies. This was followed by an official visit to the school this past weekend, which put them over the top.
Giachinta, 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, took his official visit to West Point.
"It went very well," said Giachinta. "It answered a lot of questions as far as the academies, military and football go. After everything was put into perspective, I really felt that West Point is where my heart is, and it's an opportunity I can't pass up."
The academics and history of West Point helped in his decision, but Giachinta was also impressed with the football program.
"I love where the program is going," said Giachinta. "Coach Ellerson has done a great job in the last two years as far as turning things around, and I expect great things in the coming years with them."
Giachinta discussed why he chose to make his decision yesterday.
"Coach Ellerson did not want me to commit on the visit," he said. "He wanted me to wait 48 hours after to really think if this was right for me, and I've decided that this is where I belong."
Two other schools were in the running for Giachinta's services at the time of his decision.
"The only two other schools I was looking at were Towson and Maine, who both offered me in the summer," said Giachinta. "I was at Towson over the summer and was planning on visiting both of them these coming weekends, but after my official to West Point, I knew this was what I wanted."
Finally, Giachinta discussed his likely position at West Point.
"They are looking at me for A or B back, which are the two backs in the backfield in their triple option offense," he said.