DeAndre Tobias of Benedictine has committed to Army (Twitter Photo – Army Athletics)
West Point it is for Benedictine DB/RB D’Andre Tobias
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Commitments at this point in the off-season aren’t rare. As a matter of fact they’ve become quite expected and very relevant towards many programs trying to find out if a prospect is serious or not about their intentions.
Benedictine starting running back D’Andre Tobias has been extremely honest about his intentions and it all came to a fold over the weekend. Tobias has been getting major attention from the service academies since his recruitment started to pick up back in January of this year. The Benedictine product has kept a close relationship with many of the programs that have sent him an offer, but over the last few months, a deep relationship has formed between Tobias and the United States Military Academy.
The Cadets provided Tobias (2019 RB 5-11 175) with his first collegiate offer at the start of the year and he was able to take a visit up to Michie Stadium near the middle of April. It was a combination of persistence and campus-feel that led Tobias to verbally committing to West Point on Sunday morning.
“It was the first school I visited. I knew there was something special about it when I got on campus, but I didn’t know if it was just a first time on a college campus kind of feel. So I went and visited different schools and didn’t get that same feeling. That’s when I understood that Army was the place for me,” Tobias told recruit804.
— D'Andre Tobias (@DAndreTobias5) June 24, 2018
Prior to his commitment, Tobias amassed attention and other collegiate offers from Air Force, UVA-Wise, Navy, Cornell and Davidson. Tobias could’ve easily impacted every other program on his list, but there’s just nothing like taking a chance on the program that was the first to take a chance on you. However, it was the overall feel of the program that completely separated the Black Knights from the rest.
“(Army provides) great education and great football. It has that home and family-like feel from the players along with the relationship I have built with the coaches. I know they have a plan for me when I get there,” Tobias stated.
Benedictine fell short of expectations last season losing to Flint Hill in the Division I private-school state semi-final. Flint Hill went on to knock off Collegiate in the VISAA Division I final giving them their first state title. The Cadets will look to win their first VISAA Division I state title since winning two straight in 2014 and 2015.