Bicknese: "I want us to go undefeated"

Stefano Bicknese

Army continues to add pieces to their 2013 recruiting class. Stefano Bicknese, a running back/defensive back from Somers High School in Westchester County, N.Y., made an official visit to West Point the weekend after Signing Day. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound athlete, who was recruited at safety by Luke Thompson, made his commitment just days after returning home.

Army continues to add pieces to their 2013 recruiting class. Stefano Bicknese, a running back/defensive back from Somers High School in Westchester County, N.Y., made an official visit to West Point the weekend after Signing Day. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound athlete, who was recruited at safety by Luke Thompson, made his commitment just days after returning home. ArmySports.com spoke with Bicknese on his decision to attend the U.S. Military Academy and what preparations he was making this spring to go into USMAPS over the summer.

"Last year is when I first started talking to Army," said Bicknese. "I wasn't officially offered until I went on my official visit the weekend of February 11th. They like me on defense at safety. They like the way I hit and the intensity I bring to the game. I talked with Coach Smeland on the visit and really like him as a coach and as a person. They have many of the same defensive philosophies we had at Somers. I think it's a great fit for my style of play.

"What sold me the most on West Point was the life you're going to have after the Academy. You're not only going to have a top degree, you'll have a job to gain experience in your field. Plus while you're at the Academy you get to bond with the cadet going through the same thing you are. It's about sharing in the brotherhood. The military aspect I'm looking at it as a job. It's an important job because you're getting the chance to serve your country. It was too good of an opportunity to pass up."

Bicknese rushed for 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns in his senior year for Tuskers football. On the defensive side he had 38 tackles, four interceptions, four passes defended, two sacks, and a forced fumble.

"This was my third year as a starter," Bicknese said. "This year I made first team All-State at running back and All-Metro honorable mention. I only had four picks this year at safety. I'd have to say my biggest strengths [at the position] are defending the deep ball and coming up and blitzing."

This spring Bicknese is using his time to prepare himself for life at the Academy. Although he lives a mere 30 miles away from campus, Bicknese knows the challenges he'll face will be just as difficult as anyone else's.

"I'm trying to do a lot of running, healthy eating, and lifting," he explained. "I just talked with Coach Thompson last night. He was just making sure I was staying of top of everything. I'm looking forward to Prep. I'm not sure yet when I'll be leaving. I don't have any individual goals for next year, but a team goal. I want us to go undefeated."

Army coaches will be happy to hear Bicknese already buying into the team concept preached at West Point. Bicknese also lettered in basketball at Somers. At Somers, Bicknese was coached by Tony DeMatteo, the winningest coach in New York Section 1 history.

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