Greg Rabb has been getting up at 6 a.m. since graduating from from Fort Lauderdale (FL) University High School last month. Close friends Devin Gaulden has already left for Wisconsin where he'll play cornerback and another teammate and linebacker [db]Justin Cooper is already at Texas Tech.
Rabb, a bruising 6-foot, 245-pound fullback has been pretty much a lonely figure as he works out in the early morning hours, preparing for his arrival at United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS) at West Point.
"Some of my friends think I'm crazy because they hear how hard and tough it is and all that, but they have supported my decision,'' Rabb said.
Rabb also is recovering from a torn meniscus of the left knee suffered after he
caught a screen pass against American Heritage in the sixth game of the season.
He had surgery Oct. 28th at West Memorial Hospital.
He has been working hard at a nearby park and gym. "No matter what I do, I don't think it'll prepare me for what I'll face at West Point,'' said Rabb about his daily routine. ""I'm running, I'm trying to run hills every day at full speed.''
Rabb can't wait to get to West Point to test his knee, and to meet his new teammates, some of whom he's met and chatted with.
Everybody is excited to be getting up there; I can't wait to leave.
- Army FB commit, Greg Rabb
"Everybody is excited to be getting up there; I can't wait to leave,'' he said.
"I've been getting up early, trying to get into the habit of waking up early, so I'm
prepared for it.''
Wisconsin, Northwestern, Boston College and Duke showed interest in Rabb before the injury. Army stuck by him, however. Capt. Clarence Holmes, the Black Knight's defensive tackles coach, frequently called Rabb to see how he was doing.
"I'm very excited to get going; I haven't put pads on in a while, haven't gotten hit
in a while, I'm very excited,'' he said.
Rabb committed in late January, visiting West Point on a day when snow fell, the
first time he'd seen the white stuff.
"It was a great atmosphere and it was just for me," said Rabb, who was limited to 19 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown last fall.
"I don't have any aspirations of going to the NFL. With the economy the way it is now, I want to be comfortable. He (coach Holmes) was talking about life after football and what I would be doing, the kind of money I would be making and the kind of pull I would have in societies and communities."
Greg Rabb and his future teammates will officially be on the West Point campus for R-Day, July 12th.
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