Christian Poe off team

One of the few question marks left for Army’s offense following spring practice was who would replace senior wide receiver Edgar Poe’s downfield production this fall.

Christian Poe, Edgar’s brother, was the leading candidate to fill the role and ended spring as a top wide receiver alongside Jeff Ejekam. But, it appears Army will have to look elsewhere for a second starting wideout.

Poe’s name was removed from Army’s roster online recently. Confirmed earlier today, Poe is off the team. Poe tweeted Thursday that he is leaving the academy.

Poe, who started two games in 2016, was the team’s second-leading receiver with 10 catches for 133 yards as a sophomore. He shined in Army’s spring game in April, taking a reverse 40 yards for a touchdown. Poe’s best game as a Black Knights may have been last October when he caught all three of Army’s completions in monsoon-like conditions at Duke.

Army’s depth chart at wide receiver includes sophomore wide receivers Glen Coates and Kjetil Cline. Senior Jermaine Adams is also in the mix to start.

Adams worked his way into the receiver rotation and doubled as Army’s punter in three games. Adams and Coates each caught their only reception of the 2016 season against Lafayette.

 

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June update: Direct or Army Prep

With R-Day right around the corner on July 3, here’s an updated list of 2017 Army commits who will be attending West Point or Army Prep.

Some names are missing off the list including Sharpstown (Texas) cornerback Dallas Blacklock. Blacklock is headed to Texas Southern, where his father, Dallas, is a wide receivers coach. The younger Blacklock was a member of the 2016 United States Under-18 national team.

Dacula (Ga.) linebacker Ty Harris, a former 2017 Army commit, will play for Western Carolina in the fall.

Franklin Regional (Pa.) tight end-linebacker Simon Behr cited “unforeseen obstacles” as the reason for him attending and playing football at Bucknell over Army.

Evangel Christian Academy (La.) lineman Ethan Harvey has enrolled at Central Arkansas.

Direct admits
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
K Camden Bauman, 5-10, 195, Jesuit HS, Tampa, Fla.
CB Jordan Blackman, 5-11, 170, St. Genevieve HS, Panorama City, Calif.: 2016 stats – 6 interceptions.
S Zack Boobas, 5-10, 190, Jefferson (Ga.) HS
DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 255, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force.
TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 225, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.: 2016 stats – 10 touchdown catches for state 6A champions.
CB Quentin Frazier, 6-foot, 190, Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista, Calif.
LB Nick Ghazarian, 6-2, 218, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force.
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
DL Trevor Hallock, 6-2, 255, La Mirada (Calif.) HS
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.
DE Karl Holler, 6-5, 247, The Tatnall School, Wilmington, Del.
OL Weston Jones, 6-4, 248, Capital Christian HS, Sacramento, Calif.
QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 205, Hooks (Texas) HS: Former Air Force commit.
P-K Michael Leisle, 6-foot, 165, Nease HS, Ponte Vedra, Fla.
LB Jeremiah Lowery, 6-3, 235, Park Crossing HS, Montgomery, Ala.
OL Luke McCleery, 6-5, 285, Grapevine Faith Christian HS, Grapevine, Texas: Former Tulane commit. Other offers – Toledo, Fresno State.
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.
LS Caleb McKee, 6-2, 190, Arlington (Texas) HS: Second-team, all-district defensive end was ranked No. 11 nationallly as a long snapper by one kicking service
K Sean McNulty, 6-1, 210, Maine South HS, Park Ridge, Ill.
FB DJ Miller, 6-foot, 220, Chico (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Air Force.
K Billy Mitchell, 5-11, 180, American Heritage HS, Delray Beach, Fla.
CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Richmond, Va.
LS Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Louisville, Ohio
LB Jon Rhattigan, 6-2, 220, Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.: Other offers – Ball State, New Mexico, Princeton.
LB Ben Roth, 6-1, 210, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.: First commit of 2017 class.
C Will Schumacher, 6-3, 265, Penn-Trafford HS, Harrison City, Pa.
DE-TE Nick Slusher, 6-4, 238, Cedar Creek HS, Ruston, La.: Other offers – Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe.
LB-S Joe Stephenson, 6-foot, 197, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS
DE Josh Thomas, 6-4, 230, St. John’s HS, Houston, Texas
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas
S Taylor Vessel, 6-1, 195, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – South Alabama, Texas State.
DE Ted Wages, 6-4, 225, Auburn (Ala.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force.
RB Joe Wallace, 5-10, 185, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla.
OL Caden Williams, 6-5, 270, Franklin (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Air Force.
G Kenny Willoughby, 6-5, 295, Astronaut HS, Titusville, Fla.

Army Prep

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force.
LB Greg Benton, 6-1, 210, Long Reach HS, Columbia, Md.: 2016 stats – 103 tackles, 9 tackles for loss.
S Elijah Boyd, 6-2, 175, Frisco (Texas) HS
RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 207, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.
TE Chris Cameron, 6-3, 220, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Son of former LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
S Daniel Charles, 6-1, 190, Marietta (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy, East Carolina, Miami (Ohio), Georgia State, Tulane, Appalachian State, Charlotte.
RB Nasser Clark, 5-10, 190, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.
DB Cameron Clarke, 6-foot, 165, St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J.
RB Keelan Crosby, 5-10, 200, Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School
RB Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.: USA Today first-team South Carolina running back.
QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
DE Ryan Duran, 6-5, 220, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa.
WR Sean Eckert, 6-4, 180, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army.
RB Ton Evans, 5-8, 175, Northgate HS, Newnan, Ga.: Other offers – Georgia Southern. Former Georgia Southern commit.
LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.
OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 255, Duncanville (Texas) HS
K Brooks Hosea, 6-foot, 175, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.
RB AJ Howard, 6-foot, 190, Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga.
S Jordan Jackson, 5-11, 180, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla.
CB Caleb John, 5-10, 181, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.
LB Nate Jones, 6-4, 200, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
RB Issac Kinsey, 5-11, 173, Chattahoochee HS, Alpharetta, Ga.
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga.
RB-CB Krys Kyle, 6-1, 191, Memorial HS, Houston, Texas
QB Jabari Laws, 5-9, 160, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.: USA Today’s Maryland offensive player of the year.
DB Julian McDuffie, 5-11, 162, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia State, Buffalo.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.
RB Garnett Nicolas, 6-1, 225, John S. Burke Catholic HS, Goshen, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy.
OL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane.
WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-9, 168, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS
T Zack Ward, 6-6, 255, Byrd HS, Shreveport, La.
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.

Unconfirmed 

DE Kendall Bailey, 6-4, 240, Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
OL Abraham Delfin, 6-1, 285, Plaquemine (La.) HS: Salutatorian, 4.3 GPA
OL Holton Greenfield, 6-3, 245, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas
DE Jack Hough, 6-3, 235, Coate Rosemary Hall HS, Wallingford, Conn.
S Jordan Lane, 6-1, 185, North Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.
RB Tyler Lavine, 5-11, 210, Cedar Park (Texas) HS
LS Paul Lawless, 6-4, 215, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
DL Dan Lord,6-5, 220, St. Anthony’s HS, Melville, N.Y.: 2016 stats – 13.5 sacks
DT Ryan O’Malley, 6-4, 260, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Former Illinois commit. Other offers – Buffalo, New Mexico.
DE Jack Owens, 6-5, 235, Aquinas HS, Rochester, NY
FB Markens Pierre, 5-11, 215, Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla.
RB-LB Ryan Rivera, 6-3, 225, Kimball HS, Tracy, Calif.
WR Gabe Schappell, 6-3, 215, Exeter HS, Reading, Pa.
K Bailey Schroeder, 6-foot, 175, Valley Christian HS, San Jose, Calif.
LB Jack Senczyszyn, 6-4, 230, Grafton (Wisc.) HS
LB Arik Smith, 6-1, 230, St. John’s College HS, Washington, D.C.
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Macek departing

Cole Macek, Army’s third-string fullback last season, is officially leaving the academy.

Macek, who played behind classmates and rising juniors Andy Davidson and Darnell Woolfolk, rushed 254 yards on just 35 carries and scored three touchdowns in 2016. A linebacker as a freshman, Macek, nicknamed “The Noise”, started against Notre Dame and gained 111 fourth-quarter yards in a win over Lafayette.

Macek has yet to transfer and hasn’t decided whether he will play or wrestle at his next school. He didn’t practice with Army during the spring due to academics.

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Recruiting: Virginia DE Cockrill commits

Army continues to build its defensive line of the future with a commitment from Westfield (Va.) defensive end Nolan Cockrill over the weekend.

Cockrill, who is 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, has started the last two seasons as a tight end/H-Back on Westfield’s back-to-back Virginia state championship teams. He’s expected to see more time on defense as an interior lineman this fall.

“Nolan is a blue-collar, hard-nosed, old-school type of football player,” said Westfield coach Kyle Simmons, who confirmed Cockrill’s commitment. “He likes contact and can run people over once the ball is in his hands. He is a high character, intelligent player. A good fit for West Point.”

Army’s connection to Westfield’s program continues. Junior linebacker James Gibson and Army Prep wide receiver Sean Eckert are former Westfield players.

Cockrill is the ninth commit of Army’s 2018 class. London (Ohio) kicker Miller Kronk committed last week. Kronk visited Army in late May

2018 commits (9)
DT Ryan Bryce, 6-5, 285, St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – Rutgers, Virginia, Temple, Central Florida, Buffalo, UMass.
DE-TE Nolan Cockrill, 6-3, 230, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army.
LB Morgan Ernst, 6-foot, 195, Webb HS, Knoxville, Tenn.
CB Khalil Fleming, 5-11, 163, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Air Force (after Army commitment)
QB Walter Harris, 6-1, 190, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Navy (after Army commitment)
DL Tim Kater, 6-3, 265, Steelton-Highspire HS, Steelton, Pa.: Brother of former Army tight end Kelvin White.
OL Drew Kraatz, 6-6, 240, Standish-Sterling HS, Standish, Mich.
LS Brendan Knoespel, 6-foot, 210, Antonian Prep HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offer – Air Force.
K Miller Kronk, 6-2, 195, London, Ohio

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2017 June Prospect Camp MVPs

The Woodlands (Texas) rising senior Quinn Binney was selected as the top quarterback among his class for the second year in a row at Army football prospect camp.

Binney received the upperclassmen (Class of 2018) most valuable quarterback award Saturday. He was the underclassmen MVP last summer. Binney is committed to Army for…lacrosse.  He committed to Army lacrosse coach Joe Alberici in the summer of 2015.  Binney’s father, Geoff, is a 1991 West Point graduate.

Delbarton (N.J.) lineman Will Andersen was named the overall MVP for upperclassmen. Lineman Joe More of Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville was the offensive MVP and Dutchtown (Ga.) cornerback Jonathan Andrews won the defensive MVP for the 2018 class.

Missing a few position MVPs from upperclassmen and underclassmen, please DM me on Twitter @salinterdonato or email me (sinterdonat0@th-record.com) if you were selected as the top player at your position. Send your photos with the MVP ball and I will post on Twitter. Thanks.

Most Valuable Player awards Upperclassmen (Class of 2018) 

Overall MVP: OL Will Andersen, Delbarton, N.J.
Offensive MVP: OL Joe More, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Nashville, Tenn.
Defensive MVP: CB Jonathan Andrews, Dutchtown HS, Hampton, Ga.
QB: Quinn Binney, The Woodlands (Texas)
RB:
WR: 
TE: Thomas Chapman, Colleyville Heritage HS, Colleyville, Texas
OL:
 Will Andersen, Delbarton, N.J.
DL:
LB:
Jason Medeiros, Noble & Greenough School, Dedham, Mass.
CB: Jonathan Andrews, Dutchtown HS, Hampton, Ga.
S: Evan Alexander, Sammamish, Wash.
Specialists: K Brice Honaker, Howe (Texas) HS
Underclassmen 
Offensive MVP: Cade Ballard, Greeneville, Tenn.
Defensive MVP: 
Hugh Mclean, Lake Braddock HS, Burke, Va.
QB: Cade Ballard, Greeneville, Tenn.
RB:
WR: Max Cotton, Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
OL: Luke Larkin, Northern Highlands HS, Allendale, N.J.
DL: Hugh Mclean, Lake Braddock HS, Burke, Va.
LB:
CB: Mason Cotton, Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
S: Nick Espada, St. Anthony’s HS, Melville, N.Y.
Specialist: K Nick Guglielmo, St. Peter’s HS, Staten Island, N.Y.

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Recruiting: Pa. DT Bryce latest commit

St. Joseph’s (Philadelphia, Pa.) defensive tackle Ryan Bryce announced his commitment to Army football on social media Tuesday morning.

Bryce is Army’s seventh commit of the 2018 class and its most highly-rated. Power Five schools Rutgers (Big Ten) and Virginia (ACC) were Bryce’s first two offers. Bryce visited West Point for Army’s spring game and Junior Day last month.

The Black Knights picked up a commitment from Antonian Prep (Texas) long snapper Brendan Knoespel over the weekend.

2018 commits (7)

DT Ryan Bryce, 6-5, 285, St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – Rutgers, Virginia, Temple, Central Florida, Buffalo, UMass
LB Morgan Ernst, 6-foot, 195, Webb HS, Knoxville, Tenn.
CB Khalil Fleming, 5-11, 163, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Air Force (after Army commitment)
QB Walter Harris, 6-1, 190, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Navy (after Army commitment)
DL Tim Kater, 6-3, 265, Steelton-Highspire HS, Steelton, Pa.: Brother of former Army tight end Kelvin White.
OL Drew Kraatz, 6-6, 240, Standish-Sterling HS, Standish, Mich.
LS Brendan Knoespel, 6-foot, 210, Antonian Prep HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offer – Air Force.

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Recruiting: Jackson, Shoffner decommit

High school teammates Daniel Jackson and Dominique Shoffner announced their decommitments from Army on consecutive days this week.

Jackson, an all-state, first-team safety at Middle Creek (N.C.) High, took to Twitter Tuesday and said Florida International will be his new college football home.

Shoffner, a quarterback at Middle Creek (N.C.) High, posted on Monday that he will be playing for North Carolina Central this fall.

Jackson, who had 97 tackles and 10 interceptions, was expected to attend Army Prep. Shoffner was expected to be direct admit. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder threw for 2,952 yards and 38 touchdowns and rushed for 13 more in 2016.

The timing of the decommitments is a little odd. Neither Jackson or Shoffner posted specific reasons for the change.

“I feel like this is the best decision for my future,” Jackson said in his Twitter post.

Former Army kicker commit Kevin Madigan announced last week that he will be attending Boise State.

Here’s an updated list of direct admits and Army Prep players from Army’s 2017 class:

Note: * – direct; # – Army Prep. Commits, please direct message me on Twitter @salinterdonato if you have decided

#DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force.
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
DE Kendall Bailey, 6-4, 240, Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.
*K Camden Bauman, 5-10, 195, Jesuit HS, Tampa, Fla.
LB Greg Benton, 6-1, 210, Long Reach HS, Columbia, Md.: 2016 stats – 103 tackles, 9 tackles for loss.
CB Dallas Blacklock, 5-10, 165, Sharpstown HS, Houston, Texas: Member of 2016 United States Under-18 national team.
*CB Jordan Blackman, 5-11, 170, St. Genevieve HS, Panorama City, Calif.: 2016 stats – 6 interceptions.
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
*S Zack Boobas, 5-10, 190, Jefferson (Ga.) HS
#S Elijah Boyd, 6-2, 175, Frisco (Texas) HS
RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 207, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.
#TE Chris Cameron, 6-3, 220, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Son of former LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
S Daniel Charles, 6-1, 190, Marietta (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy, East Carolina, Miami (Ohio), Georgia State, Tulane, Appalachian State, Charlotte.
RB-LB Nasser Clark, 5-10, 190, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.
*DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 255, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.
RB-LB Keelan Crosby, 5-10, 200, Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School
RB-S Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.: USA Today first-team South Carolina running back.
*QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
OL Abraham Delfin, 6-1, 285, Plaquemine (La.) HS
*LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force.
#DE Ryan Duran, 6-5, 220, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa.
#WR Sean Eckert, 6-4, 180, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army.
RB Ton Evans, 5-8, 175, Northgate HS, Newnan, Ga.: Other offers – Georgia Southern. Former Georgia Southern commit.
*TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 225, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.: 2016 stats – 10 touchdown catches for state 6A champions.
*CB Quentin Frazier, 6-foot, 190, Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista, Calif.
LB Nick Ghazarian, 6-2, 218, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force.
#LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.
OL Holton Greenfield, 6-3, 245, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
*DL Trevor Hallock, 6-2, 255, La Mirada (Calif.) HS
*WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.
LB Ty Harris, 6-1, 220, Dacula (Ga.) HS
OL Ethan Harvey, 6-4, 286, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La.
*DE Karl Holler, 6-5, 247, The Tatnall School, Wilmington, Del.
OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 255, Duncanville (Texas) HS
K Brooks Hosea, 6-foot, 175, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.
DE Jack Hough, 6-3, 235, Coate Rosemary Hall HS, Wallingford, Conn.
RB AJ Howard, 6-foot, 190, Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga.
S Jordan Jackson, 5-11, 180, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla.
CB Caleb John, 5-10, 181, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.
LB Nate Jones, 6-4, 200, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
OL Weston Jones, 6-4, 248, Capital Christian HS, Sacramento, Calif.
*QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 205, Hooks (Texas) HS: Former Air Force commit.
#RB Issac Kinsey, 5-11, 173, Chattahoochee HS, Alpharetta, Ga.
#OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga.
S Jordan Lane, 6-1, 185, North Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.
RB Tyler Lavine, 5-11, 210, Cedar Park (Texas) HS
LS Paul Lawless, 6-4, 215, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
#QB Jabari Laws, 5-9, 160, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.: USA Today’s Maryland offensive player of the year.
*P-K Michael Leisle, 6-foot, 165, Nease HS, Ponte Vedra, Fla.
DL Dan Lord,6-5, 220, St. Anthony’s HS, Melville, N.Y.: 2016 stats – 13.5 sacks
*LB Jeremiah Lowery, 6-3, 235, Park Crossing HS, Montgomery, Ala.
*OL Luke McCleery, 6-5, 285, Grapevine Faith Christian HS, Grapevine, Texas: Former Tulane commit. Other offers – Toledo, Fresno State.
DB Julian McDuffie, 5-11, 162, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia State, Buffalo.
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.
*LS Caleb McKee, 6-2, 190, Arlington (Texas) HS: Second-team, all-district defensive end was ranked No. 11 nationallly as a long snapper by one kicking service
*K Sean McNulty, 6-1, 210, Maine South HS, Park Ridge, Ill.
*FB DJ Miller, 6-foot, 220, Chico (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Air Force.
#CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.
*K Billy Mitchell, 5-11, 180, American Heritage HS, Delray Beach, Fla.
*CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Richmond, Va.
#RB Garnett Nicolas, 6-1, 225, John S. Burke Catholic HS, Goshen, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy.
LS Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Louisville, Ohio
DT Ryan O’Malley, 6-4, 260, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Former Illinois commit. Other offers – Buffalo, New Mexico.
DE Jack Owens, 6-5, 235, Aquinas HS, Rochester, NY
FB Markens Pierre, 5-11, 215, Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla.
OL-DL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane.
*LB Jon Rhattigan, 6-2, 220, Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.: Other offers – Ball State, New Mexico, Princeton.
RB-LB Ryan Rivera, 6-3, 225, Kimball HS, Tracy, Calif.
#WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
*LB Ben Roth, 6-1, 210, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.: First commit of 2017 class.
WR Gabe Schappell, 6-3, 215, Exeter HS, Reading, Pa.
K Bailey Schroeder, 6-foot, 175, Valley Christian HS, San Jose, Calif.
*C Will Schumacher, 6-3, 265, Penn-Trafford HS, Harrison City, Pa.
LB Jack Senczyszyn, 6-4, 230, Grafton (Wisc.) HS
DE-TE Nick Slusher, 6-4, 238, Cedar Creek HS, Ruston, La.
LB Arik Smith, 6-1, 230, St. John’s College HS, Washington, D.C.
*LB-S Joe Stephenson, 6-foot, 197, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS
*DE Josh Thomas, 6-4, 230, St. John’s HS, Houston, Texas
#QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-9, 168, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va.
*DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas
*S Taylor Vessel, 6-1, 195, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – South Alabama, Texas State.
*DE Ted Wages, 6-4, 225, Auburn (Ala.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force.
*RB Joe Wallace, 5-10, 185, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla.
T Zack Ward, 6-6, 255, Byrd HS, Shreveport, La.
*OL Caden Williams, 6-5, 270, Franklin (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Air Force.
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.
G Kenny Willoughby, 6-5, 295, Astronaut HS, Titusville, Fla.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS
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Campbell transfers to Elon

One month ago following Army’s spring game, coach Jeff Monken was hoping slotback Tyler Campbell had a change of heart.

Campbell, a 2016 starter, didn’t come out for spring practice and was looking into transferring.

One of Army’s top offensive playmakers has followed through with his decision, leaving the academy for Division I-AA. Elon. Campbell is eligible to play in 2017. Interesting that Elon is listing Campbell as defensive back and returner. Thought Campbell had the potential to be a solid cornerback for Army if moved there. But, the coaching staff elected to keep Campbell at slotback when the team lost its opening-day starting cornerbacks during the season.

Campbell’s last game as a Black Knight was his most productive. Campbell had a 70-yard touchdown run and a 38-yard reception in Army’s 38-31 win over North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl in December.

Campbell’s transfer leaves Army with junior Jordan Asberry, senior John Trainor and sophomore Kell Walker as the team’s top slotbacks.

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Rimington Trophy candidate Bryce Holland

Army’s Bryce Holland was among 63 players named to the Rimington Trophy watch list.

The award is given to the nation’s top center. Holland started all 13 games for the nation’s No. 2 rushing team in 2016.

Generally, returning starters automatically make the watch list. Holland is one to keep an eye on for the award.

Army’s quarterback-center exchanges were a major problem in 2014 and 2015 before Holland took over as the starter.

Holland and quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw had little if any issues with snaps in 2016. Holland is a listed as a senior but he has two more years of eligibility remaining. He missed the 2015 season due to a shoulder injury.

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Recruiting: Tennessee LB Ernst commits

Morgan Ernst put some serious thought into attending West Point and playing Army football after visiting the academy for Junior Day in mid-April.

One month after the visit, the Webb (Tenn.) linebacker made up his mind. Ernst committed to Army on Saturday.

“I was just tired of trying to run around and find all of these offers,” Ernst said. “The process isn’t very fun. At the end of the day, I figured out this is my best opportunity to be successful in life and college as well…It was more of a waiting to make sure what I was doing was right for me. I’ve been thinking about it for the last few weeks and talking with everyone around me.”

Ernst, who received a visit from Army assistant coach David Corley two weeks ago, is Army’s fifth commit of the 2018 class. He put up some impressive numbers as a junior, making 156 tackles, including 14 for a loss, six fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and two sacks. Ernst also rushed for 1,026 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Army is recruiting Ernst to play as a hybrid linebacker/safety. Ernst, who is 6-foot and 195 pounds, is currently a midfielder and face-off specialist for Webb’s lacrosse team, which is in the Tennessee state semifinals.

2018 commits (5)
LB-S Morgan Ernst, 6-foot, 195, Webb HS, Nashville, Tenn.: Posted 156 tackles as a junior.
CB Khalil Fleming, 5-11, 163, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.
QB Walter Harris, 6-1, 190, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.
DL Tim Kater, 6-3, 265, Steelton-Highspire HS, Steelton, Pa.: Brother of former Army tight end Kelvin White.
OL Drew Kraatz, 6-6, 240, Standish-Sterling HS, Standish, Mich.

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