Recruiting: Commitment Monday

Army’s second recruiting weekend of January turned into a successful one Monday as four recruits, who took visits over the weekend, joined the Black Knights’ 2017 class.

Neuqua Valley (Illinois) linebacker Jon Rhattigan, Northgate (Ga.) running back Ton Evans, Franklin (Tenn.) 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman Caden Williams and Chattahooche (Ga.) slotback Issac Kinsey all announced their commitments to Army on social media.

Rhattigan made 79 tackles his senior season. Division I football is in Rhattigan’s bloodline. His father, Thomas, played linebacker at West Virginia. His brother, T.J. was a linebacker at Penn State and his brother, Joe was a senior running back at Princeton this fall. Rhattigan said the academy’s prestige in football and education were main reasons for his commitment.

“Along with that, the coaching staff, facilities and promising future of this program is unmatched across the country,” Rhattigan said.

Evans flipped his commitment from Georgia Southern to Army. Evans had committed to Georgia Southern in June. He said his visit sealed his commitment to Army. West Point’s academics and its environment also were factors in Evans’ decision.

Williams had offers from Air Force and Western Kentucky. He was an all-region lineman and was selected to play in the state’s Toyota Est-West All-Star Classic.

Kinsey, who is 5-foot-11 and 173 pounds, was an honorable-mention all-state wide receiver. He had 1,010 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Cy-Fair (Texas) defensive lineman Hunter Adams, Northeast (S.C.) first-team all-state running back Cedrick Cunningham, Howard (Md.) punter Mike Gillespie, Evangel Christian (La.) offensive lineman Ethan Harvey, Vance (N.C.) linebacker Nate Jones and Vance (N.C.) wide receiver Michael Roberts were among the Army commits to take their official visit this past weekend.

Dacula (Ga.) linebacker Ty Harris, Grapevine Faith Christian (Texas) lineman Luke McCleery, Forest Park (Va.) wide receiver Thyrick Pitts were among the Army recruits to take their official visit this past weekend.

On the recruiting trail: Army picked up a recent commitment from Cedar Creek (La.) defensive end/tight end Nick Slusher…Baker (Ala.) quarterback Darius Bracy, a recent Army commit, was offered by Georgia Southern Monday…Plaquemine (La.) RB Kevin Dominique decommitted from Army last week after taking an official visit to West Point on the weekend of Jan. 6-8…White Station (Tenn.) linebacker and Army commit John Lyons took an official visit to Air Force this past weekend. Lyons was offered by Air Force the day after the Falcons defeated Army in November.

2017 Army football commits (86)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia. (COMMITTED, July 28)
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
DE Kendall Bailey, 6-4, 240, Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 7)
TE Justin Barna, 6-4, 237, Parkway HS, Rockford, Ohio: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED to July 30)
CB D.J. Baxter, 5-11, 160, Chattanooga Central HS, Harrison, Tenn.: First offer – Navy.
TE Simon Behr, 6-4, 215, Franklin Regional HS, Murrysville, Pa.: Other offers – Fordham, Yale. (COMMITTED, July 28)
LB Greg Benton, 6-1, 210, Long Reach HS, Columbia, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 29)
CB Dallas Blacklock, 5-10, 165, Sharpstown HS, Houston, Texas: First offer – Army. Member of 2016 United States Under-18 national team.  Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 31)
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
S Zack Boobas, 5-10, 190, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: First offer – Army. Hudl profile – 4.50 40-yard dash (COMMITTED, October 27)
S Elijah Boyd, 6-2, 175, Frisco (Texas) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 17)
QB Darius Bracy, 5-10, 185, Baker HS, Mobile, Ala.: Other offers – Navy, Georgia Southern (Jan. 16). (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
DT George Brown, 6-1, 285, Chancellor HS, Fredricksburg, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Army visit: July 23. (COMMITTED, August 15)
RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 207, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: (COMMITTED, July 2)
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. (COMMITTED, Nov. 18)
RB-LB Nasser Clark, 5-10, 190, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.: First offer – Army. Army visit – July 23. (COMMITTED, Oct. 15)
DB Tyren Cloyd, 6-2, 185, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 24)
DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 255, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
RB-LB Keelan Crosby, 5-10, 200, Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School: First offer – Army. Army official visit: Jan. 26-28 (COMMITTED, July 26)
RB-S Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, July 26)
QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6). Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 3).
DE Ryan Duran, 6-5, 220, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa. (COMMITTED, Sept. 11)
WR Sean Eckert, 6-4, 180, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 21)
RB Ton Evans, 5-8, 175, Northgate HS, Newnan, Ga.: Other offers – Georgia Southern. Former Georgia Southern commit (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 225, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.: First FBS offer – Army. 10 touchdown catches for state 6A champions.
DT Destin Flloyd, 6-foot, 270, Havelock (N.C.) HS: (COMMITTED, Oct. 18)
LB Nick Ghazarian, 6-2, 218, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
P Michael Gillespie, 6-foot, 180, Howard HS, Ellicott City, Md.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, Dec. 15)
LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 15)
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
DL Trevor Hallock, 6-2, 255, La Mirada (Calif.) HS: Army official visit: Jan. 20 (COMMITTED, Jan. 7)
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – Nov. 15
OL Ethan Harvey, 6-4, 286, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La.:  Army official visit – Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
DE Karl Holler, 6-5, 247, The Tatnall School, Wilmington, Del.
OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 255, Duncanville (Texas) HS: Army visit – Spring game. (COMMITTED, July 31)
K Brooks Hosea, 6-foot, 175, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
DB Jordan Hunt, 5-10, 180, Theodore (Ala.) HS
S Daniel Jackson, 6-1, 192, Middle Creek HS, Apex, N.C.: 2016 stats – Associated Press all-state first team, 97 tackles, 10 interceptions, 2 blocked kicks. (COMMITTED, August 18)
S Jordan Jackson, 5-11, 180, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla.: First FBS offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, Nov. 17)
CB Caleb John, 5-10, 181, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.: (COMMITTED, July 22)
LB Nate Jones, 6-4, 200, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15
QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 205, Hooks (Texas) HS: Former Air Force commit. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23)
RB Issac Kinsey, 5-11, 173, Chattahoochee HS, Alpharetta, Ga.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 6)
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
S Jordan Lane, 6-1, 185, North Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.: First offer – Army.
RB Tyler Lavine, 5-11, 210, Cedar Park (Texas) HS: Lavine was named top 2017 running back at Army prospect camp in June.
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.: Army visits – June 24, Nov. 5. (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
LB Jeremiah Lowery, 6-3, 235, Edgewood Academy, Elmore, Ala.: (COMMITTED, June 24)
LB John Lyons, 6-2, 210, White Station HS, Memphis, Tenn.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6) (COMMITTED, July 27)
K Kevin Madigan, 5-10, 170, Coppell (Texas) HS: First offer – Army.
DB Julian McDuffie, 5-11, 162, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia State, Buffalo. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.: First offer – Army. Army visit:  Oct. 15.
K Sean McNulty, 6-1, 210, Maine South HS, Park Ridge, Ill.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: First offer – Army. Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 22)
RB Garnett Nicolas, 6-1, 225, John S. Burke Catholic HS, Goshen, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy. Army visit – July 22. (COMMITTED, Sept. 27)
CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Richmond, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Visits – Army, March 30. Army official visit – Jan. 27 (COMMITTED, August 1)
LS Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Louisville, Ohio. Army visit: October 22. (COMMITTED, Nov. 15)
DT Ryan O’Malley, 6-4, 260, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Former Illinois commit. Other offers – Buffalo, New Mexico. (COMMITTED, Oct. 17)
S Ayrton Payne, 5-10, 176, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, June 23)
FB Markens Pierre, 5-11, 215, Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 14)
DL Troy Porche, 6-2, 262, Lamar HS, Houston, Texas
OL-DL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane. (COMMITTED, July 30)
S Todd Powers, 6-1, 182, Spruce Creek HS, Port Orange, Fla.: First offer – Army
TE Rhett Read, 6-4, 225, Leon HS, Jewett, Texas: (COMMITTED, July 25)
LB Jon Rhattigan, 6-2, 220, Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, Nov. 20)
LB Ben Roth, 6-1, 210, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.: First commit of 2017 class. Direct admit. (COMMITTED, June 22)
WR Gabe Schappell, 6-3, 215, Exeter HS, Reading, Pa.: (COMMITTED, June 23)
DE-TE Nick Slusher, 6-4, 238, Cedar Creek HS, Ruston, La.
LB Joe Stephenson, 6-foot, 197, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS: First FBS offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 1)
QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-9, 168, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
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. (COMMITTED, Sept. 18)
RB Joe Wallace, 5-10, 185, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla. (COMMITTED, July 27)
*OL Caden Williams, 6-5, 270, Franklin (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Air Force. Army official visit – Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, August 20)
DB Wally Wilmore, 5-10, 175, Northwestern HS, Rock Hill, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Citadel, Charleston Southern, Western Carolina, Furman. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23)
DT Dontae Wilson, 6-foot, 290, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Colorado State, Citadel
S Malachi Winters, 6-foot, 185, Hammonton (N.J.) HS: First offer – Army.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, June 24)
Commit breakdown by state: Texas (14); Georgia (13); Virginia (8); Florida (7); North Carolina (7); Illinois (6); Alabama (4); Maryland (4); Ohio (4); Pennsylvania (4); Louisiana (3); South Carolina (3); Tennessee (3); California (2); New York (2); Arkansas (1); Delaware (1); New Jersey (1).

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By the numbers: Fullback breakdown

Looking for a reason for Army’s six-win improvement from 2015, check out the production of the fullbacks.

Army sophomores Andy Davidson, Darnell Woolfolk and Cole Macek and freshmen Kevin Hicks and Connor Slomka produced 1,842 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Quite the increase from 2015 where Army fullbacks combined for 1,009 yards and six touchdowns.

In comparison, Navy fullbacks rushed for 1,216 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2016.

Moving Davidson from linebacker to fullback in 2016 proved to be one of the best decisions that Jeff Monken and his staff have made in their three years.

Fullbacks have gone from a position of doubt in 2015 to a position of strength for years to come.

A breakdown of Army fullback production over the last 10 years shows how impressive the B-Backs were in 2016.

2016: 339 carries, 1,842 yards, 25 touchdowns

2015: 215 carries, 1,009 yards, 6 touchdowns

2014: 261 carries 1,412 yards, 11 touchdowns

2013: 182 carries, 1,020 yards, 9 touchdowns

2012: 195 carries, 1,112 yards, 7 touchdowns

2011: 196 carries, 1,069 yards, 7 touchdowns

2010: 204 carries, 1,103 yards, 10 touchdowns

2009: 129 carries, 547 yards, 3 touchdowns

2008: 279 carries, 1,621 yards, 8 touchdowns

2007: 37 carries, 94 yards, 2 touchdowns

Note: Army ran a pro-style offense in 2007

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Recruiting: Kicker Sean McNulty commits

Sean McNulty doesn’t remember coming out of Maine South’s Illinois state 8A championship game against Loyola in late November.

McNulty kicked two field goals, started at right tackle, like he had every game his senior season, played outside linebacker, boomed a 66-yard punt and placed four others inside the 20-yard line and and kicked off.

“It was a pretty busy state championship game,” said McNulty, who helped Maine South to a 27-17 win, ending Loyola’s 30-game winning streak.

McNulty will be strictly a kicker at the next level. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior committed to Army Wednesday night. This fall, McNulty made 14-of-17 field goals and had 77 of his 94 kickoffs result in touchbacks. He made 30 field goals in his three years as Maine South’s kicker.

“I’d love to play (offense or defense) but I know for college I’m definitely a better specialist than I would be a lineman or a linebacker,” McNulty said.

Slotbacks coach Tucker Waugh visited McNulty on the Monday after Army’s win over Navy. An offer came a few days later. Army wasn’t on McNulty’s radar until Waugh’s visit.

“To be honest, I really hadn’t looked into Army much,” McNulty said. “Once they offered, the more I looked into it, the more I fell in love with it. After looking into everything, it just seemed like it would be the perfect fit and I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else.

“I watched the bowl game. I knew after watching the way that they play, I wanted to be there.”

Army’s kicking game was one of the team’s weaknesses during an eight-win 2016 season. Kickers missed six of 12 field goals and four extra points.

McNulty said the plan for him is to enter West Point directly this summer.

From now until then, McNulty plans on working on his leg strength.

“My kickoffs were probably the weakest part of my kicking in my sophomore year,” McNulty said. “My junior year and the past summer, I really focused on kickoffs because I know how much that can change the game. This offseason, I’m going to focus a lot on kickoffs. I feel my field-goal kicking is ready for college. I’m going to work on that but I’m definitely going to try and get those kickoffs even better than what they are right now.”

2017 Army football commits (82)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia. (COMMITTED, July 28)
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
DE Kendall Bailey, 6-4, 240, Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 7)
TE Justin Barna, 6-4, 237, Parkway HS, Rockford, Ohio: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED to July 30)
CB D.J. Baxter, 5-11, 160, Chattanooga Central HS, Harrison, Tenn.: First offer – Navy.
TE Simon Behr, 6-4, 215, Franklin Regional HS, Murrysville, Pa.: Other offers – Fordham, Yale. (COMMITTED, July 28)
LB Greg Benton, 6-1, 210, Long Reach HS, Columbia, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 29)
CB Dallas Blacklock, 5-10, 165, Sharpstown HS, Houston, Texas: First offer – Army. Member of 2016 United States Under-18 national team.  Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 31)
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
S Zack Boobas, 5-10, 190, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: First offer – Army. Hudl profile – 4.50 40-yard dash (COMMITTED, October 27)
S Elijah Boyd, 6-2, 175, Frisco (Texas) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 17)
QB Darius Bracy, 5-10, 185, Baker HS, Mobile, Ala.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
DT George Brown, 6-1, 285, Chancellor HS, Fredricksburg, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Army visit: July 23. (COMMITTED, August 15)
RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 207, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: (COMMITTED, July 2)
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. (COMMITTED, Nov. 18)
RB-LB Nasser Clark, 5-10, 190, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.: First offer – Army. Army visit – July 23. (COMMITTED, Oct. 15)
DB Tyren Cloyd, 6-2, 185, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 24)
DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 255, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
RB-LB Keelan Crosby, 5-10, 200, Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, July 26)
RB-S Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.: (COMMITTED, July 26)
QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
*RB Kevin Dominique, 6-1, 207, Plaquemine (La.) HS: Other offers – Western Kentucky. Army official visit: Jan. 7
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6). Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 3).
DE Ryan Duran, 6-5, 220, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa. (COMMITTED, Sept. 11)
WR Sean Eckert, 6-4, 180, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 21)
TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 225, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.: First FBS offer – Army. 10 touchdown catches for state 6A champions.
DT Destin Flloyd, 6-foot, 270, Havelock (N.C.) HS: (COMMITTED, Oct. 18)
LB Nick Ghazarian, 6-2, 218, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
P Michael Gillespie, 6-foot, 180, Howard HS, Ellicott City, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, Dec. 15)
LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 15)
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
DL Trevor Hallock, 6-2, 255, La Mirada (Calif.) HS: (COMMITTED, Jan. 7)
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – Nov. 15
OL Ethan Harvey, 6-4, 286, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
DE Karl Holler, 6-5, 247, The Tatnall School, Wilmington, Del.
OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 255, Duncanville (Texas) HS: Army visit – Spring game. (COMMITTED, July 31)
K Brooks Hosea, 6-foot, 175, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
DB Jordan Hunt, 5-10, 180, Theodore (Ala.) HS
S Daniel Jackson, 6-1, 192, Middle Creek HS, Apex, N.C.: 2016 stats – Associated Press all-state first team, 97 tackles, 10 interceptions, 2 blocked kicks. (COMMITTED, August 18)
S Jordan Jackson, 5-11, 180, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla.: First FBS offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, Nov. 17)
CB Caleb John, 5-10, 181, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.: (COMMITTED, July 22)
LB Nate Jones, 6-4, 200, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
S Elijah Johnson, 6-1, 200, Glen Este HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: First Division I-A offer – Army. (COMMITTED, Sept. 30)
QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 205, Hooks (Texas) HS: Former Air Force commit. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23),
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 6)
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
S Jordan Lane, 6-1, 185, North Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.: First offer – Army.
RB Tyler Lavine, 5-11, 210, Cedar Park (Texas) HS: Lavine was named top 2017 running back at Army prospect camp in June.
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.: Army visits – June 24, Nov. 5. (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
LB Jeremiah Lowery, 6-3, 235, Edgewood Academy, Elmore, Ala.: (COMMITTED, June 24)
LB John Lyons, 6-2, 210, White Station HS, Memphis, Tenn.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6) (COMMITTED, July 27)
DB Julian McDuffie, 5-11, 162, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia State, Buffalo. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.: First offer – Army. Army visit:  Oct. 15.
K Sean McNulty, 6-1, 210, Maine South HS, Park Ridge, Ill.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: First offer – Army. Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 22)
RB Garnett Nicolas, 6-1, 225, John S. Burke Catholic HS, Goshen, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy. Army visit – July 22. (COMMITTED, Sept. 27)
CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Richmond, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Visits – Army, March 30. (COMMITTED, August 1)
LS Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Louisville, Ohio. Army visit: October 22. (COMMITTED, Nov. 15)
DT Ryan O’Malley, 6-4, 260, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Former Illinois commit. Other offers – Buffalo, New Mexico. (COMMITTED, Oct. 17)
S Ayrton Payne, 5-10, 176, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, June 23)
FB Markens Pierre, 5-11, 215, Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 14)
DL Troy Porche, 6-2, 262, Lamar HS, Houston, Texas
OL-DL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane. (COMMITTED, July 30)
S Todd Powers, 6-1, 182, Spruce Creek HS, Port Orange, Fla.: First offer – Army
TE Rhett Read, 6-4, 225, Leon HS, Jewett, Texas: (COMMITTED, July 25)
WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Berry Tech, Charlotte, N.C. (COMMITTED, Nov. 20)
LB Ben Roth, 6-1, 210, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.: First commit of 2017 class. Direct admit. (COMMITTED, June 22)
WR Gabe Schappell, 6-3, 215, Exeter HS, Reading, Pa.: (COMMITTED, June 23)
LB Joe Stephenson, 6-foot, 197, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS: First FBS offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 1)
QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-9, 168, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
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. (COMMITTED, Sept. 18)
RB Joe Wallace, 5-10, 185, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla. (COMMITTED, July 27)
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, August 20)
DB Wally Wilmore, 5-10, 175, Northwestern HS, Rock Hill, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Citadel, Charleston Southern, Western Carolina, Furman. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23)
DT Dontae Wilson, 6-foot, 290, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Colorado State, Citadel
S Malachi Winters, 6-foot, 185, Hammonton (N.J.) HS: First offer – Army.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, June 24)
Commit breakdown by state: Texas (13); Georgia (11); Virginia (8); Florida (7); North Carolina (7); Illinois (5); Alabama (4); Maryland (4); Ohio (4); Pennsylvania (4); South Carolina (3); California (2); New York (2); Tennessee (2); Arkansas (1); California (2); Delaware (1); Louisiana (1); New Jersey (1).

Commits/recruits, if you are taking an official visit in the coming weeks, send me a direct message @salinterdonato on Twitter.

 

 

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Recruiting: Army adds McDuffie, Ghazarian to 2017 class

Shiloh (Ga.) defensive back Julian McDuffie committed to Army Monday after taking an official visit this past weekend.

McDuffie will be the second member of his family to play Division I-A football. McDuffie’s brother, Jeremy, is a sophomore cornerback at Duke. Army is scheduled to play Duke this year and next year. McDuffie made 70 tackles and caught a 70-yard touchdown in his senior season at Shiloh. He was offered by Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia State and Buffalo.

Crespi (Calif.) linebacker Nick Ghazarian tweeted he committed to Army Monday. Ghazarian had an offer from Air Force.

Commits/recruits, if you are taking an official visit in the coming weeks, send me a direct message @salinterdonato on Twitter.

2017 Army football commits (81)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia. (COMMITTED, July 28)
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
DE Kendall Bailey, 6-4, 240, Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 7)
TE Justin Barna, 6-4, 237, Parkway HS, Rockford, Ohio: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED to July 30)
CB D.J. Baxter, 5-11, 160, Chattanooga Central HS, Harrison, Tenn.: First offer – Navy.
TE Simon Behr, 6-4, 215, Franklin Regional HS, Murrysville, Pa.: Other offers – Fordham, Yale. (COMMITTED, July 28)
LB Greg Benton, 6-1, 210, Long Reach HS, Columbia, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 29)
CB Dallas Blacklock, 5-10, 165, Sharpstown HS, Houston, Texas: First offer – Army. Member of 2016 United States Under-18 national team.  Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 31)
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
S Zack Boobas, 5-10, 190, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: First offer – Army. Hudl profile – 4.50 40-yard dash (COMMITTED, October 27)
S Elijah Boyd, 6-2, 175, Frisco (Texas) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 17)
QB Darius Bracy, 5-10, 185, Baker HS, Mobile, Ala.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
DT George Brown, 6-1, 285, Chancellor HS, Fredricksburg, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Army visit: July 23. (COMMITTED, August 15)
RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 207, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: (COMMITTED, July 2)
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. (COMMITTED, Nov. 18)
RB-LB Nasser Clark, 5-10, 190, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.: First offer – Army. Army visit – July 23. (COMMITTED, Oct. 15)
DB Tyren Cloyd, 6-2, 185, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 24)
DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 255, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
RB-LB Keelan Crosby, 5-10, 200, Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, July 26)
RB-S Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.: (COMMITTED, July 26)
QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
*RB Kevin Dominique, 6-1, 207, Plaquemine (La.) HS: Other offers – Western Kentucky. Army official visit: Jan. 7
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6). Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 3).
DE Ryan Duran, 6-5, 220, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa. (COMMITTED, Sept. 11)
WR Sean Eckert, 6-4, 180, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 21)
TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 225, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.: First FBS offer – Army. 10 touchdown catches for state 6A champions.
DT Destin Flloyd, 6-foot, 270, Havelock (N.C.) HS: (COMMITTED, Oct. 18)
LB Nick Ghazarian, 6-2, 218, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
P Michael Gillespie, 6-foot, 180, Howard HS, Ellicott City, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, Dec. 15)
LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 15)
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
DL Trevor Hallock, 6-2, 255, La Mirada (Calif.) HS: (COMMITTED, Jan. 7)
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – Nov. 15
OL Ethan Harvey, 6-4, 286, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
DE Karl Holler, 6-5, 247, The Tatnall School, Wilmington, Del.
OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 255, Duncanville (Texas) HS: Army visit – Spring game. (COMMITTED, July 31)
K Brooks Hosea, 6-foot, 175, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
DB Jordan Hunt, 5-10, 180, Theodore (Ala.) HS
S Daniel Jackson, 6-1, 192, Middle Creek HS, Apex, N.C.: 2016 stats – Associated Press all-state first team, 97 tackles, 10 interceptions, 2 blocked kicks. (COMMITTED, August 18)
S Jordan Jackson, 5-11, 180, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla.: First FBS offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, Nov. 17)
CB Caleb John, 5-10, 181, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.: (COMMITTED, July 22)
LB Nate Jones, 6-4, 200, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
S Elijah Johnson, 6-1, 200, Glen Este HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: First Division I-A offer – Army. (COMMITTED, Sept. 30)
QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 205, Hooks (Texas) HS: Former Air Force commit. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23),
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 6)
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
S Jordan Lane, 6-1, 185, North Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.: First offer – Army.
RB Tyler Lavine, 5-11, 210, Cedar Park (Texas) HS: Lavine was named top 2017 running back at Army prospect camp in June.
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.: Army visits – June 24, Nov. 5. (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
LB Jeremiah Lowery, 6-3, 235, Edgewood Academy, Elmore, Ala.: (COMMITTED, June 24)
LB John Lyons, 6-2, 210, White Station HS, Memphis, Tenn.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6) (COMMITTED, July 27)
DB Julian McDuffie, 5-11, 162, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia State, Buffalo. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.: First offer – Army. Army visit:  Oct. 15.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: First offer – Army. Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 22)
RB Garnett Nicolas, 6-1, 225, John S. Burke Catholic HS, Goshen, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy. Army visit – July 22. (COMMITTED, Sept. 27)
CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Richmond, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Visits – Army, March 30. (COMMITTED, August 1)
LS Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Louisville, Ohio. Army visit: October 22. (COMMITTED, Nov. 15)
DT Ryan O’Malley, 6-4, 260, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Former Illinois commit. Other offers – Buffalo, New Mexico. (COMMITTED, Oct. 17)
S Ayrton Payne, 5-10, 176, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, June 23)
FB Markens Pierre, 5-11, 215, Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 14)
DL Troy Porche, 6-2, 262, Lamar HS, Houston, Texas
OL-DL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane. (COMMITTED, July 30)
S Todd Powers, 6-1, 182, Spruce Creek HS, Port Orange, Fla.: First offer – Army
TE Rhett Read, 6-4, 225, Leon HS, Jewett, Texas: (COMMITTED, July 25)
WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Berry Tech, Charlotte, N.C. (COMMITTED, Nov. 20)
LB Ben Roth, 6-1, 210, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.: First commit of 2017 class. Direct admit. (COMMITTED, June 22)
WR Gabe Schappell, 6-3, 215, Exeter HS, Reading, Pa.: (COMMITTED, June 23)
LB Joe Stephenson, 6-foot, 197, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS: First FBS offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 1)
QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-9, 168, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
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. (COMMITTED, Sept. 18)
RB Joe Wallace, 5-10, 185, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla. (COMMITTED, July 27)
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, August 20)
DB Wally Wilmore, 5-10, 175, Northwestern HS, Rock Hill, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Citadel, Charleston Southern, Western Carolina, Furman. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23)
DT Dontae Wilson, 6-foot, 290, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Colorado State, Citadel
S Malachi Winters, 6-foot, 185, Hammonton (N.J.) HS: First offer – Army.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, June 24)
Commit breakdown by state: Texas (13); Georgia (11); Virginia (8); Florida (7); North Carolina (7); Alabama (4); Illinois (4); Maryland (4); Ohio (4); Pennsylvania (4); South Carolina (3); California (2); New York (2); Tennessee (2); Arkansas (1); California (2); Delaware (1); Louisiana (1); New Jersey (1).

 

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Recruiting: Bracy latest QB commit, Knowles, Hallock, Harvey join class

Baker (Ala.) quarterback Darius Bracy committed to Army while on his official visit Saturday.

Bracy was a first-team Class 7A pick as an athlete by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior rushed for 1,357 yards and 14 touchdowns and passed for 915 yards and seven touchdowns. Bracy was offered by Navy.

Quarterback depth has been a topic of conversations in my spots on Crawdad’s Countdown to Kickoff and Army has certainly address that with this class. Bracy is the sixth quarterback commit.

Army has six quarterbacks returning – junior and starter Ahmad Bradshaw, sophomore Chris Carter and freshman Malik McGue, Kelvin Hopkins, Joey Benden and Korie Frausto. Frausto saw time as a wide receiver at times in practice. Sophomore Luke Langdon didn’t play in 2016 due to a knee injury. Not sure of Langdon’s status for 2017.

Cherokee (Ga.) running back Aaron Knowles, who also visited West Point this weekend, has committed to Army. Knowles caught 52 passes, 11 for touchdowns, and completed all four of his passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. A versatile athlete, Knowles caught sevens passes, two for touchdowns, was 2-for-2 passing and intercepted a pass in one game this past fall.  Knowles had five interceptions his senior year.

Evangel Christian Academy (La.) 6-foot-4, 286-pound offensive lineman Ethan Harvey committed to Army on his official visit this weekend. Harvey was an honorable-mention Class 5A pick by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

The following commits took their official visit this weekend: Sharpstown (Texas) cornerback Dallas Blacklock, Plaquemine (La.) running back Kevin Dominique, Pickerington (Ohio) linebacker Kieren Douglas, Belton-Honea Path (S.C.) safety Akyah Miranda and Watson Chapel (Ark.) safety Mike Williams.

Lausanne Collegiate (Tenn.) quarterback Mario Nolan-Dillard and Shiloh (Ga.) defensive back Julian McDuffie also visited. Nolan-Dillard helped lead Lausanne to a 14-0 record and its first Tennessee state title.

La Mirada (Calif.) defensive lineman Trevor Hallock committed to Army Saturday after receiving a recent offer. Hallock had 54 tackles and 6.5 sacks, according to MaxPreps, this fall for La Mirada. Believe Hallock is the first California player to commit to Army’s 2017 class.

Commits/recruits, if you are taking an official visit in the coming weeks, send me a direct message @salinterdonato on Twitter.

2017 Army football commits (79)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia. (COMMITTED, July 28)
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
DE Kendall Bailey, 6-4, 240, Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 7)
TE Justin Barna, 6-4, 237, Parkway HS, Rockford, Ohio: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED to July 30)
CB D.J. Baxter, 5-11, 160, Chattanooga Central HS, Harrison, Tenn.: First offer – Navy.
TE Simon Behr, 6-4, 215, Franklin Regional HS, Murrysville, Pa.: Other offers – Fordham, Yale. (COMMITTED, July 28)
LB Greg Benton, 6-1, 210, Long Reach HS, Columbia, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 29)
CB Dallas Blacklock, 5-10, 165, Sharpstown HS, Houston, Texas: First offer – Army. Member of 2016 United States Under-18 national team.  Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 31)
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
S Zack Boobas, 5-10, 190, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: First offer – Army. Hudl profile – 4.50 40-yard dash (COMMITTED, October 27)
S Elijah Boyd, 6-2, 175, Frisco (Texas) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 17)
QB Darius Bracy, 5-10, 185, Baker HS, Mobile, Ala.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
DT George Brown, 6-1, 285, Chancellor HS, Fredricksburg, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Army visit: July 23. (COMMITTED, August 15)
RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 207, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: (COMMITTED, July 2)
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. (COMMITTED, Nov. 18)
RB-LB Nasser Clark, 5-10, 190, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.: First offer – Army. Army visit – July 23. (COMMITTED, Oct. 15)
DB Tyren Cloyd, 6-2, 185, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 24)
DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 255, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
RB-LB Keelan Crosby, 5-10, 200, Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, July 26)
RB-S Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.: (COMMITTED, July 26)
QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
*RB Kevin Dominique, 6-1, 207, Plaquemine (La.) HS: Other offers – Western Kentucky. Army official visit: Jan. 7
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6). Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 3).
DE Ryan Duran, 6-5, 220, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa. (COMMITTED, Sept. 11)
WR Sean Eckert, 6-4, 180, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 21)
TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 225, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.: First FBS offer – Army. 10 touchdown catches for state 6A champions.
DT Destin Flloyd, 6-foot, 270, Havelock (N.C.) HS: (COMMITTED, Oct. 18)
P Michael Gillespie, 6-foot, 180, Howard HS, Ellicott City, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, Dec. 15)
LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 15)
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
DL Trevor Hallock, 6-2, 255, La Mirada (Calif.) HS: (COMMITTED, Jan. 7)
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – Nov. 15
OL Ethan Harvey, 6-4, 286, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
DE Karl Holler, 6-5, 247, The Tatnall School, Wilmington, Del.
OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 255, Duncanville (Texas) HS: Army visit – Spring game. (COMMITTED, July 31)
K Brooks Hosea, 6-foot, 175, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
DB Jordan Hunt, 5-10, 180, Theodore (Ala.) HS
S Daniel Jackson, 6-1, 192, Middle Creek HS, Apex, N.C.: 2016 stats – Associated Press all-state first team, 97 tackles, 10 interceptions, 2 blocked kicks. (COMMITTED, August 18)
S Jordan Jackson, 5-11, 180, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla.: First FBS offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, Nov. 17)
CB Caleb John, 5-10, 181, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.: (COMMITTED, July 22)
LB Nate Jones, 6-4, 200, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
S Elijah Johnson, 6-1, 200, Glen Este HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: First Division I-A offer – Army. (COMMITTED, Sept. 30)
QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 205, Hooks (Texas) HS: Former Air Force commit. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23),
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 6)
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
S Jordan Lane, 6-1, 185, North Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.: First offer – Army.
RB Tyler Lavine, 5-11, 210, Cedar Park (Texas) HS: Lavine was named top 2017 running back at Army prospect camp in June.
QB Jabari Laws, 5-9, 160, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.:
P-K Michael Leisle, 6-foot, 165, Nease HS, Ponte Vedra, Fla.: Army visits – June 24, Nov. 5. (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
LB Jeremiah Lowery, 6-3, 235, Edgewood Academy, Elmore, Ala.: (COMMITTED, June 24)
LB John Lyons, 6-2, 210, White Station HS, Memphis, Tenn.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6) (COMMITTED, July 27)
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.: First offer – Army. Army visit:  Oct. 15.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: First offer – Army. Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 22)
RB Garnett Nicolas, 6-1, 225, John S. Burke Catholic HS, Goshen, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy. Army visit – July 22. (COMMITTED, Sept. 27)
CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Richmond, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Visits – Army, March 30. (COMMITTED, August 1)
LS Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Louisville, Ohio. Army visit: October 22. (COMMITTED, Nov. 15)
DT Ryan O’Malley, 6-4, 260, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Former Illinois commit. Other offers – Buffalo, New Mexico. (COMMITTED, Oct. 17)
S Ayrton Payne, 5-10, 176, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, June 23)
FB Markens Pierre, 5-11, 215, Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 14)
DL Troy Porche, 6-2, 262, Lamar HS, Houston, Texas
OL-DL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane. (COMMITTED, July 30)
S Todd Powers, 6-1, 182, Spruce Creek HS, Port Orange, Fla.: First offer – Army
TE Rhett Read, 6-4, 225, Leon HS, Jewett, Texas: (COMMITTED, July 25)
WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Berry Tech, Charlotte, N.C. (COMMITTED, Nov. 20)
LB Ben Roth, 6-1, 210, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.: First commit of 2017 class. Direct admit. (COMMITTED, June 22)
WR Gabe Schappell, 6-3, 215, Exeter HS, Reading, Pa.: (COMMITTED, June 23)
LB Joe Stephenson, 6-foot, 197, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS: First FBS offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 1)
QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-9, 168, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
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. (COMMITTED, Sept. 18)
RB Joe Wallace, 5-10, 185, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla. (COMMITTED, July 27)
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 20)
DB Wally Wilmore, 5-10, 175, Northwestern HS, Rock Hill, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Citadel, Charleston Southern, Western Carolina, Furman. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23)
DT Dontae Wilson, 6-foot, 290, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Colorado State, Citadel
S Malachi Winters, 6-foot, 185, Hammonton (N.J.) HS: First offer – Army.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, June 24)
Commit breakdown by state: Texas (13); Georgia (10); Virginia (8); Florida (7); North Carolina (7); Alabama (4); Illinois (4); Maryland (4); Ohio (4); Pennsylvania (4); South Carolina (3); New York (2); Tennessee (2); Arkansas (1); California (1); Delaware (1); Louisiana (1); New Jersey (1).

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Season wrap: Brent Davis

Army finished the 2016 season, second in the nation in rushing behind New Mexico in Brent Davis’ third year as offensive coordinator.

The Black Knights scored 31 or more points five times and 60 or more points three times.

Spoke with Davis about a week ago. Among the topics: the game-winning, fourth-down play call in overtime of the Heart of Dallas Bowl, fullback production and the offense’s future.

On the bowl victory and team’s late-season run: “It was a lot of fun and it was great to see all of our players hard work paid off for them. It was just a great feeling the last three victories.”

On quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw’s play late in the season: “He really close to mistake free particularly in the last (bowl) game. In the Navy game, he had very few mistakes. There was that one fumble. He played well in that game. He’s really run the ball tough. The leadership aspect of it, he does a great job with that.”

The game-winning, fourth-down play in overtime of the Heart of Dallas Bowl: “We ran it twice and had some success both times. It’s a play that’s a good answer if they are trying to stop the fullback or bringing pressure inside. It’s also a good call if it works. We just felt like that they may be trying to stuff us inside  with linebackers and we were able to get out on the edge and the guys did a great job of executing.”

“The situation that we were in, coach (Jeff Monken) made a great call in being aggressive and thankfully it worked out for us to get it in there. I think more than anything it had to do with coach having confidence in our players and their ability to execute it. I just think they felt like they weren’t going to be denied.”

On the fullback production late in the season: “We hit a lull in the middle of the season particularly on offense. I felt like we didn’t have as much production from that position and most of it had to do with guys being banged up. So, we weren’t the same for a few weeks there. Getting those guys (Andy Davidson and Darnell Woolfolk) back healthy has been huge for us and also being healthy on the offensive line. I feel like they played well in the last two games in particular and our fullbacks have really played well.”

On the play of center Bryce Holland: “Bryce has been a great leader for us, a great leader on the offense line and has been really solid and consistent all year. He’s gotten better.”

On wide receiver Edgar Poe’s finish to his career: “He was awesome in both games. He was a force blocking on the perimeter. In the North Texas game, we had him lined up at tight end a lot of the day. He did an unbelievable job. It wasn’t something that we really practiced that much getting ready for this game. We did a little bit but we used it a lot more than what we probably anticipated and he did some things that we didn’t ask him to do before from that position and he did an awesome job. He’s the most unselfish player that I’ve ever been around.”

On the offense’s future: “I feel really good about it. I feel like we are going to get better. We feel like we will be older and more experienced next year and hopefully play with a great mindset again. I think we are just scratching the surface of where we can be.”
On the offensive line’s play in the bowl: “We were able to play (fifth-year senior guard) Justin Gilbert, who again toughed it out not being healthy. He was able to come in and play. Josh Boylan started a second game (at left guard) for us and did a great job. (Freshman guard) Jaxson Deaton came in and played some. (Freshman) Mike Johnson played a little bit. What we like to do is eventually get to where we can play two solid groups and let them be interchangeable.”

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Recruiting: Anderson, Czyzynski latest QB commits

Army added two dual-threat quarterback prospects when Christian Anderson of Cardinal Hayes (N.Y.) and Clay Czyzynski of New Trier (Ill.) committed Monday.

Anderson threw for 3,653 yards, the second-highest total in New York state history, and 37 touchdowns leading Cardinal Hayes to the state Catholic High School final. Anderson’s 37 touchdowns were tied for fifth in state history. He added 10 rushing touchdowns.

“I just felt like that was the best opportunity I had for me to be successful in football and academics,” Anderson said. “It was a big decision for me.  It took a long time for me to finally commit to them. The facilities they have, the alumni they have, the connections that are possible and also playing big games like the Army-Navy game (factored into his decision).”

Anderson attended the Army-Navy game on Dec. 10 in Baltimore and watched the cadets rush the field after the Black Knights 21-17 victory.

“It was crazy,” said the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Anderson, who hopes to be a direct admit. “It was a good experience for me…My parents and I were talking about (the program being on the rise) a lot in trying to figure out whether I should commit. The bowl win and the Navy win, I thought the program was on the way up. That was also a big reason for my commitment.”

Czyzynski received an offer from Army slotbacks coach Tucker Waugh as he was getting off a flight from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to Denver Monday and committed on the spot. Not a bad way to end a vacation.

“Right there, I’m like, ‘I’m in,’” Czyzynski said. “I was just really excited I couldn’t believe.”

Czyzynski was waiting for his first offer after visiting Army for the Morgan State game on Nov. 19.

“When I took my visit to Army, I fell in love with West Point,” Czyzynski said. “There’s nothing like that campus. I was just amazed and I loved everything about it. The coaching staff was amazing. They made me feel really welcomed. I knew right then and there if they were to offer me, I would accept it right away.”

Navy showed interest in Czyzynski his junior season. Czyzynski said he spoke with Air Force this season.

“Navy and Air Force kind of blew me off,” said Czyzynski, who will be a direct admit. “I’m like, ‘You know what hopefully something will come.’”

Czyzynski, the Central Suburban League offensive player of the year, rushed for 1,216 yards on 170 carries with 12 touchdowns and passed for 1,939 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior. Czyzynski’s father, Bill, played linebacker for Ohio State from 1980-83.

“He is a talented football player with the ability to change the game with both his arm and feet,” New Trier coach Brian Doll said. “With great instincts, he extends plays way longer than they are designed. He runs more like a power red-zone running back than a typical quarterback.

“His biggest improvement this past year was his arm strength and accuracy.  He was one of the best if not the best quarterbacks in Illinois this past season.  He was a nightmare for an opposing defense and will be missed.”

Czyzynski, a three-year starter at New Trier, is looking forward to running Army’s triple option.

“I think that’s the coolest offense,” Czyzynski said. “There’s nothing like it. That offense really excites me…I have a big build (6-foot, 205) and with the triple option you are basically a running back. I just love to run.”

Anderson said he improved his strength and speed in the offseason, working with Cardinal Hayes strength and conditioning coach after track practices.

“I was just trying to find a way to get more velocity on my throws and be able to be more elusive in the pocket,” Anderson said. “I also worked on reading defenses. I watched a lot of film from my junior season and it helped me be able to make decisions a lot quicker.”

Anderson ran a no-huddle spread offense at Cardinal Hayes and was given the freedom to change play at the line.

“He had 10 touchdowns this year,” Cardinal Hayes coach C.J. O’Neil said. “He would have had a lot more. We didn’t need him taking helmets…He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s a Division I-A corner. My impression was he was a Division I-A quarterback even in a spread offense. He’s the second all-time leading passer in the history of New York state…

“This kid can throw it. He can sling it. He can run it. He’s everything that you want to put in that offense. I ran that offense for years.”

Anderson follows the same path to West Point as Cardinal Hayes graduate Marcus Hilton. Hilton was a defensive end on Army’s 2010 Armed Forces Bowl championship team.

Army also received a recent commitment from Lake Highland (Orlando, Fla.) Prep defensive end Harrison Greenhill. Greenhill, who ranks No. 29 in the Orlando Sentinel’s 2017 Central Florida Super 60, had 47 tackles for a loss and 11 sacks this fall.

2017 Army football commits (75)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia. (COMMITTED, July 28)
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
DE Kendall Bailey, 6-4, 240, Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 7)
TE Justin Barna, 6-4, 237, Parkway HS, Rockford, Ohio: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED to July 30)
CB D.J. Baxter, 5-11, 160, Chattanooga Central HS, Harrison, Tenn.: First offer – Navy.
TE Simon Behr, 6-4, 215, Franklin Regional HS, Murrysville, Pa.: Other offers – Fordham, Yale. (COMMITTED, July 28)
LB Greg Benton, 6-1, 210, Long Reach HS, Columbia, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 29)
CB Dallas Blacklock, 5-10, 165, Sharpstown HS, Houston, Texas: First offer – Army. Member of 2016 United States Under-18 national team.  (COMMITTED, July 31)
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
S Zack Boobas, 5-10, 190, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: First offer – Army. Hudl profile – 4.50 40-yard dash (COMMITTED, October 27)
S Elijah Boyd, 6-2, 175, Frisco (Texas) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 17)
DT George Brown, 6-1, 285, Chancellor HS, Fredricksburg, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Army visit: July 23. (COMMITTED, August 15)
RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 207, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: (COMMITTED, July 2)
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. (COMMITTED, Nov. 18)
RB-LB Nasser Clark, 5-10, 190, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.: First offer – Army. Army visit – July 23. (COMMITTED, Oct. 15)
DB Tyren Cloyd, 6-2, 185, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 24)
DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 255, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
RB-LB Keelan Crosby, 5-10, 200, Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, July 26)
RB-S Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.: (COMMITTED, July 26)
QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
*RB Kevin Dominique, 6-1, 207, Plaquemine (La.) HS: Other offers – Western Kentucky.
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6). (COMMITTED, July 3).
DE Ryan Duran, 6-5, 220, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa. (COMMITTED, Sept. 11)
WR Sean Eckert, 6-4, 180, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 21)
TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 225, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.: First FBS offer – Army. 10 touchdown catches for state 6A champions.
DT Destin Flloyd, 6-foot, 270, Havelock (N.C.) HS: (COMMITTED, Oct. 18)
P Michael Gillespie, 6-foot, 180, Howard HS, Ellicott City, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, Dec. 15)
LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 15)
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – Nov. 15
DE Karl Holler, 6-5, 247, The Tatnall School, Wilmington, Del.
OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 255, Duncanville (Texas) HS: Army visit – Spring game. (COMMITTED, July 31)
K Brooks Hosea, 6-foot, 175, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
DB Jordan Hunt, 5-10, 180, Theodore (Ala.) HS
S Daniel Jackson, 6-1, 192, Middle Creek HS, Apex, N.C.: 2016 stats – Associated Press all-state first team, 97 tackles, 10 interceptions, 2 blocked kicks. (COMMITTED, August 18)
S Jordan Jackson, 5-11, 180, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla.: First FBS offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, Nov. 17)
CB Caleb John, 5-10, 181, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.: (COMMITTED, July 22)
LB Nate Jones, 6-4, 200, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
S Elijah Johnson, 6-1, 200, Glen Este HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: First Division I-A offer – Army. (COMMITTED, Sept. 30)
QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 205, Hooks (Texas) HS: Former Air Force commit. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23),
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 6)
S Jordan Lane, 6-1, 185, North Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.: First offer – Army.
RB Tyler Lavine, 5-11, 210, Cedar Park (Texas) HS: Lavine was named top 2017 running back at Army prospect camp in June.
QB Jabari Laws, 5-9, 160, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.:
P-K Michael Leisle, 6-foot, 165, Nease HS, Ponte Vedra, Fla.: Army visits – June 24, Nov. 5. (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
LB Jeremiah Lowery, 6-3, 235, Edgewood Academy, Elmore, Ala.: (COMMITTED, June 24)
LB John Lyons, 6-2, 210, White Station HS, Memphis, Tenn.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6) (COMMITTED, July 27)
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.: First offer – Army. Army visit:  Oct. 15.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 22)
RB Garnett Nicolas, 6-1, 225, John S. Burke Catholic HS, Goshen, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy. Army visit – July 22. (COMMITTED, Sept. 27)
CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Richmond, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Visits – Army, March 30. (COMMITTED, August 1)
LS Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Louisville, Ohio. Army visit: October 22. (COMMITTED, Nov. 15)
DT Ryan O’Malley, 6-4, 260, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Former Illinois commit. Other offers – Buffalo, New Mexico. (COMMITTED, Oct. 17)
S Ayrton Payne, 5-10, 176, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, June 23)
FB Markens Pierre, 5-11, 215, Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 14)
DL Troy Porche, 6-2, 262, Lamar HS, Houston, Texas
OL-DL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane. (COMMITTED, July 30)
S Todd Powers, 6-1, 182, Spruce Creek HS, Port Orange, Fla.: First offer – Army
TE Rhett Read, 6-4, 225, Leon HS, Jewett, Texas: (COMMITTED, July 25)
WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Berry Tech, Charlotte, N.C. (COMMITTED, Nov. 20)
LB Ben Roth, 6-1, 210, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.: First commit of 2017 class. Direct admit. (COMMITTED, June 22)
WR Gabe Schappell, 6-3, 215, Exeter HS, Reading, Pa.: (COMMITTED, June 23)
LB Joe Stephenson, 6-foot, 197, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS: First FBS offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 1)
QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-9, 168, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
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. (COMMITTED, Sept. 18)
RB Joe Wallace, 5-10, 185, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla. (COMMITTED, July 27)
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 20)
DB Wally Wilmore, 5-10, 175, Northwestern HS, Rock Hill, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Citadel, Charleston Southern, Western Carolina, Furman. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23)
DT Dontae Wilson, 6-foot, 290, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Colorado State, Citadel
S Malachi Winters, 6-foot, 185, Hammonton (N.J.) HS: First offer – Army.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, June 24)
Commit breakdown by state: Texas (13); Georgia (9); Virginia (8); Florida (7); North Carolina (7); Illinois (4); Maryland (4); Ohio (4); Pennsylvania (4); South Carolina (3); Alabama (3); New York (2); Tennessee (2); Arkansas (1); Delaware (1); Louisiana (1); New Jersey (1).

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Season wrap: Jay Bateman

Jay Bateman’s Army defense is currently ranked fourth in total defense with the national championship game remaining.

The Black Knights closed the 2016 season with an overtime stand in the team’s eighth win – 38-31 over North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl

Bateman talks about the season, senior captains Andrew King and Jeremy Timpf and the future of Army’s defense.

On the Heart of Dallas Bowl finish: “We practice overtime almost every week defensively. We talk about the scenarios and we say, ‘We just scored so they have to score a touchdown. We kicked a field goal so they might be more conservative.’ I had 100 perfect faith in our kids once we got out there.”

On senior linebackers and captains Andrew King and Jeremy Timpf playing their last game:  ”They are obviously really good players and they are talented kids. I think the biggest challenge will be those are two alpha males. We practiced the right way and we prepared the right way and a lot of it was because when your two best players do it the right way it makes it easier. Those two are different kids and have different personalities. So, I think there are kids on our defense that are drawn more toward Andrew and kids that are drawn more toward Jeremy. I think it’s a really lasting effect those two are going to have on us. We are really fortunate that they played for us.”

On Timpf’s career and 15-tackle game in bowl: “I don’t ever remember a game where I felt like he played bad. Kevin Corless (inside linebackers coach) and I trust him and Andrew as much as you can trust a kid. They have a different mindset. Andrew is more of a thinker where Jeremy is more, see ball, get ball…Take the six academy games he (Timpf) played in and look at the stats for those six games, most linebackers would be happy if that was their season. He showed up the biggest in the biggest games. That’s what you want your best players to do.”

On if he think Andrew King can play in the NFL:  ”I do. He’s got some things that will be attractive to NFL teams as far as he punches holes at people. There aren’t many people that walk the earth that can do that stuff.”

On the development of freshman cornerback Elijah Riley this season: “Elijah is a really bright kid. We were really excited when we got him to commit. John Loose (safeties coach) did a really good job recruiting him. I think he’s a really talented kid that can play a lot of different things. I knew once he got in the lineup wherever it was we were going to have a hard time of getting him out. I’m really excited about him the next 3 years.”

On having a top-five defense this season: To be honest with you, I think we made a pretty good jump a year ago, Our first year, we were so bad and before I got here they have been so bad. I thought last year we made a big jump and we had enough guys coming back that had prided themselves and had unique roles in the defense. We could build the defense around some guys. I’m happy with how our kids played. We figured out a little bit what our kids can do well. As a coaching staff, I think my assistants do great job of getting them ready and the offense helped too. I’m happy with the way our kids compete and I think the mindset now is once you get to this level then it becomes this is what the expectations are. So I’m excited to move forward with the guys coming back.”

On graduation losses and returning players: Losing (defensive linemen) Jordan Smith and Eddy Ruzga will be difficult. Chad (Wilt, defensive line coach) has done a great job of building some of our younger guys up and I think they are going to be good players. Losing (safety Xavier) Moss will hurt. He’s a pretty special athlete. John (Loose) will get guys ready and Rhyan (England) is back. That will help minimize it a little bit. I think the key thing will be obviously Jeremy and Andrew were really good players but it goes beyond that. They were alpha males. They dominated the locker room. They dominated the meeting room. It’s finding kids to step into those roles. John Voit is built that way. Rhyan England is built that way. Alex Aukerman is built that way. We have guys that are built that way. They just have to step into that role now.”

On holding off North Texas in bowl: “I would have much rather it been 35-7. That’s not the way it worked out. North Texas has talented kids. They have a month to get ready for us. They did a good job. I think once our kids settled down we were pretty good. I thought we played better in the second half. I thought going in they gave us some stuff that we hadn’t prepared for. It’s hard for our kids because we don’t see a conventional offense much. We are getting ready for Navy and they sprung some two-back stuff that we hadn’t see. But Jeremy and Andrew did a great job of getting us set up and we hung in there pretty good once we got settled down.”
Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reported that Bateman was a “hot name in coaching circles” before the bowl game. Bateman on coaching at West Point: “One of the main reasons I came here is because of Jeff (Monken). He’s the best. I’m extremely happy. My family loves it. I love working for Jeff. I love it.”
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Recruiting: Louisiana kicker decommits

Going into the offseason, special teams, specifically kicker and punter, were areas that Army coach Jeff Monken said needed to improve after a rough 2016 season.

A potential kicker/punter is uncertain about playing for Army.

Ponchatoula (La.) kicker-punter Carson Wyld posted on Twitter Friday that he was reopening his recruitment. Wyld committed to Army on Nov. 10. He averaged 42 yards per punt. Wyld said he still considering Army.

“After some personal things, I just needed to step back and reevaluate my situation with recruiting as other schools have come into the picture and Army seems to be just trying to load up on kickers/punters,” Wyld said.

In other recruiting news: Wise quarterback and Army commit Jabari Laws was named the USA Today Maryland offensive player of the year. Laws threw for 2,424 yards and 38 touchdowns and added 14 touchdowns on the ground. North Central running back and Army commit Cedrick Cunningham earned first-team USA Today South Carolina honors. Cunningham was a finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina.

2017 Army football commits (72)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia. (COMMITTED, July 28)
DE Kendall Bailey, 6-4, 240, Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 7)
TE Justin Barna, 6-4, 237, Parkway HS, Rockford, Ohio: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED to July 30)
CB D.J. Baxter, 5-11, 160, Chattanooga Central HS, Harrison, Tenn.: First offer – Navy.
TE Simon Behr, 6-4, 215, Franklin Regional HS, Murrysville, Pa.: Other offers – Fordham, Yale. (COMMITTED, July 28)
LB Greg Benton, 6-1, 210, Long Reach HS, Columbia, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 29)
CB Dallas Blacklock, 5-10, 165, Sharpstown HS, Houston, Texas: First offer – Army. Member of 2016 United States Under-18 national team.  (COMMITTED, July 31)
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
S Zack Boobas, 5-10, 190, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: First offer – Army. Hudl profile – 4.50 40-yard dash (COMMITTED, October 27)
S Elijah Boyd, 6-2, 175, Frisco (Texas) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 17)
DT George Brown, 6-1, 285, Chancellor HS, Fredricksburg, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Army visit: July 23. (COMMITTED, August 15)
RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 207, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: (COMMITTED, July 2)
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. (COMMITTED, Nov. 18)
RB-LB Nasser Clark, 5-10, 190, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.: First offer – Army. Army visit – July 23. (COMMITTED, Oct. 15)
DB Tyren Cloyd, 6-2, 185, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 24)
DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 255, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
RB-LB Keelan Crosby, 5-10, 200, Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, July 26)
RB-S Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.: (COMMITTED, July 26)
*RB Kevin Dominique, 6-1, 207, Plaquemine (La.) HS: Other offers – Western Kentucky.
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6). (COMMITTED, July 3).
DE Ryan Duran, 6-5, 220, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa. (COMMITTED, Sept. 11)
WR Sean Eckert, 6-4, 180, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 21)
TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 225, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.: First FBS offer – Army. 10 touchdown catches for state 6A champions.
DT Destin Flloyd, 6-foot, 270, Havelock (N.C.) HS: (COMMITTED, Oct. 18)
P Michael Gillespie, 6-foot, 180, Howard HS, Ellicott City, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, Dec. 15)
LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 15)
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – Nov. 15
DE Karl Holler, 6-5, 247, The Tatnall School, Wilmington, Del.
OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 255, Duncanville (Texas) HS: Army visit – Spring game. (COMMITTED, July 31)
K Brooks Hosea, 6-foot, 175, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
DB Jordan Hunt, 5-10, 180, Theodore (Ala.) HS
S Daniel Jackson, 6-1, 192, Middle Creek HS, Apex, N.C.: (COMMITTED, August 18)
S Jordan Jackson, 5-11, 180, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla.: First FBS offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, Nov. 17)
CB Caleb John, 5-10, 181, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.: (COMMITTED, July 22)
LB Nate Jones, 6-4, 200, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
S Elijah Johnson, 6-1, 200, Glen Este HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: First Division I-A offer – Army. (COMMITTED, Sept. 30)
QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 205, Hooks (Texas) HS: Former Air Force commit. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23),
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 6)
S Jordan Lane, 6-1, 185, North Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.: First offer – Army.
RB Tyler Lavine, 5-11, 210, Cedar Park (Texas) HS: Lavine was named top 2017 running back at Army prospect camp in June.
QB Jabari Laws, 5-9, 160, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.:
P-K Michael Leisle, 6-foot, 165, Nease HS, Ponte Vedra, Fla.: Army visits – June 24, Nov. 5. (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
LB Jeremiah Lowery, 6-3, 235, Edgewood Academy, Elmore, Ala.: (COMMITTED, June 24)
LB John Lyons, 6-2, 210, White Station HS, Memphis, Tenn.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6) (COMMITTED, July 27)
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.: First offer – Army. Army visit:  Oct. 15.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 22)
RB Garnett Nicolas, 6-1, 225, John S. Burke Catholic HS, Goshen, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy. Army visit – July 22. (COMMITTED, Sept. 27)
CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Richmond, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Visits – Army, March 30. (COMMITTED, August 1)
LS Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Louisville, Ohio. Army visit: October 22. (COMMITTED, Nov. 15)
DT Ryan O’Malley, 6-4, 260, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Former Illinois commit. Other offers – Buffalo, New Mexico. (COMMITTED, Oct. 17)
S Ayrton Payne, 5-10, 176, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, June 23)
FB Markens Pierre, 5-11, 215, Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 14)
DL Troy Porche, 6-2, 262, Lamar HS, Houston, Texas
OL-DL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane. (COMMITTED, July 30)
S Todd Powers, 6-1, 182, Spruce Creek HS, Port Orange, Fla.: First offer – Army
TE Rhett Read, 6-4, 225, Leon HS, Jewett, Texas: (COMMITTED, July 25)
WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Berry Tech, Charlotte, N.C. (COMMITTED, Nov. 20)
LB Ben Roth, 6-1, 210, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.: First commit of 2017 class. Direct admit. (COMMITTED, June 22)
WR Gabe Schappell, 6-3, 215, Exeter HS, Reading, Pa.: (COMMITTED, June 23)
LB Joe Stephenson, 6-foot, 197, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS: First FBS offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 1)
QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-9, 168, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
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. (COMMITTED, Sept. 18)
RB Joe Wallace, 5-10, 185, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla. (COMMITTED, July 27)
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 20)
DB Wally Wilmore, 5-10, 175, Northwestern HS, Rock Hill, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Citadel, Charleston Southern, Western Carolina, Furman. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23)
DT Dontae Wilson, 6-foot, 290, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Colorado State, Citadel
S Malachi Winters, 6-foot, 185, Hammonton (N.J.) HS: First offer – Army.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, June 24)
Commit breakdown by state: Texas (13); Georgia (9); Virginia (8); North Carolina (7); Florida (6); Maryland (4); Ohio (4); Pennsylvania (4); Illinois (3); South Carolina (3); Alabama (3); Tennessee (2); Arkansas (1); Delaware (1); Louisiana (1); New Jersey (1); New York (1).
List of players who were offered by Army but committed elsewhere (* – received official offer from Army) 
WR-CB Tony Adams, 6-foot, 184, St. Louis (Mo.) University HS: Other offers – Missouri, Illinois, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Wyoming, Eastern Michigan. (COMMITTED to Illinois, August 12)
CB Will Allen, 5-9, 170, American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. (COMMITTED to Columbia, Dec. 17)
DT Mandy Alonso, 6-3, 275, Gulliver Prep, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Temple, Virginia, Syracuse, Fresno State, Louisiana Tech, Florida Atlantic, Bowling Green, Toledo, Eastern Michigan (COMMITTED to Virginia, June 25)
DE Christian Albright, 6-2, 225, North Cobb HS, Kennesaw, Ga.: Other offers – Charlotte.
S Jaquan Amos, 6-foot, 178, Northeast HS, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – Villanova, Maine, New Hampshire, Delaware. (COMMITTED to Villanova, Nov. 4)
RB Brad Anderson, 5-8, 170, Bob Jones HS, Madison, Ala.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Middle Tennessee State, Sept. 4)
LB Ray Anderson, 6-1, 213, Cardinal Mooney HS, Youngstown, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Youngstown St. (COMMITTED to Navy, September 20)
LB Trajan Anderson, 6-2, 220, Massaponax HS, Spotsylvania, Pa.: First FBS offer – Army. Army visit – June 3. (COMMITTED to Villanova, Dec. 14)
WR A.J. Archambo, 6-4, 195, Bartlesville (Okla.) HS: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED to Oral Roberts, baseball, July 13)
OL Patrick Arnold, 6-3, 290, Gretna (Neb.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Wyoming. (COMMITTED to Wyoming, Oct. 8)
OL Pierce Banbury, 6-3, 285, Oakton HS, Vienna, Va.: Other offers: Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED to Navy, May 25)
QB Jimmy Batch, 6-foot, 150, Merritt Island (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Marshall, Utah State. (COMMITTED to Harvard, June 28)
LB Griffin Baumoel, 6-2, 220, Canton (Ohio) Central Catholic HS: Top 4: Army, Navy, Ball State, Kent State. Other offers – Air Force, Eastern Michigan. (COMMITTED to Navy, July 16)
DB Bennett Bay, 6-foot, 181. Wheeler HS, Marietta, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Western Kentucky, Southern Mississippi. (COMMITTED to Harvard, June 23)
RB Cameron Bent, 6-foot, 178, Bluffton (S.C.) HS: Hudl profile: 4.25, 40-yard dash. Other offers – South Carolina, Temple, Kent State, Marshall, Old Dominion, Appalachian State, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina. (COMMITTED to Charlotte, Nov. 14).
OL Cole Bentley, 6-5, 300, Belfry (Ky.) HS: Other I-A offers – Navy, Air Force, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky, Ball State, Bowling Green, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic. (COMMITTED to Louisville, June 11)
RB-WR Raheem Blackshear, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.: Other offers – Navy, Temple, Syracuse, UConn, Buffalo, Kent State. (COMMITTED to Temple, July 1)
OL Curtis Blackwell, 6-5, 306, Norwell HS, Ossian, Ind.: Other offers – Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo (COMMITTED to Ball State, June 18)
WR Corbin Blanchard, 6-3, 185, St. Stanislaus HS, St. Louis, Miss.: (COMMITTED to Air Force, Oct. 20)
WR Andrew Boston, 6-3, 190, Emerald Ridge HS, Puyallup, Wash.: Other offers – Air Force, Hawaii, Idaho. (COMMITTED to Eastern Washington, Dec. 23)
QB Chris Boudreaux, 6-2, 176, Beaumont (Texas) Central HS: (COMMITTED to Rice)
DE-LB Davonne Bowen, 6-2, 220, Woodmont HS, Piedmont, S.C.: Other offers – South Carolina, Louisville, Minnesota, Missouri, Maryland, Miami (Ohio), Nevada, Marshall, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State. (COMMITTED to South Carolina, June 8).
OL Jack Bowler, 6-3, 265, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Air Force, James Madison. Army visit – July 11. (COMMITTED to Holy Cross, Dec. 4)
DT Owen Bowles, 6-4, 285, Cedar Creek HS, Egg Harbor, N.J.: Other offers – Navy, Purdue, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia, Central Florida, Buffalo, Old Dominion, Florida Atlantic. (COMMITTED to Rutgers, June 12)
QB-LB Jeremiah Boyd, 6-1, 205, Heritage HS, Newport News, Va.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Navy)
QB Darius Bracy, 5-10, 185, Baker HS, Mobile, Ala.: Other offers – Navy.
RB Antwuan Branch, 5-11, 200, Kenwood HS, Clarksville, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy, North Carolina, Iowa, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Iowa State, Western Kentucky, Tulane, Old Dominion. (COMMITTED to North Carolina, Nov. 13)
DE Zeke Brandle, 6-5, 245, Chase HS, Forest City, N.C.: First FBS offer – Army. Other FBS offers – Navy, Virginia. (COMMITTED to Appalachian State, August 19)
QB Grant Breneman, 6-foot, 190, Cedar Cliff HS, Camp Hill, Pa.: (COMMITTED to Colgate)
OL-DL Jared Brinkman, 6-1, 275, Regina HS, Iowa City, Iowa.: (COMMITTED to Northern Iowa, July 20)
LB KJ Britt, 6-2, 217, Oxford (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Michigan, North Carolina State, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest. (COMMITTED to Auburn, Oct. 31)
WR-DB Winston Britton, 5-10, 168, Hackley School, Tarrytown, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Penn, Dec. 11)
RB Brayden Brown, 6-2, 182, Fort Hill HS, Cumberland, Md.: (COMMITTED to Coastal Carolina, August 7)
RB Justin Brown, 5-10, 201, St. Luke’s HS, New Canaan, Conn.: Decommitted from Temple when Matt Rhule left for Baylor. (COMMITTED to Monmouth, Dec. 13)
DB Quentin Brown, 6-2, 190, Conroe (Texas) HS: Other offers – Boise State, Colorado State, Kansas, Toledo, Tulane, New Mexico (COMMITTED to Boise State)
LB Tony Brown, 6-3, 195, Timber Creek HS, Erial, N.J.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Navy)
K Joseph Bulovas, 6-foot, 205, Mandeville (La.) HS: Other offers – Georgia Tech, Air Force, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas-San Antonio. (COMMITTED to Georgia Tech, June 10)
WR Cam Burnette, 6-1, 190, Summerville (S.C.) HS: (COMMITTED to Furman, Nov. 15)
DB Zach Burton, 6-foot, 185, Penn HS, New Castle, Del.: Other offers: Virginia, Temple, UConn. (COMMITTED to Virginia, June 12).
WR Cameron Butler, 6-3, 220, Ridge View HS, Columbia, S.C.: Other offers – Colorado State, Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State, Georgia State. (COMMITTED to Colorado State)
RB-KR Austin Carbone, 5-9, 155, Berkner HS, Richardson, Texas: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED to Princeton, Dec. 17)
RB Jamale Carothers, 5-9, 190, Bowling Green (Ky.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Marshall, Eastern Michigan. (COMMITTED to Navy, July 11)
WR Darrion Carrington, 6-2, 160, Toms River (N.J.) North HS: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Yale, Dec. 12)
QB Bryson Carroll, 5-9, 175, Roosevelt HS, San Antonio, Texas: Hudl profile – 4.34 40. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Bowling Green, Southern Mississippi, Tulane, New Mexico. (COMMITTED to New Mexico, July 20)
RB Braxton Chapman, 6-2, 205, Farrell (Pa.) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED to Youngstown State, Dec. 20)
LB Dakota Chapman, 6-1, 230, McAdory HS, McCalla, Ala.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Georgia Southern. (COMMITTED to Jacksonville State, Dec. 4)
DL-OL Kelton Chastulik, 6-2, 268, Chambersburg (Pa.) HS: Army visit – July 29. (COMMITTED to Princeton, Oct. 1)
QB Clayton Cheatham, 6-3, 220, Hanover HS, Mechanicsville, Va. (COMMITTED to James Madison, Oct. 1)
OL-DT Charlie Clark, 6-4, 270, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.: Other offers – Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern. (COMMITTED to Tulane)
DL Sean Cleasant, 6-2, 300, DuPont Manual HS, Louisville, Ky.: Other offers – Navy, Virginia, Ball State, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), Eastern Michigan. (COMMITTED to Eastern Kentucky, August 21)
T Shane Clenin, 6-6, 285, Jefferson HS, Festus, Mo.: Other offers – Iowa State, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Colorado State, New Mexico, Eastern Michigan. (COMMITTED to Arkansas, April 16)
CB Eric Coley, 6-1, 185, Fayetteville-Manlius HS, Manlius, N.Y.: Other offers – Syracuse, Rutgers, Boston College, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Kent State, Toledo, Utah State. (COMMITTED to Syracuse, June 25)
OL Case Cook, 6-5, 290, Carrollton (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Memphis, Cincinnati, Colorado State. (COMMITTED to Missouri, July 26)
WR Mychal Cooper, 6-5, 195, Taft HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Nevada (COMMITTED to Navy)
WR Beau Corrales, 6-4, 205, Georgetown (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Texas State, June 20)
CB Bryce Cosby, 5-11, 170, duPont Manual HS, Louisville, Ky.: Other offers – Navy, Ball State, Bowling Green, Georgia State, Eastern Michigan. (COMMITTED to Ball State, August 14)
TE Max Cummins, 6-5, 229, St. Andrew’s HS, Austin, Texas: (COMMITTED to UConn, Dec. 11)
QB Deejay Dallas, Glynn Academy, Brunswick, Ga.: Big-time recruit with offers from Alabama, Florida State, Tennessee and Pac-12 offers from Arizona, Stanford & UCLA among others. (COMMITTED to Miami, Fla.)
OL Clark Daniel, 6-3, 285, Upson-Lee HS, Thomaston, Ga.: (COMMITTED to Air Force, Nov. 4)
CB Coby Davis, 6-1, 180, Maret HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Navy, Wake Forest, Virginia, Coastal Carolina. (COMMITTED to Wake Forest, June 29)
*OL-DL Darquavion Davis, 6-3, 315, St. Joseph’s HS, Greenville, Miss.: Other offers – Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe. (COMMITTED to Louisiana-Monroe, August 1)
C Dawson Deaton, 6-5, 280, Frisco (Texas) HS: One of the country’s top-rated centers. Brother Jaxson is freshman guard at Army. (COMMITTED to Texas Tech)
RB LaDarius Dickens, 5-9 184, Rowlett (Texas) HS: First offer – Navy. Second FBS offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Houston Baptist)
C Nicolo DiFranzo, 6-3, 285, Oaks Christian, Westlake Village, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Air Force, August 5).
LB Grant Donaldson, 6-3, 230, DeMatha HS, Hyattsville, Md.: Other offers – Air Force, UConn, Old Dominion, Nevada, Cornell, Penn. (COMMITTED to Air Force, August 5)
DB Nick Draught, 6-2, 185, Immaculate Heart Central HS, Watertown, N.Y.: (COMMITTED to Colgate, Sept. 21)
RB Zane Dudek, 5-10, 190, Armstrong HS, Kittanning, Pa.: Other offers – Air Force, Kent State. (COMMITTED to Yale, Dec. 15)
TE Thomas Dutton, 6-7, 235, Hickman HS, Columbia, Mo.: Other offers – Western Michigan, Ball State, Central Florida, Miami (Ohio), Florida Atlantic. (COMMITTED to Air Force, July 16)
LB Arnold Ebiketie, 6-3, 205, Einstein HS, Kensington, Md.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Towson, Dec. 17).
TE Jared Edwards, 6-4, 250, Rhea County HS, Evensville, Tenn.: Edwards received offers from Air Force and Army on same day, Air Force first. Other offers: Navy, Memphis, Troy, Appalachian State, Middle Tennessee State, UAB (COMMITTED to Memphis, June 9).
WR Johnny Edwards, 5-11, 180, Alemany HS, Mission Hills, Calif.: (COMMITTED to Eastern Washington)
QB Hamze Elzayat, 5-10, 175, Fordson HS, Dearborn, Mich.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Fordham, October 10)
QB Beau English, 6-1, 198, DeMatha HS, Hyattsville, Md.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED to Air Force, July 4)
RB Nate Evans, 5-10, 192, Lee-Davis HS, Mechanicsville, Va.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Buffalo (COMMITTED to Navy, May 23)
RB Ton Evans, 5-8, 175, Northgate HS, Newnan, Ga.: Other offers – Georgia Southern. (COMMITTED to Georgia Southern, June 8)
LB Diego Fagot, 6-3, 231, Calvary Christian Academy, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Other offers: Navy, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, UConn, Western Kentucky, Central Florida, Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Northern Illinois, Southern Mississippi, Toledo, Tulane, Utah State, Western Michigan, Appalachian State, Middle Tennessee State. (COMMITTED to Navy)
LB Olakunkle Fatukasi, 6-3, 215, Grand Street Campus, New York: Other offers – Rutgers, Syracuse, Maryland, Boston College, Temple, UConn, Western Michigan (COMMITTED to Rutgers, June 28).
FB-TE Jordan Ferguson, 6-2, 248, St. Francis HS, Alpharetta, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Boston College, Georgia State, Kent State, Middle Tennessee State, Troy. (COMMITTED to Middle Tennessee State, Dec. 16)
LB Kyrei Fisher, 6-2, 220, Union HS, Tulsa, Okla.: Other offers: Navy, Houston, Minnesota, Colorado, SMU. (COMMITTED to Minnesota, May 21)
TE Ryan Fitton, 6-5, 235, Staples HS, Westport, Conn.: (COMMITTED to UConn, July 5)
OL-DL Garrett Flanary, 6-3, 273, Lincoln Christian HS, Tulsa, Okla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Tulsa, Temple, San Diego State, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Georgia State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Southern Mississippi, Texas-San Antonio, Tulane, Utah State. (COMMITTED to Tulsa, June 3).
QB Kaleb Fletcher, 5-10, 179, Poteet HS, Mesquite, Texas: Resume – All-district shortstop. First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army.
QB-WR Darnell Fleury, 6-2, 193, University HS, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force, Syracuse, Miami (Ohio), Toledo, Western Michigan, Middle Tennessee State. (COMMITTED to Western Michigan, Sept. 6)
QB Evan Fochtman, 6-1, 176, Archbishop Spalding HS, Severn, Md.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Navy, Dec. 15)
LB Tyshon Fogg, 6-2, 230, Calvert Hall HS, Towson, Md.: Other offers – Ole Miss, Iowa, Louisville, Duke, Missouri, Cal, North Carolina, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Indiana, Toledo, UMass. (COMMITTED to Rutgers, June 26)
WR Omar Fortt, 6-1, 190, St. Luke’s HS, New Canaan, Conn.: Attended Army Junior Day. First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army. (COMMITTED to UConn, August 7)
DE Carl Fowler, 6-4, 245, Northern Durham HS, Durham, N.C.: Two-year starter. Two-time, all-conference defensive end. Army visit – June 25. (COMMITTED to William & Mary, Dec. 16)
OL Jack Franklin, 6-4, 315, Mill Creek HS, Hoschton, Ga.: Other offers – Georgia Southern, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas-San Antonio, UAB. (COMMITTED to Coastal Carolina, Sept. 19)
DE Luke Frederick, 6-5, 217, Bishop Guilfoyle HS, Altoona, Pa.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED to Delaware, Sept. 16)
*LS Raymond Freeman, 6-3, 210, Tate HS, Cantonment, Fla.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Air Force, August 2)
DT Ron Freeman, 6-foot, 270, Sebastian River HS, Sebastian, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Bowling Green, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee State. Army offer – August 3. (COMMITTED to Bowling Green, June 12)
DE/LB Matt Gahm, 6-3, 221, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas: First offer – Air Force. Other offers – New Mexico, Texas State. (COMMITTED to Virginia, June 20)
T Mikey Garofalo, 6-4, 277, Palm Beach Central HS, Wellington, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force, Western Kentucky. (COMMITTED to Air Force, August 5)
QB Jordan Genmark Heath, 6-2, 205, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego: Boston College, California, Northwestern, Oregon State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Jose State, UNLV. (COMMITTED to California, October 2).
LS Kyle Gibbs, 6-2, 225, Norco (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED to Navy, August 1)
OL Chris Glaser, 6-4, 255, Solon (Ohio) HS: Other offers: Air Force, Miami (Ohio), Toledo. (COMMITTED to Miami, Ohio)
DL Griffin Glider, 6-4, 280, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia State, Fordham, Lafayette, Lehigh, Brown. (COMMITTED to William & Mary)
RB Bernard Goodwater, 5-9, 180, Carter HS, Dallas, Texas: Speed – 4.40, 40-yard dash. Other offers – Kansas States, Bowling Green, New Mexico. (COMMITTED to Kansas State, June 15)
WR Christian Greaves, 5-11, 160, Einstein HS, Kensington, Md.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army. (COMMITTED to Towson, Dec. 10)
DE Garrett Groulx, 6-3, 240, Davidson (N.C.) Day HS: (COMMITTED to James Madison)
OL Dominic Gudino, 6-2, 302, Olympian HS, Chulo Vista, Calif.: Other offers – Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah State (COMMITTED to San Diego State, Oct. 21).
CB Justin Guy-Robinson, 5-10, 159, Pearland (Texas) HS: Army offer – May 12. (COMMITTED to SMU, May 13)
T Noah Hannon, 6-2, 265, Greer (S.C.) HS: Other offers: Navy, Air Force, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina. (COMMITTED to Appalachian State, June 20)
CB Demani Hansford, 5-11, 168, St. John’s HS, Washington, D.C.: First FBS offer – Army. Air Force and Navy followed with offers in the same week. (COMMITTED to Yale, Dec. 27)
OL Connor Hansen, Chiles HS, Tallahassee, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Western Kentucky, Georgia Southern, Central Florida, Marshall, Kent State, UAB, Coastal Carolina, Charlotte. (COMMITTED to Georgia Tech, June 5).
DB Ty Hardimon, 6-foot, 190, Lassiter HS, Marietta, Ga.: Other offers: Navy, Northwesthern, West Virginia, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa State, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Tulsa, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Southern Mississippi, Troy, Western Michigan, Ohio, Appalachian State, Arkansas State, UAB. (COMMITTED to California, September 16)
LB Kyle Harmon, 6-foot, 218, Freedom HS, Oakley, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force, San Diego State, Colorado State, San Jose State, Utah State, Hawaii, UNLV. (COMMITTED to Cal-Poly, Dec. 6)
RB Daetrich Harrington, 6-foot, 180, Alexander HS, Douglasville, Ga.: Other offers: Navy, Air Force, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Western Kentucky, Kansas, Ball State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Miami (Ohio), Marshall, Ohio, Appalachian State, South Alabama. (COMMITTED to Appalachian State, Dec. 5)
QB Frank Harris, 6-2, 185, Clemens HS, Schertz, Texas: Other offers – Navy, La.-Monroe, North Texas. (COMMITTED to Texas-San Antonio, June 22)
RB David Harvey, 6-2, 210, Mt. Lebanon HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.: (COMMITTED to Princeton, Dec. 18)
OL-DL Isaac Hawn, 6-6, 285, St. Charles (Ill.) North HS: Other offers – UConn, Ball State, Buffalo, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Central Florida, Central Michigan, Colorado State, Illinois, Miami (Ohio), New Mexico, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Wyoming. (COMMITTED to Northern Illinois, June 3).
WR Tyler Hayek, 6-4, 185, Wayne Hills HS, Wayne, N.J.: Other offers – Rutgers, Stony Brook. (COMMITTED to Rutgers, June 25)
DB C.J. Hayes, 6-3, 200, South Warren HS, Bowling Green, Ky.: Other offers: Navy, Purdue, Ball State, Bowling Green, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Middle Tennessee State, Ohio, Toledo, Appalachian State. (COMMITTED to Purdue, June 30)
DE Zach Haynes, 6-3, 255, South Warren HS, Bowling Green, Ky. Other offers – Navy, Ball State, Appalachian State, Eastern Michigan. Haynes received offers from Army and Navy on the same day (May 24).  (COMMITTED to Ball State, July 22)
WR Thomas Hennigan, 6-2, 198, Northwest Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.: Other offers – Navy, Virginia, Coastal Carolina, Miami (Ohio) (COMMITTED to Appalachian State)
*K Peyton Henry, 6-foot, 185, Monte Vista HS, Danville, Calif.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force, California, Virginia. (COMMITTED to Virginia, Dec. 16)
*S Deandre Herman, 5-11, 170, Goose Creek HS, Baytown, Texas: Other offers – Colorado State, Yale. (COMMITTED to Central Arkansas, August 27)
CB Korey Hernandez, 5-11, 165, Cedar Grove HS, Ellenwood, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Arkansas, South Florida, Appalachian State, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Southern Mississippi, Toledo, Tulane, Western Michigan. (COMMITTED to Arkansas, June 30)
S Devon High, 6-2, 185, Wilson Central HS, Lebanon, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Navy, July 4)
DT Ziyon Hill, 6-2, 279, Catholic HS, New Iberia, La.: Other Division I-A offers – Kansas, SMU, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas, Texas-San Antonio. (COMMITTED to Louisiana-Lafayette, Dec. 8)
RB Brandon Hinton, 5-9, 170, McGill-Toolen HS, Mobile, Ala.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED to Air Force, July 19)
DB Grant Holloman, 5-10, 160, St. Pius X Catholic, Atlanta, Ga.: Other offers – Citadel, Richmond, Eastern Kentucky, Elon, Jacksonville St., Wofford. (COMMITTED to Holy Cross, Dec. 21)
WR Gavin Holmes, 6-foot, 175, Northwest HS, Fort Worth, Texas: Other offers: Utah, Boise State, BYU, Bowling Green, Middle Tennessee State, Nevada, Ohio, Tulane. (COMMITTED to Duke)
RB Jerry Howard, 6-1, 215, Northwestern HS, Rock Hill, S.C.: Other offers – Appalachian State, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Marshall, Miami (Ohio). Decomitted from East Carolina. (COMMITTED to Georgia Tech, Nov. 21)
WR Donte Howell, 6-3, 192, North Mesquite HS, Mesquite, Texas: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Central Arkansas, Oct. 25)
OL Hayden Howerton, 6-4, 255, Katy (Texas) HS: Other offers – California, Houston, Kansas, Wake Forest, Bowling Green, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Louisiana-Lafayette, New Mexico, Rice, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, UNLV. (COMMITTED to SMU, Nov. 30)
OL Stanley Hubbard, 6-3, 305, St. John’s College HS, Washington: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Temple, Marshall, Nevada, Old Dominion. (COMMITTED to UConn, Dec. 19)
S Ryan Huff, 6-1, 190, Cedar Shoals HS, Athens, Ga.: Other offers – Colorado State, Georgia Southern, Ohio, Texas-San Antonio, Tulane. (COMMITTED to Appalachian State)
DL Eli Huggins, 6-4, 285, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Kansas State, North Carolina State, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Western Kentucky, Tulane, Florida Atlantic (COMMITTED to Kansas State, June 21)
RB Joe Hunt, 6-3, 218, Cosby HS, Chesterfield, Va.: Other offers – Navy, Maryland, East Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Chattanooga. (COMMITTED to James Madison, Sept. 4)
WR Keshaun Hurst, 6-5, 185, Cocke County HS, Newport, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED to Western Carolina, August 13)
S Bryce Jackson, 6-foot, 185, Guyer HS, Denton, Texas.: Other offers – Nevada, New Mexico, Texas-San Antonio. (COMMITTED to Northwestern)
CB Cameron Jackson, 6-foot, 170, Reagan HS, Houston, Texas: First offer – Air Force. Second offer – Army. (COMMITTED to North Texas, Sept. 18)
S Daiquan Jackson, 5-10, 184, Poteet HS, Mesquite, Texas: Other offers: Air Force, Tulsa, Fresno State, SMU, New Mexico, Miami (Ohio), Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas State, North Texas, New Mexico State, Texas State (COMMITTED to Tulsa, July 30)
LB-S D’Marco Jackson, 6-1, 205, Broome HS, Spartanburg, S.C.: (COMMITTED to Appalachian State, August 7)
DE Jordan Jackson, 6-3, 236, Bishop O’Dowd HS, Oakland, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force, Hawaii. (COMMITTED to Holy Cross, Dec. 15)
WR-S Koilan Jackson, 6-3, 200, Robinson HS, Little Rock, Ark.: Other offers – Arkansas, Illinois. (COMMITTED to Arkansas)
LB Brandon James, 6-2, 195, Southridge HS, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Michigan, Navy, Vanderbilt. (COMMITTED to Florida International, August 2)
LB Mitchell Johns, 6-2, 223, Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ball State, Bowling Green, Toledo, Nevada. (COMMITTED to Navy, Dec. 15)
CB Cam Johnson, 6-foot, 175, Reagan HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, East Carolina, Fresno State, New Mexico State, North Texas. (COMMITTED to North Texas, Sept. 17)
QB-LB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 195, Hooks (Texas) HS: Army offered in late October. (COMMITTED to Air Force).
CB Nykeim Johnson, 5-9, 170, Friendship Collegiate Academy, Washington, D.C.: Hudl profile – 4.42 40. Other offers – Navy, Virginia, Bowling Green, Hawaii.  (COMMITTED to Syracuse, June 21).
DB Rodley Jolicoeur, 5-9, 166, Village Academy, Delray Beach, Fla.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army. Third offer – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Kent State, August 14)
*DE-LB Juwuan Jones, 6-3, 228, Lanier HS, Sugar Hill, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Western Kentucky. (COMMITTED to Western Kentucky, August 7)
QB-CB Max Jones, 6-foot, 180, Christian Brothers Academy, Albany, N.Y.:  (COMMITTED to Harvard, August 17).
QB Willie Jones, 6-4, 190, Silsbee (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED to Texas State)
OL Johnny Jordan, 6-2, 295, Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Maryland, Boston College, Syracuse, Kentucky, Memphis, Virginia, Temple, Marshall, Bowling Green, Ohio, Toledo, Coastal Carolina. (COMMITTED to Maryland, July 30)
LB Major Jordan, 6-1, 210, North Schuylkill HS, Ashland, Pa.: Other offers – Southern Mississippi, Cornell, Dartmouth, Lafayette. (COMMITTED to Lafayette, June 28)
S Roman Kafentzis, 6-2, 200, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Fresno State, San Jose State, New Mexico, Nevada. (COMMITTED to Boise State, Dec. 13)
OL Christian Kalish, 6-3, 287, Palmetto (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Air Force, Nov. 7)
LB Tayler Katoa, 6-2, 222, Layton (Utah) HS: Other offers – Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Vanderbilt, Boise State, Colorado, Kansas, Nevada, Utah State, UNLV. (COMMITTED to USC, Dec. 15)
RB-S Jacob Kibodi, 6-1, 205, Christian Life, Baton Rouge, La.: Other offers – Texas A&M, Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia State, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama. (COMMITTED to Texas A&M, Oct. 4)
S Bradley Kim, 5-11, 205, Skyline HS, Sammamish, Wash.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army. Third offer – Air Force. Army visit – August 1. (COMMITTED to Air Force, August 15)
*QB Rob King, 6-1, 182, Father Judge HS, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – UConn, Buffalo, Kent State, Coastal Carolina. Army visit: May 2. (COMMITTED to Temple, July 1)
OL-DL Cole Kirby, 6-4, 290, Franklin-Simpson HS, Franklin, Ky.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Bowling Green, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State. (COMMITTED to Middle Tennessee State, Dec. 7)
DT Brett Kitrell, 6-4, 270, Ashland-Greenwood HS, Ashland, Neb.: Other offers – Air Force, Minnesota, Central Florida, Ohio.  (COMMITTED to Minnesota, July 22)
TE Charlie Kolar, 6-6, 227, Norman (Okla.) North HS: Other offers – Air Force, Iowa State (COMMITTED to Iowa State, June 24)
K Charlie Kuhbander, 5-10, 180, Springboro (Ohio) HS: Other offers – Iowa State. (COMMITTED to Northwestern, June 13).
CB Quentin Lake, 6-1, 176, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.: Son of former Steelers safety Carnell Lake. Other offers – USC, Navy, UCLA, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Hawaii, Nevada, San Jose State. (COMMITTED to UCLA, August 16)
DE Deven Lamp, 6-3, 218, Cedar Hill (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Iowa State, Nevada, Cornell, Holy Cross, Texas Southern. (COMMITTED to Iowa State, June 29)
S R.J. Lan, 6-foot, 195, La Mirada (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Nevada, New Mexico, San Jose State, UNLV, Wyoming (COMMITTED to TCU, baseball, July 13)
K Chris Landgrebe, 6-2, 195, Madeira HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: (COMMITTED to California, Dec. 8)
LB Tommy Lawley, 6-2, 215, Davidson (N.C) Day HS: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Navy, August 13)
RB-LB Kendall Lawrence, 6-foot, 215, Campbell HS, Smyrna, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Georgia State. (COMMITTED to Georgia State, July 13)
DE-TE Devan Lawson, 6-5, 235, Spring Valley (N.Y.) HS: Visited Army in late May. (COMMITTED to Stony Brook, Dec. 3)
TE Guy Lecompte, 6-4, 225, Mandeville (La.) HS: Other offers – Troy, Southern Illinois. (COMMITTED to Northwestern State, August 20)
OL Patrick Leitten, 6-7, 240, Ravenwood HS, Brentwood, Tenn.: Other offers – Vanderbilt, Wyoming. (COMMITTED to Duke)
RB Travis Levy, 5-11, 190, Sherwood HS, Sandy Spring, Md.: (COMMITTED to Boston College)
QB Levi Lewis, 5-10, 169, Scotlandville HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Kent State, Texas-San Antonio, New Mexico State. (COMMITTED to Louisiana-Lafayette, July 28)
WR Ryan Lezzer, 6-foot, 186, Clearfield (Pa.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan. (COMMITTED to Youngstown State, Dec. 30)
WR Austin Liles, 6-4, 190, Lutheran HS, Orange, Calif.: Other offers – Navy, San Jose State, Nevada. (COMMITTED to San Jose State, August 14)
S Anthony Lotti, 6-1, 195, Freehold (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Temple, New Hampshire, Delaware, Bucknell, Colgate, Yale, Dartmouth. (COMMITTED to Penn, July 2)
WR Ben Maffe, 6-3, 222, Briar Woods HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers  – Navy, Marshall. (COMMITTED to Fordham, Dec. 18)
RB Zay Malcome, 5-5, 165, Westminster HS, Atlanta, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Penn, Dec. 13)
TE Parker Mallett, 6-3, 220, Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Tennessee-Chattanooga, July 22).
OL Michael Mambuca, 6-5, 252, Gulf Coast HS, Naples, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Holy Cross, Dec. 3)
RB McLane Mannix, 5-10, 176, Midland (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Vanderbilt. (COMMITTED to Vanderbilt, June 23)
DE Calder Marria, 6-4, 220, Jonesboro (Ga.) HS: Other offer – Mississippi State, Kent State, Tulane, Appalachian State, Georgia State. (COMMITTED to Georgia Southern, Oct. 21)
DL Mike Marinelli, 6-3, 260, DePaul Catholic HS, Wayne, N.J.: Other offers – Yale, Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Brown. (COMMITTED to Fordham, Dec. 28)
OL Seth Martin, 6-3, 285, Pulaski Academy, Little Rock, Ark.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED to Georgetown, Dec. 4)
DT Jeff Marx, 6-1, 293, Ursuline HS, Youngstown, Ohio: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Navy, July 30)
LB Ben Mason, 6-3, 240, Newtown (Conn.) HS: Other FBS offers – Navy, Boston College, California, Duke, Kansas, Rutgers, Syracuse, UConn, UMass (COMMITTED to Michigan)
LB James McCarthy, 6-1, 215, Middletown South HS, Middletown, N.J.: (COMMITTED to UPenn, July 3)
T Vincent McConnell, 6-6, 241, Washington HS, Massillon, Ohio: Other offers – Syracuse, Cincinnati, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Toledo. (COMMITTED to Toledo, June 22)
S Darryl McDaniel, 6-foot, 180, St. John’s HS, Washington, D.C.: (COMMITTED to Villanova, July 26)
LB Caden McDonald, 6-3, 212, Northwest HS, Fort Worth, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Fresno State, Bowling Green, Texas-San Antonio. (COMMITTED to San Diego State, June 22)
LB Tyler McDonald, 6-2, 222, Clearwater (Fla.) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force, Toledo, Columbia, Princeton, Yale. (COMMITTED to Princeton, August 1)
RB Marcus McElroy, 6-foot, 205, Mullen HS, Denver, Colo.: Other offers -Air Force, Kansas State, Purdue, Colorado State, Kansas, Wyoming, Hawaii. (COMMITTED to Colorado State, Dec. 3)
WR-TE Chance McLeod, 6-4, 230, Victoria (Texas) East HS: Other offers – Air Force, Texas-San Antonio, New Mexico. (COMMITTED to Texas-San Antonio, July 20)
WR Keynel McZeal, 6-4, 226, Port Neches-Groves HS, Port Neches, Texas: First offer – Army. Second offer – Louisiana-Monroe. (COMMITTED to Texas A&M)
RB Kayce Medlock, 5-10, 187, Arp (Texas) HS: Other offers – SMU, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette. (COMMITTED to SMU, July 27)
WR Ellis Merriweather, 6-2, 200, Alpharetta (Ga.) HS: Recent offer from Army (COMMITTED to Navy on March 16)
LB Quinn Miller, 6-2, 230, Archer HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.: Other offers – Central Florida. (COMMITTED to Virginia, wrestling)
OL Mikey Minihan, 6-3, 285, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii: First offer – Idaho. Second offer – Army. (COMMITTED to Georgia Tech)
LB Isaiah Moore, 6-2, 210, Bird HS, Chesterfield, Va.: Army visit – April 23, June 25. Other offers – Navy, Old Dominion, Texas-San Antonio. (COMMITTED to North Carolina State)
OL-DL Maxim Moore, 6-3, 295, Eagle (Idaho) HS: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED to Idaho, Nov. 9)
LB Brett Moorman, 6-3, 220, Fenwick HS, Oak Park, Ill.
WR Quintin Morris, 6-3, 200, George Ranch HS, Richmond, Texas: First offer – Navy. Third offer – Army.  (COMMITTED to Bowling Green).
CB Hanif Muhammad, 5-11, 160, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas: Army – Offer No. 20. Other offers – Mississippi State, Nebraska, Fresno State, Tulane, Utah State, Georgia State, North Texas, South Alabama, Texas-San Antonio, UTEP, Idaho. (COMMITTED to McNeese State, Dec. 16)
S Demetrius Murray, 6-2, 175, Grayson HS, Loganville, Ga.: Other offers – Oregon State, Ball State, Georgia State. Decommitted from Fresno State, Nov. 29. (COMMITTED to Ball State, Dec. 3)
T Wyatt Musser, 6-6, 280, Kamiakin HS, Kennewick, Wash.: Other offers – Colorado State, Hawaii, Idaho, Eastern Washington. (COMMITTED to Eastern Washington, Jan. 1)
CB Thabo Mwaniki, 5-11, 180, Guyer HS, Denton, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Colorado, Kansas, UConn, Colorado State, Fresno State, New Mexico, SMU, Texas-San Antonio, North Texas. (COMMITTED to Oklahoma State, July 30)
DE-TE John Nagel, 6-6, 230, West Delaware HS, Davenport, Iowa.: Other offers – Air Force, Iowa State. (COMMITTED to Iowa State, September 16)
OL Ryan Nelson, 6-5, 243, Buena Park (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Northwestern, Nebraska, Arizona State, Oregon State, Colorado, Virginia, Iowa State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Columbia. (COMMITTED to Virginia, Sept. 26)
DE Luka Nixon, 6-6, 235, Sherwood (Ore.) HS: Other offers – Nevada, Utah State, Wyoming. (COMMITTED to UC-Davis, August 15)
OL-DL Nick Novak, 6-4, 265, Lake Orion (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Colorado, Bowling Green, Kent State. (COMMITTED to Navy)
*T Patrick Nuss, 6-7, 280, Vestavia Hills (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Western Kentucky, Troy, Georgia State, Louisiana-Monroe, UAB. (COMMITTED to Western Kentucky, Sept. 24)
OL-DL Axel Nyembwe, 6-1, 300, Avalon HS, Gaithersburg, Md.: Other offers – Duke, Rutgers, Virginia, Wake Forest, Toledo, Kent State, Coastal Carolina. (COMMITTED to Duke, October 4)
TE Baron Odom, 6-5, 215, Wynnewood (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Rice. (COMMITTED to Rice, June 3).
QB Tobias Oliver, 6-3, 180, Northside HS, Warner Robins, Ga.: (COMMITTED to Georgia Tech, Nov. 27)
LB C.J. Onyechi, 6-2, 220, West Orange (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Temple, Rutgers, Buffalo. (COMMITTED to Rutgers, June 17)
*QB Wayne Overman, 6-foot, 215, Saint Martin HS, Ocean Springs, Miss.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Navy. Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Air Force, Oct. 29)
LB-S Jeremiah Owusu, 6-2, 193, Bethel HS, Hampton, Va.: Other offers – Virginia, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Appalachian State, Old Dominion, James Madison, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina. (COMMITTED to Virginia, Oct. 23)
QB Tyler Page, 6-foot, 180, Friendswood (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, SMU. (COMMITTED to SMU, August 1)
DE Anthony Payne, 6-2, 250, Raymore-Peculiar HS, Peculiar, Mo.: Other offers – Michigan, Kansas State, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), Tulane, Wyoming, Arkansas State (COMMITTED to Kansas State, July 26)
DE Daniel Peabody, 6-2, 220, Ironwood Ridge HS, Tucson, Ariz.: (COMMITTED to San Jose State, August 6)
RB LaPerion Perry, 5-6, 150, LaGrange (Ga.) HS: Other offers – North Carolina State, Purdue, Cincinnati, Georgia Southern, East Carolina, Central Florida, Florida International, Georgia State, Miami (Ohio), Troy, Tulane, Appalachian State. (COMMITTED to Purdue, August 9)
RB Kent Phelps, 6-foot, 185, Paintsville (Ky.) HS: (COMMITTED to Wofford, August 17)
WR-LB Owen Piche, 6-3, 200, Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.: Other offers – Navy, Cincinnati, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, New Mexico, Toledo, Western Michigan. (COMMITTED to Navy, June 29)
QB Bryson Powers, 6-2, 190, Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army. (COMMITTED to Harvard, August 3)
WR Darnell Pratt, 6-3, 170, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Olney, Md.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Virginia, Kent State, Ohio, Central Michigan, Coastal Carolina. (COMMITTED to Virginia, August 9)
DE Michael Purcell, 6-5, 224, The Woodlands (Texas) HS: First offer – Army. Second offer – Air Force. Other offers – Kansas (COMMITTED to Air Force, Dec. 2)
RB Michael Purvey, 5-10, 190, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas: First FBS offer – Army. Other offers – Yale, Brown, Dartmouth. (COMMITTED to Yale, Dec. 6)
DT Rutger Reitmaier, 6-3, 280, Lipscomb Academy, Nashville, Tenn.: Other offers – Michigan, Louisville, Nebraska, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Arkansas, South Carolina, Penn State, Missouri, Memphis, Iowa, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Duke. (COMMITTED to Oregon, June 8).
RB Kade Remsberg, 5-11, 179, Newton (Kansas) HS: Speed: 100 and 200-meter state champion, 4.35, 40-yard dash. Other offers – Kansas. (COMMITTED to Air Force, October 2)
DB Isaiah Richardson, 6-1, 190, Foster HS, Richmond, Texas: Other offers – Rice, SMU, Yale. (COMMITTED to SMU, June 8)
RB Ronnie Rivers, 5-8, 168, Freedom HS, Oakley, Calif.: Father, Ron, was a running back for Detroit Lions and a Fresno State alum. Other offers -Fresno State, San Jose State. (COMMITTED to Fresno State, Dec. 6)
*RB-S Kanye Roberts, 6-3, 195, Greenback (Tenn.) HS: (COMMITTED to North Carolina, Dec. 3)
DE Tucker Robertson, 6-3, 244, Grace Brethren HS, Simi Valley, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force, Arizona, Washington State, Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State, Hawaii, New Mexio, Cal Poly, Princeton. (COMMITTED to Nevada, July 30)
*DL Mike Rodriguez, 6-2, 265, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to UPenn, Dec. 21)
LB Michael Ruane, 6-1, 220, Rumson-Fair Haven HS, Rumson, N.J.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, Nevada, Buffalo, Old Dominion (COMMITTED to UMass, June 24)
K Brandon Ruiz, 5-10, 172, Williams HS, Gilbert, Ariz.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Tennessee, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Iowa State. (COMMITTED to Alabama, June 10).
OL-LS Cory Ryder, 6-4, 292, Nantucket (Mass.) HS: (COMMITTED to Holy Cross, August 1)
OL Samari Saddler, 6-2, 305, Archbishop Moeller HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Akron, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio). (COMMITTED to Navy, Nov. 13)
DE Chris Sampleton, 6-3, 230, Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park, Ill.: Other FBS offers: Air Force, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Eastern Michigan. (COMMITTED to Yale, July 29)
WR Luke Sanders, 6-4, 195, Cathedral HS, Indianapolis, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force, Ball State, Eastern Michigan. (COMMITTED to Western Michigan, July 29)
LB Mohamed Sanogo, 6-2, 239, Plano (Texas) West HS: Other offers – Air Force, Houston, Tulane. (COMMITTED to Houston, June 27)
CB Josiah Scott, 5-10, 175, Fairfield (Ohio) HS: First offer – Army. Second offer – Navy. Other offers – Michigan State, Iowa, Bowling Green, Kent State, Southern Mississippi. (COMMITTED to Michigan State, July 31)
S Brion Seagraves, 6-foot, 182, Dudley HS: Other offers – Towson, Eastern Kentucky. (COMMITTED to North Carolina Central, Oct. 29)
LB Griffin Sestili, 6-3, 235, North Allegheny HS, Wexford, Pa.: (COMMITTED to Temple, June 2)
T Cody Shear, 6-5, 265, Sheldon HS, Eugene, Ore.: Also a long snapper. Other offers: Air Force, Arizona, Oregon State, Washington State, Temple, BYU, Akron, Ball State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, Ohio, San Diego State, Toledo, Tulane, UMass, Utah State. (COMMITTED to Arizona, July 1)
WR-LB Dean Sise, 6-2, 185, Juanita HS, Kirkland, Wash.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Navy, August 27)
RB Abram Smith, 6-foot, 196, Abilene (Texas) HS: First offer – Tulsa. Second offer – Army. (COMMITTED to Tulsa)
TE Kyle Soelle, 6-3, 215, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado State, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV. (COMMITTED to Arizona State, June 17)
C John Spellacy, 6-1, 285, St. Ignatius HS, Cleveland, Ohio: Other offers – East Carolina. (COMMITTED to East Carolina)
DT Camaron Spence, 6-4, 300, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla: (COMMITTED to Maryland)
K Adam Stack, 6-2, 175, Kamehameha HS, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Oregon, Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.), Oregon State, San Diego State. (COMMITTED to Oregon, July 6)
FB John Stamos, 6-2, 215, Villa Park (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Fresno State, Nevada. (COMMITTED to Navy, August 14)
OL Corey Stephens, 6-3, 291, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.: Other offers – Air Force, Memphis. (COMMITTED to Arizona State, June 17)
LB Darian Stephenson, 6-2, 216, Westminster Christian HS, Miami, Fla.: First offer – Navy, Western Kentucky, UAB. (COMMITTED to Navy, June 22)
S Geno Stone, 6-foot, 185, New Castle (Pa.) HS: First FBS offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Kent State. (COMMITTED to Kent State, Dec. 18)
S Lyn Strange, 6-2, 185, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Illinois, Georgia Southern, Indiana, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Oregon State, Syracuse, Temple, Troy, Tulane. (COMMITTED to Louisville, July 15)
WR Darian Street, 6-3, 170, Liberty HS, Bethlehem, Pa.: (COMMITTED to Pittsburgh)
WR Cameron Sullivan-Brown, 6-1, 175, Saint Vincent Pallotti HS, Laurel, Md.: (COMMITTED to Penn State, July 29)
RB-LB D.J. Taylor, 6-2, 219, Huntland (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Toledo  (COMMITTED to Wake Forest, June 14).
DB DeWayne Terry, 6-foot, 181, Gulliver Prep, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, California, Louisville, Minnesota, Western Kentucky, South Florida, Bowling Green, Appalachian State. (COMMITTED to Dartmouth, Dec. 21)
DT Caleb Thomas, 6-1, 275, Mansfield (Texas) HS: Other offers – Nevada. (COMMITTED to Nevada)
QB Tehran Thomas, 5-11, 190, Desert Edge HS, Goodyear, Ariz.: First offer- Army. Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to UC-Davis, July 12)
WR Brandon Thompson, 6-7, 205, England (Ark.) HS: (COMMITTED to Washington State, Nov. 28)
WR Russell Thompson, 6-3, 205, Bloomfield (Conn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Temple, Boston College, UConn. (COMMITTED to Syracuse, July 21)
*CB Josh Turner, 6-foot, 180, American Heritage HS, Delray Beach, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force, Wisconsin, Purdue, Ohio, South Florida, Southern Mississippi. (COMMITTED to Iowa, August 11)
QB Austin Upshaw, 6-1, 188, LaPorte (Texas) HS: Other offers – Memphis. (COMMITTED to Memphis, June 23)
DE Marcus Valdez, 6-1, 243, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.: Other offers – Navy, Boston College, Rutgers, Duke, Syracuse, UConn, Bowling Green, James Madison, Kent State, Florida Atlantic (COMMITTED to Boston College, June 22)
CB Vance Vallair, 6-2, 190, Beaumont (Texas) Central HS: First offer – Rice. Second offer – Army. Other offers – Texas-San Antonio, North Texas, Louisiana-Monroe. (COMMITTED to Texas-San Antonio, August 3)
CB Tayari Venable, 6-foot, 162, Rancho Cucumonga (Calif.) HS: Other offers Air Force, Oregon State, Fresno State, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevads, San Jose State, UNLV. (COMMITTED to Washington State).
RB Thomas Vissman, 6-foot, 210, Upper St. Clair HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.: Other offers – Columbia, Penn, Princeton, Yale. (COMMITTED to Yale, July 23)
QB Byron Walker, 5-11, 185, Sulphur (La.) HS: Attended Army Junior Day/Spring Game. (COMMITTED to Southeastern Louisiana, Sept. 23)
CB Jadon Walker, 6-1, 185, Chapel Hill HS, Douglasville, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Boston College, Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia Southern. (COMMITTED to Colorado State, Dec. 8)
T Cameron Warfield, 6-4, 280, Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Air Force, Ball State, Bowling Green, Toledo, Ohio, Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED to Yale, August 24)
DE Kofi Wardlow, 6-4, 230, St. John’s Collegiate HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Ball State, Bowling Green. (COMMITTED to Maryland, Dec. 17)
WR Dwayne Warren, 6-3, 198, Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J.: Other offers – Air Force, New Hampshire, Columbia, Cornell, Princeton. (COMMITTED to Columbia, Dec. 31)
DE Carson Wells, 6-3, 222, South Sumter HS, Bushnell, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force, Colorado, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, Tulane, Florida Atlantic. (COMMITTED to Colorado, August 2)
WR Adam West, 6-8, 216, Central HS, San Angelo, Texas: Other offers – Texas State (COMMITTED to Harvard, June 30)
LB Justin Whisenhunt, 6-1, 210, Ramsay HS, Birmingham, Ala.: (COMMITTED to UAB, June 16)
OL Hank White, 6-6, 245, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force. Army visit – June 17. (COMMITTED to Columbia, August 27)
DB Sheir-Ron Whittaker, 6-1, 180, Delaware Valley Charter, Philadelphia, Pa.: Army visit: Oct. 15 (COMMITTED to New Hampshire, Nov. 27)
DE Ethan Wiederkeur, 6-6, 285, Shoreham-Wading River HS, Shoreham, NY: Other offers – Navy, Northwestern, Louisville, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple, UConn, Buffalo. (COMMITTED to Northwestern, June 13)
QB Kaylan Wiggins, 6-2, 187, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army. Other offers – Tulane. (COMMITTED to Tulane, July 26)
*OL-DL Adonis Williams, 6-3, 275, Damonte Ranch HS, Reno, Nev.: Top offensive lineman at Army camp, July 23. Other offer – Air Force.  (COMMITTED to Air Force, August 8)
LB Keisean Wilson, 6-2, 230, North Point HS, Waldorf, Md.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Temple, Syracuse, Indiana, Toledo, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina. (COMMITTED to Old Dominion, June 20)
S Scottie Young, 6-foot, 190, Helix HS, La Mesa, Calif.: (COMMITTED to Arizona)
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Quick thoughts: Heart of Dallas Bowl

Jeff Monken, perhaps in his best impression of former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, delivered a message to approximately 20,000 Army fans that cheered on his team Tuesday at the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

“How about those Black Knights,” Monken said at the end of the Heart of Dallas Bowl trophy presentation.

This Army team will be remembered as one of the academy’s best since the Red Blaik era, which had six undefeated seasons from 1944 to 1958.

This team ended Army’s 14-game losing streak to Navy, won the program’s fourth bowl game and its eight victories were a six-win improvement from last season. The improvement equaled the 1984 Cherry Bowl champion team as the best in the academy’s 126 years of football. The Black Knights won a bowl game and beat Navy in the same season for the first time since 1984.

Junior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw engineered his second game-winning drive in as many games. First, the epic drive against Navy that he finished with touchdown run. And, here, the overtime drive, which started off schedule after an interesting halfback pass call on the first play. Bradshaw didn’t panic when Monken kept the offense on the field with no timeouts on 4th-and-goal from the 4 with the play clock ticking down to three seconds. He pitched the ball and let slotback Jordan Asberry, the offensive line and blocking skilled players do the rest.

Senior wide receiver Edgar Poe had just one reception in each game but each catch proved pivotal in the victories. Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said Poe’s 29-yard catch on the first play of Army’s game-winning drive was a momentum change in the Black Knights’ 21-17 win. Poe caught a 15-yard pass near the sideline on 3rd-and-8 to keep the overtime possession alive in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

“”I had great blocking by the offensive line,” Bradshaw said of his overtime pass to Poe. “It was just like playing catch really. I didn’t have to do much. Poe made a great catch.”

Jordan Asberry’s overtime score gave Army a school-record 46 rushing touchdowns, surpassing 45 by the 1945 team. Phillip May pointed out on Twitter that the 1945 team accomplished their record in just nine games while the 2016 team had 13 games. To put Army’s touchdowns in perspective, Navy scored 61 times on the ground this season to lead the nation.

Ahmad Bradshaw was named the game’s most valuable player after rushing for 129 yards and scoring a 65-yard touchdown. Senior linebacker Jeremy Timpf could have also earned the honor. Timpf made a team-high 15 tackles and was graded Army’s top player by Pro Football Focus College Football.  Timpf’s tackle for loss on North Texas’ second play in overtime was one of the plays of the game.

Linebacker Alex Aukerman was Army’s second-highest graded player. Aukerman capped a breakthrough junior year with two more tackles for loss, giving him 15 for the season and tying him for eight-best single-season total in academy history.  He also forced an interception with a quarterback pressure.

PFF College Football noted that Army only pressured North Texas quarterback Alec Morris seven times but on all seven occasions Morris did not complete the pass.

Army’s only full possession of the fourth quarter may have been the longest drive that did not result in any points that I can remember. The Black Knights ran 18 plays in 10 minutes and 35 seconds. Kell Walker was stopped outside for 2-yard loss on 4th-and-4 from the North Texas 28 on the 18th. Was surprised that Army didn’t try and take a shot downfield on that play.

How did Army won eight games with one of the worst special teams in recent memory?

The Heart of Dallas Bowl followed a season-long trend. Army missed its fourth extra point of the season on a low snap to start the game. Monken elected to chase the points after the next three touchdowns and Army failed on each two-point conversion, the last a fake extra point where tight end Dalton Mendenhall’s attempted pass to long snapper Scott Flanick wasn’t close. Funny thing is if Army would have converted any of the attempts after its first four scores, North Texas would have needed to go for a touchdown and not the game-tying field goal in the final seconds.

Punter J.D. Mote’s two punts totaled 70 yards, right on Army’s season average (35.14).

Punt return Malik McGue’s fumble led to North Texas’ only touchdown of the second half.

“We had some room to run if he fields the punt,” Monken said. ” We had a return set up and he just took his eyes off it.”

Army also gave up a 10-yard pass from punter Eric Kenna to wide receiver Kenny Buyers on a 4th-and-9.

“The fake punt we actually had it cover,” Monken said. “We had a guy get picked off. But then we had a guy hanging around there for the fake. It was Calen Holt. He got blocked and he couldn’t get the guy wrapped up. The guy just powered through him and made the first down. Good play by North Texas.”

Offensive line coach Bob Bodine was on the Army sidelines for the last time Tuesday. After three years as an Army assistant, Bodine will coach the offensive line at Georgia Southern. Bodine tweeted after the bowl game,”Thank you to everyone associated with Army West Point Football. My family and I thank you for 3 great years! #HODBowlchamps.”

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