Recruiting: Need for speed

When Army coach Jeff Monken and his staff are looking at a high school prospect, speed is one of the first qualities they check.

Monken says a goal is recruit bigger and faster players into the program.

“Big and fast would be great,” Monken said. “They are hard to get. Everybody is recruiting big and fast. That’s why big and fast is hard to find at every position…

“A big defensive lineman that runs really good that is a good change-of-direction guy and has good hands and feet, he’s getting recruited by everyone in the country. He’s just not going to be around for our draft pick. We are going to have to take undersized guys or guys that are projects. Guys, who may move from linebacker to defensive line or defensive line to offensive line or corner to safety just to get a more athletic guy.”

Army seems to be recruiting smaller, quicker slot backs from the class of 2016. Navy has had success with that prototype since Monken worked under Paul Johnson’s staff in Annapolis beginning in 2002.

“We couldn’t recruit the bigger, faster guys (at Navy),” Monken said. “They all got recruited by everyone else.”

Monken added, “If we are going to be able to recruit the kind of speed that we want and we feel we need to succeed at this level, we are probably going to have to take some smaller guys.  That’s fine with me. I’d rather have smaller and faster than bigger and slower.”

Army recently offered Downey (Calif.) junior 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back Daevon Vigilant. Vigilant’s Hudl profile says he runs a 4.3 40-yard dash.

Creekside (Ga.) quarterback Felix Harper, who was offered last week, has operated a spread offense for the past two seasons. Harper helped Creekside to its first Georgia Class AAAAA title as a sophomore.

By my calculations, Army has offered 116 juniors. Might be missing a few.

Nineteen of those offers have gone out to players from the state of Florida. Georgia and New Jersey are tied for the second-highest with 15 offers per state.

2016 Army offers
T Tarik Adams, 6-4, 285, Lowndes HS, Valdosta, Ga.
CB Austin Andrews, 6-1, 180, St. Francis de Sales HS, Columbus, Ohio: Andrews has received offers from Ball State, Boston College, Iowa, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin, among others.
CB Manny Appiah, 6-1, 180, Bergen Catholic HS, Oradell, N.J.
WR Kirk Augustus, 5-9, 165, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, N.C.
K Alex Barbir, 5-9, 185, South Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
WR Jaquarius Bargnare, 5-9, 189, Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, Fla.
OL Harrison Barton, 6-3, 285, Houston (Texas) Christian HS
C-G Sean Behrens, 6-3, 285, Newsome HS, Lithia, Fla.
QB Joey Benden, 5-10, 180, Massaponax HS, Spotsylvania, Va.
RB Rakeem Boyd, 5-11, 200, Stratford HS, Houston, Texas
T Parker Braun, 6-4, 275, Osceola HS, Kissimmee, Fla: Braun’s father, Mike, played football for Army from 1986-88. Ohio State, Stanford and Duke are among others, who have offered Braun.
RB-S Brittain Brown, 6-2, 190, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga.
RB Jesse Brown, 5-11, 185, Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga.: Offered by Kansas State, Navy and Air Force among others.
S Anthony Butler, 6-2, 190, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
DE Charles Callender, 6-2, 220, Gulliver Prep, Miami, Fla.
WR Antoine Cannady, 6-3, 225, Dawson HS, Pearland, Texas
OL Eric Cal, 6-3, 286, Providence Day HS, Charlotte, N.C.
LB Eron Carter, 6-2, 215, Palatka (Fla.) HS: UMass and Troy have offered Carter.
S Adrian Clark, 6-2, 215, Woodrow Wilson HS, Camden, N.J.
WR Kjetil Cline, 6-foot, 185, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
DE-TE Dante Cleveland, 6-3, 240, Hoffman Estates (Ill.) HS
WR Gene Coleman, 6-foot, 178, Bergen Catholic (N.J.) HS, Oradell, N.J.
CB Miles Corpening, 5-11, 180, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
DL Da’shon Copes, 6-1, 267, Toms River (N.J.) North HS
LB Lorenzo Dantzler, 6-2, 230, Starkville (Miss.) HS
CB Coney Durr, 5-10, 171, Dutchtown HS, Geismar, La.: Kansas State is among the other schools, which has offered Durr.
CB Joshua Drayden, 5-11, 175, Bishop Dunne HS, Dallas, Texas
DL Michael Dwumfour, 6-3, 265, DePaul Catholic HS, Wayne, N.J.: Also has offers from Wake Forest and Temple.
RB Tyus Flakes, 5-10, 195, Auburn (Ala.) HS
DE Andrew Fitzgerald, 6-5, 245, Marcus HS, Flower Mound, Texas: Air Force, Boise State, Caifornia, Colorado State, Kansas State, North Carolina and Vanderbilt has also offered Fitzgerald.
OL Will Fries, 6-6, 265, Cranford (N.J.) HS
CB-S Bricen Garner, 6-3, 175, Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.” Also offered by Navy, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Temple, Toledo, UMass and Fordham.
DE Demerick Gary, 6-3, 245, Kimball HS, Dallas, Texas
DE Michael Geraghty, 6-3, 232, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas, Nev.
DE Jordan Giberti, 6-3, 225, Gainesville (Fla.) HS
LB Ryan Gilmartin, 6-1, 230, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian HS
LB Roury Glanton, 6-foot, 230, Carrollton (Ga.) HS
OL-DL Joe Goff, 6-5, 265, Episcopal HS, Alexandria, Va.: Navy offered Goff after Army.
S Xavier Goodall, 5-11, 185, Henrico HS, Richmond, Va.
WR-CB Palmer Graham, 5-9, 165, Conant HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
RB Russell Halimon, 5-9, 182, Allatoona HS, Acworth, Ga.
WR Tanner Hall, 6-2, 185, Lambert HS,  Suwanee, Ga.: Army was the first to offer Hall.
WR-CB Damar Hamlin, 6-1, 185, Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.: Hamline recently received his 32nd offer from Tennessee. Auburn, Clemson, Indiana, Miami (Fla.), Navy, Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, among others, that have also offered Hamlin.
QB Donald Hammond, 6-1, 205 Eagle’s Landing Christian HS, McDonough, Ga.
LB Bryce Handy, 6-1, 213, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.
QB Felix Harper, 6-foot, 170, Creekside HS, Fairburn, Ga.
CB Ojahi Hawkins, 6-2, 169, Winter Haven (Fla.) HS
QB-S Isaiah Hill, 6-1, 190, Florida HS, Tallahassee, Fla.
CB Tyrone Hill, 6-2, 198, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.: Navy offered Hill last week.
RB-S Khaleke Hudson, 6-foot, 205, McKeesport (Pa.) HS: Also offered by Navy
DE Dallas Jeanty, 6-1, 220, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) HS: Recently offered by Navy
WR-CB Nate Johnson, 6-foot, 180, Independence HS, Thompsons Station, Tenn.
OL-DL Braylon Jones, 6-4, 290, John Tyler HS, Tyler, Texas
QB Deshaunte Jones, 5-10, 170, Colerain HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Cincinnati and Toledo have also offered Jones.
OL Spencer Kanz, 6-6, 280, Luxemburg-Casco HS, Luxemburg, Wisc.
DE-LB Eric Kendzoir, 6-3, 230, La Porte (Texas) HS
WR Tyler Kirtz, 6-2, 190, Brownsburg (Ind.) HS
RB Alan Lamar, 5-9, 185, DeSoto Central HS, Southaven, Miss.
RB Jonathon Lee, 5-11, 187, Riverdale Baptist School, Upper Marlboro, Md.
QB Riley Lees, 6-1, 185, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Lees is from the same high school as Army junior quarterback A.J. Schurr. (COMMITTED to Miami, Ohio).
LB Peyton Long, 6-2, 225, Dallas (Texas) Jesuit HS: Also offered by Navy.
S Kenney Lyte, 6-2, 182, Fremd HS, Palatine, Ill.: Lyte holds a recent offer from Baylor.
DT William Mack III, 6-2, 255, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.
RB-CB Martin Mangram, 5-11, 180, Buford (Ga.) HS: Has been offered by Northwestern.
DE Sal Mauro, 6-3, 238, Bergen Catholic (N.J.) HS, Oradell, N.J.
OL-DL Drew McEntyre, 6-2, 285, Calhoun (Ga.) HS
DE Darius McFarland, 6-3, 250, Box Elder HS, Brigham City, Utah
RB Tre Miller, 6-1, 215, Dixie HS, St. George, Utah
RB Darius Morehand, 5-8, 170, Ensworth HS, Nashville, Tenn.
WR-CB Lonnie Moore, 5-10, 165, Paul VI HS, Haddonfield, N.J.
RB Blake Morgan, 5-10, 170, Creekside HS, St. Johns, Fla.
CB T.J. Morrison, 5-11, 175, Stepinac HS, White Plains, N.Y.
S Justin Mulbah, 6-foot, 200, St. Vincent Pallotti HS, Laurel, Md.: Navy was first to offer Mulbah.
TE Jordan Myers, 6-1, 205, Dickinson (Texas) HS
TE Mack Nash, 6-5, 250, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.
OL Marshal Nathe, 6-3, 285, Centennial HS, Peoria, Ariz.: (COMMITTED to Arizona State)
TE Trey Neville, 6-4, 245, Lafayette HS, Williamsburg, Va.
WR Tre Nixon, 6-foot, 155, Viera (Fla.) HS:
QB L.J. Northington, 6-2, 190, Lutheran HS, Orange, Calif.
DT Mike Panasiuk, 6-3, 285, Lake Park HS, Roselle, Ill.
WR-CB Jamal Parker, 5-10, 170 Camden Catholic HS. Cherry Hill, N.J.
LB Ryan Parker, 6-1, 205,  Baylor HS, Chattanooga, Tenn.
LB Jonathan Pollock, 6-foot, 212, Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, Fla.: Pollock verbally committed to Rutgers in the fall.
G Dylan Powell, 6-3, 270, Hannibal (Mo.) HS
LB Evan Powell, 6-1, 220, Cherokee HS, Marlton, N.J.
S Austin Quillen, 6-foot, 190, Jenks (Okla.) HS: Navy and Vanderbilt are among the schools to offer Quillen.
DL Darius Reynolds, 6-2, 225, York HS, Yorktown, Va.
QB Tyree Rodgers, 6-2, 180, Camden (N.J.) Catholic HS
WR Geraud Saunders, 6-3, 185, Bishop Dunne HS, Dallas, Texas
LS John Shannon, 6-2, 225, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Ill.
DE-LB Brandon Simon, 6-2, 230, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.
K Trey Simons, 6-2, 155, Atlantic Coast HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Simeon Smiley, 6-1, 200, Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic HS
T-DT Nate Smith, 6-7, 260, Murrieta Mesa HS, Murrieta, Calif.: Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona State, Arizona, California, Washington State, Baylor, Illinois, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Penn State, Nebraska, Louisville, Cincinnati and Syracuse are among the schools we have offered Smith.
RB-CB Trey Snead, 5-11, 195, Fleming Island HS, Orange Park, Fla.
WR Jack Sorenson, 6-1, 185, Stevenson HS, Lincolnshire, Ill.
S Keoni Stallworth, 6-2, 190, Cosumnes Oaks HS, Elk Grove, Calif.
T Sterling Strother, 6-5, 254, Campolindo HS, Moraga, Calif.
QB-LB Tymar Sutton, 6-foot, 215, McKeesport (Pa.) HS
S Chanse Sylvie, 6-foot, 180, Calvary Academy, Shreveport, La.
TE Collin Tatko, 6-5, 255, Northpoint Christian HS, Southaven, Miss.
RB-DB Yeedee Thaenrat, 5-10, 192, Father Judge HS, Philadelphia, Pa.
CB Mykal Tolliver, 6-foot, 177, St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif.: Also offered by Washington State, Colorado State and Nevada.
DE Anthony Trinh, 6-3, 230, Pace Academy, Atlanta, Ga.
DL Julius Turner, 6-2, 270, Meridian (Miss.) HS
RB Darryl Turner, 5-9, 184, DeMatha HS, Hyattsville, Md.: (COMMITTED to Maryland)
LB Desmond Veals, 6-foot, 195, West Brook HS, Beaumont, Texas
RB Daevon Vigilant, 5-10, 180, Downey (Calif.) HS; Vigilant’s Hudl profile says he runs a 4.3 40-yard dash.
QB Michael Viktrup, 6-1, 205, Carmel (Ind.) HS
DE Traver Vliem, 6-4, 240, Midland (Texas) HS
RB Jamauri Wakefield, 6-1, 208, Providence HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
DE Evan Weaver, 6-3, 239, Gonzaga Prep, Spokane, Wash.: California, Utah, UNLV and Wyoming are among the schools to offer Weaver.
T Justin Witt, 6-6, 273, Lincoln-Way West HS, New Lenox, Ill.: California and Iowa State are among the other schools to offer to Witt.
LB Parker Workman, 6-3, 215, Bingham HS, South Jordan, Utah
LB Markus Wright, 6-3, 210, Jordan HS, Columbus, Ga.
DE-TE Zander Zimmer, 6-4, 225, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla.: Zimmer has also received offers from Duke, Illinois, Navy, Northwestern, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Southern Mississippi, South Florida, Syracuse, Virginia and West Virginia.

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March 26 practice blog

Army’s spring practice resembled a live game for two five-minute periods Thursday.

Army’s backs were finding some running room inside and outside in the team’s first full-pads session of the spring.

Sophomore fullback Aaron Kemper broke off a big run. Freshman quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw seemed to find an extra gear five yards into his run and sprinted past the defense.

Fullbacks Matt Giachinta and Chasen Brown had some nice bursts up the middle. Freshman slot back Christian Reed turned on the jets around the corner.

Army’s defense was up to the task, making a few plays of its own. Sophomore linebacker Seth Combs dropped a quarterback in the backfield, stripped the football out and recovered it. Freshman linebacker Scott Washle recovered a fumble on a bad quarterback-center exchange.

Other practice sightings: Freshman linebacker Bayle Wolf returning a blocked field goal for a would-be touchdown to end practice. It looked like freshman defensive end John Voit blocked the 34-yard attempt…Freshman wide receiver Jeff Ejekam made a nice leaping catch on 20-yard bullet pass from Bradshaw. Ejekam hit the turf hard after the catch and was shaken up  but he returned shortly to practice…Sophomore cornerback Steven Johnson, a Newburgh Free Academy graduate, knocking away a pass intended for DeAndre Bell…Sophomore safety Xavier Moss, a wide receiver his first two seasons, showing his range, picking off a pass near the sideline…Another long run by fullback Aaron Kemper…Freshman slot back John Trainor, a wide receiver last season, receiving some extra coaching from head coach Jeff Monken after practice.

Back in action: Sophomore defensive end Jordan Smith, freshman running back Egbezien Obiomon and sophomore running back Elijah St. Hilaire practiced and not fully participating in the team’s first two practices. Cornerbacks Chris Carnegie and Jared Rogers did not participate in practice.

Quotable: “I think what’s making us different is our speed. You can’t beat speed. I think the fact that we are working more as team rather than individuals is what is going to propel us forward in the future.” – sophomore wide receiver Edgar Poe.

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March 24 practice blog

Army returned to the practice field after a 11-day layoff.

Sophomore running back Joe Walker didn’t sense any of his teammates were going through the motions or were lethargic Tuesday.

“As a group, I feel like we got right back to where we needed to be,” Walker said… “Overall, I thought we came back solid. Some of the guys worked on stuff over the break. You could tell some of the guys ran, worked out and stayed in shape over the break. We came back and hit the ground running just like we did (on March 12, Army’s first spring practice).”

Walker said he lifted twice last week while on spring break. He and about eight of his teammates worked out together while enjoying some fun in the sun.

“We went out together and ran a couple of miles each day and tried to stay active,” Walker said. “We knew how important it was to stay active and work out over the break especially after last year because we didn’t necessarily do that and we felt it on the first day that we came back. So this year, we definitely had to do that…On the beach, we were horsing around playing with a football. It was a little workout in itself. I guess that counts.”

Army coach Jeff Monken said he’s anxious to see his team’s next two practices – Thursday (in shoulder pads) and Saturday (in full pads). Saturday’s practice will consist of 10-15 minutes of a “live” hitting and full contact.

“The other times, we will go the entire practice where we are tackling and blocking below the waist would be the last three Saturdays and one being the spring game,” Monken said. “The rest (of the practices) will have modified scrimmages. We need all the drill work and we need the teaching time. But, the competition and just lining up to block somebody and play a block, that’s good and we have to do that too.”

Former wide receiver Xavier Moss lined up with the first-team defense at safety. Saturday is a big day for Moss in his transition on defense.

“When we start hitting, that will be big,” Moss said. “I’m ready for that. That’s what I’m waiting for.”

Moss said he checked out video on his iPad from his first practice at safety while on spring break.

“I was just looking at the stuff I needed to work on,” Moss said. “I figured out what I was doing work on the first day and I was a lot more comfortable with my backpedal, making my reads quicker and shuffling faster. It was a lot better.”

Practice observations: Sophomore quarterback Matt Kaufmann, who is working with the first team, connected with Edgar Poe over the middle…Freshman linebacker Scott Washle picked off a short pass by Seth Gonzales intended for Jeff Ejekam…Sophomore safety Tevin Long practicing full…Junior quarterback A.J. Schurr, junior cornerback Chris Carnegie and freshman guard Jaryn Villegas among the players not participating in practice…Newburgh Free Academy graduate Steven Johnson working as a first-team cornerback along with sophomore Josh Jenkins. Jenkins was quick to a short pass completed to Poe and forced an incompletion to tight end Kelvin White.

A couple of position changes I may have missed from the first practice: sophomore Sean McBryde has moved from linebacker to tight end. Freshmen defensive linemen Dan Carlone and Jake Vaughn are now on offense.

Some of the position changes are being made with the incoming freshmen in mind. Monken told me after Army’s first spring practice on March 12 that the coaching staff has a board where the future Army players are slotted at their position for the 2015 team.

Sophomore Chasen Brown, a linebacker his first two seasons, continues to get his share of snaps at fullback. With the loss of Larry Dixon, the academy’s fourth all-time leading rusher, to graduation, Monken is looking for some depth behind junior Matt Giachinta and sophomore Aaron Kemper.

“We just didn’t think at linebacker that he (Brown) was going to beat some of those guys out in front of him,” Monken said. “Just trying to find a place where guy can contribute and best benefit the team and have a chance to play…Chasen runs well. When he runs straight ahead, he runs really well. It’s just going to be a matter if he can figure out and if he can handle the ball-carrying skills. Just taking care of the ball and catching the ball. We’ll see.”

Monken on Army’s quarterbacks through two non-contact practice: A.J (Schurr) is not in there and he’s the one with game experience and he can’t practice. Matt (Kaufmann, sophomore) played on the scout team all last year and he’s finding out that it’s probably a little tougher of a transition back to running our offense without a card. On the scout team if he threw a pick or did something wrong, there was nobody to belly ache at him. We got (Ahmad) Bradshaw and (Seth) Gonzales and it’s almost like they are learning again for the first time.”

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Wait is over Steelman

Trent Steelman has been waiting for this day for nearly two years.

Steelman, Army’s former quarterback, will get to showcase his skills as a wide receiver in front of at least 10 NFL scouts at Western Kentucky’s Pro Day Wednesday.

For the past few months, Steelman has been back home in Bowling Green, Ky. working out for the opportunity to earn a free-agent contract. Steelman also received some help from former Air Force running back Chad Hall in his preparation. He worked out with Hall in Atlanta, Ga.

“We’ve become really good friends over the last couple of months,” said Steelman, who will also participate in the NFL Veterans Combine Sunday in Tempe, Ariz. “Chad is one of a kind. I really admire what he did and was able to do in the NFL. He’s a respected player league-wide. He was open arms when I came asking and we have spent a lot of time together. He’s taught me a lot.”

Steelman has been given an early opportunity to pursue a career in the NFL full time. The Army moved Steelman from active duty to the Reserves before Christmas, Steelman said. Steelman was a maintenance platoon leader at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga.

Service academies, Army, Navy and Air Force, have required former football players to compete two years of active duty before they can request their release.

Steelman participated in Ravens rookie mini-camp in April 2013. The Ravens were set to offer him a free-agent contract. But, Steelman couldn’t sign it because he wasn’t to graduate from West Point until that summer and needed to start his active duty.

“We’ve been on the phone with some teams and they are just looking for me to get out there and show them what I can do as a wide receiver/slot receiver,” said Steelman, who weighs 202 pounds. “What they are looking for is my fluidity in my routes and if I can go out there and show them what I can do I should be OK.”

Steelman graduated West Point with the most rushing touchdowns (45) in academy history and the third-most rushing yards (3,320).

“Really for the past year and half two years, I’ve been constantly trying to stay in shape and managing the Army and the workouts and it’s given me the opportunity to really, really develop as a wide receiver and this is the most comfortable I’ve ever felt,” Steelman said.

 

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Recruiting: Top Louisiana QB offered

Zachary High junior quarterback Lindsey Scott, voted Class 5A’s outstanding offensive player by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, tweets Monday that he has received an offer from Army.

According to the Baton Rogue Advocate, Scott threw for 2,231 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 965 yards and 15 scores in leading Zachary to the 2014 state semifinals.

Navy offered Scott on March 10.

Another quarterback was taken off Army’s board when Libertyville (Ill.) junior Riley Lees tweeted Sunday that he’s committed to Miami (Ohio)

Here’s an updated list of juniors Army has offered:

CB Austin Andrews, 6-1, 180, St. Francis de Sales HS, Columbus, Ohio: Andrews has received offers from Ball State, Boston College, Iowa, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin, among others.
CB Manny Appiah, 6-1, 180, Bergen Catholic HS, Oradell, N.J.
K Alex Barbir, 5-9, 185, South Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
OL Harrison Barton, 6-3, 285, Houston (Texas) Christian HS
C-G Sean Behrens, 6-3, 285, Newsome HS, Lithia, Fla.
RB Rakeem Boyd, 5-11, 200, Stratford HS, Houston, Texas
T Parker Braun, 6-4, 275, Osceola HS, Kissimmee, Fla.: Braun’s father, Mike, played football for Army from 1986-88. Ohio State, Stanford and Duke are among others, who have offered Braun.
RB Jesse Brown, 5-11, 185, Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga.: Offered by Kansas State, Navy and Air Force among others.
S Anthony Butler, 6-2, 190, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
DE Charles Callender, 6-2, 220, Gulliver Prep, Miami, Fla.
WR Antoine Cannady, 6-3, 225, Dawson HS, Pearland, Texas
OL Eric Cal, 6-3, 286, Providence Day HS, Charlotte, N.C.
S Adrian Clark, 6-2, 215, Woodrow Wilson HS, Camden, N.J.
WR Kjetil Cline, 6-foot, 185, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
DE-TE Dante Cleveland, 6-3, 240, Hoffman Estates (Ill.) HS
WR Gene Coleman, 6-foot, 178, Bergen Catholic (N.J.) HS, Oradell, N.J.
CB Miles Corpening, 5-11, 180, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
DL Da’shon Copes, 6-1, 267, Toms River (N.J.) North HS
CB Joshua Drayden, 5-11, 175, Bishop Dunne HS, Dallas, Texas
DL Michael Dwumfour, 6-3, 265, DePaul Catholic HS, Wayne, N.J.: Also has offers from Wake Forest and Temple.
RB Tyus Flakes, 5-10, 195, Auburn (Ala.) HS
DE Andrew Fitzgerald, 6-5, 245, Marcus HS, Flower Mound, Texas: Air Force, Boise State, Caifornia, Colorado State, North Carolina and Vanderbilt has also offered Fitzgerald.
OL Will Fries, 6-6, 265, Cranford (N.J.) HS
CB-S Bricen Garner, 6-3, 175, Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.” Also offered by Navy, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Temple, Toledo, UMass and Fordham.
DE Michael Geraghty, 6-3, 232, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas, Nev.
DE Jordan Giberti, 6-3, 225, Gainesville (Fla.) HS
LB Ryan Gilmartin, 6-1, 230, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian HS
OL-DL Joe Goff, 6-5, 265, Episcopal HS, Alexandria, Va.: Navy offered Goff after Army.
S Xavier Goodall, 5-11, 185, Henrico HS, Richmond, Va.
WR-CB Palmer Graham, 5-9, 165, Conant HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
RB Russell Halimon, 5-9, 182, Allatoona HS, Acworth, Ga.
WR-CB Damar Hamlin, 6-1, 185, Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.: Auburn, Clemson, Indiana, Miami (Fla.), Navy, Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, among others, have also offered Hamlin.
QB Donald Hammond, 6-1, 205 Eagle’s Landing Christian HS, McDonough, Ga.
LB Bryce Handy, 6-1, 213, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.
CB Ojahi Hawkins, 6-2, 169, Winter Haven (Fla.) HS
QB-S Isaiah Hill, 6-1, 190, Florida HS, Tallahassee, Fla.
CB Tyrone Hill, 6-2, 198, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.
RB-S Khaleke Hudson, 6-foot, 205, McKeesport (Pa.) HS: Also offered by Navy
DE Dallas Jeanty, 6-1, 220, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) HS: Recently offered by Navy
OL-DL Braylon Jones, 6-4, 290, John Tyler HS, Tyler, Texas
QB Deshaunte Jones, 5-10, 170, Colerain HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Cincinnati and Toledo have also offered Jones.
OL Spencer Kanz, 6-6, 280, Luxemburg-Casco HS, Luxemburg, Wisc.
DE-LB Eric Kendzoir, 6-3, 230, La Porte (Texas) HS
RB Alan Lamar, 5-9, 185, DeSoto Central HS, Southaven, Miss.
RB Jonathon Lee, 5-11, 187, Riverdale Baptist School, Upper Marlboro, Md.
QB Riley Lees, 6-1, 185, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Lees is from the same high school as Army junior quarterback A.J. Schurr. (COMMITTED to Miami, Ohio).
LB Peyton Long, 6-2, 225, Dallas (Texas) Jesuit HS
S Kenney Lyte, 6-2, 182, Fremd HS, Palatine, Ill.: Recently offered by Iowa.
DT William Mack III, 6-2, 255, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.
RB-CB Martin Mangram, 5-11, 180, Buford (Ga.) HS: Has been offered by Northwestern.
DE Sal Mauro, 6-3, 238, Bergen Catholic (N.J.) HS, Oradell, N.J.
OL-DL Drew McEntyre, 6-2, 285, Calhoun (Ga.) HS
DE Darius McFarland, 6-3, 250, Box Elder HS, Brigham City, Utah
RB Tre Miller, 6-1, 215, Dixie HS, St. George, Utah
RB Darius Morehand, 5-8, 170, Ensworth HS, Nashville, Tenn.
WR-CB Lonnie Moore, 5-10, 165, Paul VI HS, Haddonfield, N.J.
RB Blake Morgan, 5-10, 170, Creekside HS, St. Johns, Fla.
CB T.J. Morrison, 5-11, 175, Stepinac HS, White Plains, N.Y.
TE Jordan Myers, 6-1, 205, Dickinson (Texas) HS
TE Mack Nash, 6-5, 250, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.
TE Trey Neville, 6-4, 245, Lafayette HS, Williamsburg, Va.
WR Tre Nixon, 6-foot, 155, Viera (Fla.) HS:
QB L.J. Northington, 6-2, 190, Lutheran HS, Orange, Calif.
WR-CB Jamal Parker, 5-10, 170 Camden Catholic HS. Cherry Hill, N.J.
LB Ryan Parker, 6-1, 205,  Baylor HS, Chattanooga, Tenn.
LB Jonathan Pollock, 6-foot, 212, Dr. Phillips HS, Orland, Fla.: Pollock verbally committed to Rutgers in the fall.
LB Evan Powell, 6-1, 220, Cherokee HS, Marlton, N.J.
WR Geraud Saunders, 6-3, 185, Bishop Dunne HS, Dallas, Texas
LS John Shannon, 6-2, 225, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Ill.
DE-LB Brandon Simon, 6-2, 230, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.
K Trey Simons, 6-2, 155, Atlantic Coast HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Simeon Smiley, 6-1, 200, Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic HS
T-DT Nate Smith, 6-7, 260, Murrieta Mesa HS, Murrieta, Calif.: Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona State, Arizona, California, Washington State, Baylor, Illinois, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Penn State, Nebraska, Louisville, Cincinnati and Syracuse are among the schools we have offered Smith.
RB-CB Trey Snead, 5-11, 195, Fleming Island HS, Orange Park, Fla.
S Keoni Stallworth, 6-2, 190, Cosumnes Oaks HS, Elk Grove, Calif.
T Sterling Strother, 6-5, 254, Campolindo HS, Moraga, Calif.
S Chanse Sylvie, 6-foot, 180, Calvary Academy, Shreveport, La.
TE Collin Tatko, 6-5, 255, Northpoint Christian HS, Southaven, Miss.
CB Mykal Tolliver, 6-foot, 177, St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif.: Also offered by Washington State, Colorado State and Nevada.
DE Anthony Trinh, 6-3, 230, Pace Academy, Atlanta, Ga.
QB Michael Viktrup, 6-1, 205, Carmel (Ind.) HS
RB Jamauri Wakefield, 6-1, 208, Providence HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
DE Evan Weaver, 6-3, 239, Gonzaga Prep, Spokane, Wash.
LB Parker Workman, 6-3, 215, Bingham HS, South Jordan, Utah
DE-TE Zander Zimmer, 6-4, 225, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla.: Zimmer has also received offers from Navy, Northwestern, Purdue, Southern Mississippi, Syracuse and West Virginia.

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Gaither new receivers coach

Keith Gaither is joining the Army football staff as wide receiver coach, coach Jeff Monken said after practice Thursday.

Gaither comes from Ball State where he’s coached wide receivers for the past four seasons.

Under Gaither’s coaching, Willie Snead was a first-team Mid-American Conference receiver in 2012-13.

“He’s done a great job at Elon and Ball State,” Monken said.

Gaither coached with Army defensive coordinator Jay Bateman at Ball State and Elon.

The opening was created when Lamont Seward left the team last week and Tucker Waugh was moved from receivers to slotbacks coach.

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Practice blog: March 12

Sophomore Xavier Moss didn’t look out of place in his first practice as a safety as Army opened spring practice.

Moss, Army’s leading receiver as a freshman, said he’s been getting a lot of help from sophomore cornerback Josh Jenkins, on lining up and playing defensive back. Jenkins said Moss put in a lot of work at safety in captains’ practice this winter.

Moss, who worked with the first-team defense, had played some safety at Westside High School in Houston. He  was in pretty good position on a sideline pass intended for junior slotback Grant Escobar. Escobar made a nice over-the-shoulder catch on the ball.

Sophomore quarterback Matt Kaufmann worked with the first-team offense. Freshman Ahmad Bradshaw appeared to get more snaps toward the end of practice. Kaufmann threaded a pass over two defenders to slotback John Trainor down the right sideline. Junior A.J. Schurr, who will miss spring practice following shoulder surgery, was doing some light rehabilitation work on the side.

Plenty of players in red jerseys (not participating in practice) including junior cornerbacks Chris Carnegie and Jared Rogers, freshman guard Jaryn Villegas, sophomore safety Tevin Long, sophomore running back Elijah St. Hilaire, freshman running back Egbezien Obiomon and sophomore defensive end Jordan Smith.

Position changes: Maybe, the most notable move that  I haven’t reported is junior Joey Giovannelli shifting from safety to slotback. Giovannelli’s older brother, Tony, started seven games as a senior slotback in 2014…Sophomore Eddy Ruzga has moved from tight end to defensive line…Junior Mike McFadden and freshman Brandon Barnes, both safeties last season, were playing cornerback…Brandon Barnes had an interception Thursday….Junior Wyatt Wilkerson, who started his college career as a defensive lineman and was moved to the offensive line last season, has returned to defense to start the spring.

Tight ends Kelvin White, Ryan Alexander and Nick Schebler got in some work at tackle. Army coach Jeff Monken said certain plays hadn’t been put in for tight ends for the first practice.

Senior fullback Larry Dixon was assisting with the running backs. It appears Dixon, who finished his career fourth on Army’s all-time rushing list, will be an athletic intern in the fall.

Army will hold its next practice in two weeks on March 24. Spring break is next week. Monken said he hoped his players would use the spring break to rest as they are off to different destinations. But, Monken said were going to have some fun on spring break and urged his team to be safe.

“When you are in season and it’s a work week and this is for us, you have some more time to meet,” Monken said. “We wanted to have a chance to get in the meeting room to help us prepare for practices. The guys deserve some time off. We have asked them to find a weight room next week and they will. They are coming off of a long stretch of offseason conditioning and deserve some time away.”

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2015 Army Pro Day statistics

Seniors Larry Dixon, Geoff Bacon, Terry Baggett, Joe Drummond, Hayden Pierce and Joe Drummond participated in a Pro Day Tuesday at West Point.

Here’s a look at some of their numbers:

Bench press (225 pounds): Dixon 25, Drummond 22; Baggett 19; Bacon 16; Santiago 12, Pierce 10
Vertical jump: Pierce 39 inches; Dixon 34.5; Baggett 32.5; Santiago 30.25; Bacon 30; Drummond 30
Broad jump: Pierce 10-6; Dixon 9-9; Baggett 9-8; Bacon 9-5; Drummond 9-5; Santiago 8-9
40-yard dash: Pierce 4.5; Baggett 4.6; Dixon 4.76; Drummond 4.79; Bacon 4.8; Santiago 4.8
Pro agility: Pierce 4.12 seconds; Santiago 4.18; Drummond 4.28; Dixon 4.34; Baggett 4.45; Bacon 4.46
Three-cone: Pierce 6.82 seconds; Baggett 6.94; Santiago 6.95; Drummond 7.08; Bacon 7.12; Dixon 7.25

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VIDEO: Larry Dixon Pro Day

Army fullback Larry Dixon and five other seniors hoped they started a tradition Tuesday.

Dixon, safety Geoff Bacon, running back Terry Baggett, defensive end Joe Drummond, safety Hayden Pierce and quarterback Angel Santiago participated in Army’s largest Pro Day inside the Foley Athletic Center.

The seniors worked with strength and conditioning coach Darren Musten for nine weeks in preparation for the combine before a scout from the Jets.

Dixon’s talents were showcased before NFL personnel at the East-West Shrine Game in January.

Here’s full clip of Dixon’s Pro Day:

https://youtu.be/P88XMrMpC30

 

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Spring practice preview: Quarterbacks

Hard to believe on a roster of 103 players that Army will have three quarterbacks take regular snaps when spring practice begins Thursday.

Junior A.J. Schurr, who would be No. 1 on the depth chart, will miss the spring following shoulder surgery.

That leaves sophomore Matt Kaufmann and freshmen Ahmad Bradshaw and Seth Gonzales are the lone quarterbacks.

Bradshaw is one of Army’s players that has the most to gain this spring. He dressed for Army’s first three games of 2014 as the third quarterback. But, Bradshaw missed the rest of the season due to an academy matter.

Bradshaw has gotten stronger in the offseason and he’s probably Army’s best athlete at quarterback. A strong spring could put Bradshaw in position to challenge Schurr for the starting job in the preseason.

Coach Jeff Monken is confident in Kaufmann knowing and running Army’s offense. Kaufmann had a breakthrough performance throwing the football in Army’s spring game last year.

It will be interesting to see how Gonzales develops running the football with more snaps this spring.

Junior tight end Kelvin White, a quarterback his freshman and sophomore seasons before Monken arrived at West Point, will see some occasional snaps in two-minute drills this spring. White has the strongest arm on the roster.

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