Monken on new assistants Matt Hachmann and Kevin Lewis

Outside linebackers coach Matt Hachmann and defensive line coach Kevin Lewis will take the field for the first time as members of Army’s staff when the Black Knights open spring practice on March 7.

Coach Jeff Monken discussed the additions to his staff in an interview last week.

Hachmann was recommended to Monken by John Loose, Army’s new defensive coordinator. He worked under Loose for eight years at Lafayette. Hachmann was Stony Brook’s linebackers coach the last two seasons.

“John said, ‘Coach, if you are going to hire me as a DC, there’s a guy that I would really like you to think about hiring and it’s Matt Hachman,” Monken said. “He talked to me about him. Matt has had a lot of success as a defensive coordinator himself.

“He was at Towson. They played very good defense at Towson and they went to the (2013 FCS) national championship while he was there. I think that’s going to be a good mix and it’s important to the coordinators to have guys that they trust that they have worked with and they know speak the same language as them.”

Lewis, who coached William & Mary’s defensive line the last five seasons, was highly recommended by Dartmouth defensive coordinator Don Dobes.

“He’s got experience at schools from an academic standpoint that are a lot like ours,” Monken said. “William & Mary is a high academic school. He was at Dartmouth and did a really good job at Dartmouth. I’ve known Don Dobes for many years. John Loose and Don are very good friends. He couldn’t have given him a higher recommendation.”

Lewis will recruit Virginia, an area that departing defensive coordinator Jay Bateman recruited well over the last five seasons. He played his prep football at Varina High School in Richmond and was a three-year starter at Virginia Tech, helping the Hokies to the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference championship and four bowl games. Lewis replaces Chad Wilt, who is now Cincinnati’s defensive line coach. Wilt was also a strong recruiter in Maryland.

“He’s recruited that Virginia, Maryland, DC area for a long time,” Monken said of Lewis. “Jay left that area as a recruiter and that’s really been a fruitful area for us. So we send K-Lew right back in there. I think he’s a real good d-line coach. He has a really good personality and I think he will be good fit for the team.”

 

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Signing Day Update: Top Kentucky RB Anthony Adkins commits to Army

Army landed one of the top recruits in its 2019 class when LaRue County (Ky.) running back Anthony Adkins announced his commitment on the morning of Signing Day Wednesday.

Adkins, an USA Today second-team all-state linebacker, was originally committed to Louisville of the Atlantic Coast Conference. He announced his decommitment from Louisville on Dec. 9 and reopened his recruitment. Army was the first to offer the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Adkins in June 2018. Adkins also received offers from Western Kentucky, Bowling Green and Georgia State. He rushed for 1,949 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2018.

Spring Valley (S.C.) linebacker Skylar Mack announced his commitment to Army Wednesday morning. Mack’s senior year was cut short by injury early in the season.

Kemp (Texas) linebacker Boomer Irvin will sign his certificate of commitment today after announcing his commitment to Army Tuesday night.

2019 Army football commits (90)
(*signed with Army in December 2018, # signed with on February 6)
#RB Anthony Adkins, 6-3, 225, LaRue County HS, Hodgenville, Ky.: Other offers – Louisville, Bowling Green, Western Kentucky, Georgia State. Former Louisville commit. USA Today second-team, all-state linebacker.
#LS Ryan Aguilar, 6-2, 215, Liberty HS, Bakersfield, Calif.
#WR Isaiah Alston, 6-4, 180, Mater Dei HS, New Monmouth, N.J.
*OL Tino Arcuri, 6-2, 265, Boardman HS, Youngstown, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Bowling Green.
*K Andrew Bagley, 5-10, 160, James I. O’Neill HS, Highland Falls, N.Y.
*QB Cade Ballard, 5-10, 195, Greeneville (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Georgia Southern, Tulane, Middle Tennessee State.
*OL Dayton Baugh, 6-3, 255, Beechwood HS, Fort Mitchell, Ky.
*QB Maurice Bellan, 5-10, 178, Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
#QB Aaron Bibbins, 6-1, 175, Sprayberry HS, Marietta, Ga.
*OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
#DB Tim Boone, 5-11, 175, Berkeley Prep, Tampa, Fla.: Army visit – Feb. 1-3.
*S Tyler Brennan, 6-1, 180, North Hills HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.
#LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
WR Trent Brown, 6-2, 200, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga.: Former Air Force commit. Flipped to Army on February Signing Day.
DL Nikai Butler, 6-2, 240, Byrd HS, Fayetteville, N.C.
#OL Cam Callaway, 6-2, 270, Aledo (Texas) HS: Former Harvard commit
LB Andre Carter, 6-6, 230, Cheshire (Conn.) Academy: Other offers – Air Force.
#DE Reed Chandler, 6-4, 240, Conley HS, Greenville, N.C.: Other offers – Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, July 27)
#DL Grady Chapman, 6-3, 255, Carlisle (Pa.) HS
*S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion.
*RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.
*QB Alijah Curtis, 5-9, 180, McKinley HS, Canton, Ohio
*TE Simon Dellinger, 6-6, 225, Snider HS, Fort Wayne, Ind.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio.
#RB Colton Dooley, 5-11, 190, Nolensville (Tenn.) HS: Rushed for 1,036 yards and 19 touchdowns as a season. (COMMITTED, Jan. 22)
*TE Trace Dorminy, 6-4, 220, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.
DB Josh Doyle, 5-11, 175, Valencia (Calif.) HS: Other offers – San Jose State.
*DL Isaiah Filisi, 6-3, 245, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii
#OL Darryl Fuller, 6-4, 265, Christ The King HS, Middle Village, N.Y.
#DL Rashawn Gallaspy, 6-3, 265, Salmen HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Louisiana-Monroe (COMMITTED, Feb. 4)
RB Keiran Grant, 5-11, 175, Cuero (Texas) HS: Other offers – Texas State. Signing Feb. 13.
*LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Mocksville, N.C.
#OL Cade Hawley, 6-3, 250, Lexington (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force
T David Hayward, 6-4, 235, Monte Vista HS, Danville, Calif.: Former Montana State commit. (COMMITTED, Dec. 14)
#LB Keeron Henderson, 6-2, 210, Highland Springs (Va.) HS: First offer – Army
*T Lachlan Holt, 6-3, 270, Richmond Hill (Ga.) HS
DE Conor Hough, 6-4, 225, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Ill.
*DT Gerald Irons, 6-2, 260, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Boston College, Kansas, North Texas, UTEP, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe.
LB Boomer Irvin, 6-2, 220, Kemp (Texas) HS
*WR-TE Ryan Jackovic, 6-5, 205, Quaker Valley HS, Leetsdale, Pa.
#LB Jaylen Jacobs, 6-2, 180, Euclid (Ohio) HS
#DL Johnny Johnson, 6-2, 260, St. Amant (La.) HS: (COMMITTED, Jan. 12)
#RB Robert Jones, 5-10, 190, Cedar Grove HS, Ellenwood, Ga.: Former Navy commit rushed for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping Cedar Grove to a AAA state title.
*LB Spencer Jones, 6-1, 215, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
FB Sitiveni Kaufusi, 6-3, 225, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Navy, Hawaii, Fresno State, Iowa State. Former Navy commit. Flipped to Army on February Signing Day.
*TE Ben Koch, 6-6, 240, Austin (Texas) HS
*DE Tyler Komorowski, 6-4, 240, Weir HS, Weirton, W.Va.: Other offers – Michigan (preferred walk-on), Kent State.
*OL Boobie Law, 6-4, 275, Pike HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
*RB Justin Lescouflair, 5-10, 175, Freeport (N.Y.) HS: First offer – Army.
TE Josh Lingenfelter, 6-4, 215, Mosley HS, Lynn Haven, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 15)
#QB Beau Lombardi, 6-2, 220, Valley HS, West Des Moines, Iowa: Brother of Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi.
LB-S Cole Mabry, 6-2, 190, Iowa City West HS, Iowa City, Iowa: Other offers – Iowa State (COMMITTED, July 29)
#LB Skylar Mack, 6-foot, 215, Spring Valley HS, Columbia, S.C.
*OL Nate Mahoney, 6-3, 250, Lincoln-Way West HS, New Lenox, Ill.
#RB Ay’Juan Marshall, 5-10, 175, West York HS, York, Pa.: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,325 yards and scored 19 touchdowns as a senior.
*S Deryan McDonald, 6-foot, 210, Choate Rosemary Hall HS, Wallingford, Conn.: First offer – Army.
*FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy
*QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina
*DL Etuate Moala, 6-3, 270, JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
DB Jabari Moore, 6-foot, 183, Hoover (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Troy, Liberty
#LB Bryce Mullenix, 6-1, 227, Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville, Fla.: Preferred walk-on offer – Clemson. Committed to Army during Feb. 1-3 visit. Father, Scott, played on Alabama’s 1992 national championship team.
*TE Paxton Nayman, 6-5, 235, Creekview HS, Canton, Ga.
#CB Bo Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo.
#LB Declan O’Leary, 6-4, 227, Pembroke Hill HS, Kansas City, Mo.: Other offers – Navy.
QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern (COMMITTED, June 28)
#LB JT Penick, 6-3, 210, St. Augustine HS, San Diego, Calif.: Made 144 tackles as a senior. (COMMITTED, Feb. 4)
#DL Dylan Perez, 6-2, 275, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Miami (preferred walk-on), Buffalo, Florida Atlantic. (COMMITTED, Nov. 6)
*CB Kolubah Pewee, 5-11, 160, Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y.: Former Fordham commit
*WR Ridge Polk, 5-10, 170, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force.
#CB Malik Prioleau, 5-10, 165, Edgewater HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
#LB Jonzell Prudhomme, 6-2, 217, Davis HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, New Mexico. (COMMITTED, Jan. 25)
#S Tyson Riley, 6-3, 200, Springfield (Mo.) Catholic HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
#DE/LB Kaghen Roach, 6-5, 225, Celina (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, Jan. 28)
#RB Tyrell Robinson, 5-8, 165, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.: Rushed for 1,645 yards and 24 touchdowns as senior. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
#OL Carson Shaffer, 6-3, 280, Prosper (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 28)
#RB Shontez Simmons, 5-10, 185, Copperas Cove (Texas): Army official visit: Feb. 1-3. (COMMITTED, Feb. 3)
LB Trey Stephens, 6-foot, 220, Coronado HS, Lubbock, Texas: Had more than 500 tackles in his four-year varsity career. (COMMITTED, Jan. 27)
#LS Patrick Szczesniak, 6-2, 215, Mount Carmel HS, Chicago, Ill.: Other offers – Iowa State, Purdue (COMMITTED to Army, Dec. 17)
#DB Kyle Terry, 6-1, 185, Mount Paran Christian HS, Kennesaw, Ga.: First offer – Army. Also played quarterback. (COMMITTED, Jan. 23)
DB D’Andre Tobias, 5-10, 170, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
*FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers -  Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, June 7)
*S Fabrice Voyne, 6-2, 195, Xavier Prep, Palm Desert, Calif.: Other offers – Utah State, BYU
WR Trenton Waggoner, 6-foot, 175, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force. Committed to Army on Feb. 1-3 visit. Chose Army over Air Force.
QB Jaylon West, 6-2, 170, Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga.: First offer – Army. Commited to Army during official visit on Jan. 20
#DE/LB Noah West, 6-3, 220, Bixby (Okla.) HS: First offer – Army. Had 21.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 for state 6A champion Bixby. (COMMITTED to Army, Feb. 2)
*DB Maxwell Williams, 5-10, 180, Millbrook HS. Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Appalachian State
*RB Shacori Williams, 5-10, 205, Many (La.) HS.
*QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS
#LB Davis Wofford, 6-foot, 225, Robinson HS, Little Rock, Ark.: (COMMITTED, August 1)
*TE Garrett Woodall, 6-5, 210, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
WR Jake Woods, 6-5, 200, Cardinal Newman HS, Santa Rosa, Calif.: First offer – Army. Official visit – Jan. 18-19. Caught 36 passes for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games as a senior.

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Recruiting: Texas WR Trenton Waggoner chooses Army over Air Force

Trenton Waggoner chose to visit Army over Air Force this past weekend.

Waggoner, a wide receiver from St. Pius X High School in Houston, Texas, was so impressed by his visit to West Point that he committed to the Black Knights before he left post. He tweeted offers from Army and Air Force on Jan. 25. Waggoner caught 69 passes for 1,294 yards and 20 touchdowns his senior year.

“I just felt more of the family atmosphere and brotherhood Army had than Air Force did,” said Waggoner, who also had an offer from UMass. “It (the visit) was great. I loved the environment including the weather but especially the family feeling everyone gave off to me.”

Bishop Kenny (Fla.) linebacker Bryce Mullenix and Salmen (La.) defensive lineman Rashawn Gallaspy also committed to Army during their visit over the weekend (Feb. 1-3). Mullenix had a preferred walk-on offer from national champion Clemson. His father, Scott, was an offensive lineman at Alabama and a member of the Crimson Tide’s 1992 national championship team.

“I got a lot of my questions answered and I can see it as a place I’ll be playing in the next four years,” Mullenix said.

Gallaspy said the visit was, “more than I could imagine. I loved the campus. Some of the factors that led to Gallaspy’s decision was, “just how deep the brotherhood is and how great the guys are.”

Berkely Prep (Fla.) defensive back Tim Boone and Copperas Creek (Texas) running back Shontez Simmons announced their comments to Army following visits over the weekend.

St. Augustine (San Diego, Calif.) linebacker JT Penick gave Army his verbal commitment Monday night. Penick returned to football after stepping away his junior season to focus on football. Penick made 144 tackles in 14 games.

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2019 Army football commits
*LS Ryan Aguilar, 6-2, 215, Liberty HS, Bakersfield, Calif.
WR Isaiah Alston, 6-4, 180, Mater Dei HS, New Monmouth, N.J.
*OL Tino Arcuri, 6-2, 265, Boardman HS, Youngstown, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Bowling Green.
*K Andrew Bagley, 5-10, 160, James I. O’Neill HS, Highland Falls, N.Y.
*QB Cade Ballard, 5-10, 195, Greeneville (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Georgia Southern, Tulane, Middle Tennessee State.
*OL Dayton Baugh, 6-3, 255, Beechwood HS, Fort Mitchell, Ky.
*QB Maurice Bellan, 5-10, 178, Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
*OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
DB Tim Boone, 5-11, 175, Berkeley Prep, Tampa, Fla.: Army visit – Feb. 1-3.
*S Tyler Brennan, 6-1, 180, North Hills HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.
LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
DL Nikai Butler, 6-2, 240, Byrd HS, Fayetteville, N.C.
*OL Cam Callaway, 6-2, 270, Aledo (Texas) HS: Former Harvard commit
LB Andre Carter, 6-6, 230, Cheshire (Conn.) Academy: Other offers – Air Force.
DE Reed Chandler, 6-4, 240, Conley HS, Greenville, N.C.: Other offers – Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, July 27)
DL Grady Chapman, 6-3, 255, Carlisle (Pa.) HS
*S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion.
*RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.
*QB Alijah Curtis, 5-9, 180, McKinley HS, Canton, Ohio
*TE Simon Dellinger, 6-6, 225, Snider HS, Fort Wayne, Ind.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio.
RB Colton Dooley, 5-11, 190, Nolensville (Tenn.) HS: Rushed for 1,036 yards and 19 touchdowns as a season. (COMMITTED, Jan. 22)
*TE Trace Dorminy, 6-4, 220, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.
*DL Isaiah Filisi, 6-3, 245, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii
RB Bruno Forestieri, 5-11, 225, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, July 15)
OL Darryl Fuller, 6-4, 265, Christ The King HS, Middle Village, N.Y.
DL Rashawn Gallaspy, 6-3, 265, Salmen HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Louisiana-Monroe (COMMITTED, Feb. 4)
RB Keiran Grant, 5-11, 175, Cuero (Texas) HS: Other offers – Texas State (COMMITTED, July 27)
*LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Mocksville, N.C.
T David Hayward, 6-4, 235, Monte Vista HS, Danville, Calif.: Former Montana State commit. (COMMITTED, Dec. 14)
*T Lachlan Holt, 6-3, 270, Richmond Hill (Ga.) HS
*DT Gerald Irons, 6-2, 260, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Boston College, Kansas, North Texas, UTEP, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe.
*WR-TE Ryan Jackovic, 6-5, 205, Quaker Valley HS, Leetsdale, Pa.
DL Johnny Johnson, 6-2, 260, St. Amant (La.) HS: (COMMITTED, Jan. 12)
RB Robert Jones, 5-10, 190, Cedar Grove HS, Ellenwood, Ga.: Former Navy commit rushed for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping Cedar Grove to a AAA state title. (COMMITTED, Jan. 23)
*LB Spencer Jones, 6-1, 215, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
*TE Ben Koch, 6-6, 240, Austin (Texas) HS
*DE Tyler Komorowski, 6-4, 240, Weir HS, Weirton, W.Va.: Other offers – Michigan (preferred walk-on), Kent State.
*OL Boobie Law, 6-4, 275, Pike HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
*RB Justin Lescouflair, 5-10, 175, Freeport (N.Y.) HS: First offer – Army.
TE Josh Lingenfelter, 6-4, 215, Mosley HS, Lynn Haven, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 15)
QB Beau Lombardi, 6-2, 220, Valley HS, West Des Moines, Iowa: Brother of Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi.
LB-S Cole Mabry, 6-2, 190, Iowa City West HS, Iowa City, Iowa: Other offers – Iowa State (COMMITTED, July 29)
DB Michael Mack, 6-2, 180, Bullis HS, Potomac, Md.: Other offers – Air Force, Rice
*OL Nate Mahoney, 6-3, 250, Lincoln-Way West HS, New Lenox, Ill.
RB Ay’Juan Marshall, 5-10, 175, West York HS, York, Pa.: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,325 yards and scored 19 touchdowns as a senior.
*S Deryan McDonald, 6-foot, 210, Choate Rosemary Hall HS, Wallingford, Conn.: First offer – Army.
*FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy
*QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina
*DL Etuate Moala, 6-3, 270, JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
DB Jabari Moore, 6-foot, 183, Hoover (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Troy, Liberty
LB Bryce Mullenix, 6-1, 227, Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville, Fla.: Preferred walk-on offer – Clemson. Committed to Army during Feb. 1-3 visit
*TE Paxton Nayman, 6-5, 235, Creekview HS, Canton, Ga.
*CB Boris Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo.
LB Declan O’Leary, 6-4, 227, Pembroke Hill HS, Kansas City, Mo.: Other offers – Navy.
QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern (COMMITTED, June 28)
LB JT Penick, 6-3, 210, St. Augustine HS: Made 144 tackles as a senior. (COMMITTED, Feb. 4)
DL Dylan Perez, 6-2, 275, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Miami (preferred walk-on), Buffalo, Florida Atlantic. (COMMITTED, Nov. 6)
*CB Kolubah Pewee, 5-11, 160, Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y.: Former Fordham commit
*WR Ridge Polk, 5-10, 170, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force.
CB Malik Prioleau, 5-10, 165, Edgewater HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
#LB Jonzell Prudhomme, 6-2, 217, Davis HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, New Mexico. (COMMITTED, Jan. 25)
S Tyson Riley, 6-3, 200, Springfield (Mo.) Catholic HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
DE/LB Kaghen Roach, 6-5, 225, Celina (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, Jan. 28)
RB Tyrell Robinson, 5-8, 165, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.: Rushed for 1,645 yards and 24 touchdowns as senior. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
OL Carson Shaffer, 6-3, 280, Prosper (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 28)
RB Shontez Simmons, 5-10, 185, Copperas Cove (Texas): Army official visit: Feb. 1-3. (COMMITTED, Feb. 3)
LB Trey Stephens, 6-foot, 220, Coronado HS, Lubbock, Texas: Had more than 500 tackles in his four-year varsity career. (COMMITTED, Jan. 27)
LS Patrick Szczesniak, 6-2, 215, Mount Carmel HS, Chicago, Ill.: Other offers – Iowa State, Purdue (COMMITTED to Army, Dec. 17)
DB Kyle Terry, 6-1, 185, Mount Paran Christian HS, Kennesaw, Ga.: First offer – Army. Also played quarterback. (COMMITTED, Jan. 23)
DB D’Andre Tobias, 5-10, 170, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
*FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers -  Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, June 7)
*S Fabrice Voyne, 6-2, 195, Xavier Prep, Palm Desert, Calif.: Other offers – Utah State, BYU
WR Trenton Waggoner, 6-foot, 175, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force. Committed to Army on Feb. 1-3 visit. Chose Army over Air Force.
DL Noah West, 6-3, 220, Bixby (Okla.) HS: First offer – Army. Had 21.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 for state 6A champion Bixby. (COMMITTED to Army, Feb. 2)
*DB Maxwell Williams, 5-10, 180, Millbrook HS. Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Appalachian State
*RB Shacori Williams, 5-10, 205, Many (La.) HS.
*QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS
LB Davis Wofford, 6-foot, 225, Robinson HS, Little Rock, Ark.: (COMMITTED, August 1)
*TE Garrett Woodall, 6-5, 210, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
WR Jake Woods, 6-5, 200, Cardinal Newman HS, Santa Rosa, Calif.: First offer – Army. Official visit – Jan. 18-19. Caught 36 passes for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games as a senior.
*signed with Army in December 2018

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Recruiting: Kaghen Roach discusses his Army commitment

Celina (Texas) defensive end Kaghen Roach had a special guest over for dinner Monday night.

Army coach Jeff Monken paid Roach an in-home visit. Near the end of the night, Monken asked Roach if he knew what his college decision was going to be. Roach committed to Monken and Army in front of his family.

“Honestly, I couldn’t be more proud and more honored,” said Roach, who is 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds. “To get to say I get to play for one of the most prolific teams in college and the Army and what I have coming in the future, it’s an honor and a blessing.”

Roach earned all-state Class 4-A first-team honors for the second straight season as a senior with 65 tackles, 22 for a loss, 12 sacks, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. He was first-team, all-state as made the all-state as a junior. Roach’s primary position was defensive end. But, he also played outside linebacker, defensive tackle and nose guard. Army is recruiting Roach to play its hybrid defensive end/linebacker position.

Army was one of Roach’s earliest offers. He attended Army’s 2018 spring game in April. Roach took his official visit to West Point for the Air Force game on Nov. 3.

“It was special,” said Roach of Army’s 17-14 win over Air Force. “That game is what raised my interest. Just seeing the tradition and everything that comes along with those types of games, it was awesome.”

Roach, who had an offer from Air Force, is excited for Army’s future schedule, which includes Michigan at the Big House in, Oklahoma in 2020, Wisconsin in 2021 and Tennessee in 2022.

“I’ve always grown up an OU fan,” said Roach, who played in the Blue-Grey All-American game. “If I can’t play for them, I’d rather put a beatdown on them.”

Army added another hybrid defensive end/linebacker commit earlier this week in Cheshire Academy’s Andre Carter, who is 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds. Carter chose Army over Air Force.

“I was looking for a school with a great academic program as well as a great football program and Army was the best option for that,” Carter said. “I just really liked coach Monken and (defensive coordinator John) Loose.”

Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa) quarterback Beau Lombardi recently joined Army’s 2019 class. Lombardi received an offer from Army on Jan. 24 and announced his commitment  to the Black Knights on Jan. 28.

Coronado (Texas) linebacker Trey Stephens announced his commitment to Army Monday. Stephens made more than 500 tackles in his career.

2019 Army football commits
WR Isaiah Alston, 6-4, 180, Mater Dei HS, New Monmouth, N.J.
*OL Tino Arcuri, 6-2, 265, Boardman HS, Youngstown, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Bowling Green.
*K Andrew Bagley, 5-10, 160, James I. O’Neill HS, Highland Falls, N.Y.
*QB Cade Ballard, 5-10, 195, Greeneville (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Georgia Southern, Tulane, Middle Tennessee State.
*OL Dayton Baugh, 6-3, 255, Beechwood HS, Fort Mitchell, Ky.
*QB Maurice Bellan, 5-10, 178, Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
*OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
*S Tyler Brennan, 6-1, 180, North Hills HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.
LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
DL Nikai Butler, 6-2, 240, Byrd HS, Fayetteville, N.C.
*OL Cam Callaway, 6-2, 270, Aledo (Texas) HS: Former Harvard commit
LB Andre Carter, 6-6, 230, Cheshire (Conn.) Academy: Other offers – Air Force.
DE Reed Chandler, 6-4, 240, Conley HS, Greenville, N.C.: Other offers – Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, July 27)
DL Grady Chapman, 6-3, 255, Carlisle (Pa.) HS
*S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion.
*RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.
*QB Alijah Curtis, 5-9, 180, McKinley HS, Canton, Ohio
*TE Simon Dellinger, 6-6, 225, Snider HS, Fort Wayne, Ind.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio.
RB Colton Dooley, 5-11, 190, Nolensville (Tenn.) HS: Rushed for 1,036 yards and 19 touchdowns as a season. (COMMITTED, Jan. 22)
*TE Trace Dorminy, 6-4, 220, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.
*DL Isaiah Filisi, 6-3, 245, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii
RB Bruno Forestieri, 5-11, 225, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, July 15)
OL Darryl Fuller, 6-4, 265, Christ The King HS, Middle Village, N.Y.
RB Keiran Grant, 5-11, 175, Cuero (Texas) HS: Other offers – Texas State (COMMITTED, July 27)
*LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Mocksville, N.C.
T David Hayward, 6-4, 235, Monte Vista HS, Danville, Calif.: Former Montana State commit. (COMMITTED, Dec. 14)
*T Lachlan Holt, 6-3, 270, Richmond Hill (Ga.) HS
*DT Gerald Irons, 6-2, 260, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Boston College, Kansas, North Texas, UTEP, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe.
*WR-TE Ryan Jackovic, 6-5, 205, Quaker Valley HS, Leetsdale, Pa.
DL Johnny Johnson, 6-2, 260, St. Amant (La.) HS: (COMMITTED, Jan. 12)
RB Robert Jones, 5-10, 190, Cedar Grove HS, Ellenwood, Ga.: Former Navy commit rushed for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping Cedar Grove to a AAA state title. (COMMITTED, Jan. 23)
*LB Spencer Jones, 6-1, 215, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
*K Tyler Keltner, 6-foot, 155, Chiles HS, Tallahassee, Fla.
*TE Ben Koch, 6-6, 240, Austin (Texas) HS
*DE Tyler Komorowski, 6-4, 240, Weir HS, Weirton, W.Va.: Other offers – Michigan (preferred walk-on), Kent State.
*OL Boobie Law, 6-4, 275, Pike HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
*RB Justin Lescouflair, 5-10, 175, Freeport (N.Y.) HS: First offer – Army.
TE Josh Lingenfelter, 6-4, 215, Mosley HS, Lynn Haven, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 15)
QB Beau Lombardi, 6-2, 220, Valley HS, West Des Moines, Iowa: Brother of Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi.
LB-S Cole Mabry, 6-2, 190, Iowa City West HS, Iowa City, Iowa: Other offers – Iowa State (COMMITTED, July 29)
DB Michael Mack, 6-2, 180, Bullis HS, Potomac, Md.: Other offers – Air Force, Rice
*OL Nate Mahoney, 6-3, 250, Lincoln-Way West HS, New Lenox, Ill.
RB Ay’Juan Marshall, 5-10, 175, West York HS, York, Pa.: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,325 yards and scored 19 touchdowns as a senior.
*S Deryan McDonald, 6-foot, 210, Choate Rosemary Hall HS, Wallingford, Conn.: First offer – Army.
*FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy
*QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina
*DL Etuate Moala, 6-3, 270, JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
DB Jabari Moore, 6-foot, 183, Hoover (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Troy, Liberty
*TE Paxton Nayman, 6-5, 235, Creekview HS, Canton, Ga.
*CB Boris Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo.
LB Declan O’Leary, 6-4, 227, Pembroke Hill HS, Kansas City, Mo.: Other offers – Navy.
QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern (COMMITTED, June 28)
DL Dylan Perez, 6-2, 275, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Miami (preferred walk-on), Buffalo, Florida Atlantic. (COMMITTED, Nov. 6)
*CB Kolubah Pewee, 5-11, 160, Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y.: Former Fordham commit
*WR Ridge Polk, 5-10, 170, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force.
CB Malik Prioleau, 5-10, 165, Edgewater HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
LB Jonzell Prudhomme, 6-2, 217, Davis HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, New Mexico. (COMMITTED, Jan. 25)
S Tyson Riley, 6-3, 200, Springfield (Mo.) Catholic HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
DE/LB Kaghen Roach, 6-5, 225, Celina (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, Jan. 28)
RB Tyrell Robinson, 5-8, 165, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.: Rushed for 1,645 yards and 24 touchdowns as senior. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
OL Carson Shaffer, 6-3, 280, Prosper (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 28)
LB Trey Stephens, 6-foot, 220, Coronado HS, Lubbock, Texas: Had more than 500 tackles in his four-year varsity career. (COMMITTED, Jan. 27)
DB Kyle Terry, 6-1, 185, Mount Paran Christian HS, Kennesaw, Ga.: First offer – Army. Also played quarterback. (COMMITTED, Jan. 23)
DB D’Andre Tobias, 5-10, 170, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
*FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers -  Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, June 7)
*S Fabrice Voyne, 6-2, 195, Xavier Prep, Palm Desert, Calif.: Other offers – Utah State, BYU
*DB Maxwell Williams, 5-10, 180, Millbrook HS. Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Appalachian State
*RB Shacori Williams, 5-10, 205, Many (La.) HS.
*QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS
LB Davis Wofford, 6-foot, 225, Robinson HS, Little Rock, Ark.: (COMMITTED, August 1)
*TE Garrett Woodall, 6-5, 210, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
WR Jake Woods, 6-5, 200, Cardinal Newman HS, Santa Rosa, Calif.: First offer – Army. Official visit – Jan. 18-19. Caught 36 passes for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games as a senior.
*signed with Army in December 2018

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Coaching staff update: Army adding Matt Hachmann, Kevin Lewis

Stony Brook linebackers coach Matt Hachmann and William & Mary defensive line coach Kevin Lewis are joining Army’s staff.

Hachmann, a former Towson defensive coordinator, spent the last two seasons at Stony Brook. He coached linebackers for eight seasons (2001-09) under current Army defensive coordinator John Loose at Lafayette. Hachmann’s career includes time at Oklahoma, Northwestern and Maryland.

Lewis comes to West Point after five seasons at William & Mary. He has strong ties to Virginia, an area that Army recruited well under departing defensive coordinator Jay Bateman. Lewis, a 2005 Virginia Tech graduate, was a three-year starter for the Hokies and played in four bowl games.

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QB Cam Thomas leaving West Point

Cam Thomas, Army’s No. 2 quarterback during its 11-win 2018 season, is transferring from West Point.

Thomas, a sophomore, confirmed his departure. He also posted an Army highlight video on Twitter titled, “until next time” Friday afternoon.

Thomas’ name had been removed from Army’s roster online.

The Huntsville, Ala. native rushed for 306 yards and three touchdowns in eight games for the Black Knights. Thomas helped Army to a 31-30  double-overtime victory over Miami- (Ohio) in his only career start. Thomas rushed for a career-high 137 yards in the victory. He threw his first career touchdown pass, 15 yards to Jordan Asberry, and added a 20-yard touchdown run in a 70-14 win over Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl.

There’s no word on Thomas’ next destination.

Who will fill Thomas’ role as Kelvin Hopkins’ backup for the 2019 season?

Sophomore Christian Anderson finished the 2018 season as Army’s No. 3 quarterback.

Coach Jeff Monken is high on the current freshmen class of quarterback Clay Czyzynski, Jabari Laws, Mike Mbony and Tyhier Tyler. Czyzynski is the most physical runner out of the group. Laws was moved to slotback when Army experienced injuries at the position late in the season. Mbony and Tyler are both athletic prospects.

Also have heard rave reviews of Army Prep quarterback Jemel Jones.

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Recruiting: Former Navy commit Robert Jones joins 2019 class

Cedar Grove (Ga.) running back Robert Jones, a former Navy commit, committed to Army head coach Jeff Monken and offensive coordinator Brent Davis during an in-home visit Wednesday.

Jones, who will play slotback for the Black Knights, decommitted to Navy last month. He announced an offer from Army on Jan. 10. He said the major factors for his switch from Navy to Army were Army Prep’s location in West Point and Army, “just felt like home.” Navy Prep is located in Newport, R.I.

Jones, who is 5-10 and 190 pounds, helped Cedar Grove to a Georgia AAA state title, rushing for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 11.3 yards per carry.

Army’s coaching staff was another factor in Jones’ decision.

“They are a great group of coaches,” Jones said. “They definitely made me and my family feel welcomed. The in-home visit was great. They sat down with my family and just talked about life.”

Jones, whose nickname is “Pop”, said Army’s facilities and post was “top notch” on his visit. “Everything was clean, nice and beautiful.”

Cedar Grove did not operate the option but Jones believes he can adapt to the Black Knights’ offense.

“The way Army runs the ball will be a great fit for me with the pitch,” Jones said.

Jones was recruited by Akron, Western Kentucky and North Dakota State among others.

Army picked up another commitment from Peach State when Mount Paran Christian (Ga.) defensive back Kyle Terry announced he’s joined the Black Knights’ 2019 class. Terry’s first offer was from Army.

Nolensville (Tenn.) running back Colton Dooley announced his commitment to Army on his 18th birthday Tuesday. Dooley rushed for 1,036 yards and scored 19 touchdowns as a senior.

Breaking…Cardinal Newman (Calif.) 6-foot-5 wide receiver posted his commitment to the Black Knights Thursday night. Woods visited Army last weekend. Army offered Woods first two weeks ago.  Woods caught 36 passes for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games his senior season. He also had six interceptions and blocked two punts.

2019 Army football commits
LB Tanner Addams, 6-3, 210, Monacan HS, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Attended 2018 Black & Gold Game.
WR Isaiah Alston, 6-4, 180, Mater Dei HS, New Monmouth, N.J.
*OL Tino Arcuri, 6-2, 265, Boardman HS, Youngstown, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Bowling Green.
*K Andrew Bagley, 5-10, 160, James I. O’Neill HS, Highland Falls, N.Y.
*QB Cade Ballard, 5-10, 195, Greeneville (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Georgia Southern, Tulane, Middle Tennessee State.
*OL Dayton Baugh, 6-3, 255, Beechwood HS, Fort Mitchell, Ky.
*QB Maurice Bellan, 5-10, 178, Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
*OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
S Tyler Brennan, 6-1, 180, North Hills HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.
LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
DL Nikai Butler, 6-2, 240, Byrd HS, Fayetteville, N.C.
*OL Cam Callaway, 6-2, 270, Aledo (Texas) HS: Former Harvard commit
DE Reed Chandler, 6-4, 240, Conley HS, Greenville, N.C.: Other offers – Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, July 27)
DL Grady Chapman, 6-3, 255, Carlisle (Pa.) HS
*S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion.
*RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.
*QB Alijah Curtis, 5-9, 180, McKinley HS, Canton, Ohio
*TE Simon Dellinger, 6-6, 225, Snider HS, Fort Wayne, Ind.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio.
RB Colton Dooley, 5-11, 190, Nolensville (Tenn.) HS: Rushed for 1,036 yards and 19 touchdowns as a season. (COMMITTED, Jan. 22)
*TE Trace Dorminy, 6-4, 220, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.
*DL Isaiah Filisi, 6-3, 245, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii
RB Bruno Forestieri, 5-11, 225, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, July 15)
OL Darryl Fuller, 6-4, 265, Christ The King HS, Middle Village, N.Y.
RB Keiran Grant, 5-11, 175, Cuero (Texas) HS: Other offers – Texas State (COMMITTED, July 27)
*LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Mocksville, N.C.
T David Hayward, 6-4, 235, Monte Vista HS, Danville, Calif.: Former Montana State commit. (COMMITTED, Dec. 14)
*T Lachlan Holt, 6-3, 270, Richmond Hill (Ga.) HS
*DT Gerald Irons, 6-2, 260, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Boston College, Kansas, North Texas, UTEP, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe.
*WR-TE Ryan Jackovic, 6-5, 205, Quaker Valley HS, Leetsdale, Pa.
DL Johnny Johnson, 6-2, 260, St. Amant (La.) HS: (COMMITTED, Jan. 12)
RB Robert Jones, 5-10, 190, Cedar Grove HS, Ellenwood, Ga.: Former Navy commit rushed for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping Cedar Grove to a AAA state title. (COMMITTED, Jan. 23)
*LB Spencer Jones, 6-1, 215, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
*K Tyler Keltner, 6-foot, 155, Chiles HS, Tallahassee, Fla.
*TE Ben Koch, 6-6, 240, Austin (Texas) HS
*DE Tyler Komorowski, 6-4, 240, Weir HS, Weirton, W.Va.: Other offers – Michigan (preferred walk-on), Kent State.
*OL Boobie Law, 6-4, 275, Pike HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
*RB Justin Lescouflair, 5-10, 175, Freeport (N.Y.) HS: First offer – Army.
TE Josh Lingenfelter, 6-4, 215, Mosley HS, Lynn Haven, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 15)
LB-S Cole Mabry, 6-2, 190, Iowa City West HS, Iowa City, Iowa: Other offers – Iowa State (COMMITTED, July 29)
DB Michael Mack, 6-2, 180, Bullis HS, Potomac, Md.: Other offers – Air Force, Rice
*OL Nate Mahoney, 6-3, 250, Lincoln-Way West HS, New Lenox, Ill.
RB Ay’Juan Marshall, 5-10, 175, West York HS, York, Pa.: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,325 yards and scored 19 touchdowns as a senior.
*S Deryan McDonald, 6-foot, 210, Choate Rosemary Hall HS, Wallingford, Conn.: First offer – Army.
*FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy
*QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina
*DL Etuate Moala, 6-3, 270, JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
DB Jabari Moore, 6-foot, 183, Hoover (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Troy, Liberty
*TE Paxton Nayman, 6-5, 235, Creekview HS, Canton, Ga.
*CB Boris Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo.
LB Declan O’Leary, 6-4, 227, Pembroke Hill HS, Kansas City, Mo.: Other offers – Navy.
QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern (COMMITTED, June 28)
DL Dylan Perez, 6-2, 275, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Miami (preferred walk-on), Buffalo, Florida Atlantic. (COMMITTED, Nov. 6)
*CB Kolubah Pewee, 5-11, 160, Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y.: Former Fordham commit
*WR Ridge Polk, 5-10, 170, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force.
CB Malik Prioleau, 5-10, 165, Edgewater HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
S Tyson Riley, 6-3, 200, Springfield (Mo.) Catholic HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
RB Tyrell Robinson, 5-8, 165, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.: Rushed for 1,645 yards and 24 touchdowns as senior. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
OL Carson Shaffer, 6-3, 280, Prosper (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 28)
DB Kyle Terry, 6-1, 185, Mount Paran Christian HS, Kennesaw, Ga.: First offer – Army. Also played quarterback. (COMMITTED, Jan. 23)
DB D’Andre Tobias, 5-10, 170, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
*FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers -  Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, June 7)
*S Fabrice Voyne, 6-2, 195, Xavier Prep, Palm Desert, Calif.: Other offers – Utah State, BYU
*DB Maxwell Williams, 5-10, 180, Millbrook HS. Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Appalachian State
*RB Shacori Williams, 5-10, 205, Many (La.) HS.
*QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS
LB Davis Wofford, 6-foot, 225, Robinson HS, Little Rock, Ark.: (COMMITTED, August 1)
*TE Garrett Woodall, 6-5, 210, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
WR Jake Woods, 6-5, 200, Cardinal Newman HS, Santa Rosa, Calif.: First offer – Army. Official visit – Jan. 18-19. Caught 36 passes for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games as a senior.
*signed with Army in December 2018

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Coaching staff update: Monken on Loose DC promotion, Wilt departs to Cincinnati

John Loose earned the opportunity to be Army’s full-time defensive coordinator after calling the Black Knights’ 70-14 win over Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl last month, head coach Jeff Monken said.

Loose, a 13-year Army assistant in two stints, directed the Black Knights’ defense to an academy-record 10 sacks in the bowl game.  Army announced Loose’s promotion on Jan. 10. Loose replaced Jay Bateman, who is now North Carolina’s co-defensive coordinator.

“John has a ton of experience calling games as a defensive coordinator,” said Monken, speaking of Loose’s 14 seasons at Lafayette (2000-13) and three seasons at the Coast Guard Academy (1989-91). “Probably almost 200 games as a DC. He did a great job in the bowl game, both preparing our team defensively and then calling the game.

“Having someone from our staff is really going to help our players transition and our defensive unit transition from Jay to a new coordinator. The terminology stays the same. The philosophy stays the same. Much of the coaching staff is the same. I think it’s a real positive for our program that we were able to keep John and put him in that position.”

Monken said Loose will oversee the defense and not coach a specific position like Bateman did. Some moves were made to, “reposition some of the coaches that are here,” on defense, Monken said.

Defensive line coach Chad Wilt has taken a position at Cincinnati, Monken said. Wilt, who will coach the defensive line at Cincinnati, spent the last three seasons at West Point, where he mentored impact players John Voit, Ray Wright and Wunmi Oyetuga.

“He (Wilt) did a great job,” Monken said. “He’s a terrific coach. A great person and we certainly going to miss him just as we miss Jay.”

Monken said he has hired coaches to replace Bateman and Chad Wilt on staff but couldn’t announce the new coaches yet.

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Lambert Trophy champions

Army will have to make some room in its football offices or Sports Hall of Fame for some more hardware.

The Black Knights will receive the Lambert Trophy as the best Division I-A football team in the East at the Eastern College Football Awards banquet on Feb. 21 in Danbury, Conn.

Army, which set an academy record with 11 wins and finished 19th in the Associated Press poll, earned its first Lambert Trophy since 1958.

“What an honor for the 2018 Black Knights to join the other great teams that have been awarded the Lambert Trophy!” Army coach Jeff Monken posted on Twitter Tuesday.

Athletic director Boo Corrigan said on Army earning the Lambert Trophy, “You always try to look inside on what we’re doing and if we’re doing it the right way and if you got the right people involved. If you are recognized outside, I think it’s a nice outward facing piece to what it is. I’m honored that they would consider us for the award.”

Army finished the season with a nine-game winning streak and capped off the academy’s winningiest campaign with a 70-14 victory over Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl.

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Recruiting: Florida TE Josh Lingenfelter commits to Army on spot

Josh Lingenfelter didn’t wait long when Army linebacker Daryl Dixon called with an offer Tuesday night.

Lingenfelter, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound tight end from Mosley High School in Lynn Haven, Florida, immediately committed to the Black Knights.

“It’s the only school I’ve wanted to attend since I was a freshman,” Lingenfelter said. “So when he called and offered, there was no other option for me than to fulfill my dream.”

Lingenfelter attended Army prospect camp in the summer of 2018 and was waiting for an offer from the Black Knights.

Carlisle (Pa.) defensive end Grady Chapman also committed to Army on the spot earlier this week. Chapman told Jake Adams of The Carlisle Sentinel that coach Jeff Monken offered him a place on the team during a visit Monday. He gave Monken his pledge in the coach’s office. Chapman’s father, Jeremy, played offensive line for Army in 1996 and 1997.

Army’s 2019 class added some key players after an official visit weekend last Friday and Saturday. (Jan. 11-12). Mater Dei (N.J.) wide receiver Isaiah Alston, St. Amant (La.) defensive lineman Johnny Johnson, Pembroke Hill (Mo.) linebacker Declan O’Leary, Edgewater (Fla.) cornerback Malik Prioleau and East Paulding (Ga.) running back Tyrell Robinson all announced their commitments.

2019 Army football commits
LB Tanner Addams, 6-3, 210, Monacan HS, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Attended 2018 Black & Gold Game.
WR Isaiah Alston, 6-4, 180, Mater Dei HS, New Monmouth, N.J.
*OL Tino Arcuri, 6-2, 265, Boardman HS, Youngstown, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Bowling Green.
*K Andrew Bagley, 5-10, 160, James I. O’Neill HS, Highland Falls, N.Y.
*QB Cade Ballard, 5-10, 195, Greeneville (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Georgia Southern, Tulane, Middle Tennessee State.
*OL Dayton Baugh, 6-3, 255, Beechwood HS, Fort Mitchell, Ky.
*QB Maurice Bellan, 5-10, 178, Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
*OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
*S Tyler Brennan, 6-1, 180, North Hills HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.
LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
DL Nikai Butler, 6-2, 240, Byrd HS, Fayetteville, N.C.
*OL Cam Callaway, 6-2, 270, Aledo (Texas) HS: Former Harvard commit
DE Reed Chandler, 6-4, 240, Conley HS, Greenville, N.C.: Other offers – Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, July 27)
DL Grady Chapman, 6-3, 255, Carlisle (Pa.) HS
*S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion.
*RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.
*QB Alijah Curtis, 5-9, 180, McKinley HS, Canton, Ohio
*TE Simon Dellinger, 6-6, 225, Snider HS, Fort Wayne, Ind.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio.
*TE Trace Dorminy, 6-4, 220, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.
*DL Isaiah Filisi, 6-3, 245, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii
RB Bruno Forestieri, 5-11, 225, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, July 15)
OL Darryl Fuller, 6-4, 265, Christ The King HS, Middle Village, N.Y.
RB Keiran Grant, 5-11, 175, Cuero (Texas) HS: Other offers – Texas State (COMMITTED, July 27)
*LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Mocksville, N.C.
T David Hayward, 6-4, 235, Monte Vista HS, Danville, Calif.: Former Montana State commit. (COMMITTED, Dec. 14)
*T Lachlan Holt, 6-3, 270, Richmond Hill (Ga.) HS
*DT Gerald Irons, 6-2, 260, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Boston College, Kansas, North Texas, UTEP, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe.
*WR-TE Ryan Jackovic, 6-5, 205, Quaker Valley HS, Leetsdale, Pa.
DL Johnny Johnson, 6-2, 260, St. Amant (La.) HS: (COMMITTED, Jan. 12)
*LB Spencer Jones, 6-1, 215, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
*K Tyler Keltner, 6-foot, 155, Chiles HS, Tallahassee, Fla.
*TE Ben Koch, 6-6, 240, Austin (Texas) HS
*DE Tyler Komorowski, 6-4, 240, Weir HS, Weirton, W.Va.: Other offers – Michigan (preferred walk-on), Kent State.
*OL Boobie Law, 6-4, 275, Pike HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
*RB Justin Lescouflair, 5-10, 175, Freeport (N.Y.) HS: First offer – Army.
TE Josh Lingenfelter, 6-4, 215, Mosley HS, Lynn Haven, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 15)
LB-S Cole Mabry, 6-2, 190, Iowa City West HS, Iowa City, Iowa: Other offers – Iowa State (COMMITTED, July 29)
DB Michael Mack, 6-2, 180, Bullis HS, Potomac, Md.: Other offers – Air Force, Rice
*OL Nate Mahoney, 6-3, 250, Lincoln-Way West HS, New Lenox, Ill.
*S Deryan McDonald, 6-foot, 210, Choate Rosemary Hall HS, Wallingford, Conn.: First offer – Army.
*FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy
*QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina
*DL Etuate Moala, 6-3, 270, JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
DB Jabari Moore, 6-foot, 183, Hoover (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Troy, Liberty
*TE Paxton Nayman, 6-5, 235, Creekview HS, Canton, Ga.
*CB Boris Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo.
LB Declan O’Leary, 6-4, 227, Pembroke Hill HS, Kansas City, Mo.: Other offers – Navy.
QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern (COMMITTED, June 28)
DL Dylan Perez, 6-2, 275, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Miami (preferred walk-on), Buffalo, Florida Atlantic. (COMMITTED, Nov. 6)
*CB Kolubah Pewee, 5-11, 160, Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y.: Former Fordham commit
*WR Ridge Polk, 5-10, 170, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force.
CB Malik Prioleau, 5-10, 165, Edgewater HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
S Tyson Riley, 6-3, 200, Springfield (Mo.) Catholic HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
RB Tyrell Robinson, 5-8, 165, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.: Rushed for 1,645 yards and 24 touchdowns as senior. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
OL Carson Shaffer, 6-3, 280, Prosper (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 28)
DB D’Andre Tobias, 5-10, 170, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
*FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers -  Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, June 7)
*S Fabrice Voyne, 6-2, 195, Xavier Prep, Palm Desert, Calif.: Other offers – Utah State, BYU
*DB Maxwell Williams, 5-10, 180, Millbrook HS. Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Appalachian State
*RB Shacori Williams, 5-10, 205, Many (La.) HS.
*QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS
*TE Garrett Woodall, 6-5, 210, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
LB Davis Wofford, 6-foot, 225, Robinson HS, Little Rock, Ark.: (COMMITTED, August 1)
DL Billy Wooden, 6-2, 280, Calvert Hall HS, Baltimore, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, Dec. 5)

*signed with Army in December 2018

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