Watch list: Ahmad Bradshaw up for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Army senior Ahmad Bradshaw was recognized as one of the nation’s top quarterbacks earlier this week when he was named a candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Moments after posting the news, this message appeared on my Twitter feed.

“Shouldn’t he be nominated 4 Archie Manning Golden Legs Award instead? He rushed 2x more than he passes, just sayin,” the post read.

True, Bradshaw operates Army’s triple-option offense, which ran the ball 85.7 percent of the time last season.

However, the Johnny Unitas award is given for accomplishments on and off the field. Quarterbacks must be on schedule to graduate.

“The Golden Arm Award values character, citizenship, integrity, leadership, and sportsmanship – characteristics that were displayed by my father,:” said John C. Unitas, Jr., president of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. in a release. “These attributes were every bit as important as the quarterback’s completion rate or the number of touchdowns scored.

Bradshaw set career highs with 824 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in 2016. He passed for 703 yards and four scores.

Past Johnny Unitas award winners include Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003), Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007), Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011) and Deshaun Watson (Clemson, 2016).

Among the 47 candidates for this season’s award include Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett, Washington State’s Luke Falk, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Penn State’s Trace McSorley.

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Watch list: Brett Toth candidate for Outland Trophy

Pro Football Focus ranked Army tackle Brett Toth as the country’s fifth-best, run-blocking tackle in 2016.

Bleacher Report listed Toth as the nation’s 23rd-best offensive lineman, period.

The 6-foot-6, 276 senior’s play continues to receive national recognition as he was recently one of 81 linemen named to the Outland Trophy watch list.

Toth started all 13 games (12 at right tackle, one at tight end) as a junior and helped Army finished second in the country in rushing and set an academy record with 46 rushing touchdowns. He didn’t wear his No. 78 for every snap last season. Army used Toth as an eligible receiver/”sixth” offensive lineman in some formations.

The Outland Trophy, given to college football’s best “interior” lineman, has been awarded since 1946. Joe Steffy is Army’s lone Outland Trophy winner, receiving the honor in 1947. The Outland Trophy’s 71 winners include Hall of Famers Bruce Smith, Jonathan Ogden and Orlando Pace and current NFL stars Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh and Joe Thomas.

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Nicolas, Army Prep class report

Burke Catholic graduate Garnett Nicolas and his Army Prep football teammates reported for R-Day at the prep school Monday.

Nicolas, a fullback, rushed for 1,560 yards and 22 touchdowns and was named the New York state (coaches) Class C player of the year as a senior.

Quarterback Jabari Laws, the 2016 USA Today Maryland offensive player of the year, Tyhier Tyler (Newport News, Va.) and Clay Czyzynski (New Trier, Ill.) also reported. Next is three weeks of military training.

Here’s a tentative roster for Army Prep:

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas
LB Greg Benton, 6-1, 210, Long Reach HS, Columbia, Md.
S Elijah Boyd, 6-2, 175, Frisco (Texas) HS
RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 207, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.
TE Chris Cameron, 6-3, 220, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.
S Daniel Charles, 6-1, 190, Marietta (Ga.) HS
RB Nasser Clark, 5-10, 190, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.
DB Cameron Clarke, 6-foot, 165, St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J.
RB Keelan Crosby, 5-10, 200, Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School
RB Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.
QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
WR Sean Eckert, 6-4, 180, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army.
RB Ton Evans, 5-8, 175, Northgate HS, Newnan, Ga.
LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.
OL Holton Greenfield, 6-3, 245, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas
OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 255, Duncanville (Texas) HS
K Brooks Hosea, 6-foot, 175, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.
RB AJ Howard, 6-foot, 190, Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga.
S Jordan Jackson, 5-11, 180, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla.
CB Caleb John, 5-10, 181, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.
LB Nate Jones, 6-4, 200, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
RB Issac Kinsey, 5-11, 173, Chattahoochee HS, Alpharetta, Ga.
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga.
RB-CB Krys Kyle, 6-1, 191, Memorial HS, Houston, Texas
RB Tyler Lavine, 5-11, 210, Cedar Park (Texas) HS
QB Jabari Laws, 5-9, 160, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.
DL Dan Lord,6-5, 220, St. Anthony’s HS, Melville, N.Y.
DB Julian McDuffie, 5-11, 162, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.
RB Garnett Nicolas, 6-1, 225, John S. Burke Catholic HS, Goshen, N.Y.
*FB Markens Pierre, 5-11, 215, Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla.
OL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS
RB-LB Ryan Rivera, 6-3, 225, Kimball HS, Tracy, Calif.
WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
LB Arik Smith, 6-1, 230, St. John’s College HS, Washington, D.C.
QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-9, 168, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS
T Zack Ward, 6-6, 255, Byrd HS, Shreveport, La.
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.

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Recruiting: Texas DE Hunter Brabham commits on visit

Hunter Brabham has visited many schools during his recruiting process.

Brabham made stops at the University of Texas, SMU, TCU, Tulsa, Sam Houston and Columbia.

None of those visits compared to Brabham’s time at West Point Sunday.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Hughes Springs (Texas) defensive end spent five hours touring the academy. In the middle of his visit, Brabham met with Jeff Monken and gave Army’s head coach his verbal commitment.

“It was the first time I ever stepped foot on campus,” Brabham said. “I had already thought about it and what I wanted to do before I got on campus. With all the hospitality that was showed to me today, learning all of these new facts that I didn’t know about it (the academy) – the history, all of the traditions and how it’s going to help me out in life, it just helped me make my final decision.”

Brabham added, “The hospitality was amazing. On all of these other visits that I’ve been on, they might spend 30 minutes to an hour with you.”

Army didn’t find Brabham. Brabham found Army. He followed defensive coordinator Jay Bateman on Twitter (in February or March, Brabham said). Bateman followed Brabham back. Brabham sent highlights and Army stayed in contact, offering in late June.

“I have a broad message that I send out to them (coaches) with my film, basic info (height, weight and grades),” Brabham said. “If they are interested, they message back. If not, I may never hear from them.”

Brabham is being recruited to play defensive end but he could also project inside. He’s  played defensive end, defensive tackle, inside linebacker, outside linebacker and every position on the offensive line for Hughes Springs. Army is the only Division I-A school to offer Brabham.

Before Army entered the picture, Brabham had planned to play college football, graduate and then enlist. Three of his grandfathers served in Vietnam, one in the Army.

“It’s (the military) always something I thought about,” Brabham said. “But I didn’t ever think about playing football at West Point before coach Bateman texted me back. I was going to play football somewhere and then go join (the military) for a little while and just to do my part. And then, this happened to help me out. It got me on my plan.”

2018 commits (23)
DE Hunter Brabham, 6-3, 235, Hughes Springs (Texas) HS
DT Ryan Bryce, 6-5, 285, St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – Rutgers, Virginia, Temple, Central Florida, Buffalo, UMass. (COMMITTED, May 30)
DE-TE Nolan Cockrill, 6-3, 230, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, June 4)
LB Morgan Ernst, 6-foot, 195, Webb HS, Knoxville, Tenn.: (COMMITTED, May 14)
DE Damir Faison, 6-foot-2, 240, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.: Other offers – Maryland, Rutgers, Temple, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Georgia State. Former Appalachian State commit. (COMMITTED, July 7)
CB Khalil Fleming, 5-11, 163, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Air Force, May 22. (COMMITTED, April 19)
LS Cale Garrison, 5-10, 215, The Woodlands (Texas) HS: Offered after attending Army prospect camp on June 4. (COMMITTED, June 5)
WR-CB Will Hankins, 6-2, 175, Munford (Tenn.) HS
QB-RB Tionne Harris, 5-9, 178, Vianney HS, St. Louis, Mo.: Led Vianney to its first state title, passing for 2,549 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushing for 1,502 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2016. (COMMITTED, July 4)
QB Walter Harris, 6-1, 190, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Navy, May 8. (COMMITTED, April 22)
LB Tim Johns, 6-3, 230, Greenwood (Ind.) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 12)
DL Tim Kater, 6-3, 265, Steelton-Highspire HS, Steelton, Pa.: First commit of 2018 class. Brother of former Army tight end Kelvin White. Other offers – Delaware, Delaware State, Howard, Morgan State. (COMMITTED, April 12)
OL Drew Kraatz, 6-6, 240, Standish-Sterling HS, Standish, Mich.: (COMMITTED, April 27)
LS Brendan Knoespel, 6-foot, 210, Antonian Prep HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offer – Air Force. (COMMITTED, May 25)
OL Nick Kotok, 6-4, 285, Moon Area HS, Moon

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K Miller Kronk, 6-2, 195, London (Ohio) HS: First offer – Army. Army unofficial visit: May 24. (COMMITTED, June 1)
DE Ryan Matz, 6-3, 235, East Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 22)
FB Elliott McElwain, 6-foot, 215, Hewitt-Trussville HS, Trussville, Ala. (COMMITTED, July 4)
DB Braheam Murphy, 5-10, 160, Harding University HS, Charlotte, N.C.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 4)
QB-WR A.J. Payne, 6-1, 193, Americus-Sumter HS, Americus, Ga. (COMMITTED, July 4)
DL Hunter Richard, 6-3, 270, Edmond (Okla.) North HS: Other offers – Princeton, Abilene Christian. (COMMITTED, June 21)
OL Harmon Saint Germain, 6-foot-5, 280, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: (COMMITTED, July 6)
DE Noah Yates, 6-foot-5, 215, Carbondale Area HS, Carbondale, Pa. (COMMITTED, July 6)

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Watch list: Aukerman up for Nagurski Trophy

Alex Aukerman’s 2014 high school recruiting profiles listed the Indiana native between 205 and 210 pounds.

This week, the Army senior posted a picture of a scale reading 262 pounds on social media.

Aukerman has become one of the football team’s strongest and effective players. Army’s leader on tackles for loss (15) and sacks (7.5) was recognized as one of the country’s top defensive players earlier this week. Aukerman was one of 103 players named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list.

The award is given annually to the nation’s best defensive players. Among the recent winners are Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (Boston Colllege, 2011), Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh, 2013) and Redskins’ 2017 first-round draft pick Jonathan Allen (Alabama, 2016).

Recruited to play safety out of Center Grove High, coordinator Jay Bateman used Aukerman in a variety of positions in 2016 as Army finished fourth in the country in total defense. Aukerman played rush linebacker, defensive end and even lined up as a nose tackle.

Aukerman was third on the team with 59 tackles, including eight in Army’s Heart of Dallas Bowl win over North Texas, and recorded two-sack games against Duke and Temple as a junior.

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Recruiting: Indiana LB Tim Johns on commitment

Tim Johns sensed West Point was going to be his future home moments after his unofficial visit on June 22.

Johns shared the same work ethic and intensity with everyone associated with football program.

“The people there were my kind of people,” said Johns, a Greenwood (Ind.) senior linebacker. “I fit in well. I felt at home…You could tell that have that passion for football and they always work hard and were good people. That’s the kind of environment I like to be in.”

Johns made his college decision official Wednesday night, calling Army coach Jeff Monken with his verbal commitment.

“West Point plays hard-nosed football,” said Johns, who will enter his third year as a starter and had 70 tackles his junior season. “They are not always are big as everybody but they are gritty and they play hard and that’s my type of football. That’s the same way my high school team is. We are one of the smallest teams in our class but it doesn’t matter. We beat up on people because we play so hard.”

Thoughts of playing college football started during Johns’ freshman season, he said. Johns also had a strong desire to go into the military.

“West Point is the best of both worlds as far as that with serving my country and being able to play the greatest sport in the world at the same time,” Johns said.

Army started recruiting Johns about two months ago. Recruiting coordinator Tucker Waugh visited Greenwood High School in May. But, Waugh missed Johns, who wasn’t in school, recovering from facial fractures after getting hit by a baseball. Two days later, Waugh called and offered Johns. Army is Johns’ lone Division I-A offer to date. He had 11 Division I-AA offers including five from Ivy League schools. Army is recruiting Johns, who is 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, as a rush linebacker.

A “Did You Know” fact about Army’s latest commit: Johns and senior linebacker Alex Aukerman share the same hometown and grew up in the same neighborhood. Aukerman lived three doors down from Johns before moving across town.

“My sister and him were in the same class and knew each other pretty well,” Johns said.

Johns, who scored a 28 on the ACT and has a 3.8 grade-point average, expects to be a direct admit into West Point’s 2022 class. With his commitment complete, Johns said he can focus on football and steps in the academy’s acceptance process.

“I was definitely getting caught up in it and even since I took my unofficial visit I knew I was going to Army,” Johns said. “It was nice to be able to commit and start my application process. Now, I don’t have a bunch of college coaches contacting me every day. I’m not working to send out film and get recruited. I know where I am going. I know where my home is at and all I have to do is go through the application process and have a good senior season.”

2018 commits (22)
DT Ryan Bryce, 6-5, 285, St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – Rutgers, Virginia, Temple, Central Florida, Buffalo, UMass. (COMMITTED, May 30)
DE-TE Nolan Cockrill, 6-3, 230, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, June 4)
LB Morgan Ernst, 6-foot, 195, Webb HS, Knoxville, Tenn.: (COMMITTED, May 14)
DE Damir Faison, 6-foot-2, 240, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.: Other offers – Maryland, Rutgers, Temple, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Georgia State. Former Appalachian State commit. (COMMITTED, July 7)
CB Khalil Fleming, 5-11, 163, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Air Force, May 22. (COMMITTED, April 19)
LS Cale Garrison, 5-10, 215, The Woodlands (Texas) HS: Offered after attending Army prospect camp on June 4. (COMMITTED, June 5)
WR-CB Will Hankins, 6-2, 175, Munford (Tenn.) HS
QB-RB Tionne Harris, 5-9, 178, Vianney HS, St. Louis, Mo.: Led Vianney to its first state title, passing for 2,549 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushing for 1,502 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2016. (COMMITTED, July 4)
QB Walter Harris, 6-1, 190, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Navy, May 8. (COMMITTED, April 22)
LB Tim Johns, 6-3, 230, Greenwood (Ind.) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 12)
DL Tim Kater, 6-3, 265, Steelton-Highspire HS, Steelton, Pa.: First commit of 2018 class. Brother of former Army tight end Kelvin White. Other offers – Delaware, Delaware State, Howard, Morgan State. (COMMITTED, April 12)
OL Drew Kraatz, 6-6, 240, Standish-Sterling HS, Standish, Mich.: (COMMITTED, April 27)
LS Brendan Knoespel, 6-foot, 210, Antonian Prep HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offer – Air Force. (COMMITTED, May 25)
OL Nick Kotok, 6-4, 285, Moon Area HS, Moon Township, Pa.
K Miller Kronk, 6-2, 195, London (Ohio) HS: First offer – Army. Army unofficial visit: May 24. (COMMITTED, June 1)
DE Ryan Matz, 6-3, 235, East Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 22)
FB Elliott McElwain, 6-foot, 215, Hewitt-Trussville HS, Trussville, Ala. (COMMITTED, July 4)
DB Braheam Murphy, 5-10, 160, Harding University HS, Charlotte, N.C.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 4)
QB-WR A.J. Payne, 6-1, 193, Americus-Sumter HS, Americus, Ga. (COMMITTED, July 4)
DL Hunter Richard, 6-3, 270, Edmond (Okla.) North HS: Other offers – Princeton, Abilene Christian. (COMMITTED, June 21)
OL Harmon Saint Germain, 6-foot-5, 280, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: (COMMITTED, July 6)
DE Noah Yates, 6-foot-5, 215, Carbondale Area HS, Carbondale, Pa. (COMMITTED, July 6)

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Recruiting: Army lands highly-recruited North Carolina DE Damir Faison

Vance (N.C.) defensive end Damir Faison turned down offers from Big Ten schools Maryland and Rutgers to join Army’s 2018 recruiting class.

Faison revealed his commitment to the Black Knights on Twitter Friday night. Temple, East Carolina, Colorado State, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State and Georgia State offered the 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior. Faison originally committed to Appalachian State in November 2016 and reopened his recruiting in March.

Two of Faison’s Vance teammates – wide receiver Michael Roberts and defensive end/linebacker Nathaniel Jones – are 2017 Army commits and will play for Army Prep this fall.

Westfield (Va.) 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman Harmon Saint Germain and Carbondale Area (Pa.) 6-foot-5, 215 defensive end Noah Yates announced their commitments to Army Thursday.

2018 commits (21)
DT Ryan Bryce, 6-5, 285, St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – Rutgers, Virginia, Temple, Central Florida, Buffalo, UMass. (COMMITTED, May 30)
DE-TE Nolan Cockrill, 6-3, 230, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, June 4)
LB Morgan Ernst, 6-foot, 195, Webb HS, Knoxville, Tenn.: (COMMITTED, May 14)
DE Damir Faison, 6-foot-2, 240, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.: Other offers – Maryland, Rutgers, Temple, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Georgia State. Former Appalachian State commit. (COMMITTED, July 7)
CB Khalil Fleming, 5-11, 163, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Air Force, May 22. (COMMITTED, April 19)
LS Cale Garrison, 5-10, 215, The Woodlands (Texas) HS: Offered after attending Army prospect camp on June 4. (COMMITTED, June 5)
WR-CB Will Hankins, 6-2, 175, Munford (Tenn.) HS
QB-RB Tionne Harris, 5-9, 178, Vianney HS, St. Louis, Mo.: Led Vianney to its first state title, passing for 2,549 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushing for 1,502 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2016. (COMMITTED, July 4)
QB Walter Harris, 6-1, 190, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Navy, May 8. (COMMITTED, April 22)
DL Tim Kater, 6-3, 265, Steelton-Highspire HS, Steelton, Pa.: Brother of former Army tight end Kelvin White. Other offers – Delaware, Delaware State, Howard, Morgan State. (COMMITTED, April 12)
OL Drew Kraatz, 6-6, 240, Standish-Sterling HS, Standish, Mich.: (COMMITTED, April 27)
LS Brendan Knoespel, 6-foot, 210, Antonian Prep HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offer – Air Force. (COMMITTED, May 25)
OL Nick Kotok, 6-4, 285, Moon Area HS, Moon Township, Pa.
K Miller Kronk, 6-2, 195, London (Ohio) HS: First offer – Army. Army unofficial visit: May 24. (COMMITTED, June 1)
DE Ryan Matz, 6-3, 235, East Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 22)
FB Elliott McElwain, 6-foot, 215, Hewitt-Trussville HS, Trussville, Ala. (COMMITTED, July 4)
DB Braheam Murphy, 5-10, 160, Harding University HS, Charlotte, N.C.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 4)
QB-WR A.J. Payne, 6-1, 193, Americus-Sumter HS, Americus, Ga.
DL Hunter Richard, 6-3, 270, Edmond (Okla.) North HS: Other offers – Princeton, Abilene Christian. (COMMITTED, June 21)
OL Harmon Saint Germain, 6-foot-5, 280, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: (COMMITTED, July 6)
DE Noah Yates, 6-foot-5, 215, Carbondale Area HS, Carbondale, Pa. (COMMITTED, July 6)

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Fourth of July Commits: Payne, Murphy, Harris, McElwain, Garrison join 2018 class

A.J. Payne committed to Army and assistant coach Mitch Ware three weeks ago.

But, Payne, a rising senior from Americus-Sumter (Ga.), told Ware that he wanted to wait Tuesday to officially announce his decision through social media.

“There’s nothing like the Army, Fourth of July and Independence Day,” said Payne Tuesday afternoon. “It was the right time to do it.”

“I always wanted to go into the Army but being able to play football and then to get the best education and with an Ivy League-type degree. I’ll be set up if football doesn’t work out.”

Several Army recruits also posted their commitments Tuesday, the nation’s celebrated birthday. Vianney (Mo.) quarterback-running back Tionne Harris, Harding University quarterback-defensive back Braheam Murphy, Hewitt Trussville (Ala.) running back Elliott McElwain and The Woodlands (Texas) long snapper Cale Garrison all announced their decisions to join the 2018 class. Garrison committed to West Point on June 5 after receiving an offer following Army’s prospect camp on June 4.

Payne played quarterback for Americus-Sumter his junior year but expects to shift back to wide receiver for his senior year. Navy, Georgia Southern, Tulane and Arkansas expressed interest in Payne.  But, Army is Payne’s lone offer to date. Army likes the 6-foot-1, 193-pound Payne’s versatility.

“When coach Ware came on a home visit, he told me I could play quarterback, running back or wide receiver,” Payne said.

After Payne announced his commitment, he received a text message from an Air Force assistant coach, he said. The assistant coach had paid Payne a visit at Americus-Sumter.

“I’m a straight solid (Army commit),” Payne said.

Murphy’s commitment is a feel-good story. Murphy was academically ineligible his sophomore season as he struggled with stability in his home life. Harding University coach Sam Greiner took Murphy into his home to live with him and Murphy’s grades rose to 3.7 grade-point average, according to Langston Wertz’s Jr.’s story in the Charlotte Observer.

Greiner reached out of other coaches after Murphy’s junior season. Chad Grier, a close friend of Greiner, knew Army defensive coordinator Jay Bateman. Bateman offered Murphy a chance to play for Army in May.

“It was a blessing,” Murphy said of the offer. “It’s something that I had been waiting for.”

Murphy was headed to cookout with Greiner and his family Tuesday for Fourth of July. There was a little extra celebration at the cooking following Murphy’s decision. Murphy spoke with Army head coach Jeff Monken over the phone Monday night and followed through with his commitment.

“It was a great talk and after that I decided that I was going to do it,” Murphy said… “I’ve been just thinking about it a lot with my family lately…I talked to coach Bateman about it and he asked me would I commit before my visit. I just thought it was a great day to do it and celebrate with my family on the Fourth of July.”

Murphy volunteered to be Harding’s quarterback, a position that he had never played, his junior season. He exclusively played quarterback because Harding didn’t have a backup. This season, Murphy plans to play on both sides of the ball. His future is likely as a defensive back for the Black Knights, he said.

Harris is another versatile athlete that could play quarterback or slotback. He led Vianney to its first state title, passing for 2,549 yards and 19 touchdowns and running for 1,502 yards and 13 more scores in 2016.

2018 commits (18)
DT Ryan Bryce, 6-5, 285, St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – Rutgers, Virginia, Temple, Central Florida, Buffalo, UMass. (COMMITTED, May 30)
DE-TE Nolan Cockrill, 6-3, 230, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, June 4)
LB Morgan Ernst, 6-foot, 195, Webb HS, Knoxville, Tenn.: (COMMITTED, May 14)
CB Khalil Fleming, 5-11, 163, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Air Force, May 22. (COMMITTED, April 19)
LS Cale Garrison, 5-10, 215, The Woodlands (Texas) HS: Offered after attending Army prospect camp on June 4. (COMMITTED, June 5)
WR-CB Will Hankins, 6-2, 175, Munford (Tenn.) HS
QB-RB Tionne Harris, 5-9, 178, Vianney HS, St. Louis, Mo.: Led Vianney to its first state title, passing for 2,549 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushing for 1,502 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2016. (COMMITTED, July 4)
QB Walter Harris, 6-1, 190, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Navy, May 8. (COMMITTED, April 22)
DL Tim Kater, 6-3, 265, Steelton-Highspire HS, Steelton, Pa.: Brother of former Army tight end Kelvin White. Other offers – Delaware, Delaware State, Howard, Morgan State. (COMMITTED, April 12)
OL Drew Kraatz, 6-6, 240, Standish-Sterling HS, Standish, Mich.: (COMMITTED, April 27)
LS Brendan Knoespel, 6-foot, 210, Antonian Prep HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offer – Air Force. (COMMITTED, May 25)
OL Nick Kotok, 6-4, 285, Moon Area HS, Moon Township, Pa.
K Miller Kronk, 6-2, 195, London (Ohio) HS: First offer – Army. Army unofficial visit: May 24. (COMMITTED, June 1)
DE Ryan Matz, 6-3, 235, East Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 22)
FB Elliott McElwain, 6-foot, 215, Hewitt-Trussville HS, Trussville, Ala. (COMMITTED, July 4)
DB Braheam Murphy, 5-10, 160, Harding University HS, Charlotte, N.C.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 4)
QB-WR A.J. Payne, 6-1, 193, Americus-Sumter HS, Americus, Ga.
DL Hunter Richard, 6-3, 270, Edmond (Okla.) North HS: Other offers – Princeton, Abilene Christian. (COMMITTED, June 21)

 

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Updated and official 2017 freshmen class

Quarterbacks Christian Anderson, Jordan Johnson and Cameron Thomas are among the freshmen expected to report for Reception Day Monday at West Point.

Army released its freshmen class, consisting of 82 players this morning. The online release lists some players’ birth names.

Anderson threw for 3,653 yards and 37 touchdowns and added 10 rushing touchdowns f0r Cardinal Hayes (N.Y.) in 2016. Johnson, a former Air Force commit, missed his senior season at Hooks (Texas) with a torn anterior cruciate ligaments in 2016. He passed and rushed for close to 1,000 yards as a junior. Thomas, who was recruited out of Lee (Ala.) High School, played at Army Prep last fall.

Breakdown by state: Texas (13); Florida (10), California (8), Illinois (7); Georgia (6); Pennsylvania (5); Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee (4); Ohio, Virginia (3); Massachusetts, New York, Louisiana, Washington (2); Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Wisconsin (1)

Here’s a list of Army’s 2017 freshmen (Note: * – played at Army Prep last fall. Will update heights and weights once Army officially adds players to online roster):

QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
*S-KR Wallace Barrett, 6-1, 185, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Franklin, Tenn.
45 *LB Gavin Bassett, Farmington HS, Farmington, Minn.
K Camden Bauman, 5-10, 195, Jesuit (Fla.) HS, Lutz, Pa.
10 CB Jordan Blackman, 5-11, 170, St. Genevieve HS, Lake View Terrace, Calif.
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
S Zack Boobas, 5-10, 190, Jefferson HS, Nicholson, Ga.
*S Jahvari Boudreau, 5-10, 175, Flanagan HS, Miramar, Fla.
S Jacob Carlson, 6-2, 190, Billerica HS, Billerica, Mass.
*FB August Cook, 6-3, 220, Bedford HS, Bedford, Mass.
*DE Rahmeel Cook, 6-2, 230, Demopolis HS, Gallion, Ala.
*RB Fred Cooper, 6-foot, 205, Reagan HS, Houston, Texas
DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 255, Southern Alamance HS, Burlington, N.C.
*RB Donnell Diego, 5-10, 185, Curtis HS, Lakewood, Wash.
RB Dominic DiStefano, Hendrickson HS, Pflugerville, Texas
39 LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington HS, Reynoldsville, Ohio: Other offers – Air Force.
42 TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 225, Prairie Ridge HS, Cary, Ill.
*NT Tyler Fleagle, 6-3, 263, Linganore HS, Mount Airy, Md.
*OL Michael Gerber, 6-4, 263, Stoughton HS, Stoughton, Wisc.
LB Nick Ghazarian, 6-2, 218, Crespi HS, Chatsworth, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force.
22 *LB Christian Gomez, 6-2, 235, Cypress Bay HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
DL Trevor Hallock, 6-2, 255, La Mirada HS, La Habra, Calif.
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Elmwood Park, Ill.
*WR Cam Harrison, 6-3, 175, Allen HS, Allen, Texas
32 *RB Artice Hobbs, 5-10, 175, Newton HS, Covington, Ga.
DE Karl Holler, 6-5, 247, The Tatnall School, Chadds Ford, Pa.
DE Jack Hough, 6-3, 235, Coate Rosemary Hall HS, Wilmette, Ill.
*C James Hunter, 6-4, 265, Oceanside HS, Oceanside, Calif.
2 QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 205, Hooks HS, Hooks, Texas: Former Air Force commit.
*LB Aaron Jones, Pike HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
OL Weston Jones, 6-4, 248, Capital Christian HS, Sacramento, Calif.
DL Jonathan King, 6-2, 300, Nolan Catholic HS, Ft. Worth, Texas
*CB Joseph King, 5-10, 160, Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla.
*TE Geoff Kirk, 6-4, 230, Avon (Conn.) HS
S Jordan Lane, 6-1, 185, North Guilford HS, Summerville, N.C.
*LB Jake Lauer, Franklin Regional HS, Murrysville, Pa.
LS Paul Lawless, 6-4, 215, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Boca Raton, Fla.
P-K Michael Leisle, 6-foot, 165, Nease HS, Ponte Vedra, Fla.
RB Chamberlin Liddell-Patacsil, 5-11, 210, Mira Mesa HS, San Diego, Calif.
LB Jeremiah Lowery, 6-3, 235, Park Crossing HS, Elmore, Ala.
79 OL Luke McCleery, 6-5, 285, Grapevine Faith Christian HS, Keller, Texas: Former Tulane commit.
*RB Sandon McCoy, Brown HS, Kannapolis, N.C.
DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Carnegie, Pa.
45 LS Caleb McKee, 6-2, 190, Arlington HS, Pantego, Texas
K Sean McNulty, 6-1, 210, Maine South HS, Park Ridge, Ill.
FB DJ Miller, 6-foot, 220, Chico HS, Chico, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force.
K Billy Mitchell, 5-11, 180, American Heritage HS, Weston, Fla.
CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Midlothian, Va.
LS Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, North Canton, Ohio
DT Ryan O’Malley, 6-4, 260, Libertyville HS, Libertyville, Ill.: Former Illinois commit.
DE Jack Owens, 6-5, 235, Aquinas HS, Rochester, NY
DE Edriece Patterson, Rahway HS, Rahway, N.J.
DL Mackay Phillips, 6-2, 265, South Gwinnett (Ga.) HS, Loganville, Ill.
*OL Peyton Reeder, 6-5, 315, Coosa HS, Rome, Ga.
47 LB Jon Rhattigan, 6-2, 220, Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.
FB Parker Ross, Fountain Lake HS, Hot Springs, Ark.
40 LB Ben Roth, 6-1, 210, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.: First commit of 2017 class.
*DB Alex Rowe, Greater Atlanta Christian HS, Stone Mountain, Ga.
*K-P Landon Salyers, Dobyns-Bennett HS, Kingsport, Tenn.
C Will Schumacher, 6-3, 265, Penn-Trafford HS, Harrison City, Pa.
*S Chris Skyers, South Gwinnett HS, Loganville, Ga.
DE-TE Nick Slusher, 6-4, 238, Cedar Creek HS, Ruston, La.: Other offers – Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe.
* OL-DL Connor Smith, Issaquah HS, Bellevue, Wash.
*RB Bryson Stephens, Morristown-Hamblen HS, Morristown, Tenn.
LB-S Joe Stephenson, 6-foot, 197, Woodberry Forest HS, Brodnax, Va.
*T Nick Stokes, 6-5, 270, Kempsville HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
*QB Cameron Thomas, 5-11, 172, Lee HS, Huntsville, Ala.
DE Josh Thomas, 6-4, 230, St. John’s HS, Pearland, Texas
*S Justin Thomas, 6-1, 176, Chaminade-Madonna HS, Plantation, Fla.
DE Emmanuel Ukhueligbe, 6-2, 255, Seventy-First HS, Fayetteville, N.C.
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas
S Taylor Vessel, 6-1, 195, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – South Alabama, Texas State.
DE Ted Wages, 6-4, 225, Auburn (Ala.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force.
*WR Kevin Waites, 6-1. 175, Manor (Texas) HS
*WR Max Weisman, Burbank HS, Burbank, Calif.
*CB Keshaun Wells, 6-3, 190, Aldine Davis HS, Houston, Texas
56 OL Caden Williams, 6-5, 270, Franklin HS, Nashville, Tenn.: Other offers – Air Force.
G Kenny Willoughby, 6-5, 295, Astronaut HS, Titusville, Fla.
*LB Demann Wilson, 6-3, 215, Ginn HS, Cleveland, Ohio
*RB T.J. Wisham, 5-11, 215, Episcopal HS, Baton Rogue, La.
*LB Markus Wright, 6-3, 210, Jordan HS, Columbus, Ga.
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Commitment Tracker: Tennessee DB Will Hankins joins 2018 class

Army added a quick, physical defensive back to its 2018 recruiting class when Will Hankins of Munford (Tenn.) announced his commitment to the Black Knights Monday.

Hankins, who is 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, made 53 tackles his junior season. According to his Hudl profile, Hankins, who recently camped at Memphis, has ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.  Army offered Hankins on June 2.

Army picked up commitments from defensive linemen Hunter Richard of Edmond North (Okla.) and Ryan Matz of East Lincoln (N.C.) last week.

Here’s a list of the Black Knights’ 2018 commits along with a partial list of who Army had offered from the 2018 class:

2018 commits (12)
DT Ryan Bryce, 6-5, 285, St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – Rutgers, Virginia, Temple, Central Florida, Buffalo, UMass. (COMMITTED, May 30)
DE-TE Nolan Cockrill, 6-3, 230, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, June 4)
LB Morgan Ernst, 6-foot, 195, Webb HS, Knoxville, Tenn.: (COMMITTED, May 14)
CB Khalil Fleming, 5-11, 163, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Air Force, May 22. (COMMITTED, April 19)
DB Will Hankins, 6-1, 170, Munford (Tenn.) HS: (COMMITTED, June 26)
QB Walter Harris, 6-1, 190, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Navy, May 8. (COMMITTED, April 22)
DL Tim Kater, 6-3, 265, Steelton-Highspire HS, Steelton, Pa.: Brother of former Army tight end Kelvin White. Other offers – Delaware, Delaware State, Howard, Morgan State. (COMMITTED, April 12)
OL Drew Kraatz, 6-6, 240, Standish-Sterling HS, Standish, Mich.: (COMMITTED, April 27)
LS Brendan Knoespel, 6-foot, 210, Antonian Prep HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offer – Air Force. (COMMITTED, May 25)
K Miller Kronk, 6-2, 195, London (Ohio) HS: First offer – Army. Army unofficial visit: May 24. (COMMITTED, June 1)
DE Ryan Matz, 6-3, 235, East Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 22)
DL Hunter Richard, 6-3, 270, Edmond (Okla.) North HS: Other offers – Princeton, Abilene Christian. (COMMITTED, June 21)

2018 Army offers (partial list)
S Izzy Akojie, 6-2, 185, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED to Old Dominion, June 24)
RB Marquise Albert, 5-8, 180, John Curtis Christian HS, River Ridge, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ball State, Kent State, South Alabama, Idaho.
QB Aaron Allen, 6-1, 174, Ridge Point HS, Missouri City, Texas: Other offers – Louisiana Tech, Western Kentucky, Rice, North Texas, Tulane, Southern Mississippi, New Mexico, UNLV, Louisiana-Monroe, Georgia State. (COMMITTED to Louisiana Tech, June 16)
C Will Andersen, 6-1, 297, Delbarton School, Morristown, N.J.: Other offers – Navy. Named overall MVP at Army’s June prospect camp.
OL Jake Andrews, 6-3, 310, Stanhope Elmore HS, Millbrook, Ala.: State wrestling champion. Other offers – Navy, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Illinois, Troy, Memphis, Western Kentucky, UAB, Southern Mississippi, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee State. (COMMITTED to Troy, June 19)
RB Tyler Badie, 5-9, 168, Briarcrest Christian HS, Eads, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Memphis
WR Pat Ballard, 6-3, 200, Elkins HS, Missouri City, Texas: Other offers – UNLV (COMMITTED to UNLV, June 14)
QB Cedarious Barfield, 6-foot, 178, El Dorado HS, El Paso, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, San Diego States, UTEP, Southern Mississippi, New Mexico State, (COMMITTED to San Diego State, June 24)
K Bubba Baxa, 6-foot, 180, Pasadena (Texas) HS: Other offers – Miami (Fla.), Baylor. (COMMITTED to Miami, Fla., May 27)
S Myles Berry, 6-2, 190, Dudley HS, Greensboro, N.C.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED to East Carolina, April 24)
LB Tyler Bird, 6-1, 220, North Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, East Carolina, Georgia State, Colorado State, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Tulane, Appalachian State, Troy, Alabama-Birminghan, Charlotte. (COMMITTED to Appalachian State, June 19)
CB Justin Birdsong, 6-foot, 175, Stephenson HS, Stone Mountain, Ga.: Navy, Air Force, Ball State, Central Michigan, Appalachian State.
WR Jake Bobo, 6-4, 185, Belmont Hill HS, Belmont, Mass.: Other offers – Duke, Wake Forest, Boston College, UMass. (COMMITTED to Duke, Feb. 25)
RB Brenden Brady, 5-11, 196, Steele HS, Cibolo, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Rice, Texas-San Antonio, Bowling Green, New Mexico, Marshall. (COMMITTED to Rice, June 16)
WR-S Peter Brown, 6-2, 190, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
OL Stevon Brown, 6-4, 275, Archbishop Curley HS, Baltimore, Md.: First offer – Army. Other offers –  Navy, Air Force, East Carolina, Marshall, Old Dominion. (COMMITTED to East Carolina, June 15)
QB Warren Bryan, 6-2, 190, Damien HS, LaVerne, Calif.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, New Mexico, UNLV, Old Dominion.
QB Bryce Carpenter, 6-2, 199, Venice (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Coastal Carolina, Akron, Ohio, Toledo, Middle Tennessee State, Liberty.
WR Caleb Chapman, 6-5, 196, Clear Brook HS, Friendswood, Texas: Other offers – West Virginia, Texas Tech, Duke, Missouri, Oregon State, Indiana, Iowa State, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), New Mexico, Bowling Green, UNLV, Louisiana-Lafayette, Cornell, Yale.
QB Jalen Chatman, 6-foot, 181, Narbonne, Calif.: Other offers – Navy, Rutgers, Tulane. (COMMITTED to Rutgers, May 15)
DT Will Choloh, 6-1, 270, Archer HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Kansas State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Tulane, Kent State, Ohio, Colorado State, Troy, Arkansas State, Appalachian State.
WR Brian Cobbs, 6-3, 200, Hayfield HS, Alexandria, Va.: Other offers – Navy, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Temple, East Carolina, Kent State, Marshall, Buffalo (COMMITTED to Maryland, June 20)
QB Steven Comstock, 6-2, 175, Northview HS, Covina, Calif.: (COMMITTED to Fresno State, June 24)
T Owen Condon, 6-7, 315, Bishop McGuinness HS, Oklahoma City, Okla.: Other offers – Georgia, Arkansas, TCU, Oklahoma State, Washington State, Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Kansas, Iowa State, SMU, Tulsa, Ohio, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe.
QB Jordan Cooper, 6-foot, 200, New Caney (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED to Louisiana-Lafayette, Feb. 13)
QB Payton Copher, 6-foot, 185, Har-Ber HS, Springdale, Ark.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Air Force, June 25)
DE-TE Jack Cravaack, 6-5, 225, Madeira HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Other offers – Purdue, Oregon State, Wake Forest, Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State, Ohio, Toledo, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ohio (COMMITTED to Purdue, June 12)
DE Nick Croawell, 6-4, 235, Centennial HS, Roswell, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Western Kentucky, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Toledo, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Marshall, Florida International, Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State.
LB Coleman Crozier, 6-1, 230, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Memphis, Colorado State, Appalachian State, Georgia State (COMMITTED to Navy, June 23)
LB Grayson Crozier, 6-foot, 195, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Navy, June 23)
QB-DB Christian Daniels, 6-2, 202, Western Alamance HS, Elon, N.C.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Purdue, Miami (Ohio), Old Dominion, Coastal Carolina, Charlotte (COMMITTED to Miami, Ohio, June 25)
DB Auston Deason, 6-1, 174, Pearland (Texas) HS: First offer – Army. Second offer – Air Force. Other offer – Texas State. (COMMITTED to Texas State, June 24)
P Skyler DeLong, 6-3, 180, Nation Ford HS, Fort Mill, S.C.: Other offers – Alabama, Tennessee, Rutgers (COMMITTED to Alabama, June 15)
LB Nick DeNucci, 6-1, 230, Pope John HS, Sparta, N.J.: Other offers: Navy, Boston College, Rutgers, Louisville, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Purdue, Wake Forest, Temple. (COMMITTED to Boston College, June 18)
LB Vinny DePalma, 6-1, 223, DePaul Catholic HS, Wayne, N.J.: Other offers – Navy, Wisconsin, Boston College, Rutgers, Temple, Marshall, UMass. (COMMITTED to Boston College, May 27)
RB Mataeo Durant, 6-1, 188, McCormick (S.C.) HS: Other offers – Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest,  Central Florida, East Carolina, UConn, Appalachian State, Old Dominion, Georgia State, Charlotte
RB Nolan Edmonds, 5-11, 206, Alpharetta (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Minnesota, Pittsburgh, California, Purdue, Syracuse, Boston College, Illinois, Kansas, Western Kentucky, Colorado State, Tulane, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama, UAB (COMMITTED to Minnesota, March 15)
QB Samson Evans, 6-1, 200, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Iowa, Minnesota, Syracuse, Illinois, Iowa State, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ball State, Central Michigan, Colorado State, Tulane. (COMMITTED to Iowa, May 21)
LB Dallas Fields, 6-1, 210, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Western Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Ohio. (COMMITTED to Miami, Ohio, May 9)
TE-DE John FitzPatrick, 6-6, 232, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Tennessee, Oregon, UCLA, South Carolina, Missouri, West Virginia, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Arizona State, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Virginia, Iowa State, Rutgers, Central Florida, Georgia Southern, Ohio, Tulane, Georgia State, Appalachian State, Charlotte.
TE Luke Ford, 6-7, 247, Carterville (Ill.) HS: Other offers – Alabama, Louisville, Oklahoma, Florida, West Virginia, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Rutgers, Western Michigan, Western Kentucky, Toledo. (COMMITTED to Arkansas, March 14)
OL Luca Fratianne, 6-3, 290, Newbury Park (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED to Navy, June 23)
WR Jehlani Galloway, 6-1, 175, Classical HS, Providence, R.I.: Other offers – Boston College, Maine. (COMMITTED to Boston College, March 19)
DT Cam Goode, 6-foot, 321, St. John’s HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Pittsburg, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Arizona, Boston College, Temple, Kent State, Toledo, Florida Atlantic. (COMMITTED to Virginia Tech, June 11)
DB Trent Gordon, 6-foot, 175, Manvel (Texas) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Michigan, LSU, Texas A&M, Penn State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Colorado, Florida, Ole Miss, Louisville, UCLA, Oregon, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Houston, Vanderbilt, TCU, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, California, Duke, Northwestern, Kentucky, Minnesota, Purdue, Iowa State, Rice, Texas-San Antonio.
OL Marcus Greer, 6-3, 300, Chaminade Prep, St. Louis, Mo.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Syracuse, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Louisiana Tech.
DB Nasir Greer, 6-1, 175, Stockbridge (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Wake Forest, Western Kentucky, Georgia State, South Alabama. (COMMITTED to Wake Forest, June 23)
RB Caleb Grimes, 5-10, 195, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: Other offers – Navy, Bowling Green. Received offers from Army and Navy on same day, Army first. (COMMITTED to Navy, June 26)
RB-DB Cory Gross, 6-2, 187, Brockport (N.Y.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo. (COMMITTED to Buffalo, June 25)
LB Brandon Hawkins, 6-3, 210, Georgetown (Texas) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Houston, Boise State, Indiana, SMU, Bowling Green, Toledo, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, New Mexico, Texas State, Tulsa, Tulane, Arkansas State, Liberty (COMMITTED to Boise State, June 12)
DL Logan Hawkins, 6-2, 270, Penn-Trafford HS, Harrison City, Pa.: Other offers – Navy, Akron, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Toledo. (COMMITTED to Akron, June 22)
OL Conor Head, 6-4, 270, Revere HS, Richfield, Ohio: First offer – Army. Other offers – Toledo, Bowling Green (COMMITTED to Toledo, April 27)
CB Justis Henley, 6-foot, 170, North Penn HS, Lansdale, Pa.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Air Force
DB Jonathan Hess, 6-5, 213, Vestavia Hills (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ole Miss, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, Southern Mississippi, Tulane, Alabama-Birmingham, Troy, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee State, UMass. (COMMITTED to Ole Miss, June 21)
RB Martell Irby, 5-9, 204, Morse HS, San Diego, Calif.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, San Jose State, Hawaii, Idaho
RB Isaiah Issac, 5-9, 168, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Wake Forest, Temple, Marshall, Toledo. (COMMITTED to Wake Forest, May 31).
QB Randon Jernigan, 6-foot, 173, Glynn Academy, Brunswick, Ga.: Other offers – Cincinnati, Colorado State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Western Kentucky, Troy, Appalachian State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Southern Mississippi, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Liberty.
S Elijah Jones, 6-4, 170, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Boston College, Rutgers, Purude, Maryland, Temple, UConn, Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED to Boston College, June 15)
WR-CB Sheldon Jones, 5-10, 170, Easton HS, New Orleans, La.: (COMMITTED to Texas-San Antonio, Feb. 6)
OL-DL Michael Jurgens, 6-4, 274, Damascus (Md.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Louisville, Rutgers, Syracuse, East Carolina, Buffalo. Attended Army Junior Day. (COMMITTED to Wake Forest, June 7)
LB John Kelly, 6-3, 222, Monsignor Farrell HS, Staten Island, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Navy, June 25)
CB Terry Keys, 6-foot, 165, Dickinson (Texas) HS:  First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, SMU. (COMMITTED to SMU, June 3)
WR Travon King, 6-4, 205, Woodrow Wilson HS, Camden, N.J.: Other offers – Rutgers, Houston, Purdue, North Carolina State, Boston College, Central Florida, Temple, Kent State, Toledo, Tulane, Texas-San Antonio, Florida International. Army not in King’s top 8 as of June 19.
RB Garland Lafrance, 5-10, 170, St. Augustine HS, New Orleans, La.: Other offers – Colorado State, Kent State, Louisiana-Monroe, Tulane, Toledo, Troy, Arkansas State, South Alabama, Idaho (COMMITTED to Tulane, June 24)
CB Derric Lee, 6-foot, 169, Waubonsie Valley HS, Aurora, Ill.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Ohio.
K Jonah Lipel, 5-11, 165, Chaminade HS, West Hills, Calif.: Other offers – Navy, UCLA. (COMMITTED to Harvard, June 26)
DT Allen Love, 6-3, 290, Huffman HS, Birmingham, Ala.: Other offers – Ole Miss, Louisville, Indiana, Purdue, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Kansas, Central Florida, Memphis, Western Kentucky, Colorado State, Tulane, Louisiana Tech, Southern Mississippi, Toledo, UAB, Troy, Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama. (COMMITTED to Ole Miss, June 8)
QB Trey Lowe, 6-3, 196, Bolivar (Tenn.) Central HS: Ranked the No. 228th player and No. 13 pocket-passing QB in Class of 2018 by ESPN. Other offers – Navy, Illinois, Memphis, Georgia Southern, Ohio, Southern Mississippi, Coastal Carolina, Charlotte.
RB Donovan Marshall, 5-11, 185, Lutheran North HS, St. Louis, Mo.: Other offers – Navy, Minnesota, Syracuse, Western Michigan, Iowa State, New Mexico, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Wyoming, Arkansas State.
DB TayJon Martin, 5-11, 165, Episcopal HS, Bellaire, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Nevada, Louisiana-Monroe (COMMITTED to Nevada, June 13)
QB Max Massingale, 5-11, 185, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED to Air Force, June 25)
LB Andrew Mataafa, 6-4, 205, Mount Carmel HS, San Diego, Calif.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Oregon State, Washington State, Utah, Boise State, Virginia, Fresno State, Hawaii, Utah State, Wyoming.
WR Devin Matthews, 6-4, 194, Matanzas HS, Palm Coast, Fla.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army. Third offer – Air Force. Army visit – June 23 (COMMITTED to Navy, June 24)
RB Mike Mauai, 5-10, 186, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
OL-DL Briason Mays, 6-4, 290, Bolivar (Tenn.) Central HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Illinois, Central Florida, Toledo, Arkansas State, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Georgia State.
S Michael Mbony, 5-10, 195, Sherwood HS, Sandy Spring, Md.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force.
DE Gavin McCabe, 6-3, 250, Marist HS, Chicago, Ill.: Other offers – Navy, Indiana, Arkansas, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech, Washington State, Purdue, Rutgers, Boston College, Syracuse, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Cincinnati, Western Michigan, Colorado State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), New Mexico, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Wyoming. (COMMITTED to Indiana, June 20)
WR Andrew McGowan, 6-3, 181, Sinton, Texas: Other offers – Texas-San Antonio, Texas State. 2016 stats: 77 catches, 1,232 yards, 13 touchdowns. (COMMITTED to Texas-San Antonio, February 6)
DB Michael McMorris, Buford (Ga.) HS: Firs offer – Navy. Second offer – Army. Other offer – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Navy, June 24)
K Evan McPherson, 6-foot, 165, Fort Payne (Ala.) HS: Other offers: Nebraska, Mississippi State, Miami (Fla.), Kentucky, Rutgers, Iowa State. (COMMITTED to Mississippi State, April 9)
OL Eric Miller, 6-6, 260, Mason (Ohio) HS:  Other offers – Air Force, Purdue, Ohio Toledo, Western Kentucky, Ball State, Central Michigan, Buffalo, Appalachian State (COMMITTED to Purdue, June 17)
S Phillip Mills, 6-3, 215, Paloma Valley HS, Menifee, Calif.: Other offers – Washington State, New Mexico, Wyoming, Hawaii. (COMMITTED to Boise State, May 16)
RB-DB Markeith Montgomery, 5-9, 173, Ridgeland HS, Rossville, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic (COMMITTED to Kennesaw State, June 24)
DB Chauncey Moore, 5-11, 179, Friendship Collegiate Academy, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Navy, Temple (COMMITTED to Temple, June 18)
OL Joe More, 6-5, 265, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Nashville, Tenn.: Offensive MVP at Army’s June prospect camp. Other offers – Navy.
S Kelechi Nwachuku, 6-1, 190, McAllen (Texas) Memorial HS: Other offers – Texas-San Antonio, Rice, Columbia. (COMMITTED to Texas-San Antonio, Feb. 11)
WR Ugo Obasi, 6-2, 175, Milford Mill Academy, Baltimore, Md.: Other offers – Navy, Virginia, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Duke, Purdue, Wake Forest, Illinois, Rutgers, UConn, East Carolina, Temple, Kent State, Toledo, Buffalo, Marshall, Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED to Virginia, June 23)
QB Perry Olsen, 6-2, 210, Yukon (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Navy, June 15)
TE Noah Palmer, 6-4, 205, Jefferson HS, Jefferson Hills, Pa.: Other offers – Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Miami (Ohio). (COMMITTED to Pittsburgh, May 18
WR Jake Papez, 6-5, 230, Timberland HS, Wentzville, Mo.: Other offers – Navy, Bowling Green, Ohio. (COMMITTED to Bowling Green, June 11)
CB Jayden Patterson, 6-foot, 182, Mountain View HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.: Other offers – Western Kentucky, Georgia Southern, Ball State (COMMITTED to Western Kentucky, June 20)
DB Justin Peter, 5-10, 170, Leon HS, Tallahassee, Fla.: (COMMITTED to South Florida, track and field, April 17)
OL Casey Phillips, 6-5, 270, Franklin (Texas) HS: Other offers – TCU, Texas Tech, Baylor, Rice, SMU, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Bowling Green. (COMMITTED to Baylor, March 18)
WR Jimmy Phillips, 6-3, 190, Poteet HS, Mesquite, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, SMU, Texas State (COMMITTED to SMU, June 2)
WR Alec Pierce, 6-3, 191, Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois
CB Jonnie Pitman, 6-foot, 170, Potomac HS, Oxen Hill, Md.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
QB Jaren Rainey, 6-2, 186, Northwest Guilford HS, High Point, N.C.: (COMMITTED to East Carolina, June 20)
WR Oneil Robinson, 6-3, 177, Capital Prep HS, Hartford, Conn.: First offer – Army. Other offers – UConn. (COMMITTED to UConn, June 24)
S RJ Roderick, 6-foot, 207, Cane Bay HS, Summerville, S.C.: Other offers – Air Force, South Carolina, North Carolina, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Virginia, Central Florida, East Carolina, Western Kentucky, Miami (Ohio), Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee State. (COMMITTED to South Carolina, June 3)
OL Mike Ruth, 6-7, 303, Coppell (Texas) HS: Other offers – Miami, Fla., Houston, Texas Tech, Missouri, Arizona State, Kansas State, Boise State, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Indiana, Iowa State, Memphis, Rice, SMU, Tulsa, Bolwing Green, Colorado State, Tulane, New Mexico State,  Texas-San Antonio
RB-DB Ebissa Sambo, 5-10, 160, Reservoir HS, Laurel, Md.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army (COMMITTED to Navy, June 25)
LB D.J. Schramm, 6-1, 215, Clovis West HS, Fresno, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force, Boise State, San Jose State. (COMMITTED to Boise State, June 13)
OL Thomas Shelmire, 6-3, 290, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Boston College, SMU, North Texas, Colorado State, New Mexico State (COMMITTED to Boston College, June 17)
S Shayne Simon, 6-3, 200, St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J.: Other offers – Navy, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, UCLA Northwestern, North Carolina, Rutgers, Boston College, Maryland, Syracuse, Virginia.
CB Alex Smith, 6-foot, 175, Culver City (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Wisconsin, Boston College, Idaho (COMMITTED to Wisconsin, June 13) |
LB Joe Sparacio, 6-foot, 220, First Baptist Academy, Naples, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Boston College, Eastern Michigan, Marshall, Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State (COMMITTED to Boston College, June 6)
RB Justin Stevenson, 6-foot, 205, Taft HS, San Antonion, Texas: First offer – Army. Other offer – Navy (COMMITTED to Navy,  June 23)
WR Gerard Stringer, 6-3, 185, Nansemond River HS, Suffolk, Va.: Other offers – Navy, East Carolina, Ohio (COMMITTED to East Carolina, June 5)
OL Jake Syptak, 6-5, 270, The Woodlands (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulsa, Rice, SMU, North Texas, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, New Mexico, Bowling Green, Tulane, UMass. (COMMITTED to SMU, June 23)
DB Daniel Taylor, 5-10, 170, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Southern Mississippi, Appalachian State, Charlotte. (COMMITTED to Navy, June 25)
DB Jaison Taylor, 5-11, 181, Newton HS, Covington, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Temple, Western Kentucky, Ball State, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Troy, Northern Illinois, Georgia State, Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State (COMMITTED to Navy, June 16)
DB Zaire Taylor, 6-2, 182, O’Connor HS, Helotes, Texas: First offer – Army. Other offers – Houston, Purdue, SMU, Texas State, New Mexico (COMMITTED to Houston)
DE Cameron Valentine, 6-3, 250, Foster HS, Richmond, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico, UNLV, New Mexico State, Liberty (COMMITTED to Texas Tech, June 12)
LB Ed Warinner, 6-1, 225, Olentangy HS, Powell, Ohio: Son of former Army offensive coordinator Ed Warinner. Other offers -Air Force, Michigan State, West Virginia, Rutgers, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Buffalo, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Toledo. (COMMITTED to Michigan State, April 12)
DE Demitri Washington, 6-5, 235, Sante Fe Christian HS, Solana Beach, Calif.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, California, Washington State, Boise State, San Diego State, Wyoming, UNLV
LB Hunter Webb, 6-2, 210, Loyalsock HS, Williamsport, Pa.: First FBS offer – Army. Other offers – UConn, UMass. (COMMITTED to UConn, June 22)
S Zaire Webb, 5-9, 170, Cleveland Heights (Ohio) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
CB Kendall Williamson, 6-1, 185, Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Purdue, Wake Forest, Western Michigan, Iowa State, Rutgers, Colorado State, East Carolina, Western Kentucky, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Tulane, Appalachian State, Ball State, Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio).
S J.T. Woods, 6-3, 175, Steele HS, Cibolo, Texas: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Baylor, Houston, Colorado State, Texas State, Toledo, Louisiana-Monroe (COMMITTED to Baylor, April 30)
S Peyton Woulard, 6-1, 175, Collins Hill HS, Suwanee, Ga.: Other offers – Minnesota, Purdue, Duke, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Boston College, Virginia, Iowa State, Memphis, Western Kentucky, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Colorado State, Appalachian State. (COMMITTED to Wake Forest, April 9)
DB Christian Young, 6-2, 196, Foster HS, Ricmond, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Houston, Purdue, Missouri, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Iowa State, Kansas, SMU, Texas State, Tulsa, Bowling Green, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, New Mexico, UMass (COMMITTED to Iowa State, June 18)

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