Roster Update: Wisham

Slotback T.J. Wisham is one of several names removed from Army’s online roster since its Black-Gold spring game in April.

Wisham was listed as high as second on Army’s depth chart during his 2017 freshman season but was limited to two carries for 14 yards in three games.

Cornerback Richard Hanson, who contributed on special teams his sophomore season, is also no longer listed on the roster. Hanson played in four games, recording one tackle in 2017. He made two tackles in six games as a freshman.

Sean McNulty, a 2017 freshman who was competing for the starting kicking job in the spring, is also missing from the roster.

Among the other players, who are not listed on the roster are (note – 2017 class) – sophomore linebacker Hayden Haupt; sophomore offensive lineman Trey Neville, freshman kicker Camden Bauman, freshman defensive lineman Luke Blanton, freshman defensive lineman Rahmeel Cook, freshman linebacker Christian Gomez; freshman long snapper Caleb McKee; freshman defensive back Alex Rowe; freshman safety Taylor Vessel; freshman wide receiver Kevin Waites and freshman defensive lineman Demann Wilson.

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2018 recruiting class: Direct or Army Prep

With R-Day approaching quickly on July 2, here’s a partial list of 2018 Army commits who will be attending West Point or Army Prep.

Some names are missing off the our past lists including Tomball Memorial (Texas) safety Christian Cross and cornerback Torey Richardson, who posted on social media that they are no longer attending Army. Greenwood (Ind.) linebacker Tim Johns, who committed to Army in July 2017, is now attending Purdue. Johns was a second-team, all-state pick by USA Today.

Commits, please message me on Twitter (@salinterdonato) if you have not been noted with your destination.

Direct admits
DB Jonathan Andrews, 6-foot, 185, Dutchtown HS, Hampton, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Cade Barnard, 6-2, 225, Seminole (Texas) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Colorado State, North Texas, Bowling Green, Nevada, UMass
LB Briar Bearss, 6-foot, 213, Millington (Mich.) HS: Walk-on.
TE Bryton Belvin, 6-7, 230, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
LB Hayden Bollinger, 6-1, 209, Lafayette HS, Wildwood, Mo.: Other offers – Syracuse
DE Kwabena Bonsu, 6-4, 255, South Cobb HS, Austell, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Rutgers, Florida Atlantic, Arkansas State, Charlotte
DE Hunter Brabham, 6-3, 235, Hughes Springs (Texas) HS: 2017 stats – 70 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 2 sacks.
S Luke Cameron, 6-foot, 207, Kokomo (Ind.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force. 2017 stats – 72 tackles, 3 interceptions.
LB Wilson Catoe, 6-1, 217, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Wake Forest (preferred walk-on), Bowling Green, Ohio, Appalachian State, Former Harvard commit.
DE-TE Nolan Cockrill, 6-3, 230, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army. USA Today first-team, all-state. Virginia High School League Class 6 defensive player of the year.
K Matteo Cordray, 5-10, 155, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas.
LB Morgan Ernst, 6-foot, 195, Webb HS, Knoxville, Tenn.: Division II Class AA finalist for Mr. Tennessee Football.
CB Quindrelin Hammonds, 6-foot, 195, Alcivy HS, Covington, Ga.: Other offers – Citadel, Birmingham Southern, Carson-Newman, West Georgia
OL Blake Harris, 6-1, 299, Ben Lippon School, Columbia, S.C.
P Will Hetzinger, 6-4, 200, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Hammond, La.
CB Cameron Jones, 5-10, 163, Harvard-Westlake HS, North Hollywood, Calif.: Other offers – Navy.
OL Drew Kraatz, 6-6, 240, Standish-Sterling HS, Standish, Mich.
LS Brendan Knoespel, 6-foot, 210, Antonian Prep HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
OL Nick Kotok, 6-4, 285, Moon Area HS, Moon, Pa.
DE Ryan Matz, 6-3, 235, East Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: 2017 stats – 115 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 3 forced fumbles.
OL Kyle Perry, 6-2, 305, Centennial HS, Burleson, Texas: First offer – Army
DL Hunter Richard, 6-3, 270, Edmond (Okla.) North HS: Other offers – Princeton, Abilene Christian
DL Darius Richardson, 6-2, 230, Tampa Bay Tech, Tampa, Fla.: First offer – Army.
OL Harmon Saint Germain, 6-foot-5, 280, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.
FB Landry Songer, 6-1, 205, Midlothian (Texas) HS: Scored 12 touchdowns and rushed for 741 yards despite missing first three games due to injury as a senior.
OL Jack Topping, 6-3, 261, Allen (Texas) HS: First offer – Army
QB-Athlete J.C. Watson, 5-11, 178, Basehor-Linwood HS, Basehor, Kansas
WR Cole Wright, 6-3, 185, Union County HS, Blairsville, Ga.: Dual-threat quarterback is being recruited to play receiver for Black Knights.

Army Prep
OL Sam Barczak, 6-3, 275, Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga.: Other offers – Buffalo, Georgia Tech (preferred walk-on)
FB JaKobi Buchanan, Chaminade Prep, St. Louis, Mo.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
TE-LB Trevor Cosenke, 6-3, 212, John Champe HS, Aldie, Va.: First offer – Army
RB Earnest Crownover, 6-1, 205, Grandview (Texas) HS
WR Reikan Donaldson, 6-3, 175, Wheeler HS, Marietta, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
OL Alex Faulkner, 6-4, 270, Mishawaka (Ind.) HS: First offer – Air Force. Second offer – Army
DE Chris Frey, 6-5, 225, Temescal Canyon HS, Lake Elsinore, Calif.: First offer – Army.
TE-DE Jordan Funk, 6-3, 230, Damascus (Md.) HS: USA Today second-team, all-state offensive lineman
QB Walter Harris, 6-1, 190, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Navy.
LB Cameron Hoelscher, 6-2, 219, Springfield (Ohio) HS. Other offers: Air Force, Kentucky, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Buffalo and Toledo
DE Henry Janeway, 6-5, 215, Utica Eisenhower HS, Shelby Township, Mich.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Eastern Michigan, Ball State
#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.
LB Brandon Mays, 6-foot, 210, Viera (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo.
QB Steven Migut, 6-foot. 180, Unity HS, Tolono, Ill.: First offer – Army. Offensive MVP at 2017 Army July camp.
LB Troy Nachtigal, 6-foot, 205, Fort Atkinson (Wis.) HS: Brother of Army senior linebacker James Nachtigal. First offer – Army.
C Daniel Parrish, 6-foot, 283, Prince Avenue Christian, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Middle Tennessee State
K Cole Talley, 6-foot, 175, Rockwall (Texas) HS
LB Evan Townsend-Henry, 6-1, 225, King HS, Norwalk, Conn.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
LB Jesse Walsh, 6-3, 230, Avon Old Farms, Avon, Conn.
OL Cody Winokur, 6-2, 260, Archbishop Spaudling HS, Severn, Md.: First offer – Army

Unconfirmed

S Izzy Akojie, 6-2, 185, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.: First FBS offer – Army. Former Old Dominion commit.
DB Kwantay Anderson, 6-foot, 160, Green Run HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
QB Matt Armstrong, 6-1, 195, Oak Hill HS, Gainesville, Fla.: Father, Trace, played defensive line in the NFL for Bears, Dolphins.
OL Sam Backenstoe, 6-3, 263, Davidson HS, Hillard, Ohio: First offer – Army.
WR Jalen Banks, 6-3, 175, Riverside Academy, Reserve, La.
WR-CB Adam Bazan, 5-10, 180, Ridge Point HS, Missouri City, Texas: First offer – Army
DB Marquel Broughton, 5-10, 175, Mountain View HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.
DT Ryan Bryce, 6-5, 285, St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – Rutgers, Virginia, Temple, Central Florida, Buffalo, UMass
QB-WR-TE Shayne Buckingham, 6-4, 220, Dacula (Ga.) HS
RB Amon Byars, 5-8, 167, Terry HS, Rosenberg, Texas: Other offers – Navy. Hudl 40-yard dash time – 4.46.
WR Cole Caterbone, 6-foot, 170, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Other offers – Iowa, Rutgers, Cincinnati, East Carolina
WR Azaveshe Daniyan, 6-foot, 183, North Mesquite HS, Mesquite, Texas
S Zion Davis-Thompson, 6-2, 175, North Stafford HS, Stafford, Va.: First offer – Army
CB Jontae Dobson, 5-9, 170, Ben Davis HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
S Xavier File, 6-1, 190, St. Augustine Prep, Richland, N.J.
CB Khalil Fleming, 5-11, 163, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Air Force.
LB John Bailey “JB” Gullatt, 6-foot, 230, West Monroe (La.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe
P Zach Harding, 6-6, 185, Christian HS, O’Fallon, Mo.
LB Chris Hunter, 6-1, 235, Austin East HS, Knoxville, Tenn.
WR Cameron Johnson, 6-4, 215, Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif.: Former Cal Poly commit.
S Ja’ren Kenyatta, 6-1, 190, Urbana HS, Ijamsville, Md.: First offer – Army
OL Mason Kolinchak, 6-2, 245, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.: Starting guard for country’s No. 1-ranked team
K Miller Kronk, 6-2, 195, London (Ohio) HS: First offer – Army. Made school-record 51-yard field goal.
DL Kenese Leomiti, 6-4, 275, Calallen HS, Corpus Christi, Texas
CB Michael Mbony, 5-11, 189, Sherwood HS, Sandy Spring, Md.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Air Force. Other offers – Navy. Mbony’s brother, James, is a former Army rugby player.
LB Rasean McCauley, 6-2, 220, Louisville Male HS, Louisville, Ky.
DE/LB Marcus Mosley, 6-2, 238, Duncanville (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Colorado State, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, Bowling Green, New Mexico State
CB Isaiah Morris, 5-11, 170, Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla.
DB Malkelm Morrison, 5-10, 185, Iona Prep, New Rochelle, N.Y.
DB Braheam Murphy, 5-10, 160, Harding University HS, Charlotte, N.C.: First offer – Army.
DE L.J. Salazar, 6-2, 220, Veterans Memorial HS, Corpus Christi, Texas
LB Nate Smith, 6-3, 220, Bishop O’Connell HS, Arlington, Va.: First offer – Army
LB Paul Stanley, 6-2, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia (preferred walk-on), Butler, Davidson
DE Ke’Shawn Sullivan, 6-4, 227, Zachary (La.) HS
OL Jose Taveras, 6-4, 265, Union City (N.J.) HS: Third-team all-state pick by NJ.com
LB Duncan Van Kouteren, 6-3, 205, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) HS: 2017 stats – 77 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions
K-P Will Van Pamelen, 6-foot, 190, Grayson HS, Loganville, Ga.
RB Cartraven Walker, 5-9, 170, Lake Ridge HS, Mansfield, Texas: First offer – Army.
S Mondo Walker, 6-foot, 183, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: Other offers – Florida Atlantic. Ranked 16th among Virginian-Pilot’s Top 50 seniors. Brother Ricky is senior defensive lineman at Virginia Tech. Brother Rijo was safety and captain at Virginia.
DB Brandon Walters, 6-foot, 170, Bolingbrook (Ill.) HS: First offer. Verbal after attending Buffalo game on Sept. 9. 2017 stats – 60 tackles, 6 pass breakups.
RB Danny Webb, 5-7, 160, Montclair (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Illinois, Central Michigan, Kent State. First-team, all-state by NJ.com. Set Essex County (N.J.) record with 78 career TDs. Scored 28 touchdowns, rushed for 1,371 yards, returned three punts and kickoff for scores as senior.
RB Tyrese White, 5-10, 200, Hamshire-Fannett HS, Hamshire, Texas: First offer – Army.
QB Hajj-Malik Williams, 6-2, 180, Hapeville Charter Career Academy, College Park, Ga.: Led Hapeville Charter to state Class AA  title as senior. 2017 stats – 2,502 passing yards, 27 TDs, 6 INTs, 447 rushing yards, 12 TDs.
RB David Woodward, 5-11, 180, Mount Pisgah Christian School, Alpharetta, Ga.
DE Noah Yates, 6-foot-5, 215, Carbondale Area HS, Carbondale, Pa.
WR Daniel Zuloaga, 6-5, 202, Community School of Naples, Naples, Fla.: Other offers – Western Kentucky, Central Michigan.

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Recruiting: South Carolina QB Alex Meredith, California FB Cole Truex latest commits

Three-year starting A.L. Hanna (S.C.) quarterback Alex Meredith committed to Army this week.

Meredith has thrown for close to 6,000 yards and 62 touchdowns in three seasons. He’s rushed for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. Meredith, who is 6-foot and 185 pounds, had offers from Navy and in-state Coastal Carolina.

“I chose the school that best fits me,” Meredith said on his social media post. “I have a calling in my heart to serve my country.”

By my count, Marin Catholic (Calif.) fullback Cole Truex’s pledge Thursday gives Army 10 commits in the 2019 class. Truex is Army’s first 2019 commit from California. He had offers from rival service academies Navy and Air Force. Marin Catholic alumni include Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

2019 commits (10)

OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion. (COMMITTED, April 13)
RB Shacori Collier, 5-10, 200, Many (La.) HS
RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: Other offers – (COMMITTED, May 22)
QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, June 6)
OL Justin Kopko, 6-4, 315, Hanover Area (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED, April 13)
FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy (COMMITTED, May 21)
FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers -  Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, June 7)
QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, March 28)

Here’s a list of 2019 recruits that were offered by Army but committed elsewhere:
DE Adetomiwa Adebawore, 6-2, 240, North Kansas City HS, Kansas City, Mo.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Northwestern, Washington State, Northern Illinois, Tulane, Toledo (COMMITTED to Northwestern, April 17)
LB Josh Ahern, 6-3, 217, Lake Braddock HS, Burke Va.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Virginia, Temple, Cincinnati, Old Dominion, Liberty (COMMITTED to Virginia, May 25)
S Giovanni Biggers, 6-1, 175, Latin HS, Baltimore, Md.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, North Carolina, Indiana, Duke, Virginia, Rutgers, Maryland, Boston College, Temple, Buffalo, Old Dominion (COMMITTED to North Carolina, May 9)
WR Jase Bowen, 6-1, 180, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Virginia, Kentucky, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Akron, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Toledo, Western Michigan. Former Notre Dame baseball commit (COMMITTED to Michigan State for football and baseball, April 7)
TE-DE Joey Carroll, 6-5, 230, St. Francis de Sales HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Toledo, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan (COMMITTED to Toledo, April 8)
LB Bryton Constant: Other offers: Clemson, Auburn, Florida, TCU, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Arizona State, Baylor, Houston, Kentucky, Boston College, Memphis, Louisiana-Lafayette, SMU  (COMMITTED to Clemson, April 13)
LB Chris Conti, 6-2, 212, DePaul HS, Wayne, N.J.: Other offers – Rutgers, Western Michigan, Kent State, (COMMITTED to Rutgers, June 8)
OL Eli Cox, 6-4, 295, West Jessamine HS, Nicholasville, Ky.: Other offers: Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ball State, Toledo, Western Michigan, Ohio, Marshall, Georgia State, Liberty (COMMITTED to Kentucky, May 7)
DE Braxten Croteau, 6-5, 240, Liberty HS, Peoria, Ariz.: Other offers – Air Force, California, Washington State, Oregon State, Memphis, Utah State (COMMITTED to California, April 15)
OL Dominick D’Antonio, 6-4, 285, Etowah HS, Woodstock, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Northwestern, Rutgers, South Florida, Western Kentucky, Troy, Arkansas State, Buffalo, East Carolina, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Liberty, Texas State, Tulane (COMMITTED to Northwestern, April 7)
CB Dorian Davis, 6-foot, 176, Shelby (N.C.) HS: Other offers – Kent State, Liberty (COMMITTED to James Madison, May 13)
CB Storm Duck, 6-1, 180, Boiling Springs HS, Spartanburg, S.C.: Other offers – North Carolina, West Virginia, Temple, Western Kentucky, Kent State, Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State, Georgia State, Liberty (COMMITTED to North Carolina, June 9)
LB Luke Dwyer, 6-2, 200, Lake Zurich (Ill.) HS: Other offers – Navy (COMMITTED to North Dakota State, June 8)
LB Michael Erhart, 6-2, 212, Chaminade Prep, West Hills, Calif.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Oregon State, Utah State (COMMITTED to Oregon State, June 10)
LB Luke Felton, 6-3, 210, Cardinal Mooney HS, Youngstown, Ohio: Other offers – Wisconsin, Michigan State, Nebraska, Iowa, West Virginia, California, Northwestern, Purdue, Minnesota, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Duke, Syracuse, Virginia, Rutgers, Boston College, Indiana, Kentucky, Temple, Cincinnati, Western Michigan, Akron, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Ohio, Toledo (COMMITTED to Michigan State, May 24)
DE Ryan Franke, 6-4, 210, Oaks Christian School, Westlake Village, Calif.: Other offers – Oregon State, Fresno State, New Mexico, San Jose State (COMMITTED, Oregon State, June 10)
LB-S Bryce Gallagher, 6-3, 210, St. Sebastian’s HS, Needham, Mass.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Duke, Boston College. (COMMITTED to Northwestern, Sept. 19)
CB Tyruss Gayden, 5-10, 165, West Jefferson HS, Harvey, La.: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED to Southern, June 11)
DL Jason Gold, 6-3, 260, Clear Springs HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, Houston, Virginia Tech, Colorado, Missouri, Northwestern, Kansas State, Minnesota, Duke, Virginia, Boston College, Iowa State, Rice, UTEP, Memphis, Colorado State, Tulane, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio, Arkansas States, Louisana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe (COMMITTED to Northwestern, May 19)
WR Rahmon Hart, 6-3, 205, Imani Christian Academy, Pittsburgh, Pa.: Other offers – Ball State (COMMITTED to Ball State, May 14)
CB Rod Heard, 5-11, 160, Harrison HS, Farmington Hills, Mich.: Other offers – Northwestern, Purdue, Syracuse, Temple, Akron. (COMMITTED to Northwestern)
RB C.J. Jackson, 5-10, 190, Hermitage HS, Richmond, Va.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Purdue, East Carolina, Kent State, Marshall, Old Dominion (COMMITTED to James Madison, June 7)
WR Courtney Jackson, 5-11, 170, Gateway HS, Monroeville, Pa.: Other offers – Syracuse, West Virginia, Kentucky, Northwestern, Baylor, Boston College, Memphis, Temple, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Toledo (COMMITTED to Syracuse, April 27)
LB Tyler King, 6-foot, 220, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa.: Other offers – Navy, Old Dominion, Ball State, Kent State, Buffalo, Akron (COMMITTED to Navy, April 14)
LB Keith Maguire, 6-2, 215, Malvern Prep, Malvern, Pa.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, West Virginia, North Carolina, Baylor, Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Temple, UConn, Buffalo, Kent State, Toledo, Old Dominion (COMMITTED to Clemson, April 27)
TE Drew Martin, 6-4, 225, North Little Rock (Ark.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Memphis, Indiana, Tulane, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio, Bowling Green, South Alabama, Southern Mississippi, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe (COMMITTED to Memphis, June 5)
K Kolton McGhee, 6-foot, 170, Bishop Guilfoyle HS, Altoona, Pa.: (COMMITTED to West Virginia, July 22)
WR Ryan O’Keefe, 5-10, 170, Round Rock (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Central Florida, Boston College, Tulsa, SMU, North Texas, UTEP, Bowling Green, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette, UMass (COMMITTED to Central Florida, May 9)
LB Alec Pell, 6-4, 215, Cherry Creek HS, Greenwood Village, Colo.: Other offers – Air Force, Boise State, California, Iowa State, Colorado State, North Texas, Wyoming (COMMITTED to Boise State, April 16)
CB Xavier Player, 6-foot, 180, Steele HS, Cibolo, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Rice, Texas-San Antonio, North Texas, Texas State, New Mexico, Bowling Green, Louisiana-Lafayette, South Alabama, Liberty (COMMITTED to Oklahoma State, June 8)
LB-S Ryan Puskas, 6-3, 205, Liberty HS, Peoria, Ariz.: Other offers – Air Force, California, Memphis, Utah State (COMMITTED to California, April 15)
TE Hayden Rucci, 6-5,  230, Warwick HS, Lititz, Pa.: Other offers – Wisconsin, West Virginia, Minnesota, Boston College, Duke, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest, Temple, Western Michigan, UConn (COMMITTED to Wisconsin)
T Blerim Rustemi, 6-4, 275, DePaul Catholic HS, Wayne, N.J.: Other offers – Navy, Boston College, Rutgers, Virginia, Temple, East Carolina, UConn, Western Michigan, Buffalo, Kent State (COMMITTED to Boston College, June 4)
DE-LB Sayyid Stevens, 6-2, 227, Calvary Day School, Savannah, Ga. Other offers – Navy, Cincinnati, Troy, Florida Atlantic, Miami (Ohio), East Carolina, Tulane, Kent State, UNLV, Middle Tennessee State, Old Dominion, Georgia State, Coastal Carolina, UMass (COMMITTED to Duke, June 11)
OL Jack Stewart, 6-5, 280, New Canaan (Conn.) HS: Other offers – Michigan, Auburn, TCU, Maryland, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Arizona, Arizona State, Kentucky, Baylor, Indiana, Rutgers, Boston College, Temple, Liberty (COMMITTED to Michigan, April 16)
QB Paul Tyson, 6-4, 215, Hewitt-Trussville HS, Trussville, Ala.: Other offers – Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, LSU, USC, Ole Miss, Wisconsin, Oregon, Arkansas, Tennessee, Duke, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Kentucky, UConn (COMMITTED to Alabama, April 5)

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Schedule update: 2018 Home Kickoff Times Announced

Army’s six 2018 home games will all kick off at noon at Michie Stadium, CBS Sports Network released Thursday.

All games will be aired on CBS Sports Network including the marquee Commander in Chief’s trophy matchup against Air Force on Nov. 3.

Army will play its home opener on Sept. 8 against Liberty, a transitional Football Bowl Subdivision team.

Hawaii (Sept. 15), Miami, Ohio (Oct. 20), Lafayette (Nov. 10) and Colgate (Nov. 17) round out Army’s home slate.

2018
August 31 at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Sept. 8 LIBERTY, noon (CBS Sports Network)
Sept. 15 HAWAII, noon (CBS Sports Network)
Sept. 22 at Oklahoma
Sept. 29 at Buffalo
Oct. 13 at San Jose State, TBA (ESPN Networks)
Oct. 20 MIAMI (OHIO), noon (CBS Sports Network)
Oct. 27 at Eastern Michigan
Nov. 3 AIR FORCE, noon (CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 10 LAFAYETTE, noon (CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 17 COLGATE, TBA (CBS Sports Network)
Dec. 8 Navy at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia (CBS)

2019 

Sept. 7 at Michigan
Sept. 21 RICE
Oct. 12 at Western Kentucky
Oct. 19 at Georgia State
Nov. 2 at Air Force
Nov. 9 UMASS
Nov. 30 at Hawaii
Dec. 14 Navy at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
TBD SAN JOSE STATE
TBD Temple
Note: Army has option to play 13th regular-season game due to road game at Hawaii

2020
Sept. 12 at Rice
Sept. 26 OKLAHOMA
Oct. 3 at Miami (Ohio)
Oct. 17 EASTERN MICHIGAN
Oct. 24 BUFFALO
Nov. 21 at UMass
Dec. 12 Navy at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
TBD NORTH TEXAS
TBD at San Jose State
TBD AIR FORCE

2021
Sept. 4 at Georgia State
Sept. 11 WESTERN KENTUCKY
Sept. 25 MIAMI (OHIO)
Oct. 2 at Ball State
Oct. 16 at Wisconsin
Nov. 20 UMASS
Nov. 27 at Liberty
Dec. 11 Navy at Met Life Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
TBD at North Texas
TBD SAN JOSE STATE
TBD at Air Force
TBD Wake Forest

2022
Sept. 3 at Coastal Carolina
Sept. 17 at Tennessee
Sept. 24 DARTMOUTH
Oct. 1 GEORGIA STATE
Nov. 12 at UMass
Nov. 19 HAWAII
Dec. 10 Navy at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
TBD at Wake Forest
TBD AIR FORCE

2023
Sept. 23 at Syracuse
Oct. 28 UMASS
Nov. 18 COASTAL CAROLINA
TBD at Air Force
TBD Navy

2024
Sept. 7 at UMass
Sept. 21 SYRACUSE
Nov. 30 at Hawaii
TBD WAKE FOREST
TBD AIR FORCE
TBD Navy

2025
Sept. 20 LIBERTY
Sept. 27 at Syracuse
Nov. 22 UMASS
TBD at Wake Forest
TBD at Air Force
TBD Navy

2026
Sept. 26 SYRACUSE
Oct. 17 at Coastal Carolina
Nov. 21 at UMass
Nov. 28 at Liberty
TBD WAKE FOREST
TBD AIR FORCE
TBD Navy

2027
Oct. 23 COASTAL CAROLINA
Nov. 20 UMASS
TBD AIR FORCE
TBD Navy

2028
Nov. 18 at UMass
TBD AIR FORCE
TBD Navy

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Schedule update: Army opens 2018 at Duke on August 31

Army will open its season on the road in August for the first time in the program’s 128-year history.

The Black Knights’ season opener at Duke has been moved from Saturday Sept. 1 to Friday August 31.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be aired on ESPNU.

Army has played two home season openers in August – 2008 (August 29) against Temple and 2013 (August 30) against Morgan State.

Still waiting for kickoff times for Army’s six home games. Navy also has home games on Sept. 8 and 15, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17 on CBS Sports Network. In the past when both academies have played at home on the same date, Army has kicked off at noon and Navy at 3:30 p.m.

Here’s a look at Army’s 2018 and future schedules (Note – Future schedules are subject to change):

2018
August 31 at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Sept. 8 LIBERTY, TBA (CBS Sports Network)
Sept. 15 HAWAII, TBA (CBS Sports Network)
Sept. 22 at Oklahoma
Sept. 29 at Buffalo
Oct. 13 at San Jose State, TBA (ESPN Networks)
Oct. 20 MIAMI (OHIO), TBA (CBS Sports Network)
Oct. 27 at Eastern Michigan
Nov. 3 AIR FORCE, TBA
Nov. 10 LAFAYETTE, TBA (CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 17 COLGATE, TBA (CBS Sports Network)
Dec. 8 Navy at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

2019 

Sept. 7 at Michigan
Sept. 21 RICE
Oct. 12 at Western Kentucky
Oct. 19 at Georgia State
Nov. 2 at Air Force
Nov. 9 UMASS
Nov. 30 at Hawaii
Dec. 14 Navy at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
TBD SAN JOSE STATE
TBD Temple
Note: Army has option to play 13th regular-season game due to road game at Hawaii

2020
Sept. 12 at Rice
Sept. 26 OKLAHOMA
Oct. 3 at Miami (Ohio)
Oct. 17 EASTERN MICHIGAN
Oct. 24 BUFFALO
Nov. 21 at UMass
Dec. 12 Navy at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
TBD NORTH TEXAS
TBD at San Jose State
TBD AIR FORCE

2021
Sept. 4 at Georgia State
Sept. 11 WESTERN KENTUCKY
Sept. 25 MIAMI (OHIO)
Oct. 2 at Ball State
Oct. 16 at Wisconsin
Nov. 20 UMASS
Nov. 27 at Liberty
Dec. 11 Navy at Met Life Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
TBD at North Texas
TBD SAN JOSE STATE
TBD at Air Force
TBD Wake Forest

2022
Sept. 3 at Coastal Carolina
Sept. 17 at Tennessee
Sept. 24 DARTMOUTH
Oct. 1 GEORGIA STATE
Nov. 12 at UMass
Nov. 19 HAWAII
Dec. 10 Navy at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
TBD at Wake Forest
TBD AIR FORCE

2023
Sept. 23 at Syracuse
Oct. 28 UMASS
Nov. 18 COASTAL CAROLINA
TBD at Air Force
TBD Navy

2024
Sept. 7 at UMass
Sept. 21 SYRACUSE
Nov. 30 at Hawaii
TBD WAKE FOREST
TBD AIR FORCE
TBD Navy

2025
Sept. 20 LIBERTY
Sept. 27 at Syracuse
Nov. 22 UMASS
TBD at Wake Forest
TBD at Air Force
TBD Navy

2026
Sept. 26 SYRACUSE
Oct. 17 at Coastal Carolina
Nov. 21 at UMass
Nov. 28 at Liberty
TBD WAKE FOREST
TBD AIR FORCE
TBD Navy

2027
Oct. 23 COASTAL CAROLINA
Nov. 20 UMASS
TBD AIR FORCE
TBD Navy

2028
Nov. 18 at UMass
TBD AIR FORCE
TBD Navy

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Recruiting: Louisiana RB Collier joins 2019 class

Shacori Collier posted some impressive numbers his junior season at Many (La.) High.

Collier rushed for more than 1,900 yards and scored 30 touchdowns (according to Max Preps), drawing the attention of Division I schools including Army, Air Force, Colorado State, Rice and Arkansas State. Army was the first school to offer Collier in mid-April.

The 5-10, 200-pound running back committed to Army Tuesday one day after fullbacks coach Mike Viti visited Collier.

“I had a lot colleges that were interested but a lot were scared to pull the trigger,” said Collier, who was named to the 2017 Shreveport Times first team as an athlete. “That’s what makes Army so special to me. I had all these other colleges looking and they had me high on their board but never wanted to actually offer me. Army took a chance on me and offered me and that was very special to me.”

“He (Viti) wanted to talk to my mom and talk to me and tell us all about West Point and what they were offering. He was showing me the statistics and the way they play football and the way they run the football.”

Army is recruiting Collier as a fullback or “B-Back” in its triple option system, which was attractive to Collier along with the education that he will receive at West Point. Collier said he has many relatives including uncles, who have served in the Armed Forces.

“The running back that gets the ball 90 percent of the time besides the quarterback,” Collier said of Army’s offense. “The way they run is like an image of how we run our offense. smash-mouth football. I like the deliver that contact and that’s the way I love to play football and that’s the way Army plays football. I was like, ‘Oh man, that’s a perfect fit.’ On top of that, I can get a great education and be very successful when I graduate. I always thought the best thing that you can do for your country is serve.”

Collier plays in a two-back system at Many. He shared carries with Arizona State-bound AJ Carter, a 2,000-yard rusher last fall. Many runs the ball “95 percent of the time,” Collier said.

“I didn’t want to pass up that opportunity,” Collier said of the timing of his decision. “They were only taking three running backs and at the time they had zero commits. I definitely wanted to be one of those running backs to commit.”

Collier says he plans on visiting West Point in the near future. It will be his first trip to New York.

“The furthest I’ve been from Louisiana is Arkansas,” Collier said.

Recruiting news: Army picked up a recent comment from Archbishop Wood (Pa.) lineman Connor Bishop. Bishop, an all-state lineman, recently posted a video of a 335-pound clean lift. He had offers from Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton and Albany.

Pelham (Ala.) linebacker Ryan Jewell had a change of heart Thursday, decommitting from Army and committing to rival Navy. Jewell, who committed to Army on April 4, posted on social media, “This is school that I have been waiting for! I will be keeping the Navy tradition alive in my family and will be continuing my academic and athletic talents at the best academy in the country. This will be my final decision without a doubt

2019 commits (5)
OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion. (COMMITTED, April 13)
RB Shacori Collier, 5-10, 200, Many (La.) HS
OL Justin Kopko, 6-4, 315, Hanover Area (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED, April 13)
QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, March 28

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Aukerman gets tryout with Saints

Army senior linebacker Alex Aukerman has accepted an invitation to Saints rookie mini-camp this weekend in New Orleans.

The Saints are bringing Aukerman, who has led Army in sacks and tackles for loss the past two seasons, in as a fullback.

Aukerman, who is 6-foot-1, 260-pounds, will participate in the mini-camp, which runs from Friday through Sunday with defensive end Marcus Davenport and the Saints 2018 draft picks along with unsigned free agents including Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.

Originally recruited as a 205-pound safety out of Center Grove (Ind.) High, Aukerman made himself into one of Army’s strongest pound-for-pound players and allowed defensive coordinator Jay Bateman to use him as an outside linebacker, defensive end and interior lineman as a junior and senior.

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Captains Woolfolk & Holland on leading Black Knights, sustaining winning at West Point

Darnell Woolfolk captained one of New York’s most storied high school football programs as a Maine-Endwell senior but the fullback didn’t think much of being named one of Army’s leaders when he first arrived at West Point.

Woolfolk received limited action his freshman season and was focused on making more of an impact. He’s made his presence known the last two seasons, rushing for 23 touchdowns as the Black Knights have won 18 of its last 26 games.

Teammates noticed Woolfolk’s continued drive and dedication, selecting him one of three captains for the 2018 season joining linebacker Cole Christiansen and center Bryce Holland.

“It’s a great honor being voted by everybody on the team,” Woolfolk said. “It just shows how hard work pays off in and as a senior to be that they trust me to lead this team means a lot.

“When I first got here I was at the bottom of the food chain I just want to play as hard as I could to get recognized by the coaches and to get playing time. So, I never really thought much about being named captain. I was just focused on working hard to make the team better honestly.”

Woolfolk said toughness will once again be Army’s key to success in 2018.

“I think coach Monken really preaches that and that works for us being the tougher team,” Woolfolk said. “Even if we are down, the mentality is we’re not going to quit. A lot of teams sometimes when they get up, they take their foot off the gas. If we are in the lead, we don’t take our feet off the gas. That mentality of being the tougher team and not quitting no matter what the circumstances are is key in our first game and throughout the season.”

Holland said the biggest thing that ran through his mind when Monken revealed the team vote at the end of the Black-Gold Game was, “now, it’s time to step up and lead the team and help us move forward to all the goals for the next season.’

“Last year was a great year but that’s behind us and now now it’s time to work toward the 2018 team’s goals and go forward from there,” Holland said.

Holland’s vocal presence was heard this spring as the lone returning starter on Army’s offensive line.

“It’s always been my personality and I always been the guy who has a lot of high-energy,” said Holland, a December graduate who will play in his fifth year after missing his sophomore season due to injury. “I try to bring that to practice every day. I’ve always been a vocal guy so for me it was a natural thing. With losing four guys that started on our offensive line, I was being more of that vocal leader especially on the offensive line and making sure energy levels are in check and making sure were holding each other accountable.”

Holland said the expectation level and standards aren’t going to change.

“It’s all about holding every person that is a part of the organization accountable for their actions,” Holland said. “That applies to the football field, that applies to classroom and that applies to our military training as well. That’s something our team is extremely focused on and we make sure that we hold everyone accountable regardless of rank on the team.

“It’s a new team. It’s a new season. Everyone is extremely happy about what we’ve been able to do these last two years but those are different teams. Now, we have to go out there and prove our success with a new group of guys and a new dynamic. It’s all about building on those past victories but also about creating a new success for this team.”

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Post-spring depth chart

Kelvin Hopkins finished the spring atop Army’s quarterback depth chart.

Hopkins, who will be a junior in the fall, ran the first-team offense in the Black-Gold Game and the team’s only scrimmage of the spring.

Cam Thomas, a sophomore in the fall, is Army’s No. 2 quarterback heading out spring.

Kell Walker, who practiced at quarterback in the spring, is listed as a top slotback, a position that he has started the last two seasons.

Army’s top offensive line consists of senior Bryce Holland, junior Mike Johnson and senior Austin Schuffert at the tackles and junior Jaxson Deaton and sophomore Peyton Reeder at the guards. Johnson was limited in spring practice, rehabbing from an ACL injury.

Wide receiver Cam Harrison and defensive lineman Edriece Patterson are other rising sophomore listed as first-teamers.

Other rising sophomores listed on the two-deep are slotbacks Fred Cooper and Artice Hobbs, guard Mike Gerber, tackle JB Hunter, defensive linemen Connor Smith and Ted Wages; linebacker Aaron Jones, cornerback Javhari Bourdeau, long snapper Kyle O’Connor and kicker Landon Salyers.

Offense (Class for 2018 season)
QB: Kelvin Hopkins, 5-foot-10, 205, Jr.; Cam Thomas, 5-10, 175, Soph.
FB: Darnell Woolfolk, 5-9, 235, Sr.; Andy Davidson, 6-2, 235, Sr.; Calen Holt, 6-foot, 230, Sr.
SB: Kell Walker, 5-9, 195, Jr., Fred Cooper, 5-11, 225, Soph.
SB: Jordan Asberry, 5-9, 195, Sr.; Artice Hobbs, 5-9, 175, Soph.
WR: Cam Harrison, 6-2, 195, Soph.; Christian Hayes, 6-foot, 200, Jr.
WR: Kjetil Cline, 6-foot, 205, Jr.; Chris Gregg, 6-foot, 190, Jr.
TE: Quinten Parker, 6-1, 250, Sr.; Zach Saum, 6-5, 250, Sr.
LT: Mike Johnson, 6-3, 280, Jr.; Alex Herndon, 6-2, 260, Jr.
LG: Jaxson Deaton, 6-4, 310, Jr.; Jack Sides, 6-2, 285, Jr.
C: Bryce Holland, 6-2, 295, Sr.; Will Huff, 6-2, 255, Jr.
RG: Peyton Reeder, 6-6, 290, Soph.; Mike Gerber, 6-4, 275, Soph.
RT: Austin Schuffert, 6-2, 285, Sr.; JB Hunter, 6-4, 265, Soph.

Defense (Class for 2018 season)
DE: Wunmi Oyetuga, 6-4, 275, Sr.; Connor Smith, 6-4, 275, Soph.
NT: Ray Wright, 6-3, 285, Sr.; Rod Stoddard, 5-11, 280, Jr.
DT: Edriece Patterson, 6-3, 245, Soph.; Ted Wages, 6-4, 240, Soph.
LB: Kenneth Brinson, 6-2, 245, Sr.; Jake Ellington, 6-3, 240, Jr.
LB: Cole Christiansen, 6-2, 225, Jr.; Ryan Parker, 6-foot, 230, Jr.
LB James Nachtigal, 6-foot, 235, Sr.; Aaron Jones, 6-1, 240, Soph.
LB Chandler Ramirez, 6-foot, 225, Sr.; Amadeo West, 6-2, 255, Jr.
CB Elijah Riley, 6-foot, 205, Jr.; Mike Reynolds, 5-10, 185, Sr.
CB Jalen Sharp, 6-1, 190, Sr.; Javhari Bourdeau, 5-8, 180, Soph.
S James Gibson, 6-1, 220, Sr.; Cameron Jones, 6-foot, 200, Jr.
S Jaylon McClinton, 5-10, 200, Jr.; Max Regan, 6-2, 200, Sr.

Specialists
K: Landon Salyers, 6-1, 190, Soph.; John Abercrombie, 6-foot, 170, Sr.
P Nick Schrage, 6-foot, 185, Sr.; JD Mote, 6-5, 225, Sr.
LS Scott Flanick, 6-2, 235, Sr.; Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 245, Soph.

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Players remember Brandon Jackson on April 17 and every day

Brandon Jackson was in the thoughts and prayers of Darnell Woolfolk and his Army teammates and coaches Tuesday.

Players shared stories and memories about Jackson, who would have turned 22 years old today. Jackson, Army’s two-year starting cornerback, passed away in a single-car accident on Sept. 11, 2016.

Coach Jeff Monken has said Jackson’s locker would remain set with his uniform and practice gear at least until he would have graduated.

Woolfolk, who will be a senior fullback and was recently named a team captain, played with Jackson at Army Prep before their freshman season in 2015.

“We know that he’s still looking out for this team and he’s always part of the brotherhood,” Woolfolk said. “We want to let him know that we love. We always miss him and we talk about him every day.”

Hard to forget Army’s emotional entrance to the field before the 2016 Army-Navy game with players chanting one of Jackson’s favorite sayings, “Scared Money Don’t Make No Money.” The Black Knights went out and snapped Navy’s 14-game winning streak in the series with a 21-17 victory. Quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw scored the game-winning touchdown on a 2nd-and-8 from Navy’s 9. Jackson wore No. 28.

 

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