Recruiting: Junior Day/Black-Gold Game visitors

Montour (Pa.) lineman Roman Macek is making the trip to West Point for two reasons this weekend.

Macek will be attending Army’s Junior Day as a recruit and watching his brother, Cole, a freshman fullback, play in the Black-Gold Game Saturday.

Other high school junior players expected to be in attendance are LaSalle Academy (R.I.) cornerback Michael A’VantChaminade-Madonna (Fla.) linebacker Hunter Bucknam, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (Ohio) lineman Nick Noyen, Vernon Hills (Ill.) linebacker Andrew Smith, American Heritage (Fla.) defensive back Josh Turner and Sulphur (La.) quarterback Byron Walker.

Cypress Bay (Fla.) Linebacker Christian Gomez, Gibson City-Sibley (Ill.) running back Nick Meunier and Newfield (N.Y.) safety Elijah Riley are among the players in Army’s 2016 recruiting class expected to be on hand for the Black-Gold Game.

By my count, Army has offered 204 juniors so far.

2017 offers
WR-CB Tony Adams, 6-foot, 184. St. Louis (Mo.) University HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Wyoming, Eastern Michigan.
RB Brad Anderson, 5-8, 170, Bob Jones HS, Madison, Ala.
WR Grant Akridge, 6-4, 223, Elba (Ala.) HS: First offer – Troy. Second offer – Army
LB Trajan Anderson, 6-2, 220, Massaponax HS, Spotsylvania, Pa.: First FBS offer – Army.
QB Jimmy Batch, 6-foot, 150, Merritt Island (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Marshall, Columbia, Yale.
WR Jackson Beerman, 6-5, 190, Tates Creek HS, Lexington, Ky.
OL Cole Bentley, 6-5, 300, Belfry (Ky.) HS: Other I-A offers – Navy, Air Force, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky, Ball State, Bowling Green, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic
S Robert Black, 6-foot, 183, Newton HS, Covington, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Central Michigan.
CB Dallas Blacklock, 5-10, 165, Sharpstown HS, Houston, Texas: First offer – Army.
LB T.D. Blackmon, 6-foot, 210, Maryville (Tenn.) HS: Other offers: Navy, Air Force, Appalachian State.
QB Chris Boudreaux, 6-2, 176, Beaumont (Texas) Central HS: (COMMITTED to Rice)
DT Owen Bowles, 6-4, 285, Cedar Creek HS, Egg Harbor, N.J.: Other offers – Navy, Purdue, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia, Central Florida, Buffalo, Old Dominion, Florida Atlantic.
RB Antwuan Branch, 5-11, 200, Kenwood HS, Clarksville, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Old Dominion
DE Zeke Brandle, 6-5, 245, Chase HS, Forest City, N.C.: First FBS offer – Army. Other FBS offers – Navy, Virginia.
QB Grant Breneman, 6-foot, 190, Cedar Cliff HS, Camp Hill, Pa.
LB KJ Britt, 6-2, 217, Oxford (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Michigan, North Carolina State, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest. (COMMITTED to Georgia)
RB Brayden Brown, 6-2, 182, Fort Hill HS, Cumberland, Md.
RB Justin Brown, 5-10, 200, St. Luke’s HS, New Canaan, Conn.: Other offers – Navy, Buffalo, Temple
LB Tony Brown, 6-3, 195, Timber Creek HS, Erial, N.J.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Navy)
LB Hunter Bucknam, 6-foot, 220, Chaminade-Madonna HS, Hollywood, Fla.: First offer – Army.
DE Issac Buell, 6-4, 268, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Toledo
K Joseph Bulovas, 6-foot, 205, Mandeville (La.) HS: Other offers – Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas-San Antonio.
LB Noah Bush, 6-2, 225, Athens (Texas) HS: First offer – Army.
QB Bryson Carroll, 5-9, 175, Roosevelt HS, San Antonio, Texas: Hudl profile – 4.34 40. Other offers – Navy, Bowling Green, Southern Mississippi.
RB Jaxton Carson, 5-10, 190, Central HS, Phenix City, Ala.: Other offers – Western Kentucky, Southern Mississippi
DE Deondre Carter, 6-2, 216, Cedar Hill (Texas) HS
RB Braxton Chapman, 6-2, 205, Farrell (Pa.) HS: First FBS offer – Army.
LB Dakota Chapman, 6-1, 230, McAdory HS, McCalla, Ala.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Georgia Southern.
QB Clayton Cheatham, 6-3, 220, Hanover HS, Mechanicsville, Va.
OL-DT Charlie Clark, 6-4, 270, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.: Other offers – Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern.
T Shane Clenin, 6-6, 285, Jefferson HS, Festus, Mo.: Recent offer. Other offers – Iowa State, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Colorado State, New Mexico, Eastern Michigan. (COMMITTED to Arkansas, April 16)
WR Austin Connor, 6-foot, 180, Dutch Fork HS, Irmo, S.C.: Other offers: South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Georgia Southern
OL Case Cook, 6-5, 290, Carrollton (Ga.) HS
CB Bryce Cosby, 5-11, 170, duPont Manual HS, Louisville, Ky.: Other offers – Navy, Ball State.
DT Dominick Covatto, 6-3, 306, Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa.: Other offers – Navy.
DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 245, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.: First offer – Army
WR Sam Crawford, 6-1, 190, Rockwall (Texas) HS: Other offers – Navy, South Florida.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School: First offer – Army
TE Max Cummins, 6-5, 229, St. Andrew’s HS, Austin, Texas
WR-CB Dirk Cureton, 5-10, 180, Butler HS, Matthews, N.C.: First offer – Army
QB Deejay Dallas, Glynn Academy, Brunswick, Ga.: Big-time recruit with offers from Alabama, Florida State, Tennessee and Pac-12 offers from Arizona, Stanford & UCLA among others.
CB Coby Davis, 6-1, 180, Maret HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Navy.
OL-DL Darquavion Davis, 6-3, 315, St. Joseph’s HS, Greenville, Miss.: Other offers – Air Force
C Dawson Deaton, 6-5, 280, Frisco (Texas) HS: One of the top-rated center in the country. Brother Jaxson will be freshman lineman at Army. (COMMITTED to Texas Tech)
DE Victor Dimukeje, 6-2, 260, Boys Latin HS, Baltimore, Md.: Other offers – Central Michigan, Iowa State, Marshall, Maryland, Rutgers, Temple, Toledo, Tulane, West Virginia
CB Braedon Domino, 6-1, 165, Bishop McNamara HS, Forestville, Md.: Other offers – Navy, Old Dominion.
RB Chris Dublin, 6-foot, 175, Model HS, Rome, Ga.: First offer – Army.
LB Arnold Ebiketie, 6-3, 205, Einstein HS, Kensington, Md.: First offer – Army.
TE Jared Edwards, 6-4, 250, Rhea County HS, Evensville, Tenn.: Edwards received offers from Air Force and Army on same day, Air Force first. Other offers: Navy, Memphis.
RB Nate Evans, 5-10, 192, Lee-Davis HS, Mechanicsville, Va.
LB Diego Fagot, 6-3, 231, Calvary Christian Academy, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Other offers: Navy, Central Florida, Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Toledo, Western Michigan.
OL-DL Garrett Flanary, 6-3, 273, Lincoln Christian HS, Tulsa, Okla.: Other offers – Air Force, San Diego State, Georgia State, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas-San Antonio.
QB Kaleb Fletcher, 5-10, 179, Poteet HS, Mesquite, Texas: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army.
LB Tyshon Fogg, 6-2, 230, Calvert Hall HS, Towson, Md.
WR Omar Fortt, 6-1, 190, St. Luke’s HS, New Canaan, Conn.
LB Steven Franklin, 6-1, 215, Glasgow (Ky.) HS
DE Luke Frederick, 6-5, 217, Bishop Guilfoyle HS, Altoona, Pa.
LS Raymond Freeman, 6-3, 210, Tate HS, Cantonment, Fla.: First offer – Army.
DT Jabauri Garner, 6-3, 300, Florence (Ala.) HS: First offer – Navy.
QB Jordan Genmark Heath, 6-2, 205, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego: Boston College, California, Northwestern, Oregon State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Jose State, UNLV
LS Kyle Gibbs, 6-2, 225, Norco (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
OL Chris Glaser, 6-4, 255, Solon (Ohio) HS: Other offers: Air Force, Miami (Ohio), Toledo. (COMMITTED to Miami, Ohio)
RB Bernard Goodwater, 5-9, 180, Carter HS, Dallas, Texas: Speed – 4.40, 40-yard dash. Other offers – Bowling Green, New Mexico.
WR Christian Greaves, 5-11, 160, Einstein HS, Kensington, Md.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army.
DE Garrett Groulx, 6-3, 240, Davidson (N.C.) Day HS: (COMMITTED to James Madison)
RB Cyrus Habibi-Likio, 6-1, 195, St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif.: Other I-A offers – BYU, Hawaii, Iowa State,  New Mexico, UNLV, Washington State, Wyoming.
RB Deondre Hampton, 5-10, 193, Brooks HS, Killen, Ala.: First offer – Navy.
T Noah Hannon, 6-2, 265, Greer (S.C.) HS: Other offers: Air Force.
OL Connor Hansen, Chiles HS, Tallahassee, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Marshall, Charlotte.
DB Tyriq Hardimon, 6-foot, 190, Lassiter HS, Marietta, Ga.
RB Daetrich Harrington, 6-foot, 180, Alexander HS, Douglasville, Ga.: Other offers: Cincinnati, Georgia State, Miami (Ohio).
QB Frank Harris, 6-2, 185, Clemens HS, Schertz, Texas: Other offers – Navy, La.-Monroe, North Texas
LB Ty Harris, 6-1, 220, Dacula (Ga.) HS
OL-DL Issac Hawn, 6-6, 285, St. Charles (Ill.) North HS: Other offers – Buffalo, Central Michigan, Illinois, Miami (Ohio), New Mexico, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Wyoming.
DB C.J. Hayes, 6-3, 200, South Warren HS, Bowling Green, Ky.: Other offers: Ball State, Miami (Ohio)
DT Ziyon Hill, 6-2, 279, Catholic HS, New Iberia, La.: Other Division I-A offers – Kansas, Texas-San Antonio.
WR Thomas Hennigan, 6-2, 198, Northwest Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.: Other offers – Navy, Virginia, Coastal Carolina, Miami (Ohio)
DB Grant Holloman, 5-10, 160, St. Pius X Catholic, Atlanta, Ga.
WR Gavin Holmes, 6-foot, 175, Northwest HS, Fort Worth, Texas: Other FBS offers: Utah, BYU, Bowling Green, Middle Tennessee State, Nevada, Ohio, Tulane.
RB Jerry Howard, 6-1, 215, Northwestern HS, Rock Hill, S.C.: Other offers – Appalachian State, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Marshall, Miami (Ohio).
OL Hayden Howerton, 6-4, 255, Katy (Texas) HS: Other offers – California, Houston, Kansas, Wake Forest, Bowling Green, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Louisiana-Lafayette, New Mexico, Rice, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, UNLV
WR Donte Howell, 6-3, 192, North Mesquite HS, Mesquite, Texas: First offer – Army.
OL Stanley Hubbard, 6-3, 305, St. John’s College HS, Washington
DL Eli Huggins, 6-4, 285, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
OL Matthew Huhn, 6-7, 270, John Jay HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offers – Michigan, Baylor, Houston, Illinois, Iowa State, Rice, SMU, Georgia State, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Texas, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State.
RB-S Joe Hunt, 6-3, 218, Cosby HS, Chesterfield, Va.: Other offers – Navy, Maryland, East Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Chattanooga.
S Bryce Jackson, 6-foot, 185, Guyer HS, Denton, Texas.: Other offers – Nevada, New Mexico, Texas-San Antonio. (COMMITTED to Northwestern)
S Daiquan Jackson, 5-10, 184, Poteet HS, Mesquite, Texas: Other offers: Tulsa, New Mexivo, Miami (Ohio)
LB-S D’Marco Jackson, 6-1, 205, Broome HS, Spartanburg, S.C.
WR-S Koilan Jackson, 6-3, 200, Robinson HS, Little Rock, Ark.: Other offers – Arkansas, Illinois.
RB Roshaun Johnson, 6-1, 230, Desert Edge HS, Goodyear, Ariz.
DB Rodley Jolicoeur, 5-9, 166, Village Academy, Delray Beach, Fla.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army.
S Roman Kafentzis, 6-2, 200, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force, Fresno State.
RB-S Jacob Kibodi, 6-1, 205, Christian Life, Baton Rouge, La.: Other offers – Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia State, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama.
QB Rob King, 6-1, 182, Father Judge HS, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – UConn.
CB Cameron Kinley, 6-2, 182, Lausanne Collegiate, Memphis, Tenn.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army.
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army.
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga.
K Charlie Kuhbander, 5-10, 180, Springboro (Ohio) HS
DE Deven Lamp, 6-3, 218, Cedar Hill (Texas) HS
S R.J. Lan, 6-foot, 195, La Mirada (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Nevada, New Mexico, San Jose State, UNLV Wyoming
LB Tommy Lawley, 6-2, 215, Davidson (N.C) Day HS: Other offers – Navy
DE-TE Devan Lawson, 6-5, 235, Spring Valley (N.Y.) HS: (COMMITTED to Boston College)
K Michael Leisle, 6-foot, 165, Nease HS, Ponte Vedra, Fla.
OL Patrick Leitten, 6-7, 240, Ravenwood HS, Brentwood, Tenn.: Other offers – Vanderbilt, Wyoming.
RB Travis Levy, 5-11, 190, Sherwood HS, Sandy Spring, Md.: (COMMITTED to Boston College)
RB-CB Kenneth Lewis, 6-3, 180, Loyola Blakefield HS, Towson, Md.: First offer – Army
WR Ryan Lezzer, 6-foot, 186, Clearfield (Pa.) HS: Ivy offers – Cornell, Columbia, Yale.
WR Quinzel Lockhart, 6-2, 190, Havelock (N.C.) HS: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army
WR Ben Maffe, 6-3, 222, Briar Woods HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers  – Navy, Marshall.
LB Ben Mason, 6-3, 240, Newtown (Conn.) HS: Other FBS offers – Navy, Boston College, California, Duke, Kansas, Rutgers, Syracuse, UConn, UMass
RB-CB Elijah McKoy, 6-1, 200, Darlington HS, Rome, Ga.: First offer – Army
WR Keynel McZeal, 6-4, 226, Port Neches-Groves HS, Port Neches, Texas: First offer – Army. Second offer – Louisiana-Monroe.
RB Kayce Medlock, 5-10, 187, Arp (Texas) HS: Other offers – SMU, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette
WR Ellis Merriweather, 6-2, 200, Alpharetta (Ga.) HS: Recent offer from Army (COMMITTED to Navy on March 16)
LB Quinn Miller, 6-2, 230, Archer HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.: Other offers – Central Florida.
K-P Billy Mitchell, 5-11, 180, American Heritage HS, Delray Beach, Fla.: First offer – Army.
K Hayden Moehring, 5-9, 180, Bentonville (Ark.) HS: First offer – Army. Second offer – Navy. Brother, Bennett, is freshman kicker at Navy.
LB Isaiah Moore, 6-2, 210, Bird HS, Chesterfield, Va.: Army visit – April 23. Other offers – Navy, Old Dominion, Texas-San Antonio.
OL-DL Maxim Moore, 6-3, 295, Eagle (Idaho) HS: First offer – Army.
LB Brett Moorman, 6-3, 220, Fenwick HS, Oak Park, Ill.
WR Quintin Morris, 6-3, 200, George Ranch HS, Richmond, Texas: First offer – Navy. Third offer – Army.
RB Jakairi Moses, 5-10, 184, Dwyer HS, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.: Ball State, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Western Michigan
CB Diashun Moss, 5-11, 175, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
CB Andrew Mulinax, 5-10, 180, Crowley (Texas) HS: First offer – Army RB DeWayne Murray, 5-10, 185, Steel Valley HS, Munhall, Pa.
CB Thabo Mwaniki, 5-11, 180, Guyer HS, Denton, Texas: Other offers – Colorado, Colorado State, Texas-San Antonio
CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Richmond, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Visits – Army, March 30.
DE Andrew Nichols, 6-3, 230, Centennial HS, Peoria, Ariz.: Other offers – Navy.
QB Mario Nolan-Dillard, 6-foot, 195, Lausanne Collegiate HS, Memphis, Tenn.
OL-DL Nick Novak, 6-4, 265, Lake Orion (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Colorado, Bowling Green, Kent State.
LB Carson Nugent, 6-2, 225, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy.
QB Jeremiah Oatsvall, 6-2, 190, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy: Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
RB Kaleb O’Bryant, 6-foot, 180, Cypress Creek HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Illinois
LB Anthony Ochoa, 6-2, 230, Blackman HS, Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy, Miami (Ohio).
QB Wayne Overman, 6-foot, 215, Saint Martin HS, Ocean Springs, Miss.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Navy. Other offers – Air Force.
QB Tyler Page, 6-foot, 180, Friendswood (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, SMU
LB James Patterson, 6-foot, 220, Saint Vincent Pallotti HS, Laurel, Md.
LB Tadarrius Patterson, 6-2, 213, Carver HS, Birmingham, Ala.: Other offers – Auburn, Louisville, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Tulane, Arkansas State.
DB Justin Peter, 5-11, 170, Leon HS, Tallahassee, Fla.: First FBS offer – Army.
WR-LB Owen Piche, 6-3, 200, Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.: Other offers – Navy, Cincinnati, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, New Mexico, Toledo, Western Michigan
QB Bryson Powers, 6-2, 190, Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army.
S Taniela Pututau, 6-3, 190, Cottonwood HS, Salt Lake City, Utah: Other offers – BYU, Colorado, Utah State.
DT Rutger Reitmaier, 6-3, 280, Lipscomb Academy, Nashville, Tenn.: Recent offer – Georgia Tech.
RB Kade Remsberg, 5-11, 179, Newton (Kansas) HS: Speed: 100 and 200-meter state champion, 4.35, 40-yard dash. Other offers – Kansas.
DB Isaiah Richardson, 6-1, 190, Foster HS, Richmond, Texas: Other offers – Rice, SMU, Yale.
K Brandon Ruiz, 5-10, 172, Williams HS, Gilbert, Ariz.: First offer – Army.
OL Samari Saddler, 6-2, 305, Archbishop Moeller HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Akron, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio).
QB Michael Salisbury, 6-3, 196, South County HS, Lorton, Va.: Other offers – Navy.
TE Collin Sanchez, 6-5, 250, Lexington (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Troy.
LB Mohamed Sanogo, 6-2, 239, Plano (Texas) West HS
WR Gabe Schappell, 6-3, 215, Exeter HS, Reading, Pa.: First offer – Army.
CB Josiah Scott, 5-10, 175, Fairfield (Ohio) HS: First offer – Army. Second offer – Navy. Other offers – Iowa, Bowling Green, Kent State, Southern Mississippi.
LB Michael Scott, 6-3, 228, North Florida Christian, Tallahassee, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, California, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa State, Memphis, Northwestern, Syracuse, Temple, Utah, Buffalo, Central Florida, Coastal Carolina, Kent State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee State, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, Toledo, Troy.
S Brion Seagraves, 6-foot, 182, Dudley HS
LB Griffin Sestili, 6-3, 235, North Allegheny HS, Wexford, Pa.
TE Joeseph Sewell, 6-3, 250, Blackman HS, Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Other offers: Navy, Vanderbilt, Appalachian State, Miami (Ohio).
RB Mike Silva, 5-9, 180, Milton (Mass.) Academy: First FBS offer – Navy
LB Jack Sinclair, 6-3, 227, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, N.C.: First offer – Army
RB Abram Smith, 6-foot, 196, Abilene (Texas) HS: First offer – Tulsa. Second offer – Army.
RB Anthony Smith, 5-11, 195, Fossil Ridge HS, Keller, Texas: Hudl profile – 4.34 40.
TE-LB Nakiya Smith, 6-4, 230, Science Hill HS, Johnson City, Tenn.: First FBS offer – Army.
DE-LB Nick Smith, 6-3, 210, Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Old Dominion, UMass, Western Michigan.
DE Matt Sochovka, 6-3, 245, Pine Forest HS, Fayetteville, N.C.: First offer – Army
TE Kyle Soelle, 6-3, 215, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.: Other offers – Navy, Colorado State, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV
OL Ryan Solt, 6-3, 285, Coughlin HS, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.: Other offers – Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse
C John Spellacy, 6-1, 285, St. Ignatius HS, Cleveland, Ohio: Other offers – East Carolina.
DT Camaron Spence, 6-4, 300, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla: (COMMITTED to Maryland)
K Adam Stack, 6-2, 175, Kamehameha HS, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Miami (Fla.), San Diego State.
WR-DB Drake Stallworth, 6-2, 185, Folsom (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Nevada.
OL Corey Stephens, 6-3, 291, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. LB Darian Stephenson, 6-2, 216, Westminster Christian HS, Miami, Fla.: First offer – Navy.
S Geno Stone, 6-foot, 185, New Castle (Pa.) HS: First FBS offer – Army. Other offers – Navy.
QB Tre Story, 6-2, 190, Lanett (Ala.) HS
S Lyn Strange, 6-2, 185, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Georgia Southern, Indiana, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Oregon State, Syracuse, Temple, Troy, Tulane. WR Darian Street, 6-3, 170, Liberty HS, Bethlehem, Pa.
LB-S Grant Stuard, 6-foot, 195, Oak Ridge HS, Conroe, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Fresno State, Louisiana-Lafayette. Speed – 4.41 40.
WR Cameron Sullivan-Brown, 6-1, 175, Saint Vincent Pallotti HS, Laurel, Md.
WR Jackson Tate, 6-1, 192, Edgewood Academy, Elmore, Ala.: Other offers – Troy
S Camryn Taylor, 6-3, 190, Lausanne Collegiate, Memphis, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy
RB-LB D.J. Taylor, 6-2, 219, Huntland (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Toledo
DE Ryan Thaxton, 6-5, 245, St. Stephen’s-St. Agnes HS, Alexandria, Va.: Other offers – Old Dominion.
OL Ben Thomas, 6-4, 300, Pinnacle HS, Phoenix, Ariz.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Colorado, New Mexico.
CB Dillon Thomas, 6-2, 175, Park Hill South HS, Kansas City, Mo.
QB Tehran Thomas, 5-11, 190, Desert Edge HS, Goodyear, Ariz.: First offer- Army
WR Brandon Thompson, 6-7, 205, England (Ark.) HS
CB Josh Turner, 6-foot, 180, American Heritage HS, Delray Beach, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force, Ohio, South Florida, Southern Mississippi
RB Calvin Tyler, 5-9, 185, Ozen HS, Beaumont, Texas: Hudl profile – 4.39, 40-yard dash. Other offers: Fresno State, New Mexico, North Texas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Mississippi, Texas State. 2015 stats – school-record 1,809 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns.
LB Brent Ugo, 6-foot, 205, George Ranch HS, Richmond, Texas: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army. Third offer – Air Force.
DE Issac Ukwu, 6-3, 220, Springbrook HS, Silver Spring, Md.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina.
CB Vance Vallair, 6-2, 190, Beaumont (Texas) Central HS: First offer – Rice. Second offer – Army.
DE Edward Verdree, 6-2, 250, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, Atlanta, Ga.: First offer – Army
S Scottie Young, 6-foot, 190, Helix HS, La Mesa, Calif.
T-DE Jax Wacaser, 6-5, 245, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
DE Ted Wages, 6-4, 225, Auburn (Ala.) HS:
QB Byron Walker, 5-11, 185, Sulphur (La.) HS
QB Jadon Walker, 6-1, 185, Chapel Hill HS, Douglasville, Ga.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army.
RB-S Trey Watkins, 6-foot, 215, Massaponax HS, Spotsylvania, Va.: First offer – Army.
LB Pete Werner, 6-3, 215, Cathedral HS, Indianapolis, Ind.: Other offers: Boston College, California, Cincinnati, Duke, Iowa, Iowa State, Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Toledo; Vanderbilt, Wisconsin. (COMMITTED to Notre Dame)
DE-LB Carson Wells, 6-3, 222, South Sumter HS, Bushnell, Fla.: Recent offer – Southern Mississippi
LB-S Justin Whisenhunt, 6-1, 210, Ramsay HS, Birmingham, Ala.
WR Anthony White, 6-1, 175, American HS, Hialeah, Fla.
T Ethan Wiederkehr, 6-6, 285, Shoreham-Wading River HS, Shoreham, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy, Boston College, Louisville, Maryland, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, UConn, Wake Forest, Buffalo, Harvard.
T Kevin Willoughby, 6-5, 305, Astronaut HS, Titusville, Fla.: First offer – Army.
DL Dontae Wilson, 6-foot, 295, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy.

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April 26 practice blog: Spring Game update

Saturday’s Black-Gold Game will be played as an offense vs. defense scrimmage, coach Jeff Monken said after Tuesday’s practice.

Monken cited the lack of healthy offensive linemen and outside linebackers as part of the reason for the change. Army had fielded separate teams each with offense, defense and special teams in Monken’s first two spring games.

“We just don’t have enough on the offensive line,” Monken said. “We have about one-deep and a backup for all five positions. At outside linebacker, we have five healthy guys.

“At some positions, we are perfectly fine but at other positions, we are just so depleted…We got to watch it. It will give us a chance to compete. I know the kids will have fun and we will hopefully get out of it healthy.”

Junior tackle Colby Enegren and freshman guard Victor Nieves, both first-team linemen, are out with recent injuries along with freshman tackle Nick Miller. Freshman tackle Rick Kurz, a returning starter, and junior center Lofi Tamasese have not participated in spring practice due to injury. Sophomore guard Jaryn Villegas, a two-year starter, left the team before spring practice.

The Black-Gold Game’s scoring will include points awarded for defensive stops, three-and-outs and the offense flipping the field as well as touchdowns and field goals, Monken said.

Monken said the team will practice in shells (helmet/shoulder pads) Thursday and, “try to keep people off the ground,” and practice in helmets and shorts Friday prior to the spring game.

On the injury front: Junior defensive end Jordan Smith has missed practice due to torn pectoral muscle.

Practice observations (Note: Caught tail end of practice due to coverage of Army-Lehigh lacrosse game): Army closed practice with a two-minute drill. Freshman Chris Carter was the quarterback. Carter completed short passes to wide receiver Edgar Poe and slotback Nick Black. The offense called timeout with the ball inside the defense’s 10 and eight seconds left. Defensive coordinator Jay Bateman called timeout after the offense lined up in its formation. Carter threw an incomplete pass to Poe in the back of the end zone. He completed a pass to slotback Jordan Asberry near the far pylon. Asberry went out of bounds just before crossing the goal line…Freshman tackle Juwan Griffith-James was the last player off the practice field Tuesday. Griffith-James, a converted defensive end, was getting in some extra work with offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Brent Davis.

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Spring Scrimmage Blog: April 23

Freshman linebacker Gibby Gibson said the defense’s focus was simple for Army’s second scrimmage of the spring.

Gibson’s unit wanted to play fast and play hard.

Mission accomplished Saturday at Howze Field.

Freshman cornerback Michael Reynolds’ 25-yard pick six on the second series set the tempo.

The defense seemed to be one step of the offense for a majority of the scrimmage. Blitzers were coming unblocked in passing situations. The outside alley on pitch plays were clogged up. Army’s defense was flying from sideline to sideline, making plays.

“This week, we just focused on fundamentals and just playing fast and the rest will take care of itself,” Gibson said. “We just want to play hard every day.”

DNP: DE John Voit and DE Jordan Smith were among the players, who did not participate in the scrimmage.

Scoring plays: Chris Carter 22-yard TD pass to Edgar Poe with 2.1 seconds left during a hurry-up offense set; freshman fullback Cole Macek powering for a 7-yard TD run.

First-team offense: QB Ahmad Bradshaw; FB Andy Davidson; RB Jordan Asberry; RB Elijah St. Hilaire; WR Edgar Poe; WR Jermaine Adams; TE Quentin Parker; LT Colby Enegren; LG Bryce Holland; C Josh Boylan; RG Mike Houghton; RT Brett Toth. Of note: QB Chris Carter also worked with first team. Bryce Holland also took snaps at center.

Second-team offense: QB Chris Carter; FB Aaron Kemper/Cole Macek; RB Nick Black; RB Joe Walker; WR Jeff Ejekam; WR Christian Poe; LT Tyler Young; LG Riko Tamasese; C Josh Rea; RG Tim Gant; RT Austin Schuffert.

Third-team offense: QB Matt Kaufmann; FB Darnell Woolfolk; FB PaulAndrew Rhoden; SB Ray Hardaway; SB Christian Reed; WR Luke Peterman; LT Juwan Griffith-James; LG Angelo Natter; RT Joe Hansbury.

First-team defense: DE Eddy Ruzga; NT Raymond Wright/Cordarrell Davis; DE Chandler Ramirez; LB Alex Aukerman; LB Andrew King; LB Jeremy Timpf; LB Kenneth Brinson; CB Steven Johnson; CB Brandon Jackson/Michael Reynolds; S Rhyan England; S Xavier Moss.

Second-team defense: DE Wumni Oyetuga; NT Cordarrell Davis/Toese Tia; DE Sam Johnson; LB Gibby Gibson; LB Scott Washle; LB Tyler L’Hommedieu; LB James Nachtigal; CB Michael Reynolds; CB Marcus Hyatt, S Casey Dionne; S Max Regan

Top defensive plays: Reynolds’ pick six. The freshman cornerback nearly had a second touchdown returning, jumping a short pass, which fell incomplete…Freshman defensive end Chandler Ramirez sacked Ahmad Bradshaw…Freshman defensive end Sam Johnson recovered a fumble…Safety Zach Lechthaler’s blitz forced Bradshaw to throw ball away.

Top offensive plays: 35-yard completion from Chris Carter to Edgar Poe…Carter 33 yards to Luke Peterman across the middle of the field; Christian Poe making a nice over-the-shoulder catch for 24 yards on a pass  from Carter; Carter 25-yard pass over middle to SB Elijah St. Hilaire.

Evaluating the offense: Not the best day for quarterbacks Ahmad Bradshaw and Chris Carter. Pitch plays and outside runs seemed to be a little off timing-wise. Carter threw a pick six on his first pass. Bradshaw struggled throwing the football, completing a few short passes. Carter rebounded with downfield throws to Edgar Poe, Christian Poe, Luke Peterman and Elijah St. Hilaire…Monken touted fullbacks Andy Davidson, Cole Macek and Aaron Kemper for running hard and physical. Fullbacks Darnell Woolfolk and PaulAndrew Rhoden also had some successful runs.

Biggest hit: Cornerback Steven Johnson read pitch all the way and drilled Elijah St. Hilaire for a 4-yard loss.

Ball security: Army’s offense had three fumbles during a four-play span. The ball hit the turf at least three more times during the scrimmage.

“The problem was more the center and quarterback exchange that anything,” Monken said. “(Center) Josh Rea is a freshman. He doesn’t have any experience playing. I think the majority of them or all of them were with him…

“We had a mesh fumble where we were trying to hand it off to (Aaron) Kemper. It’s a read play and the exchange hit the ground. (Cole) Macek get one knocked out. It got knocked out late. I think the whistle was blown. They ripped it out which still isn’t acceptable. We can’t have turnovers. Turnovers kill us. They did last year. We didn’t get enough back and we gave too many.”

Other scrimmage observations: CB Jalen Sharp and SB Elijah St. Hilaire were back on kickoff returns. SB Christian Reed and CB Michael Reynolds fielded punts…LB Kenneth Brinson making a punishing tackle on Reed in punt coverage…Tim Garner got off a booming punt despite heavy pressure from Xavier Moss…K Blake Wilson missed a 43-yard field goal…FB Malik Crossdale fighting for a first down on a 5-yard gain…WR Luke Peterman drew a pass interference penalty on a deep ball…LB Andrew King recording a 4-yard loss on Chris Carter…Carter picking up 17 yards down the left sideline…LB Scott Washle and S Max Regan combining to tackle FB Aaron Kemper for a loss…Bird (Va.) linebacker Isaiah Moore and Cathedral Prep (Pa.) defensive tackle Dominick Covatto were among a handful of recruits visiting the scrimmage…Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey stopped by after the scrimmage to talk with Army coach Jeff Monken.

VIDEO: CB Michael Reynolds on pick six

VIDEO: Fullback Cole Macek’s 7-yard TD run

VIDEO: WR Jeff Ejekam 14-yard catch near sideline

VIDEO: QB Chris Carter hits SB Elijah St. Hilaire with 25-yard pass across middle

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McNary, Villanueva among Black-Gold Game honorary captains

Colts linebacker Josh McNary and Steelers tackle Ali Villanueva will return to West Point on opposite sidelines.

McNary and Villanueva are among 10 former Army football players selected by coach Jeff Monken to be honorary captains for the Black-Gold Game next Saturday (April 30) at Michie Stadium.

McNary will be joined on the Black team by Chuck Schretzman, Nate Sassaman, Doug Black, Kurt Gutierrez. Army’s all-time sack leader, McNary is best remembered for returning a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown in the Black Knights’ 16-14 win over SMU in the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl.

Schretzman, a former linebacker, delivered an emotional speech at Army’s football banquet in December. Read Schretzman’s story here: http://bit.ly/1qGNPtb

Sassaman, a quarterback, led Army to its first bowl win, a 10-6 victory over Michigan State in the 1984 Cherry Bowl. Black, a fullback, rushed for 1,148 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1984.

Gutierrez was a co-captain of the 1985 Peach Bowl champion team.

Villanueva will team with Bob Novogratz, Charlie Jarvis, Tory Crawford and Anthony Noto for the Gold. He was Army’s leading receiver in 2009 after playing tackle and defensive line in his first three seasons at West Point.

Novogratz won the Knute Rockne Award as the most outstanding lineman in the nation in 1958. Jarvis (1966-68) rushed for 2,334 yards and 22 touchdowns in his career. Crawford (1984-87), a quarterback, is fourth on Army’s all-time rushing touchdown list with 35. Noto, a linebacker, made 129 tackles and forced four fumbles in 1990.

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Recruiting: Jolicoeur has Army, Navy, Air Force attention

Village Academy (Fla.) defensive back Rodley Jolicoeur has three Division I-A offers.

All three offers are from service academies – Army, Air Force and Navy.

Navy was the first to offer Jolicoeur in early March. Jolicoeur received an offer from Army Monday. Air Force didn’t wait long to show its interest, offering Jolicoeur Tuesday.

Jolicoeur said it’s too early to pick a top school. He visited Navy on March 21 and is planning visits to Army and Air Force after spring football.

Army is recruiting Jolicoeur as a defensive back while Navy and Air Force are looking at Jolicoeur as a slotback.

Moeller (Cincinnati) 6-foot-2, 305-pound offensive lineman Samari Saddler picked up an offer from Army to complete the service-academy trifecta Wednesday. Saddler has offers from Navy, Air Force and a host of Mid-American Conference schools.

Belfry (Ky.) offensive lineman Cole Bentley, Maryville (Tenn.) linebacker T.D. Blackmon, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central defensive end Issac Buell, Lake Orion (Mich.) lineman Nick Novak and Pinnacle (Ariz.) lineman Ben Thomas have also received offers from Army, Navy and Air Force.

Army has offered 166 recruits in the class of 2017 by my count.

2017 offers
RB Brad Anderson, 5-8, 170, Bob Jones HS, Madison, Ala.
WR Grant Akridge, 6-4, 223, Elba (Ala.) HS: First offer – Troy. Second offer – Army
QB Jimmy Batch, 6-foot, 150, Merritt Island (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Marshall, Columbia, Yale.
WR Jackson Beerman, 6-5, 190, Tates Creek HS, Lexington, Ky.
OL Cole Bentley, 6-5, 300, Belfry (Ky.) HS: Other I-A offers – Navy, Air Force, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky, Ball State, Bowling Green, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic
LB T.D. Blackmon, 6-foot, 210, Maryville (Tenn.) HS: Other offers: Navy, Air Force, Appalachian State.
RB Antwuan Branch, 5-11, 200, Kenwood HS, Clarksville, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Old Dominion
DE Zeke Brandle, 6-5, 245, Chase HS, Forest City, N.C.: First FBS offer – Army. Other FBS offers – Navy, Virginia.
QB Grant Breneman, 6-foot, 190, Cedar Cliff HS, Camp Hill, Pa.
LB KJ Britt, 6-2, 217, Oxford (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Michigan, North Carolina State, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest. (COMMITTED to Georgia)
RB Brayden Brown, 6-2, 182, Fort Hill HS, Cumberland, Md.
RB Justin Brown, 5-10, 200, St. Luke’s HS, New Canaan, Conn.: Other offers – Navy, Buffalo, Temple
LB Tony Brown, 6-3, 195, Timber Creek HS, Erial, N.J.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Navy)
LB Hunter Bucknam, 6-foot, 220, Chaminade-Madonna HS, Hollywood, Fla.: First offer – Army.
DE Issac Buell, 6-4, 268, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Toledo
K Joseph Bulovas, 6-foot, 205, Mandeville (La.) HS: Other offers – Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas-San Antonio.
LB Noah Bush, 6-2, 225, Athens (Texas) HS: First offer – Army.
QB Bryson Carroll, 5-9, 175, Roosevelt HS, San Antonio, Texas: Hudl profile – 4.34 40. Other offers – Navy, Bowling Green, Southern Mississippi.
RB Jaxton Carson, 5-10, 190, Central HS, Phenix City, Ala.: Other offers – Western Kentucky, Southern Mississippi
DE Deondre Carter, 6-2, 216, Cedar Hill (Texas) HS
RB Braxton Chapman, 6-2, 205, Farrell (Pa.) HS: First FBS offer – Army.
LB Dakota Chapman, 6-1, 230, McAdory HS, McCalla, Ala.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Georgia Southern.
QB Clayton Cheatham, 6-3, 220, Hanover HS, Mechanicsville, Va.
WR Austin Connor, 6-foot, 180, Dutch Fork HS, Irmo, S.C.: Other offers: South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Georgia Southern
OL Case Cook, 6-5, 290, Carrollton (Ga.) HS
CB Bryce Cosby, 5-11, 170, duPont Manual HS, Louisville, Ky.: Other offers – Navy, Ball State.
DT Dominick Covatto, 6-3, 306, Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa.: Other offers – Navy.
DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 245, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.: First offer – Army
WR Sam Crawford, 6-1, 190, Rockwall (Texas) HS: Other offers – Navy, South Florida.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School: First offer – Army
TE Max Cummins, 6-5, 229, St. Andrew’s HS, Austin, Texas
QB Deejay Dallas, Glynn Academy, Brunswick, Ga.: Big-time recruit with offers from Alabama, Florida State, Tennessee and Pac-12 offers from Arizona, Stanford & UCLA among others.
CB Coby Davis, 6-1, 180, Maret HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Navy.
C Dawson Deaton, 6-5, 280, Frisco (Texas) HS: One of the top-rated center in the country. Brother Jaxson will be freshman lineman at Army. (COMMITTED to Texas Tech)
DE Victor Dimukeje, 6-2, 260, Boys Latin HS, Baltimore, Md.: Other offers – Central Michigan, Iowa State, Marshall, Maryland, Rutgers, Temple, Toledo, Tulane, West Virginia
CB Braedon Domino, 6-1, 165, Bishop McNamara HS, Forestville, Md.: Other offers – Navy, Old Dominion.
RB Chris Dublin, 6-foot, 175, Model HS, Rome, Ga.: First offer – Army.
LB Arnold Ebiketie, 6-3, 205, Einstein HS, Kensington, Md.: First offer – Army.
TE Jared Edwards, 6-4, 250, Rhea County HS, Evensville, Tenn.: Edwards received offers from Air Force and Army on same day, Air Force first. Other offers: Navy, Memphis.
RB Nate Evans, 5-10, 192, Lee-Davis HS, Mechanicsville, Va.
LB Diego Fagot, 6-3, 231, Calvary Christian Academy, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Other offers: Navy, Central Florida, Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Toledo, Western Michigan.
QB Kaleb Fletcher, 5-10, 179, Poteet HS, Mesquite, Texas: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army.
WR Omar Fortt, 6-1, 190, St. Luke’s HS, New Canaan, Conn.
LB Steven Franklin, 6-1, 215, Glasgow (Ky.) HS
DE Luke Frederick, 6-5, 217, Bishop Guilfoyle HS, Altoona, Pa.
QB Jordan Genmark Heath, 6-2, 205, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego: Boston College, California, Northwestern, Oregon State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Jose State, UNLV
LS Kyle Gibbs, 6-2, 225, Norco (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Chris Glaser, 6-4, 255, Solon (Ohio) HS: Other offers: Air Force, Miami (Ohio), Toledo. (COMMITTED to Miami, Ohio)
RB Bernard Goodwater, 5-9, 180, Carter HS, Dallas, Texas: Speed – 4.40, 40-yard dash. Other offers – Bowling Green, New Mexico.
WR Christian Greaves, 5-11, 160, Einstein HS, Kensington, Md.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army.
DE Garrett Groulx, 6-3, 240, Davidson (N.C.) Day HS: (COMMITTED to James Madison)
RB Cyrus Habibi-Likio, 6-1, 195, St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif.: Other I-A offers – BYU, Hawaii, Iowa State,  New Mexico, UNLV, Washington State, Wyoming.
T Noah Hannon, 6-2, 265, Greer (S.C.) HS: Other offers: Air Force.
OL Connor Hansen, Chiles HS, Tallahassee, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Marshall, Charlotte.
DB Tyriq Hardimon, 6-foot, 190, Lassiter HS, Marietta, Ga.
RB Daetrich Harrington, 6-foot, 180, Alexander HS, Douglasville, Ga.: Other offers: Cincinnati, Georgia State, Miami (Ohio).
QB Frank Harris, 6-2, 185, Clemens HS, Schertz, Texas: Other offers – Navy, La.-Monroe, North Texas
LB Ty Harris, 6-1, 220, Dacula (Ga.) HS OL-DL Issac Hawn, 6-6, 285, St. Charles (Ill.) North HS: Other offers – Buffalo, Central Michigan, Illinois, Miami (Ohio), New Mexico, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Wyoming.
DB C.J. Hayes, 6-3, 200, South Warren HS, Bowling Green, Ky.: Other offers: Ball State, Miami (Ohio)
DT Ziyon Hill, 6-2, 279, Catholic HS, New Iberia, La.: Other Division I-A offers – Kansas, Texas-San Antonio.
WR Thomas Hennigan, 6-2, 198, Northwest Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.: Other offers – Navy, Virginia, Coastal Carolina, Miami (Ohio)
DB Grant Holloman, 5-10, 160, St. Pius X Catholic, Atlanta, Ga.
WR Gavin Holmes, 6-foot, 175, Northwest HS, Fort Worth, Texas: Other FBS offers: Utah, BYU, Bowling Green, Middle Tennessee State, Nevada, Ohio, Tulane.
RB Jerry Howard, 6-1, 215, Northwestern HS, Rock Hill, S.C.: Other offers – Appalachian State, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Marshall, Miami (Ohio).
OL Hayden Howerton, 6-4, 255, Katy (Texas) HS: Other offers – California, Houston, Kansas, Wake Forest, Bowling Green, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Louisiana-Lafayette, New Mexico, Rice, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, UNLV
WR Donte Howell, 6-3, 192, North Mesquite HS, Mesquite, Texas: First offer – Army.
OL Stanley Hubbard, 6-3, 305, St. John’s College HS, Washington
DL Eli Huggins, 6-4, 285, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
RB-S Joe Hunt, 6-3, 218, Cosby HS, Chesterfield, Va.: Other offers – Navy, Maryland, East Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Chattanooga.
S Bryce Jackson, 6-foot, 185, Guyer HS, Denton, Texas.: Other offers – Nevada, New Mexico, Texas-San Antonio. (COMMITTED to Northwestern)
LB-S D’Marco Jackson, 6-1, 205, Broome HS, Spartanburg, S.C.
WR-S Koilan Jackson, 6-3, 200, Robinson HS, Little Rock, Ark.: Other offers – Arkansas, Illinois.
RB Roshaun Johnson, 6-1, 230, Desert Edge HS, Goodyear, Ariz.
DB Rodley Jolicoeur, 5-9, 166, Village Academy, Delray Beach, Fla.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army.
S Roman Kafentzis, 6-2, 200, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force, Fresno State.
RB-S Jacob Kibodi, 6-1, 205, Christian Life, Baton Rouge, La.: Other offers – Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia State, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama.
QB Rob King, 6-1, 182, Father Judge HS, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – UConn.
CB Cameron Kinley, 6-2, 182, Lausanne Collegiate, Memphis, Tenn.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army.
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army.
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga.
K Charlie Kuhbander, 5-10, 180, Springboro (Ohio) HS
DE Deven Lamp, 6-3, 218, Cedar Hill (Texas) HS
S R.J. Lan, 6-foot, 195, La Mirada (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Nevada, New Mexico, San Jose State, UNLV Wyoming
LB Tommy Lawley, 6-2, 215, Davidson (N.C) Day HS: Other offers – Navy
DE-TE Devan Lawson, 6-5, 235, Spring Valley (N.Y.) HS: (COMMITTED to Boston College)
OL Patrick Leitten, 6-7, 240, Ravenwood HS, Brentwood, Tenn.: Other offers – Vanderbilt, Wyoming.
RB Travis Levy, 5-11, 190, Sherwood HS, Sandy Spring, Md.: (COMMITTED to Boston College)
RB-CB Kenneth Lewis, 6-3, 180, Loyola Blakefield HS, Towson, Md.: First offer – Army
WR Ryan Lezzer, 6-foot, 186, Clearfield (Pa.) HS: Ivy offers – Cornell, Columbia, Yale.
WR Quinzel Lockhart, 6-2, 190, Havelock (N.C.) HS: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army
WR Ben Maffe, 6-3, 222, Briar Woods HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers  – Navy, Marshall.
LB Ben Mason, 6-3, 240, Newtown (Conn.) HS: Other FBS offers – Navy, Boston College, California, Duke, Kansas, Rutgers, Syracuse, UConn, UMass
WR Keynel McZeal, 6-4, 226, Port Neches-Groves HS, Port Neches, Texas: First offer – Army. Second offer – Louisiana-Monroe.
RB Kayce Medlock, 5-10, 187, Arp (Texas) HS: Other offers – SMU, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette
LB Quinn Miller, 6-2, 230, Archer HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.: Other offers – Central Florida.
CB Thabo Mwaniki, 5-11, 180, Guyer HS, Denton, Texas: Other offers – Colorado, Colorado State, Texas-San Antonio
K Hayden Moehring, 5-9, 180, Bentonville (Ark.) HS: First offer – Army. Second offer – Navy. Brother, Bennett, is freshman kicker at Navy.
LB Isaiah Moore, 6-2, 210, Bird HS, Chesterfield, Va.
OL-DL Maxim Moore, 6-3, 295, Eagle (Idaho) HS: First offer – Army.
WR Quintin Morris, 6-3, 200, George Ranch HS, Richmond, Texas: First offer – Navy. Third offer – Army.
RB Jakairi Moses, 5-10, 184, Dwyer HS, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.: Ball State, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Western Michigan
CB Andrew Mulinax, 5-10, 180, Crowley (Texas) HS: First offer – Army
RB DeWayne Murray, 5-10, 185, Steel Valley HS, Munhall, Pa.
CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Richmond, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Visits – Army, March 30.
DE Andrew Nichols, 6-3, 230, Centennial HS, Peoria, Ariz.
QB Mario Nolan-Dillard, 6-foot, 195, Lausanne Collegiate HS, Memphis, Tenn.
OL-DL Nick Novak, 6-4, 265, Lake Orion (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Bowling Green, Kent State.
LB Carson Nugent, 6-2, 225, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
QB Wayne Overman, 6-foot, 215, Saint Martin HS, Ocean Springs, Miss.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Navy.
QB Tyler Page, 6-foot, 180, Friendswood (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, SMU
LB James Patterson, 6-foot, 220, Saint Vincent Pallotti HS, Laurel, Md.
LB Tadarrius Patterson, 6-2, 213, Carver HS, Birmingham, Ala.
DB Justin Peter, 5-11, 170, Leon HS, Tallahassee, Fla.
WR-LB Owen Piche, 6-3, 200, Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.: Other offers – Navy, Cincinnati, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, New Mexico, Toledo, Western Michigan
QB Bryson Powers, 6-2, 190, Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army.
S Taniela Pututau, 6-3, 190, Cottonwood HS, Salt Lake City, Utah: Other offers – BYU, Colorado, Utah State.
DT Rutger Reitmaier, 6-3, 280, Lipscomb Academy, Nashville, Tenn.: Recent offer – Georgia Tech.
RB Kade Remsberg, 5-11, 179, Newton (Kansas) HS: Speed: 100 and 200-meter state champion, 4.35, 40-yard dash. Other offers – Kansas.
OL Samari Saddler, 6-2, 305, Archbishop Moeller HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Akron, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio).
QB Michael Salisbury, 6-3, 196, South County HS, Lorton, Va.: Other offers – Navy.
CB Josiah Scott, 5-10, 175, Fairfield (Ohio) HS
LB Michael Scott, 6-3, 228, North Florida Christian, Tallahassee, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, California, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa State, Memphis, Northwestern, Syracuse, Temple, Utah, Buffalo, Central Florida, Coastal Carolina, Kent State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee State, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, Toledo, Troy.
S Brion Seagraves, 6-foot, 182, Dudley HS
LB Griffin Sestili, 6-3, 235, North Allegheny HS, Wexford, Pa.
TE Joeseph Sewell, 6-3, 250, Blackman HS, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
RB Mike Silva, 5-9, 180, Milton (Mass.) Academy: Other offers – Navy
LB Jack Sinclair, 6-3, 227, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, N.C.
RB Anthony Smith, 5-11, 195, Fossil Ridge HS, Keller, Texas: Hudl profile – 4.34 40.
DE-LB Nick Smith, 6-3, 210, Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Old Dominion, UMass, Western Michigan.
DE Matt Sochovka, 6-3, 245, Pine Forest HS, Fayetteville, N.C.: First offer – Army
TE Kyle Soelle, 6-3, 215, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
OL Ryan Solt, 6-3, 285, Coughlin HS, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.: Other offers – Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse
C John Spellacy, 6-1, 285, St. Ignatius HS, Cleveland, Ohio: Other offers – East Carolina.
DT Camaron Spence, 6-4, 300, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla: (COMMITTED to Maryland)
OL Corey Stephens, 6-3, 291, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
LB Darian Stephenson, 6-2, 216, Westminster Christian HS, Miami, Fla.: First offer – Navy.
S Geno Stone, 6-foot, 185, New Castle (Pa.) HS: First FBS offer – Army
QB Tre Story, 6-2, 190, Lanett (Ala.) HS
S Lyn Strange, 6-2, 185, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Georgia Southern, Indiana, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Oregon State, Syracuse, Temple, Troy, Tulane.
WR Darian Street, 6-3, 170, Liberty HS, Bethlehem, Pa.
LB-S Grant Stuard, 6-foot, 195, Oak Ridge HS, Conroe, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Fresno State, Louisiana-Lafayette. Speed – 4.41 40.
WR Cameron Sullivan-Brown, 6-1, 175, Saint Vincent Pallotti HS, Laurel, Md.
WR Jackson Tate, 6-1, 192, Edgewood Academy, Elmore, Ala.: Other offers – Troy
RB-LB D.J. Taylor, 6-2, 219, Huntland (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Toledo
DE Ryan Thaxton, 6-5, 245, St. Stephen’s-St. Agnes HS, Alexandria, Va.: Other offers – Old Dominion.
OL Ben Thomas, 6-4, 300, Pinnacle HS, Phoenix, Ariz.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Colorado, New Mexico.
CB Dillon Thomas, 6-2, 175, Park Hill South HS, Kansas City, Mo.
QB Tehran Thomas, 5-11, 190, Desert Edge HS, Goodyear, Ariz.: First offer- Army
WR Brandon Thompson, 6-7, 205, England (Ark.) HS
CB Josh Turner, 6-foot, 180, American Heritage HS, Delray Beach, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force, Ohio, South Florida, Southern Mississippi
RB Calvin Tyler, 5-9, 185, Ozen HS, Beaumont, Texas: Hudl profile – 4.39, 40-yard dash. Other offers: Fresno State, New Mexico, North Texas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Mississippi, Texas State. 2015 stats – school-record 1,809 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns.
LB Brent Ugo, 6-foot, 205, George Ranch HS, Richmond, Texas: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army. Third offer – Air Force.
DE Issac Ukwu, 6-3, 220, Springbrook HS, Silver Spring, Md.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina.
CB Vance Vallair, 6-2, 190, Beaumont (Texas) Central HS: First offer – Rice. Second offer – Army.
DE Edward Verdree, 6-2, 250, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, Atlanta, Ga.: First offer – Army
S Scottie Young, 6-foot, 190, Helix HS, La Mesa, Calif.
T-DE Jax Wacaser, 6-5, 245, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
DE Ted Wages, 6-4, 225, Auburn (Ala.) HS:
QB Byron Walker, 5-11, 185, Sulphur (La.) HS
QB Jadon Walker, 6-1, 185, Chapel Hill HS, Douglasville, Ga.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army.
LB Pete Werner, 6-3, 215, Cathedral HS, Indianapolis, Ind.: Other offers: Boston College, California, Cincinnati, Duke, Iowa, Iowa State, Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Toledo; Vanderbilt, Wisconsin. (COMMITTED to Notre Dame)
DE-LB Carson Wells, 6-3, 222, South Sumter HS, Bushnell, Fla.: Recent offer – Southern Mississippi
LB-S Justin Whisenhunt, 6-1, 210, Ramsay HS, Birmingham, Ala.: Other offers -
WR Anthony White, 6-1, 175, American HS, Hialeah, Fla.
T Ethan Wiederkehr, 6-6, 285, Shoreham-Wading River HS, Shoreham, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy, Boston College, Louisville, Maryland, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, UConn, Wake Forest, Buffalo, Harvard.
T Kevin Willoughby, 6-5, 305, Astronaut HS, Titusville, Fla.: First offer – Army.

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Spring practice blog: April 19

Junior defensive end Shawn Lemoto earned the honor of breaking Army’s team huddle after practice.

Lemoto split a double team and tackled fullback Cole Macek in the end zone for a safety on final snap of practice.

“He did a great job,” Monken said. “It was nice to see him make a play.”

Army is looking to build depth on its defensive line this spring. Defensive ends John Voit and Jordan Smith took the bulk of the game snaps last season. The hope is to have Eddy Ruzga and Lemoto, both juniors, and possibly freshman Wunmi Oyetuga in a rotation for the fall.

“It’s just hard to play this game and play the entire season,” Monken said. “It just takes a toll on your body. It’s a rough sport.  So often, we are a lot smaller than the guys we are playing against. At the beginning of the game, it may not be such a big deal. But at the end of the game after you’ve been pounded for three quarters, that last 15 minutes is a lot tougher. If you are playing more guys and rotating people in, then you never quite get to that fourth-quarter fatigue.”

Among the players, who didn’t practice were: T Rick Kurz; NT Andrew McLean; TE Zach Saum. Didn’t see CB Brandon Jackson or NT Cordarrel Davis at practice. FB Darnell Woolfolk was upgraded to limited.

Depth chart: Sophomore quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw lined up with the first team but freshman Chris Carter also took snaps with the top unit… Sophomores Josh Boylan and Bryce Holland continue to rotate at center…Freshman fullback Andy Davidson is working with the first team and senior Aaron Kemper with the second…Sophomore Jermaine Adams saw some first-team work.

Top defensive plays: Junior cornerback Steven Johnson was in perfect position to pick off a deep pass to Edgar Poe in the end zone..Sophomore linebacker Alex Aukerman intercepted a pass near the sideline…Sophomore safety Rhyan England had an interception during 7-on-7s.

Other practice observations: Another impressive practice for Davidson. He busted out a 20-yard run against the first-team defense. Davidson collided with junior linebacker Jeremy Timpf near the line of scrimmage and bounced off the two-year starter for a 5-yard gain…Freshman fullback Cole Macek burst into the open field, making safety Casey Dionne miss and attempting to hurdle corneback Steven Johnson on a 20-yard run…Offensive coordinator Brent Davis said, “That’s a nice job there center,” after Bryce Holland’s blocking on an inside run by Macek…Freshman slotback Nick Black made a nice cut block on an outside run by Ray Hardaway…Chris Carter threaded a short pass to Black with three defenders in the area…Carter broke off a big run on right side…Freshman linebacker Kenneth Brinson blew up a screen pass…Junior Mitchell Howard made a 30-yard field goal.

VIDEO: Slotback Ray Hardaway and safety Casey Dionne, 1-on-1

VIDEO: Slotback Joe Walker and safety Xavier Moss cut-blocking

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Spring practice: Kicker breakdown

Saturday’s scrimmage was the first chance for Army’s kickers to perform in game-like conditions.

Junior Mitchell Howard, freshman Nick Schrage and sophomore Avery Walas attempted field goals during the scrimmage. Only Walas, a walk-on, was successful from 37 yards out. Walas’ kick had a good 10 yards to spare.

Howard and Schrage were both short on field goals from 50 and 49 yards respectively.

 

Army is looking for a new “starting” kicker for the first time in four seasons with the graduation of senior Dan Grochowski. Grochowski made 31 of 49 field goals (63.2 percent) in his career.

Walas and sophomore Blake Wilson tried out for the team after the first practice of the spring. Wilson, who had a kickoff reached the end zone Saturday, was recruited by Army coach Jeff Monken and his staff and was a member of the team as a freshman.

Here’s Monken’s assessment of the kickers:

“We have three rookie kickers (Schrage, Walas and Wilson) really. I think Mitch is striking the ball really well. He missed a field goal and that was disappointing to see that but he’s been kicking the ball really well. The other three guys are just slugging it out. I think Schrage is going to be  a kickoff guy. The other two (Walas and Wilson) probably have a chance to be a PAT-field goal guy for us. Schrage has the stronger leg. He’s just not consistent on field goals. Those other two guys are a little more consistent.”

Zach Potter, Army Prep’s kicker in 2015, and Caleb Watkins, a senior at Glendora (Calif.) High, are expected to join the competition in the preseason.

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Spring football scrimmage blog: April 16

The draw play was going nowhere.

Fullback Cole Macek ran into the back of an Army offensive lineman. Macek, who was converted from linebacker earlier this week, didn’t quit and turned nothing into a 3-yard gain.

“That’s a positive play for us,” Army coach Jeff Monken said after his team’s first scrimmage of the spring. “Cole is just a tough, hard-nosed kid. He was fighting for a bunch of extra yards.”

Macek powered through the middle on another carry for 10 yards. Yards after contact by an Army fullback? Something that was missing in Army’s triple-option offense last season.

Freshman fullback Andy Davidson, like Macek a linebacker last season, scored a touchdown and broke multiple tackles on a 23-yard run.

“I thought they (Davidson and Macek) both ran the ball hard,” Monken said. “They were both running backs in high school. They have some experience running it. I thought Andy had a really good scrimmage.”

Macek played in a one-back spread offense at Montour (Pa.) High.

“I was never a shake-and-bake guy,” said Macek, who gained four yards on a 4th-and-1 play during the scrimmage. “Don’t get ‘running back’ mixed up with shifty because I didn’t have much of that. I still like to run people over.”

How did Macek find out he was moving from linebacker to fullback this week?

“I walked into the locker room on Tuesday and there was a black jersey (Army’s offense wears black jerseys) in my locker,” Macek said. “I thought it was a mistake and I went to the equipment manager. I said, ‘Hey, you left this in my locker.’ He’s like, ‘No, you switched.’ It took me by surprise a little bit. We will see where this goes.”

“Everybody out here wants to win. The coaches want to win. The players want to win and I’m just doing everything I can to make sure we do that. I’ll play any position that they put me out on the field. I’m excited. The transition has worked out well so far. I’m really having a good time and I’m enjoying every bit of it.”

Here’s a quick summary of the scrimmage:
Scoring:
Fullback Andy Davidson touchdown run; quarterback Chris Carter 3-yard run. Sophomore walk-on kicker Avery Walas 37-yard field goal.

Top offensive plays: Freshman wide receiver Chrisitian Poe went up over a cornerback and brought down a 30-yard pass from Chris Carter…Carter 29-yard pass to Edgar Poe on the move…Quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw 23-yard run.

Top defensive plays: Freshman cornerback Mike Reynolds picked off Ahmad Bradshaw in the end zone…Safety Casey Dionne recorded a tackle for a loss…Freshman linebacker Jarrod Jones tackled freshman slotback Ray Hardaway for a loss.

Kicking: Mitchell Howard was short on 50-yard field goal. Nick Schrage missed a 49-yard field goal short…Blake Wilson’s kickoff made the end zone.

Quarterbacks: Sophomore Ahmad Bradshaw and freshman Chris Carter shared most of the snaps. Junior Matt Kaufmann received some work with the third team.

Coach Monken’s assessment of the quarterback play: “I thought those guys (Bradshaw and Carter) made some good plays today and both of them made some pretty glaring mistakes and they have to improve those. They both have to play better. If they play better, I think everybody else around them will. The leadership has to come from there and both of those guys can do that. When they start to play up to their capabilities, that will help their confidence.”

Chris Carter on quarterback competition: “We try to critique each other as much as we can. We know we can tell each other anything. We are very supportive of each other. All the quarterbacks are. We are just trying to make each other better. If anyone needs anything, we are there for each other.”

Cornerback Michael Reynolds on his interception: “They isolated Christian Poe and you can hear the coaches saying, ‘It’s coming, it’s coming.’ I knew the fade was coming. After I picked it, I had to get excited with my coach (ShaDon Brown). I jumped up and we hit each other’s shoulders.”

Read more about Reynolds, who has had an impressive spring, and Brown here: http://bit.ly/267LQPs

First-team offense: QB Ahmad Bradshaw/Chris Carter; FB Andy Davidson; SB Elijah St. Hilaire; SB Jordan Asberry; WR Edgar Poe; WR Jeff Ejekam; LT Colby Enegren; LG Victor Nieves; C Josh Boylan/Bryce Holland;  RG Mike Houghton; RT Brett Toth
Second-team offense: QB Chris Carter/Ahmad Bradshaw; FB Cole Macek; SB Joe Walker; SB Nick Black; WR Christian Poe; WR Jermaine Adams; LT Tyler Young/Angelo Natter; LG Riko Tamasese; C Bryce Holland/Josh Boylan; RG Tim Gant; RT Austin Schuffert.
Third-team offense: QB Matt Kaufmann; FB PaulAndrew Rhoden/Malik Crossdale; SB Christian Reed; SB Ray Hardaway; SB Wilfred Ahoua; WR Luke Peterman; LT Juwan Griffin-James; LG Kaveinga Tuitahi; C Josh Rea; RG Riko Tamasese; RT Joe Hansbury
First-team defense: DE  John Voit; NT Raymond Wright; DE Eddy Ruzga; LB Alex Aukerman; LB Jeremy Timpf; LB Andrew King; LB Kenneth Brinson; CB Brandon Jackson; CB Steven Johnson; S Rhyan England; S Xavier Moss.
Second-team defense: DE Jeff Panara; NT Cordarrell Davis; DE Wunmi Oyetuga; LB James Nachtigal; LB Scott Washle; LB Tyler L’Hommedieu; LB Gibby Gibson; CB Marcus Hyatt; CB Michael Reynolds; S Max Regan; S Casey Dionne.

DE Jordan Smith and OL Lofi Tamasese were among the players who did not participate in the scrimmage. Didn’t see FB Aaron Kemper carry the ball but missed the first part of scrimmage because it was moved up an hour.

Other scrimmage observations: Monken stopped the scrimmage when a punt was muffed and a couple of  players on the coverage team failed to fall on the fumble. He explained the rule that the fumble cannot be advanced to his team and urged his players to recover the ball…Freshman Victor Nieves, a first-team guard, getting some snaps in at center…Edgar Poe catching consecutive passes of 5 and 7 yards from Chris Carter…Senior slotback Elijah St. Hilaire picking up nine yards off a pitch…Marcus Hyatt making an immediate tackle on punt return…Freshman defensive end Matt Allgor in the middle of a tackle for loss…Christian Reed returning a kick 26 yards…Matt Kaufmann completing a 8-yard pass to slotback Ray Hardaway.

VIDEO: Chris Carter on the move completing a short pass to Edgar Poe

VIDEO: Freshman fullback Andy Davidson breaks tackles on a 23-yard run

VIDEO: Freshman fullback Cole Macek with a physical 10-yard run

VIDEO: Junior linebacker Jeremy Timpf leads defensive charge on pitch play.

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Talking cornerbacks with ShaDon Brown

Mike Reynolds has a mild-mannered, quiet demeanor.

Maybe, too quiet for new cornerbacks coach ShaDon Brown.

Brown put a rule in place for Reynolds to be more animated during practice.

If Reynolds doesn’t show some form of excitement when he makes a play, all Army cornerbacks have up-downs after practice.

“I got to get him (Reynolds) with a little more juice and hopefully that rubs off on everybody,” Brown said after Thursday’s practice.

Brown’s first order of business this spring has been building depth among Army’s cornerbacks.

Army’s top two projected cornerbacks are solid. Freshman Brandon Jackson started nine games in 2015, making 62 tackles, intercepting a team-high three passes and adding two sacks. Junior Josh Jenkins is a two-year starter (2013-14) is being held out of contact drills after missing 2015 with a head injury.

“I want to improve the room where we have not just one or two corners but we have six corners that can go play because football is a game of chances and opportunities,” Brown said. “If somebody gets hurt, somebody else gets a chance and they have an opportunity to be successful and I’m trying to prepare every one of those guys for that.

“I don’t want us to say, ‘Well, we had this guy hurt so we didn’t make this play or that play.’ I want all of them to play at a high level. I’m coaching them hard. I don’t think they’ve been coached as hard as the way that I’m coaching them as a corners coach. But that’s the only way I know how. I’m getting after their tail and trying to get the best out of them.”

Brown said a point of emphasis for the cornerbacks has been improving playing the ball in air.

“I thought that was a weakness that we needed to get better at as a group,” Brown said.

“These guys have great effort. They’ve done a great job of working and have had a great attention to detail. We worked hard on details and playing all the way through the whistle.”

Brown’s toughest challenge in his first spring at West Point? Maybe, getting freshmen Zach Scott and Jalen Sharp up to speed on the position. Scott played sprint football in the fall and is a tryout player this spring. Sharp was moved from wide receiver to cornerback this week.

Brown said junior Steven Johnson, “has really improved his game.”

Reynolds may be the most improved player at any position this spring.

“Mike Reynolds has come along a lot more than what people probably expected of him,” Brown said. “He’s started to get some confidence.”

Brown said he teased Reynolds about, “being soft and not being physical,” early in the spring. Reynolds has responded to the challenge by playing tighter coverage. He might lead Army cornerbacks in pass breakups through the first seven practices.

“He’s done a great job this spring of playing the ball in the air,” Brown said. “Sometimes, he’ll have a mental lapse here or there but he’s a quick learner. Once he makes a mistake, the next time, he picks it up. He doesn’t need five reps to learn things.”

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Spring Practice Blog: April 14

Army’s offense lined up for a blocking drill. The repetition was blown dead when a player jumped offside. The guilty culprit – coach Jeff Monken.

Monken, who had filled in a spot for the drill, dropped for one up-down as his punishment and went back to complete the drill.

Later in practice, Monken wasn’t happy with the pace and sense of urgency from his top two offensive huddles and blew his whistle for up-downs.

The following players did not participate in practice: DE Jordan Smith; LB Scott Washle; T Rich Kurz; FB Darnell Woolfolk.

Depth chart (from my observations)
First-team offense: QB Ahmad Bradshaw; FB Andy Davidson; SB Elijah St. Hilaire; SB Joe Walker/Jordan Asberry; WR Edgar Poe; WR Jeff Ejekam; LT Colby Enegren; LG Victor Nieves; C Josh Boylan;  RG Mike Houghton; RT Brett Toth
Second-team offense: QB Chris Carter; FB Aaron Kemper; SB Ray Hardaway; SB Christian Reed; WR Christian Poe; WR Jermaine Adams/Luke Peterman; LT Angelo Natter; LG Kaveinga Tuitahi; C Bryce Holland; RG Tim Gant; RT Austin Schueffert.
First-team defense: DE  John Voit; NT Raymond Wright; DE Eddy Ruzga; LB Alex Aukerman; LB Jeremy Timpf; LB Andrew King; LB Kenneth Brinson; CB Brandon Jackson; CB Steven Johnson; S Rhyan England; S Xavier Moss.
Second-team defense: DE Jeff Panara; NT Toese Tia; DE Wunmi Oyetuga; LB James Nachtigal; LB Jarrod Jones; LB Tyler L’Hommedieu; LB Gibby Gibson; CB Marcus Hyatt; CB Michael Reynolds; S Max Regan; S Casey Dionne.

Quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw evaluating his spring: “I’m managing the offense better than I’ve done before. I see a big improvement in my game from last year. I can recognize defenses faster. I can get us in the right play as an offense. I guess I’ve seen a lot of improvements on me playing quicker and faster.”

Bradshaw on the quarterback competition with Chris Carter: “Chris is my teammate. Whenever he is in or I’m in, whoever is doing the better job that’s who I want to be in. Whoever can get us the win. I got his back just like he has my back.”

Other practice observations: Monken was working on footwork with junior kicker Mitchell Howard for an extended period of time before practice started…Junior safety Xavier Moss continues to take some snaps at wide receiver, his old position…Sophomore wide receiver Jermaine Adams hauled in a nice sideline catch. Adams caught a pass from Chris Carter in traffic and made a nice adjustment on a deep ball for Carter…. Sophomore linebacker Tyler L’Hommedieu recovered a fumble by Carter…Freshman linebacker Kenneth Brinson chased Carter and batted down a pass…Cornerback Brandon Jackson “sacked” Ahmad Bradshaw…Jackson tipped a pass to himself for an interception…Sophomore kicker Avery Malas 25-yard goal cleared the uprights and landed in the street between Howze Field and the Holleder Center. Malas tried out for the team after the first spring practice.

VIDEO: Freshman guard Victor Nieves and sophomore center Bryce Holland working the blocking sled.

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