Army may have received its biggest 2017 commitment to date when Libertyville (Ill.) defensive tackle Ryan O’Malley tweeted Monday that he’s continuing his academic and athletic career at West Point.
O’Malley committed to Illinois in February but reopened his recruitment in April after a coaching change. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound lineman also held offers from Buffalo and New Mexico.
“He’s a very physical, athletic big kid,” Libertyville coach Mike Jones said. “He moves well. He’s got a really good motor and he’s very physical…He visited and really enjoyed the campus and the people. He went there and was able to say, ‘this is the kind of life I can embrace.’”
ESPN recruiting ranks O’Malley as the 20th-best prospect in Illinois and the 74th best defensive tackle in the country. O’Malley hails from the same high school as former Army quarterback A.J. Schurr. He plays a three-technique defensive tackle for Libertyville.
“He’s played well in almost every game,” Jones said. “He’s been getting a lot of double teams. He’s really allowed our linebackers to have some really good games because he’s kept people off of them.”
UPDATE: Army added another defensive lineman to its 2017 class Tuesday when Havelock (N.C.) 270-pound defensive tackle Destin Flloyd verbally committed. Flloyd has 42 tackles and 3.5 sacks for Havelock (7-0). He had 116 tackles, 23 tackles for a loss and seven sacks as a junior.
2017 Army football commits (46)
DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia.
TE Justin Barna, 6-4, 237, Parkway HS, Rockford, Ohio: First offer – Army
CB D.J. Baxter, 5-11, 160, Chattanooga Central HS, Harrison, Tenn.: First offer – Navy.
TE Simon Behr, 6-4, 215, Franklin Regional HS, Murrysville, Pa.: Other offers – Fordham, Yale.
LB Greg Benton, 6-1, 210, Long Reach HS, Columbia, Md.: First offer – Army
CB Dallas Blacklock, 5-10, 165, Sharpstown HS, Houston, Texas: First offer – Army.
S Elijah Boyd, 6-2, 175, Frisco (Texas) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 17)
DT George Brown, 6-1, 285, Chancellor HS, Fredricksburg, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Army visit: July 23. (COMMITTED, August 15)
RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 207, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.
TE Chris Cameron, 6-3, 220, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Son of former LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
RB-LB Nasser Clark, 5-10, 190, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.: First offer – Army. Army visit – July 23. (COMMITTED, Oct. 15)
DB Tyren Cloyd, 6-2, 185, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: Other offers – Air Force.
DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 255, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School: First offer – Army
RB-S Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS
DE Ryan Duran, 6-5, 220, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa. (COMMITTED, Sept. 11)
WR Sean Eckert, 6-4, 180, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army
TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 225, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.: First FBS offer – Army.
DT Destin Flloyd, 6-foot, 270, Havelock (N.C.) HS
LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.: First offer – Army.
OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 255, Duncanville (Texas) HS: Army visit – Spring game.
S Daniel Jackson, 6-1, 192, Middle Creek HS, Apex, N.C.
CB Caleb John, 5-10, 181, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.
LB Nate Jones, 6-4, 200, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
S Elijah Johnson, 6-1, 200, Glen Este HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: First Division I-A offer – Army
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army.
S Jordan Lane, 6-1, 185, North Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.: First offer – Army.
RB Tyler Lavine, 5-11, 210, Cedar Park (Texas) HS: Lavine was named top 2017 running back at Army prospect camp in June.
LB Jeremiah Lowery, 6-3, 235, Edgewood Academy, Elmore, Ala.
LB John Lyons, 6-2, 210, White Station HS, Memphis, Tenn.: First offer – Army.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: First offer – Army.
RB Garnett Nicolas, 6-1, 225, John S. Burke Catholic HS, Goshen, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy. Army visit – July 22.
CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Richmond, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Visits – Army, March 30.
DT Ryan O’Malley, 6-4, 260, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Former Illinois commit. Other offers – Buffalo, New Mexico.
S Ayrton Payne, 5-10, 176, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas
DL Troy Porche, 6-2, 262, Lamar HS, Houston, Texas
OL-DL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane.
TE Rhett Read, 6-4, 225, Leon HS, Jewett, Texas
LB Ben Roth, 6-1, 210, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.
WR Gabe Schappell, 6-3, 215, Exeter HS, Reading, Pa.
LB Joe Stephenson, 6-foot, 197, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS: First FBS offer – Army
QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-9, 168, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS
DE Ted Wages, 6-4, 225, Auburn (Ala.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Sept. 18)
RB Joe Wallace, 5-10, 185, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla.
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.: First offer – Army.
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