Jeff Monken likes where he is

In light of a couple of articles coming out already predicting a possible move to a Power 5 school in 2020 for Jeff Monken, I asked the Army head coach about how happy he was at West Point. My tweet on part of his response was well received. Below is his full quote:

“I love this place. There can’t be a better place to lead and inspire young people to do great things. They are so motivated. Our faculty, our staff, our students, they’re here for a purpose and they know exactly where they’re going when they graduate. There’s no wishy-washy, I’m not sure. They know exactly what they’re doing and I like people that have direction and a purpose. That’s why I love this place. It’s my opportunity to serve. I never served in the military and it might be one of the great regrets I have in my life. But in some way this is my opportunity to serve, and I love being the coach here.”

For what it’s worth, both the Yahoo article and the story on The Athletic predicted Monken could be whisked away by Illinois if that job were to open up. That will something to speculate upon another day. There’s still a 2019 season to play.

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Brett Toth signs with Eagles

ESPN reported that former Army offensive tackle Brett Toth was granted a military waiver to sign a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. He became the second military academy athlete to sign with an NFL team since President Donald Trump‘s change of policy. I asked head coach Jeff Monken for his reaction to Toth getting signed.

Monken: “I was thrilled for him. It’s a great opportunity for Brett. I certainly have a great source of pride for our program. For our academy. For the United States Army. To have a guy represent all three of those organizations. We’re all one organization. Each of those represented individually as well with what he does and just this opportunity to play at an elite level. Those are the best football players in the world. They’re the best football players on the face of this planet and he gets to go and play with them and be one of those guys. I think he’ll do a great job for them. He’s tremendously talented. He’s a hard worker. He’s tough. I’m really excited for him.”

Offensive lineman/former teammate Peyton Reeder: “I was excited. We heard about it a couple days before. I was really close with Brett when he was here and I think he’s going to do great things. I think his athletic ability is unmatched.” Reeder added, “It’s every little boy’s dream to be able to play in the NFL.”

Offensive coordinator/O-line coach Brent Davis: “Last year we couldn’t really replace Brett Toth. Only once in a career here do you get an offensive lineman like Brett Toth.”

After graduating in 2018 with a degree in nuclear engineering, Toth fulfilled his first year of military service as a second lieutenant. He turned heads as the first player from West Point to represent his Army in the Senior Bowl.

According to USA Today, Toth stands a good chance at making the Eagles 53-man roster. Glenn Erby writes, “Toth won’t have a guaranteed spot on the roster, but it’s hard to see the Eagles going through the whole waiver process, just to cut him in two weeks.”

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8/7/19: Army preseason camp news and notes

After a Monday practice that fell short of expectations, Army picked back up on Wednesday with an effort that at least satisfied, if not enthused, head coach Jeff Monken. About half of practice was filled with heavy rain, but the players didn’t seem bothered by it. They were more interested in making up for the lack of effort two days prior. As nose guard Rod Stoddard assesed afterwards, “I thought we got back into the rhythm.”

Linebackers stepping into new roles

The most impressive play I saw on Wednesday wasn’t a touchdown or an interception. It was a deflection by an outside linebacker. A ball was lofted to Dominic DiStefano and as he reached out to grab it, Jack King leapt off the ground and dove forward, knocking the ball away with his fingertips.

When Monken gushes about his young linebacking corps, he starts to ramble. It’s not because he can’t stay focused. Rather, he keeps bringing up new guys that he’s excited about. One day it’s Kemonte Yow. The next it’s Cedrick Cunningham. On Wednesday, one of those guys was King.

We’re really excited about how he’s grown and developed,” Monken said of King, before going off on a tangent again about how he believes that linebacker Arik Smith has a lot of the same characteristics of senior Cole Christiansen. It’s a good problem to have.

He raved about Joe Stephenson, saying that both he and King were standouts at special teams last year and should play major roles in helping to fill the Kenneth Brinson-sized hole at outside linebacker.

2020 already?

The most interesting part of Monken’s defensive breakdown is that he’s already thinking about 2020. After combing through a list of impressive incoming sophomores, he says that it will come in handy with all the seniors he’ll lose on the defensive side of the ball at the end of the season.

It’s an insightful look into the mind of a Division I head coach. There are so many boxes to check before the Aug. 30 opener at Rice, and yet, Monken is still keeping an eye on the following season.

“I’m glad there’s some names we’re able to call out and make some contributions this year and be able to carry the torch for the next season,” he said.

Freshman quarterback interview

I spoke with Jemel Jones, one of five freshman quarterbacks who have been practicing with the team for two days now. It’s been quite the awakening, between the whole roster getting sent back to the locker room on Monday to the pouring rain on Wednesday.

How have the first few days of practice been for you?

“It has definitely had been a rough past days, highs and lows, but we’re not letting the lows affect us. Be consistent.”

What advice has senior quarterback Kelvin Hopkins given you and the other freshmen so far?

“Definitely the footwork in the offense and just slowing down the mental aspect.”

You were at the prep school last year. What’s your assessment of how the team looks this year in relation to last year?

“If we just keep working hard, we’ll be the team we want to be.”

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8/5/19: Army preseason camp news and notes

At Army football practice on Monday, following a Sunday session that was closed to the media, several offensive players went down on the sun-baked field with minor injuries that aren’t expected to hold them out of practice. It was the fifth consecutive day of camp. The team is off Tuesday.

Offensive injuries

Linemen Mike Johnson and Jaxson Deaton were briefly sidelined during practice, but with an offensive line that feels like it’s at full strength, the group didn’t experience much of a drop-off in their absence. Peyton Reeder, a right guard — who plans to switch positions with Jack Sides at center once the season gets underway — missed the spring with an injured right shoulder, the result of “wear and tear.” He said after his first day of preseason camp, he was fully recovered despite his extended inactivity. “Feels great,” Reeder said. “The best. Feels like a new shoulder.”

Said Sides of the veteran line’s ability to insert guys into different positions, “It’s invaluable. For example, two guys went down today and we were able to roll guys in.”

After making a catch, tight end Zach Saum landed awkwardly on his ankle and tumbled forward. It didn’t appear to be serious, as he had it taped up and shouldn’t miss action.

Slotback Kell Walker knelt on the field for a few minutes after one play. After sitting a couple plays out to rehydrate, he only seemed to get stronger, reaching high above his head to catch passes and blazing past the defense to the end zone unscathed. After one such touchdown, he stuck one finger in the air, joined by quarterback Jabari Laws. The two chest-bumped in celebration.

Defensive standouts

Though the offense had its moments Monday, the defense stepped up and made some big plays during the “CIC” drill (where contact is allowed). Malkelm Morrison intercepted another pass — he had a big one on Friday during one-on-ones — this time with textbook form. The rising sophomore turned his head at the perfect time and showed off his vertical to pilfer the pass.

“I’m really impressed with some of our younger secondary players,” Monken said Saturday. “Guys that were freshman last year.”

Linebacker Jon Rhattigan, who opened camp with two interceptions on the first day, continues to have a steady outing. He busted through the offensive line to force a loss of yardage on a run from quarterback Christian Anderson. Kemonte Yow, another (likely reserve) linebacker Monken has praised in the early going, timed the snap flawlessly on another play, causing the offense to backpedal again.

Freshmen join the group

Monday also marked the first time the freshmen were able to practice with the rest of the team. Monken didn’t single out any one rookie who stood out after practice, offering more a preview than a synopsis in saying, “By the time we get to Saturday and we scrimmage, there’s going to be a few more of those freshman involved and we’ll be able to find out about those guys that maybe are at the top of that group right now.”

One final thought

I asked highly touted freshman Anthony Adkins, a running back who by build alone already looks like he belongs in the backfield rotation, about his recruiting journey and some of the challenges that came along with that. The Kentucky product went to high school about an hour and a half from Louisville and had originally committed there before a coaching change re-opened his recruitment. Adkins deferred to dive back into his past, instead providing me with this: “It is what it is. I’m just happy to be where I’m at right now.”

In Adkins’ first day being able to speak to the media, I understand him wanting to keep focused on the present. It’s interactions like these that make me grateful that any player is willing to open up to me upon first greeting. I will always push to learn more about the whole person, not just the athlete, because that’s my job. But I can respect when the people I interview aren’t ready to let me into their personal lives right away. If I were on the other side, I’d imagine I would be the exact same.

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2019 Freshman Class

Freshmen reported to West Point for R-Day Monday morning.

Here’s the official list of Army’s freshman including highly-regarded fullback Anthony Adkins.

RB Anthony Adkins, 6-3, 225, LaRue County HS, Hodgenville, Ky.
LS Ryan Aguilar, 6-2, 215, Liberty HS, Bakersfield, Calif.
*DB Izzy Akojie, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.
OL Tino Arcuri, 6-2, 265, Boardman HS, Youngstown, Ohio
K Andrew Bagley, 5-10, 160, James I. O’Neill HS, West Point, N.Y.
QB Cade Ballard, 5-10, 195, Greeneville (Tenn.) HS
*OL Sam Barczak, 6-3, 275, Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga.
*WR Adam Bazan, Ridge Point HS, Missouri City, Texas
QB Maurice Bellan, 5-10, 178, Peddie School, Fulton, Md.
OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Holland, Pa.
DB Tim Boone, 5-11, 175, Berkeley Prep, Lutz, Fla.
*WR-S Elijah Boyd, 6-1, 180, Frisco, Texas/Western Reserve Academy
*DB Marquel Broughton, 5-10, 175, Mountain View HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.
*DL Ryan Bryce, St. Joseph’s Prep, Ambler, Pa.
*FB JaKobi Buchanan, Chaminade Prep, St. Charles, Mo.
*WR Shayne Buckingham, Dacula (Ga.) HS
LB Andre Carter, 6-6, 230, Cheshire (Conn.) Academy/Missouri City, Texas
*WR Cole Caterbone, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Plantation, Fla.
DE Reed Chandler, 6-4, 240, Conley HS, Grimesland, N.C.
DL Grady Chapman, 6-3, 255, Carlisle Area HS, Carlisle, Pa.
*K Matteo Cordray, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
*TE-LB Trevor Cosenke, 6-3, 212, John Champe HS, Aldie, Va.
*DL-LB Jacob Craig, St. Pius X HS, Caney, Texas
RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.
*WR Veshe Daniyan, 6-foot, 183, North Mesquite HS, Balch Springs, Texas
*DB Zion Davis-Thompson, North Stafford HS, Stafford, Va.
*WR Reikan Donaldson, 6-3, 175, Wheeler HS, Dallas, Ga.
RB Colton Dooley, 5-11, 190, Nolensville (Tenn.) HS
*OL Alex Faulkner, 6-4, 270, Mishawaka (Ind.) HS
*OL Robert Fitzsimmons, 6-5, 260, Freeport (N.Y.) HS
*DE Chris Frey, 6-5, 225, Temescal Canyon HS, Canyon Cake, Calif.
OL DJ Fuller, 6-4, 265, Christ The King HS, Albans, N.Y.
*OL David Gray, Hillside HS, Durham, N.C.
*CB Quindrelin Hammonds, 6-foot, 195, Alcovy HS, Covington, Ga.
LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Advance, N.C.
*OL Blake Harris, 6-2, 285, Ben Lippen School, Irmo, S.C.
*QB Walter Harris, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.
OL Cade Hawley, 6-3, 250, Lexington HS, Elgin, Texas
*LB Cameron Hoelscher, 6-2, 219, Springfield (Ohio) HS
Trenton Hollinquest, Summer Creek HS, Humble, Texas
OL Lachlen Holt, 6-3, 270, Richmond Hill (Ga.) HS
DE Conor Hough, 6-4, 225, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Ill.: Brother of Army junior defensive lineman Jack Hough.
WR Ryan Jackovic, 6-5, 205, Quaker Valley HS, Sewickley, Pa.: Caught 35 passes for 464 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior.
*DE Henry Janeway, 6-5, 215, Utica Eisenhower HS, Macomb, Mich.
*WR Cameron Jones, Harvard-Westlake HS, Carson, Calif.
*QB Jemel Jones, 5-10, 190, The Colony (Texas) HS
TE Ben Koch, 6-6, 240, Austin (Texas) HS
DE Tyler Komorowski, 6-4, 240, Weir HS, Weirton, W.Va.
DL Kenese Leomiti, Salisbury (Conn.) School, Corpus Christi, Texas
RB Justin Lescouflair, 5-10, 175, Freeport (N.Y.) HS
S Cole Mabry, 6-2, 190, West HS, Iowa City, Iowa
*LB Brandon Mays, 6-foot, 210, Viera HS, Rockledge, Fla.
S Daryan McDonald, 6-foot, 210, Choate Rosemary Hall HS, Leominster, Mass.
*QB Steven Migut, Unity HS, Tolono, Ill.
CB Jabari Moore, 6-foot, 183, Hoover (Ala.) HS
*CB Isaiah Morris, 5-11, 170, Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla.
*DB Braheam Murphy, 5-10, 160, Harding University HS, Matthews, N.C.
*LB Troy Nachtigal, 6-foot, 205, Fort Atkinson (Wis.) HS: Brother of Army senior linebacker James Nachtigal.
*C Daniel Parrish, 6-foot, 287, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.
LB JT Penick, 6-3, 210, St. Augustine HS, San Diego, Calif.
WR Ridge Polk, 5-10, 170, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.
*DL Darius Richardson, 6-2, 230, Tampa Bay Tech, Dover, Fla.
OL Carson Shaffer, 6-3, 280, Prosper HS, Celina, Texas
*LB Nate Smith, 6-3, 220, Bishop O’Connell HS, Fort Washington, Md.
LS Patrick Szczesniak, 6-2, 215, Mount Carmel HS, Chicago, Ill.
*K Cole Talley, 6-foot, 175, Rockwall (Texas) HS
*OL Jose Taveras, Union City (N.J.) HS
DB Kyle Terry, 6-1, 185, Mount Paran Christian HS, Kennesaw, Ga.
DB D’Andre Tobias, 5-10, 170, Benedictine Prep, Midlothian, Va.
FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Novato, Calif.
*K-P Will Van Pamelen, Grayson (Ga.) HS
S Fabrice Voyne, 6-2, 195, Xavier Prep, Quinta, Calif.
14 S Mondo Walker, 6-foot, 183, Bishop Sullivan HS, Hampton, Va.
DE/LB Noah West, 6-3, 220, Bixby (Okla.) HS
*OL Cody Winokur, 6-2, 260, Archbishop Spaudling HS, Severna Park, Md.
*WR Cole Wright, Union County HS, Blairsville, Ga.

Freshman class by state – Texas (13), Georgia (11), California (6), Florida (5), North Carolina (5), Maryland (4), New York (4), Pennsylvania (4), Virginia (4), Illinois (3), Ohio (2), Tennessee (2), Alabama (1), Indiana (1), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), Oklahoma (1), South Carolina (1), West Virginia (1), Wisconsin (1)

* – attended Army Prep in 2018-19

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Recruiting: Louisiana QB Collin Guggenheim joins 2020 class

Class of 2020 quarterback commits keep rolling in for Army as Collin Guggenheim of John Curtis Christian (La.) posted a video Monday stating his intentions to join the Black Knights.

During his commitment video, Guggenheim said that he was told he wasn’t fast enough, too short and his arm wasn’t strong enough to play Division I-A football.

Army was the only FBS school to offer Guggenheim, who rushed for 1,000 yards and passed for 1,000 yards in his junior season. Guggenheim visited Army in late May.

“Everyone there wants you to succeed in life,” said Guggenheim, who is 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds. “It’s just the family atmosphere.

“(The recent success) puts Army on the map nationally and it will only go up from here because of the groups of guys that will be continually coming in.”

Navy showed interest in Guggenheim, who made a trip to Annapolis in April.

“They told me I just wanted their guy,” Guggenheim said.

Guggenheim runs a veer offense, similar to Army’s scheme, at John Curtis.

“I can come in and compete right away,” Guggenheim said. “I do not have to spend a year or two trying to learn and understand the veer. I’m excited I get to continue to run the veer at the next level.”

Meadowcreek (Ga.) quarterback Quincy Bonner committed to Army Sunday following an unofficial visit Saturday.

“I wouldn’t want to be a part of any other brotherhood,” Bonner said. “It was a great campus and just the history alone was mind-blowing not knowing people like George Washington helped with the start of (West Point). The facilities are unbelievable and the coaches were great. It felt like a family when I was around them.”

Bonner believes that Army’s offense fits his skill set. He said Meadowcreek runs a lot single-back option and double-back reads.

“I watched the Army and Navy game and I like the offense more after I got to watch some film on it,” Bonner said. “I can run very well. My 40 (yard dash time) is 4.5 (seconds). I can also run a quick-style offense and I’m a tough runner. I know how to run behind my pads. I can also throw and I am also a great leader.”

Four quarterback prospects have committed to Army from June 17-24 as Donovan Anthony of Washington Wilkes (Ga.) and Delshawn Traylor of Helix, Calif.

Traylor was recruited as a safety by Air Force and didn’t receive much attention from Navy. Traylor’s father has actively served in the Navy for 21 years.

“The military has always intrigued me but when Army reached out, I knew it was the best choice for me,” Traylor said.

2020 commits (23)
SB Aaron Adams, 5-9, 165, Suncoast HS, Riviera Beach, Fla.: First offer – Army.
QB Donovan Anthony, 6-1, 192, Washington Wilkes HS, Washington, Ga. (COMMITTED, June 22)
S Hamilton Baker, 6-1, 200, Daphne (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Troy, South Alabama, Central Michigan, Coastal Carolina. Army official visit – June 14-16.
QB Quincy Bonner, 6-2, 165, Meadowcreek HS, Norcross, Ga.
RB Jeremiah “Lucky” Brooks, 5-11, 205, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La.
TE-DE Bryant Burns, 6-3, 228, Ozark (Ark.) HS: Other offers – Appalachian State. (COMMITTED, April 22)
S Kaiser Cambra-Cho, 6-2, 195, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, May 25)
FB Charlie Cole, 6-2, 225, Daniel Boone HS, Gray, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy, Tulane.
RB Jarel Dickson, 6-foot, 215, Peabody HS, Trenton, Tenn.: 2018 stats – 1,260 rushing yards, 24 touchdowns. Other offers – Navy, Miami (Ohio), Western Kentucky. (COMMITTED, June 17)
DE Rodney Faulk, 6-3, 230, Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Navy, Central Michigan (COMMITTED, June 14)
C Aidan Gaines, 6-1, 285, Rome (Ga.) HS: Two-year starter. Other offers – Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED, June 16)
QB Collin Guggenheim, 5-11, 205, John Curtis Christian HS, River Ridge, La.: 2018 stats – 1,128 rushing yards, 15 touchdowns, 1,096 passing yards, 10 touchdowns.
FB Kee Hawkins, 5-11, 215, Live Oak HS, Watson, La.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, June 21)
T David Hoyt, 6-6, 280, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic HS: Ranked 90th-best tackle of the 2020 class by 247 Sports. Other offers – Rutgers, Louisville, Illinois, Buffalo, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Tulane, Toledo, Ohio, Colorado State, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Mississippi, Liberty. (COMMITTED, March 30)
P-K Albert Jang, 6-2, 185, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga. Other offers – Air Force (May 6) (COMMITTED, March 1)
DE Andre Miller, 6-3, 235, Savannah (Ga.) Country Day School: Army visit – June 14-16. Other offers – Navy, Colorado, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Akron, Appalachian State, Southern Mississippi, Liberty, Coastal Carolina. (COMMITTED, June 16)
RB Dillan Monette, 5-7, 160, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La. (COMMITTED, May 2)
CB Dominic Morris, 5-11, 160, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe. (COMMITTED during official visit June 14-16)
LB Harrison Thomas, 6-1, 223, Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic HS: Other offers – Southern Mississippi. Army visit – June 5. 2018 stats – 19 tackles for loss, 11 sacks.
QB Delshawn Traylor, 5-11, 180, Helix HS, La Mesa, Calif.: Unofficial visit – June 17. Recruited as a safety by Air Force but not offered. First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, June 17).
LB De’Andre Wilborn, Westinghouse HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – June 14-16. (COMMITTED, June 17)
RB-LB A.J. Williams, 6-1, 210, Aquinas HS, Augusta, Ga.: Army visit – June 14-16. Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, June 14-16).
S Tommy Zitiello, 6-2, 185, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, June 7)

Here’s a list of the 2020 commitments by state – Georgia (6), Florida (4), Louisiana (4), Tennessee (2), Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), California (1), District of Columbia (1), Hawaii (1), Illinois (1), Texas (1)

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Recruiting: Official visit weekend nets three Georgia commits

Georgia continues to be one of Army’s top recruiting hotbeds under offensive coordinator Brent Davis as the Black Knights received three 2020 commitments from the Peach State over the weekend.

Aquinas (Ga.) fullback A.J. Williams, who gave his verbal commitment to coach Jeff Monken during his official visit Sunday morning, said the Georgia background of Army’s coaching staff helps build a strong relationship with recruits. Davis worked under Monken at Georgia Southern before West Point.

“They believe in the type of ball played down here,” Williams said.

Navy and Air Force offered Williams. But Army, which has won the Commander in Chief’s trophy, the round-robin competition between the Division I service academies, the last two seasons, made Williams, “feel like a top priority.”

“I am beyond proud to be able to commit to West Point,” said Williams, who rushed for 754 yards and seven touchdowns and made 90 tackles and nine tackles for a loss as a linebacker his junior season. “I feel like I can be a part of something truly amazing.”

Rome (Ga.) center Aidan Gaines said Davis was “outstanding” as a recruiter,”unlike most he doesn’t push you to make a decision. He just lets the facts speak for themselves.”

Gaines knew Army was the right fit for him, “When I looked out at the Hudson (River) past Thayer Hall (during his official visit over the weekend). That was the moment.” The two-year starter also received offers from Navy and Air Force. Gaines committed to Monken in his office Sunday during his official visit.

“The largest factor in my decision was the amount of opportunity the school had to offer,” said Gaines, who would like to major engineering or law. “The fact that all majors were available to all athletes is completely unheard of at any other school. That paired with what the program has become with the coaching staff made West Point the best choice or me out of any college in the country.”

Gaines said Army’s “heavy emphasis on brotherhood,” stood out among the other academies.

“The word ‘brotherhood,’ is loosely tossed around at other schools but only at West Point is it 100 percent lived by,” Gaines said. “Everyone at West Point feels like my football family back home, almost frighteningly so.”

Savannah Country Day (Ga.) defensive end Andre Miller announced his commitment to Army Sunday afternoon following an official visit. Miller and A.J. Williams were teammates in the Georgia Elite Classic All-Star game. He had more than 10 FBS offers including Navy, Colorado and Florida Atlantic.

Commitments from the recruiting weekend kept rolling in Monday as Westinghouse (Chicago, Ill.) linebacker De’Andre Wilborn and Peabody (Tenn.) running back Jarel Dickson announced their pledges.

Wilborn, who was recruited by multiple Ivy League schools, said West Point’s academics played an important role in his commitment.

“I am a student-athlete and I believe that with everything in me,” Wilborn said. “Being a student comes first. I am the first in my family to have my education paid for in full and to play college football at the highest level with a top 25 team.

“This is an amazing opportunity and I’m ready for the journey.”

Dickson’s FBS offers included Navy, Miami (Ohio) and Western Kentucky. He rushed for 1,260 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior.

2020 commits (13)
TE-DE Bryant Burns, 6-3, 228, Ozark (Ark.) HS: Other offers – Appalachian State. (COMMITTED, April 22)
S Kaiser Cambra-Cho, 6-2, 195, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, May 25)
RB Jarel Dickson, 6-foot, 215, Peabody HS, Trenton, Tenn.: 2018 stats – 1,260 rushing yards, 24 touchdowns. Other offers – Navy, Miami (Ohio), Western Kentucky. (COMMITTED, June 17)
DE Rodney Faulk, 6-3, 230, Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Navy, Central Michigan (COMMITTED, June 14)
C Aidan Gaines, 6-1, 285, Rome (Ga.) HS: Two-year starter. Other offers – Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED, June 16)
T David Hoyt, 6-6, 280, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic HS: Ranked 90th-best tackle of the 2020 class by 247 Sports. Other offers – Rutgers, Louisville, Illinois, Buffalo, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Tulane, Toledo, Ohio, Colorado State, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Mississippi, Liberty. (COMMITTED, March 30)
P-K Albert Jang, 6-2, 185, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga. Other offers – Air Force (May 6) (COMMITTED, March 1)
DE Andre Miller, 6-3, 235, Savannah (Ga.) Country Day School: Army visit – June 14-16. Other offers – Navy, Colorado, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Akron, Appalachian State, Southern Mississippi, Liberty, Coastal Carolina. (COMMITTED, June 16)
RB Dillan Monette, 5-7, 160, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La. (COMMITTED, May 2)
QB Delshawn Traylor, 5-11, 180, Helix HS, La Mesa, Calif.: Unofficial visit – June 17. Recruited as a safety by Air Force but not offered. First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, June 17).
LB De’Andre Wilborn, Westinghouse HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – June 14-16. (COMMITTED, June 17)
RB-LB A.J. Williams, 6-1, 210, Aquinas HS, Augusta, Ga.: Army visit – June 14-16. Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, June 14-16).
S Tommy Zitiello, 6-2, 185, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, June 7)

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Recruiting: Washington D.C. defensive end Rodney Faulk joins 2020 class

Gonzaga (Washington D.C.) defensive end Rodney Faulk’s first two FBS offers came from Army and Navy.

Following a West Point visit earlier this week, Faulk gave his verbal commitment to Army.

“I liked the coaches and I felt at home,” said Faulk, who is 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds. “Overall, the men at Army are guys I would want to be around.”

When asked about the differences between Army and Navy and what might had led to his decision, Faulk said, “Just the overall feel, it felt like it was the right place for me.”

Central Michigan also offered Faulk.

Ponte Vedra (Fla.) safety Tommy Zitiello committed to Army on the spot after received an offer from assistant coach Daryl Dixon last week.

“I’ve been wanting to go (to West Point) since my freshman year,” Zitiello said.

When asked when interested him about West Point, Zitiello, who visited Army in January, said, “Just the whole military aspect and the engineering program.”

Zitiello was first offered by Navy. He said he wasn’t considering Navy before Army offered.

It’s a big recruiting weekend for the Black Knights with plenty of prospects on campus for official visits. Wouldn’t be surprised if there’s more commitments in the immediate future.

2020 commits (7)
TE-DE Bryant Burns, 6-3, 228, Ozark (Ark.) HS: Other offers – Appalachian State. (COMMITTED, April 22)
S Kaiser Cambra-Cho, 6-2, 195, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, May 25)
DE Rodney Faulk, 6-3, 230, Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Navy, Central Michigan (COMMITTED, June 14)
T David Hoyt, 6-6, 280, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic HS: Ranked 90th-best tackle of the 2020 class by 247 Sports. Other offers – Rutgers, Louisville, Illinois, Buffalo, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Tulane, Toledo, Ohio, Colorado State, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Mississippi, Liberty. (COMMITTED, March 30)
P-K Albert Jang, 6-2, 185, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga. Other offers – Air Force (May 6) (COMMITTED, March 1)
RB Dillan Monette, 5-7, 160, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La. (COMMITTED, May 2)
S Tommy Zitiello, 6-2, 185, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, June 7)

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Future schedules: Two-game series with Marshall

Army and Marshall have agreed to a two-game, home-and-home series, starting in 2025, and will play for the first time since Randy Moss’ spectacular five-catch, two-touchdown performance for the Thundering Herd at Michie Stadium in 1997.

Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick recently confirmed the series. Army will travel to Marshall for its season opener on August 30, 2025 and host the Thundeing Herd on Oct. 10, 2026.

2019
(All game times EST) 

August 30 RICE, 6 p.m.  (CBS Sports Network)
Sept. 7 at Michigan
Sept. 14 at Texas-San Antonio, 3:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sept. 21 MORGAN STATE, noon (CBS Sports Network)
Oct. 5 TULANE, noon (CBS Sports Network)
Oct. 12 at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Georgia State
Oct. 26 SAN JOSE STATE, noon (CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 2 at Air Force, 3:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 9 UMASS, noon (CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 16 VMI, noon (CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 30 at Hawaii, 12:30 a.m., Dec. 1 (CBS Sports Network)
Dec. 14 Navy at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, 3 p.m. (CBS)

2020

Sept. 12 at Rice
Sept. 19 at Tulane
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 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
Oct. 23 WAKE FOREST
Nov. 20 UMASS
Nov. 27 at Liberty
Dec. 11 Navy at Met Life Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
TBD SAN JOSE STATE
TBD at Air Force

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. 21 at LSU
Oct. 28 UMASS
Nov. 18 COASTAL CAROLINA
TBD at Air Force
TBD Navy

2024
Sept. 7 at UMass
Sept. 21 SYRACUSE
Oct. 19 at UNLV
Nov. 30 at Hawaii
TBD WAKE FOREST
TBD AIR FORCE
TBD Navy

2025
August 30 at Marshall
Sept. 13 NORTH TEXAS
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. 10 MARSHALL
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
Oct. 9 UNLV (home)
Nov. 18 at UMass
TBD AIR FORCE
TBD Navy
TBD North Texas

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Scheduling: 2019 kickoff times

Kickoff times for the 2019 Army football season are nearly complete after CBS Sports Network recently announced its television schedule.

Army will open with a 6 p.m. kickoff against Rice on August 30 at Michie Stadium.

The remaining five homes games – Morgan State (Sept. 21), Tulane (Oct. 5), San Jose State (Oct. 26), UMass (Nov. 9) and VMI (Nov. 16) – will all kick off at noon.

Army’s Sept. 14 game at Texas-San Antonio will start at 3:30 p.m. EST and air on NFL Network.

2019 SCHEDULE
August 30 RICE, 6 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Sept. 7 at Michigan, TBA
Sept. 14 at Texas-San Antonio, 3:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sept. 21 MORGAN STATE, noon (CBS Sports Network)
Oct. 5 TULANE, noon (CBS Sports Network)
Oct. 12 at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Georgia State, TBA
Oct. 26 SAN JOSE STATE, noon (CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 2 at Air Force, 3:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 9 UMASS, noon (CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 16 VMI, noon (CBS Sports Network)
Dec. 1 at Hawaii, 12:30 a.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Dec. 14 Navy, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, 3 p.m. (CBS)

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