Army adds Corley to staff

Army has tabbed former UConn assistant David Corley as its new wide receiver coach.

Corley worked with UConn’s running backs in 2014 and 2016 and was the Huskies’ receivers coach in 2015 under Bob Diaco. He was promoted by Diaco to UConn’s offensive coordinator for the final three games of the 2016 season. Army played UConn in 2014 and 2015.

Diaco was fired on Dec. 26, 2016 and Corley wasn’t retained by returning head coach Randy Edsall.

Corley, a former quarterback at William & Mary, played in the Canadian Football League for two seasons (2003, 2006) and was a member of the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League in 2005. He coached at his alma mater from 2008-13 before taking the UConn job.

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Defensive coordinator Jay Bateman suspended after Wake Forest investigation

Army defensive coordinator Jay Bateman has been suspended two weeks and fined him $25,000 by West Point as a result of an academy investigation that revealed the three-year assistant was involved in mishandling information about the Wake Forest football program, the academy said in a news release Tuesday.

Army is the third team to be linked to have received some form of game-related information from Wake Forest announcer and former assistant Tommy Elrod. Louisville and Virginia Tech were other programs who admitted to involvement in the scandal.

The academy launched its own investigation on Dec. 16, after it was contacted by Wake Forest that Elrod potentially leaked the team’s game plans to Army.

The investigator, a U.S. Army officer assigned to athletic director Boo Corrigan, found that Bateman through McCartney, a coach who wasn’t retained by Army after the 2015 season, received proprietary information from Elrod in 2014.

McCartney and Elrod, who had previously worked together at Wake Forest, exchanged emails, texts, phone calls and voicemails before the Army-Wake Forest game on Sept. 20, 2014. Elrod sent his observations after watching Wake Forest practice films in 2014. The investigator found no evidence that the information was shared with any other coach, staff or player in 2014.

“Our commitment is to foster a culture of excellence and winning in everything we do,” Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen said in the statement. “It does not mean that we win at all costs. Rather, it means winning in accordance with our values and who we are as an institutions and a nation. When we win, we will do so honorably, remaining true to the values and standards that define us.”

Here are some of the details of the investigation released by Army:

Correspondence between McCartney and Elrod concerning Wake Forest information began before the 2014 Army-Wake Forest game. The contact included text messages, phone calls, voicemails and emails. Bateman was aware that McCartney was in contact with Elrod.

All current and former coaches and three unidentified Army football players interviewed denied speaking with Elrod or knowing McCartney was in contact with Elrod.

Texts from McCartney to Elrod indicated that McCartney was trying to hide the fact that he was in contact with Elrod. In several text messages, McCartney told Elrod that he and Bateman were the only ones who knew that Elrod was Wake Forest’s source.

McCartney and Bateman received information from Elrod breaking down Wake Forest practice film. Elrod drew multiple pages of diagrams off his analysis of what he viewed and sent to McCartney in 2014 and Bateman in 2016. None of information provided was specific game-plan information that Wake Forest head Dave Clawson decided to use in the games.

In  2014, McCartney sent photos of questions from offensive coordinator Brent Davis. Davis thought the questions were going to a high school coach that observed one of Wake Forest’s practices. Davis did not know the questions were being sent to Elrod.

Bateman received information from Elrod on Thursday Oct. 27, 2016, two days before Army’s game against Wake Forest. Bateman deleted the information, “because he realized it was wrong.”

 

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Spencer returns as offensive line coach

Army has filled its opening for an offensive line coach with a familiar face.

Todd Spencer has been hired by Jeff Monken to replace Bod Bodine, who left for Georgia Southern in late December.

Spencer coached Army’s offensive line in 2013 and 2015. He didn’t coach in 2014 due to undisclosed reasons. He’s considered one of the premier line coaches in a triple-option system. Spencer stepped down at Army after the 2015 season due to medical reasons.

Monken coached with Spencer at Navy (2002-07) and Georgia Tech (2008-09). Spencer spent 11 seasons (1997-2007) in all at Navy and was Cal Poly’s offensive line coach during the 2016 season.

 

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Notebook: Spring practice opens March 21, staff update

Army will kick off spring practice on March 21, about 10 days earlier than last year.

Why is coach Jeff Monken moving up the start of the spring sessions?

“Last year, we pushed it back and we wanted to get a really nice day for a spring game and we did,” Monken said. “It was a beautiful sunny afternoon. That just got us a late start in recruiting. We are allowed to go out that third week in April. Our coaches really expressed a desire to get out there first thing.”

Army’s spring game will be April 15. The game was held on April 30 last year.

Monken said he doesn’t anticipate any major position changes heading into spring practice. He and his staff will get together after the final recruiting visits are finished this weekend to discuss possible moves, which he said will be, “minor and subtle.”

Depth in the secondary is still an issue.

“We are probably going to move some guys from offense,” Monken said. “There will be a slot (back) or a receiver likely that we will move over there, maybe two.”

Sophomore James Gibson, a linebacker and nickelback for most of 2016, played safety late in the season and may stay there, Monken said.

Freshman Jaylon McClinton and Elijah Riley will remain at cornerback. McClinton and Riley were recruited as safeties but we pressed into starting roles as cornerbacks in 2016.

“We don’t have much choice because of the depth,” Monken said. “Eventually, those guys would be better at a nickel or a safety. But, they competed (last year) and as a freshman that’s not easy to do. We’ll see how they do.”

Riley made 47 tackles (sixth on the team) and picked off a team-high three passes in 10 starts. McClinton had 30 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble and started the last five games in 2016.

Sophomore cornerback Marcus Hyatt, a starter until a season-ending knee injury at Wake Forest in October last year, will miss spring practice but Monken said, “he’ll be ready for the fall.”

On the topic of cornerbacks, Josh Christian-Young has been elevated from defensive quality control coach to position coach, replacing ShaDon Brown, who left for Colorado after a year at West Point. Christian-Young, who enters his third season at Army, coached cornerbacks at Georgia Southern in 2013 and 2014.

“He (Brown) did a good job,” Monken said. I think CY will do a good job.”

Monken said he has hired an offensive line coach to replace Bob Bodine, who left for Georgia Southern but did not reveal the name of the coach. Army will hire a new wide receivers coach shortly to replace Keith Gaither, now at Temple, Monken said.

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Signing Day wrap

Army’s 2017 recruiting class is at 95 players (updated), by my count, after Signing Day.

The class represents 19 states and the District of Columbia. Georgia and Texas are tied for the most commits with 15 players each.

Army made a late push in California, receiving commitments from Chico fullback DJ Miller, Kimball running back/linebacker Ryan Rivera and Valley Christian kicker Bailey Schroeder. Capital Christian (Calif.) offensive line Weston Jones had previously committed to Army.

Miller chose Army over Air Force.

“Air Force is a great school,” Miller said. “I just connected with coach Sean Saturnio (Army’s special teams coach), he was very honest about how difficult West Point is, and what a tremendous honor it is to serve there. I was leaning Army the entire time, but my conversation with coach (Jeff) Monken sealed it.”

Other late additions or commits I may have missed include Plaquemine (La.) lineman Abraham Delfin, Stephens County (Ga.) running back AJ Howard, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) defensive lineman Dan Lord, Aquinas (N.Y.) defensive end Jack Owens, Grafton (Wisc.) linebacker Jack Senczyszyn and St. John’s (Houston, Texas) defensive end Josh Thomas.

Last year at this time, Army’s 2016 recruiting class was at 72. Monken and his staff got an early jump on the newest class in the coach’s third full recruiting cycle.

“Our staff got off to a really fast start,” Monken said. “We had a lot of commitments going into the season and received a lot of commitments as we went through the season. The chips didn’t just start to fall in place in December and January. We had a good class going from the start and we were able to finish it out with some great kids toward the end.”

A couple of recruits flipped their decisions on Army. Baker (Ala.) quarterback Darius Bracy signed with Central Michigan as a cornerback following an official visit to the Mid-American Conference school last weekend. Northwestern (S.C.) defensive back Wally Wilmore signed with The Citadel.

The Press of Atlantic City reported that Cedar Creek (N.J.) linebacker Isaiah Watson had his Army offer pulled on Friday due to “their extensive requirements for admissions,” his coach Tim Watson said. Here’s the story.

Special thanks to all of Army football commits for sending in their pictures.

If you have a signing day pic that you would like to add to the gallery, please direct message me the photo on Twitter @salinterdonato or email the photo to sinterdonato@th-record.com.

Here’s the link to the photo gallery

2017 Army football commits (95)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force.
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
DE Kendall Bailey, 6-4, 240, Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.
LB Greg Benton, 6-1, 210, Long Reach HS, Columbia, Md.: 2016 stats – 103 tackles, 9 tackles for loss.
CB Dallas Blacklock, 5-10, 165, Sharpstown HS, Houston, Texas: Member of 2016 United States Under-18 national team.
CB Jordan Blackman, 5-11, 170, St. Genevieve HS, Panorama City, Calif.: 2016 stats – 6 interceptions.
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
*S Zack Boobas, 5-10, 190, Jefferson (Ga.) HS
#S Elijah Boyd, 6-2, 175, Frisco (Texas) HS
RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 207, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.
TE Chris Cameron, 6-3, 220, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Son of former LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
S Daniel Charles, 6-1, 190, Marietta (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy, East Carolina, Miami (Ohio), Georgia State, Tulane, Appalachian State, Charlotte.
RB-LB Nasser Clark, 5-10, 190, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.
DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 255, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.
RB-LB Keelan Crosby, 5-10, 200, Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School
RB-S Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.: USA Today first-team South Carolina running back.
*QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
OL Abraham Delfin, 6-1, 285, Plaquemine (La.) HS
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force.
DE Ryan Duran, 6-5, 220, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa.
#WR Sean Eckert, 6-4, 180, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army.
RB Ton Evans, 5-8, 175, Northgate HS, Newnan, Ga.: Other offers – Georgia Southern. Former Georgia Southern commit.
*TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 225, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.: 2016 stats – 10 touchdown catches for state 6A champions.
CB Quentin Frazier, 6-foot, 190, Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista, Calif.
RB Trevor Gear, 6-foot, 205, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Old Dominion. 2016 stats – 1,511 yards, 20 TDs.
LB Nick Ghazarian, 6-2, 218, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force.
P Michael Gillespie, 6-foot, 180, Howard HS, Ellicott City, Md.
LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.
OL Holton Greenfield, 6-3, 245, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
DL Trevor Hallock, 6-2, 255, La Mirada (Calif.) HS
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.
TE John Harrar, 6-8, 230, Strath Haven HS, Wallingford, Pa.
LB Ty Harris, 6-1, 220, Dacula (Ga.) HS
OL Ethan Harvey, 6-4, 286, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La.
DE Karl Holler, 6-5, 247, The Tatnall School, Wilmington, Del.
OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 255, Duncanville (Texas) HS
K Brooks Hosea, 6-foot, 175, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.
DE Jack Hough, Coate Rosemary Hall HS, Wallingford, Conn.
RB AJ Howard, 6-foot, 190, Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga.
S Daniel Jackson, 6-1, 192, Middle Creek HS, Apex, N.C.: 2016 stats – Associated Press all-state first team, 97 tackles, 10 interceptions, 2 blocked kicks.
S Jordan Jackson, 5-11, 180, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla.
CB Caleb John, 5-10, 181, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.
LB Nate Jones, 6-4, 200, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
OL Weston Jones, 6-4, 248, Capital Christian HS, Sacramento, Calif.
QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 205, Hooks (Texas) HS: Former Air Force commit.
RB Issac Kinsey, 5-11, 173, Chattahoochee HS, Alpharetta, Ga.
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga.
S Jordan Lane, 6-1, 185, North Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.
RB Tyler Lavine, 5-11, 210, Cedar Park (Texas) HS
LS Paul Lawless, 6-4, 215, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
QB Jabari Laws, 5-9, 160, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.: USA Today’s Maryland offensive player of the year.
P-K Michael Leisle, 6-foot, 165, Nease HS, Ponte Vedra, Fla.
DL Dan Lord,6-5, 220, St. Anthony’s HS, Melville, N.Y.: 2016 stats – 13.5 sacks
LB Jeremiah Lowery, 6-3, 235, Park Crossing HS, Montgomery, Ala.
K Kevin Madigan, 5-10, 170, Coppell (Texas) HS: First offer – Army.
OL Luke McCleery, 6-5, 285, Grapevine Faith Christian HS, Grapevine, Texas: Former Tulane commit. Other offers – Toledo, Fresno State.
DB Julian McDuffie, 5-11, 162, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia State, Buffalo.
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.
LS Caleb McKee, 6-2, 190, Arlington (Texas) HS: Second-team, all-district defensive end was ranked No. 11 nationallly as a long snapper by one kicking service
*K Sean McNulty, 6-1, 210, Maine South HS, Park Ridge, Ill.
*FB DJ Miller, 6-foot, 220, Chico (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Air Force.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.
#RB Garnett Nicolas, 6-1, 225, John S. Burke Catholic HS, Goshen, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy.
*CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Richmond, Va.
LS Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Louisville, Ohio
DT Ryan O’Malley, 6-4, 260, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Former Illinois commit. Other offers – Buffalo, New Mexico.
DE Jack Owens, 6-5, 235, Aquinas HS, Rochester, NY
FB Markens Pierre, 5-11, 215, Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla.
OL-DL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane.
LB Jon Rhattigan, 6-2, 220, Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.: Other offers – Ball State, New Mexico, Princeton.
RB-LB Ryan Rivera, 6-3, 225, Kimball HS, Tracy, Calif.
WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
*LB Ben Roth, 6-1, 210, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.: First commit of 2017 class.
WR Gabe Schappell, 6-3, 215, Exeter HS, Reading, Pa.
K Bailey Schroeder, 6-foot, 175, Valley Christian HS, San Jose, Calif.
*C Will Schumacher, 6-3, 265, Penn-Trafford HS, Harrison City, Pa.
LB Jack Senczyszyn, 6-4, 230, Grafton (Wisc.) HS
*QB Dominique Shoffner, 6-1, 210, Middle Creek HS, Apex, N.C.: Other offers – Marshall. 2016 stats – 2,952 passing yards, 38 TDs, 13 rushing TDs.
DE-TE Nick Slusher, 6-4, 238, Cedar Creek HS, Ruston, La.
LB Arik Smith, 6-1, 230, St. John’s College HS, Washington, D.C.
LB Joe Stephenson, 6-foot, 197, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS
*DE Josh Thomas, 6-4, 230, St. John’s HS, Houston, Texas
QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-9, 168, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va.
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas
S Taylor Vessel, 6-1, 195, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – South Alabama, Texas State.
DE Ted Wages, 6-4, 225, Auburn (Ala.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force.
RB Joe Wallace, 5-10, 185, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla.
T Zack Ward, 6-6, 255, Byrd HS, Shreveport, La.
*OL Caden Williams, 6-5, 270, Franklin (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Air Force.
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.
G Kenny Willoughby, 6-5, 295, Astronaut HS, Titusville, Fla.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS
* – direct admit # – Army Prep
Breakdown by state: Georgia (15); Texas (15); California (8); Florida (8); North Carolina (7); Illinois (6); Virginia (6); Louisiana (5); Maryland (5); Pennsylvania (5); New York (4) Alabama (2); Ohio (2); South Carolina (3); Tennessee (1); Arkansas (1); Connecticut (1); Delaware (1); District of Columbia (1); Wisconsin (1).

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Recruiting: 3-star RB Gear commits on Signing Day Eve

Trevor Gear’s questions about West Point were answered by an honest voice during his official visit two weekends ago.

Gear, a running back from Eagle’s Christian Landing Academy (Ga.), was showed around post by player host Joe Walker. Walker, a senior slotback, is an Eagle’s Christian Landing alum.

“He gave me a good look on how things are when you get there and basically gave it to me from the player’s perspective,” Gear said. “I know he was the one person that was telling me the truth about everything.”

Gear, who rushed for 1,511 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior, announced his commitment to Army on the eve of Signing Day today.

“It feels great to be done with the recruiting process,” said Gear, who helped Eagle’s Christian Landing to its second straight Georgia private school title. “I feel like West Point is a great place and I’m just looking forward to going there.

“I was impressed with the coaching staff and the way that they interacted with me and what the players were telling me and how they interacted with each other.”

Gear, who chose Army over Ball State and Old Dominion, adds versatility to the Black Knights’ 2017 recruiting class. Coaches told Gear that he could play both slotback and fullback and that he reminds them of freshman running back Kell Walker. Walker lined up at B-back (fullback) at times toward the end of the season.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Gear is rated a three-star recruit by Scout and 247sports.

Gear’s military ties extend to his father, Tracey, who spent 21 years in the Army and earned the rank of sergeant.

“I asked him questions about the Army in general,” Gear said. “Going to West Point and coming out as an officer is different than what he did. But, we still talked about it.”

Gear said he attend Army Prep in the fall.

On the recruiting trail: Army’s recruiting class unofficially stands at 92 players heading into Signing Day. St. John’s College (D.C.) linebacker Arik Smith announced his commitment to Army Tuesday…Stephens County (Ga.) running back A.J. Howard is expected to announce his decision between Army, The Citadel and Furman Wednesday…Army will host commits this weekend including Bishop Sullivan (Va.) lineman Noah Knapp and Woodside (Va.) quarterback Tyhier Tyler.

2017 Army football commits (92)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia. (COMMITTED, July 28)
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
DE Kendall Bailey, 6-4, 240, Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 7)
TE Justin Barna, 6-4, 237, Parkway HS, Rockford, Ohio: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED to July 30)
TE Simon Behr, 6-4, 215, Franklin Regional HS, Murrysville, Pa.: Other offers – Fordham, Yale. (COMMITTED, July 28)
LB Greg Benton, 6-1, 210, Long Reach HS, Columbia, Md.: First offer – Army. 2016 stats – 103 tackles, 9 tackles for loss. (COMMITTED, July 29)
CB Dallas Blacklock, 5-10, 165, Sharpstown HS, Houston, Texas: First offer – Army. Member of 2016 United States Under-18 national team.  Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 31)
CB Jordan Blackman, 5-11, 170, St. Genevieve HS, Panorama City, Calif.: First FBS offer – Army. 2016 stats – 6 interceptions.
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
*S Zack Boobas, 5-10, 190, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: First offer – Army. Hudl profile – 4.50 40-yard dash (COMMITTED, October 27)
S Elijah Boyd, 6-2, 175, Frisco (Texas) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 17)
QB Darius Bracy, 5-10, 185, Baker HS, Mobile, Ala.: Other offers – Navy, Georgia Southern (Jan. 16). (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 207, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: (COMMITTED, July 2)
TE Chris Cameron, 6-3, 220, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Son of former LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
S Daniel Charles, 6-1, 190, Marietta (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy, East Carolina, Miami (Ohio), Georgia State, Tulane, Appalachian State, Charlotte. (COMMITTED, Nov. 18)
RB-LB Nasser Clark, 5-10, 190, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.: First offer – Army. Army visit – July 23. (COMMITTED, Oct. 15)
DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 255, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
RB-LB Keelan Crosby, 5-10, 200, Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School: First offer – Army. Army official visit: Jan. 26-28 (COMMITTED, July 26)
RB-S Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.: USA Today first-team South Carolina running back. Army official visit: Jan. 13-15.  (COMMITTED, July 26)
*QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6). Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 3).
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 (COMMITTED, August 21)
RB Ton Evans, 5-8, 175, Northgate HS, Newnan, Ga.: Other offers – Georgia Southern. Former Georgia Southern commit (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
*TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 225, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.: First FBS offer – Army. 10 touchdown catches for state 6A champions.
CB Quentin Frazier, 6-foot, 190, Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista, Calif.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 29)
#RB Trevor Gear, 6-foot, 205, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Old Dominion. 2016 stats – 1,511 yards, 20 TDs. (COMMITTED, Jan. 31)
LB Nick Ghazarian, 6-2, 218, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
P Michael Gillespie, 6-foot, 180, Howard HS, Ellicott City, Md.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, Dec. 15)
LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 15)
OL Holton Greenfield, 6-3, 245, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: First offer – Army.
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
DL Trevor Hallock, 6-2, 255, La Mirada (Calif.) HS: Army official visit: Jan. 20 (COMMITTED, Jan. 7)
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – Nov. 15
TE John Harrar, 6-8, 230, Strath Haven HS, Wallingford, Pa.
LB Ty Harris, 6-1, 220, Dacula (Ga.) HS: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 17)
OL Ethan Harvey, 6-4, 286, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La.:  Army official visit – Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
DE Karl Holler, 6-5, 247, The Tatnall School, Wilmington, Del.
OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 255, Duncanville (Texas) HS: Army visit – Spring game. (COMMITTED, July 31)
K Brooks Hosea, 6-foot, 175, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
DB Jordan Hunt, 5-10, 180, Theodore (Ala.) HS
S Daniel Jackson, 6-1, 192, Middle Creek HS, Apex, N.C.: 2016 stats – Associated Press all-state first team, 97 tackles, 10 interceptions, 2 blocked kicks. (COMMITTED, August 18)
S Jordan Jackson, 5-11, 180, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla.: First FBS offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, Nov. 17)
CB Caleb John, 5-10, 181, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.: (COMMITTED, July 22)
LB Nate Jones, 6-4, 200, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15
QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 205, Hooks (Texas) HS: Former Air Force commit. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23)
RB Issac Kinsey, 5-11, 173, Chattahoochee HS, Alpharetta, Ga.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 6)
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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.
LS Paul Lawless, 6-4, 215, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
QB Jabari Laws, 5-9, 160, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.: USA Today’s Maryland offensive player of the year.
P-K Michael Leisle, 6-foot, 165, Nease HS, Ponte Vedra, Fla.: Army visits – June 24, Nov. 5. (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
LB Jeremiah Lowery, 6-3, 235, Edgewood Academy, Elmore, Ala.: (COMMITTED, June 24)
K Kevin Madigan, 5-10, 170, Coppell (Texas) HS: First offer – Army.
OL Luke McCleery, 6-5, 285, Grapevine Faith Christian HS, Grapevine, Texas: Former Tulane commit. Other offers – Toledo, Fresno State. (COMMITTED, Jan. 18)
DB Julian McDuffie, 5-11, 162, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia State, Buffalo. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.: First offer – Army. Army visit:  Oct. 15.
LS Caleb McKee, 6-2, 190, Arlington (Texas) HS: Second-team, all-district defensive end was ranked No. 11 nationallly as a long snapper by one kicking service (COMMITTED, Jan. 26)
*K Sean McNulty, 6-1, 210, Maine South HS, Park Ridge, Ill.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: First offer – Army. Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 22)
DE Scott Murphy, 6-4, 243, Billerica (Mass.) Memorial HS: Will attend prep school in fall. (COMMITTED, Jan. 22)
#RB Garnett Nicolas, 6-1, 225, John S. Burke Catholic HS, Goshen, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy. Army visit – July 22. (COMMITTED, Sept. 27)
*CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Richmond, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Visits – Army, March 30. Army official visit – Jan. 27 (COMMITTED, August 1)
LS Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Louisville, Ohio. Army visit: October 22. (COMMITTED, Nov. 15)
DT Ryan O’Malley, 6-4, 260, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Former Illinois commit. Other offers – Buffalo, New Mexico. (COMMITTED, Oct. 17)
FB Markens Pierre, 5-11, 215, Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 14)
OL-DL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane. (COMMITTED, July 30)
LB Jon Rhattigan, 6-2, 220, Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.: Other offers – Ball State, New Mexico, Princeton. Army official visit: Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, Nov. 20)
LB Ben Roth, 6-1, 210, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.: First commit of 2017 class. Direct admit. (COMMITTED, June 22)
WR Gabe Schappell, 6-3, 215, Exeter HS, Reading, Pa.: (COMMITTED, June 23)
*C Will Schumacher, 6-3, 265, Penn-Trafford HS, Harrison City, Pa.
*QB Dominique Shoffner, 6-1, 210, Middle Creek HS, Apex, N.C.: Other offers – Marshall. 2016 stats – 2,952 passing yards, 38 TDs, 13 rushing TDs (COMMITTED, Jan. 29)
DE-TE Nick Slusher, 6-4, 238, Cedar Creek HS, Ruston, La.
LB Arik Smith, 6-1, 230, St. John’s College HS, Washington, D.C.
LB Joe Stephenson, 6-foot, 197, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS: First FBS offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 1)
QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-9, 168, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
S Taylor Vessel, 6-1, 195, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – South Alabama, Texas State
DE Ted Wages, 6-4, 225, Auburn (Ala.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Sept. 18)
RB Joe Wallace, 5-10, 185, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla. (COMMITTED, July 27)
T Zack Ward, 6-6, 255, Byrd HS, Shreveport, La.
RB-LB Isaiah Watson, 6-3, 220, Cedar Creek HS, Egg Harbor, N.J.: Other offers – Old Dominion. (COMMITTED, Jan. 23)
*OL Caden Williams, 6-5, 270, Franklin (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Air Force. Army official visit – Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, August 20)
G Kenny Willoughby, 6-5, 295, Astronaut HS, Titusville, Fla.: Army official visit: Jan. 20-22. (COMMITTED, Jan. 21)
DB Wally Wilmore, 5-10, 175, Northwestern HS, Rock Hill, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Citadel, Charleston Southern, Western Carolina, Furman. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23)
S Malachi Winters, 6-foot, 185, Hammonton (N.J.) HS: First offer – Army.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, June 24)
* – direct admit # – Army Prep
Commit breakdown by state: Texas (14); Georgia (14); Florida (8); North Carolina (7); Illinois (6); Pennsylvania (6); Virginia (6); Alabama (4); Louisiana (4); Maryland (4); Ohio (3); California (3); South Carolina (3); New Jersey (2); New York (2); Tennessee (1); Arkansas (1); Delaware (1); District of Columbia (1); Massachusetts (1).

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Recruiting: Army adds Shoffner to QB mix, Frazier, Harrar commit

Dominique Shoffner attended Army football banquet Saturday with other recruits taking their official visit over the weekend.

Army coach Jeff Monken said a few words about each senior, who were presented their varsity letters and a framed jersey.

In four years, Shoffner hopes to receive his frame jersey as an Army senior.

Shoffner, a quarterback from Middle Creek (N.C.) committed to Army Sunday before the end of his official visit.

“It was an honor to be there,” Shoffner said. “Having all of the seniors get recognized for all their hard work in the past year was definitely inspiring.

“I had a great official visit this past weekend. I liked the coaches and the players. I just wanted to commit there. It’s a good decision for my future with academics and they definitely have a great football program. I feel like it fits for me and I want to serve my country.”

Army started recruiting Shoffner in November. He attended the Army-Navy game and was waiting for an offer. Shoffner received an offer from Army on Jan. 24 and schedule an official visit.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound quarterback threw for 2,952 yards and 38 touchdowns and added 13 rushing touchdowns out of Middle Creek’s spread offense.

“(The spread is) definitely different (than Army’s option) but I was talking to the Army coaches and they just feel like I can lead them to the next level and with my ability to throw I can open up their playbook.

“When everything breaks down (in the spread), I had the ability to run and we ran the read-option with the quarterback run a lot. I’m definitely use to it (running).”

Shoffner said he will be a direct admit. He joins Middle Creek teammate Daniel Jackson, a safety, in Army’s 2017 recruiting class.

“He (Jackson) really wanted me to go there,” Shoffner said. “He said it would be a great fit for both of us. He just wanted to continue playing football with me.”

Shoffner chose Army over offers from Division I-A Marshall and Division I-AA North Carolina Central and Southern University.

Benedictine (Va.) cornerback Dean Ngendakuriyo and Appling County (Ga.) running Keelan Crosby were among the commits visiting over the weekend.

Mater Dei Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) cornerback Quentin Frazier committed to Army late Sunday night. Army has landed some talented cornerbacks out of California in the past, including Chris Carnegie and Josh Jenkins. Frazier joins Jordan Blackman of St. Genevieve (Calif.) as West Coast cornerbacks in Army’s 2017 class.

Rick O’Brien of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweeted Sunday that Strath Haven (Pa.) 6-foot-8, 230-pound tight end/defensive end John Harrar has committed to Army.  Harrar, a standout basketball player, is an intriguing prospect. He didn’t catch many passes (just five) his senior year but had 63 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a defensive end.

On the recruiting trail: Penn-Trafford (Pa.) 6-foot-3, 265-pound center Will Schumacher recently committed to Army. Schumacher is also a long snapper. Speaking of long snappers, Army received commitments from Caleb McKee of Arlington, Texas and Paul Lawless of Cardinal Gibbons (Fla.) this week…Tracking a few former Army commits – St. Pius X (Houston, Texas) safety Ayrton Payne has committed to West Texas A&M and Lamar (Houston, Texas) defensive lineman Troy Porche is headed to Midwestern State.

2017 Army football commits (90)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia. (COMMITTED, July 28)
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
DE Kendall Bailey, 6-4, 240, Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 7)
TE Justin Barna, 6-4, 237, Parkway HS, Rockford, Ohio: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED to July 30)
TE Simon Behr, 6-4, 215, Franklin Regional HS, Murrysville, Pa.: Other offers – Fordham, Yale. (COMMITTED, July 28)
LB Greg Benton, 6-1, 210, Long Reach HS, Columbia, Md.: First offer – Army. 2016 stats – 103 tackles, 9 tackles for loss. (COMMITTED, July 29)
CB Dallas Blacklock, 5-10, 165, Sharpstown HS, Houston, Texas: First offer – Army. Member of 2016 United States Under-18 national team.  Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 31)
CB Jordan Blackman, 5-11, 170, St. Genevieve HS, Panorama City, Calif.: First FBS offer – Army. 2016 stats – 6 interceptions.
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
*S Zack Boobas, 5-10, 190, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: First offer – Army. Hudl profile – 4.50 40-yard dash (COMMITTED, October 27)
S Elijah Boyd, 6-2, 175, Frisco (Texas) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 17)
QB Darius Bracy, 5-10, 185, Baker HS, Mobile, Ala.: Other offers – Navy, Georgia Southern (Jan. 16). (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 207, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: (COMMITTED, July 2)
TE Chris Cameron, 6-3, 220, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Son of former LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
S Daniel Charles, 6-1, 190, Marietta (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy, East Carolina, Miami (Ohio), Georgia State, Tulane, Appalachian State, Charlotte. (COMMITTED, Nov. 18)
RB-LB Nasser Clark, 5-10, 190, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.: First offer – Army. Army visit – July 23. (COMMITTED, Oct. 15)
DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 255, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
RB-LB Keelan Crosby, 5-10, 200, Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School: First offer – Army. Army official visit: Jan. 26-28 (COMMITTED, July 26)
RB-S Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.: USA Today first-team South Carolina running back. Army official visit: Jan. 13-15.  (COMMITTED, July 26)
*QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6). Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 3).
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 (COMMITTED, August 21)
RB Ton Evans, 5-8, 175, Northgate HS, Newnan, Ga.: Other offers – Georgia Southern. Former Georgia Southern commit (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
*TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 225, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.: First FBS offer – Army. 10 touchdown catches for state 6A champions.
CB Quentin Frazier, 6-foot, 190, Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista, Calif.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 29)
LB Nick Ghazarian, 6-2, 218, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
P Michael Gillespie, 6-foot, 180, Howard HS, Ellicott City, Md.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, Dec. 15)
LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 15)
OL Holton Greenfield, 6-3, 245, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: First offer – Army.
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
DL Trevor Hallock, 6-2, 255, La Mirada (Calif.) HS: Army official visit: Jan. 20 (COMMITTED, Jan. 7)
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – Nov. 15
TE John Harrar, 6-8, 230, Strath Haven HS, Wallingford, Pa.
LB Ty Harris, 6-1, 220, Dacula (Ga.) HS: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 17)
OL Ethan Harvey, 6-4, 286, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La.:  Army official visit – Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
DE Karl Holler, 6-5, 247, The Tatnall School, Wilmington, Del.
OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 255, Duncanville (Texas) HS: Army visit – Spring game. (COMMITTED, July 31)
K Brooks Hosea, 6-foot, 175, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
DB Jordan Hunt, 5-10, 180, Theodore (Ala.) HS
S Daniel Jackson, 6-1, 192, Middle Creek HS, Apex, N.C.: 2016 stats – Associated Press all-state first team, 97 tackles, 10 interceptions, 2 blocked kicks. (COMMITTED, August 18)
S Jordan Jackson, 5-11, 180, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla.: First FBS offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, Nov. 17)
CB Caleb John, 5-10, 181, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.: (COMMITTED, July 22)
LB Nate Jones, 6-4, 200, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15
QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 205, Hooks (Texas) HS: Former Air Force commit. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23)
RB Issac Kinsey, 5-11, 173, Chattahoochee HS, Alpharetta, Ga.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 6)
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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.
LS Paul Lawless, 6-4, 215, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
QB Jabari Laws, 5-9, 160, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.: USA Today’s Maryland offensive player of the year.
P-K Michael Leisle, 6-foot, 165, Nease HS, Ponte Vedra, Fla.: Army visits – June 24, Nov. 5. (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
LB Jeremiah Lowery, 6-3, 235, Edgewood Academy, Elmore, Ala.: (COMMITTED, June 24)
K Kevin Madigan, 5-10, 170, Coppell (Texas) HS: First offer – Army.
OL Luke McCleery, 6-5, 285, Grapevine Faith Christian HS, Grapevine, Texas: Former Tulane commit. Other offers – Toledo, Fresno State. (COMMITTED, Jan. 18)
DB Julian McDuffie, 5-11, 162, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia State, Buffalo. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.: First offer – Army. Army visit:  Oct. 15.
LS Caleb McKee, 6-2, 190, Arlington (Texas) HS: Second-team, all-district defensive end was ranked No. 11 nationallly as a long snapper by one kicking service (COMMITTED, Jan. 26)
*K Sean McNulty, 6-1, 210, Maine South HS, Park Ridge, Ill.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: First offer – Army. Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 22)
DE Scott Murphy, 6-4, 243, Billerica (Mass.) Memorial HS: Will attend prep school in fall. (COMMITTED, Jan. 22)
#RB Garnett Nicolas, 6-1, 225, John S. Burke Catholic HS, Goshen, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy. Army visit – July 22. (COMMITTED, Sept. 27)
*CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Richmond, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Visits – Army, March 30. Army official visit – Jan. 27 (COMMITTED, August 1)
LS Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Louisville, Ohio. Army visit: October 22. (COMMITTED, Nov. 15)
DT Ryan O’Malley, 6-4, 260, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Former Illinois commit. Other offers – Buffalo, New Mexico. (COMMITTED, Oct. 17)
FB Markens Pierre, 5-11, 215, Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 14)
OL-DL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane. (COMMITTED, July 30)
LB Jon Rhattigan, 6-2, 220, Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.: Other offers – Ball State, New Mexico, Princeton. Army official visit: Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, Nov. 20)
LB Ben Roth, 6-1, 210, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.: First commit of 2017 class. Direct admit. (COMMITTED, June 22)
WR Gabe Schappell, 6-3, 215, Exeter HS, Reading, Pa.: (COMMITTED, June 23)
*C Will Schumacher, 6-3, 265, Penn-Trafford HS, Harrison City, Pa.
*QB Dominique Shoffner, 6-1, 210, Middle Creek HS, Apex, N.C.: Other offers – Marshall. 2016 stats – 2,952 passing yards, 38 TDs, 13 rushing TDs (COMMITTED, Jan. 29)
DE-TE Nick Slusher, 6-4, 238, Cedar Creek HS, Ruston, La.
LB Joe Stephenson, 6-foot, 197, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS: First FBS offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 1)
QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-9, 168, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
S Taylor Vessel, 6-1, 195, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – South Alabama, Texas State
DE Ted Wages, 6-4, 225, Auburn (Ala.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Sept. 18)
RB Joe Wallace, 5-10, 185, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla. (COMMITTED, July 27)
T Zack Ward, 6-6, 255, Byrd HS, Shreveport, La.
RB-LB Isaiah Watson, 6-3, 220, Cedar Creek HS, Egg Harbor, N.J.: Other offers – Old Dominion. (COMMITTED, Jan. 23)
*OL Caden Williams, 6-5, 270, Franklin (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Air Force. Army official visit – Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, August 20)
G Kenny Willoughby, 6-5, 295, Astronaut HS, Titusville, Fla.: Army official visit: Jan. 20-22. (COMMITTED, Jan. 21)
DB Wally Wilmore, 5-10, 175, Northwestern HS, Rock Hill, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Citadel, Charleston Southern, Western Carolina, Furman. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23)
S Malachi Winters, 6-foot, 185, Hammonton (N.J.) HS: First offer – Army.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, June 24)
* – direct admit # – Army Prep
Commit breakdown by state: Texas (14); Georgia (13); Florida (8); North Carolina (7); Illinois (6); Pennsylvania (6); Virginia (6); Alabama (4); Louisiana (4); Maryland (4); Ohio (3); California (3); South Carolina (3); New Jersey (2); New York (2); Tennessee (1); Arkansas (1); Delaware (1); Massachusetts (1).

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ShaDon Brown takes Colorado position

ShaDon Brown’s stint as Army’s cornerbacks coach was a short one.

ESPN.com Adam Rittenberg reported Saturday that Brown has taken a position as defensive backs for Colorado of the Pac-12 Conference after just one season at Army. Brown changed his Twitter profile Sunday to reflect the move.

That makes three Army assistants, who have left West Point since the Black Knights won the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 27.

Brown certainly left his mark on Army’s young cornerbacks. When Brown was hired, two-year starter Josh Jenkins was still on the roster, Brandon Jackson was returning following a strong freshman season and Steven Johnson, who a veteran, versatile defensive back.

Jenkins would leave the academy. Johnson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason.

Brown held the position group together after the passing of Jackson on Sept. 11. Brown mentored freshmen cornerbacks Jaylon McClinton and Elijah Riley. Riley started in Jackson’s place for the remaining 11 games of the 2016 season. McClinton moved from safety to cornerback after starter Marcus Hyatt suffered a season-ending knee injury against Wake Forest. McClinton started the last five games of the season.

The young cornerbacks’ development played a crucial part in Army finishing fourth in total defense.

Offensive line coach Bob Bodine left for Georgia Southern after the bowl game. Wide receivers coach Keith Gaither took a position at Temple within the last week. Both somewhat lateral moves. Can’t blame Brown for taking a Power Five Conference job with a program on the rise. Colorado was ranked as high as eighth in the Associate Press poll and finished N0. 17.

 

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2017 Football banquet: King MVP

Senior linebacker Andrew King earned four awards, including the team’s most valuable player through a vote of his peers, at the Army football banquet.

King received the Black Lion award, which is given to the player that best represents the character of former Army football player Don Holleder, who was killed in action. He also was given the Garrison Davidson Award as the senior with the highest military grade. The linebacker is one of 12 battalion commander among the Corps of Cadets.

King and senior linebacker Jeremy Timpf were presented with the Creighton W. Abrams Memorial Award as team captains.

Timpf also received the James B. Gillespie Memorial Award for his dedication and performance. He started 37 straight games over the last three seasons.

The Anthony Miller Coaching Staff Award was presented to Morna Davis in recognition of her son, Brandon Jackson, being the team’s most inspirational player. Jackson, a sophomore starting cornerback, passed away in a car accident on Sept. 11, 2016.

Fourteen freshmen received received varsity letters: LB Cole Christiansen; WR Kjetil Cline; WR Glen Coates; G Jaxson Deaton; CB Richard Hanson; OL Mike Johnson; S Cameron Jones; CB Jaylon McClinton; QB-PR Malik McGue; LB Ryan Parker; CB Elijah Riley; FB Connor Slomka; RB Kell Walker; DE Amadeo West.

For photos of the banquet, check my Twitter feed @salinterdonato.

Army football banquet award winners
Thruston Hughes Memorial Award (team MVP voted by players): Andrew King, senior linebacker
1st Lt. Chase Prasnicki Memorial Award (senior who exhibited values of former Army safety): Eddy Ruzga, defensive end
Black Lion Award (player representing character of former Army football player Don Holleder): Andrew King, linebacker
Anthony Miller Coaching Staff Award (most inspirational player): Brandon Jackson, sophomore cornerback
Col. Joel B. “Dopey” Stephens Memorial Award (best scout-team player): Kelvin Hopkins, freshman quarterback; Matt Sannella, junior defensive lineman
Thomas West Hammond Memorial Award (outstanding lineman): John Voit, junior defensive end
Maj. William C. Whitehead Jr. Memorial Award (senior highest class standing): Justin Gilbert, offensive lineman
Col. James B. Gillespie Memorial Award (dedication, performance): Jeremy Timpf, senior linebacker.
Lt. Gen. Garrison Davidson Award (senior with highest military grade): Andrew King, linebacker
Lifter of the Year: Colby Enegren, senior tackle
Creighton W. Abrams Memorial Award (team captains): Andrew King, senior linebacker; Jeremy Timpf, senior linebacker.

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Gaither exits Army for Temple

Army wide receivers coach Keith Gaither has left West Point to take the same position at Temple.

Temple released the hiring of Gaither, who spent the last two seasons at Army, Monday afternoon. Gaither changed information on his Twitter profile to, “WR Coach at Temple.”

Under Gaither’s watch, Edgar Poe developed into a downfield, game-breaking threat in the last two seasons. Perhaps, Gaither, who was hired by Army in 2015 after four seasons at Ball State, was seeking a school that throws the football more. Army receivers’ primarily responsibility is blocking in Army’s triple-option offense. Receivers combined for 27 catches in 2016.

Gaither’s departure leaves Army with two staff openings. Offensive line Bob Bodine left for Georgia Southern after Army’s win over North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Army coach Jeff Monken told the Times Herald-Record last week that he hadn’t filled Bodine’s position yet.

“It’s a little tough with the recruiting,” Monken said on Friday. “I’m all over the place. I left Sunday night after the recruiting weekend and I was in 12 different rent-a-cars before I got home on (Thursday) night. You are going 100 miles an hour and seeing as many guys as you can.

“You literally don’t have time for a phone call between visits and getting on the next airplane. There’s some people that we got in mind but to have the time to make sure we get the right person, I’m going to take my time and make sure it’s a good fit.”

The hiring process may start after Signing Day on Feb. 1.

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