VIDEO: Starting QB Ahmad Bradshaw

When Army coaches talk about sophomore Ahmad Bradshaw, they are first to bring up how strong the quarterback runs through tackles.

Maybe, part of Bradshaw’s toughness comes from being an all-state wrestler at Brooks Prep in Chicago.

Bradshaw, who will make his college debut as Army’s starting quarterback Friday against Fordham, said growing up on the south side of Chicago, where the crime rate is high, also built his resolution.

 

“It was always home to me,” Bradshaw said. “A lot of people think it’s bad. I think it helped raise me and make me the type of person I am today. I’m proud to represent Chicago.”

Bradshaw, who was a team captain at Army Prep in 2013, is now the leader of Army’s offense. Here’s a quick interview with Bradshaw:

http://youtu.be/NpwIGDiPo7I

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By Sal Interdonato
Times Herald-Record

WEST POINT – Major colleges lined up to recruit Ahmad Bradshaw out of Chicago.

Northwestern wanted Bradshaw, a quarterback at Brooks Prep, to play wide receiver. Other schools, like Virginia, wanted Bradshaw to play on the defensive side of the ball, maybe cornerback.

James Brown, Brooks Prep’s head coach at the time, remembers a coach from in-state Illinois telling Bradshaw he’ll never lined up under center as a Division I-A player.

“I remember a few coaches telling me I would never be able to play quarterback at this level,” said Bradshaw, who was 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds in high school.” I just let it roll off me. It never affected me.”

Bradshaw will prove all the doubters wrong Friday night. The sophomore will make his college debut as Army’s starting quarterback against Fordham at Michie Stadium.

Army was one of the few schools that projected as a quarterback. Bradshaw’s toughness and athleticism were attractive in the triple-option offense.

“I just felt home was at Army that’s why I came here,” said Bradshaw, now 5-11 and 198 pounds. “It’s an honor and a privilege for me to be here. I’m just happy to represent the school. I feel grateful.”

The humble Bradshaw, who missed most of his freshman season due to an academy matter, beat out senior A.J. Schurr, who had started three times in 19 career games.

“I’m confident that he will do a good job and he will lead our team and that’s why he’s starting,” Monken said. “It’s not an experiment…

“Ahmad has not played in a college game before but we are going to ask a lot of him. There’s a lot of decisions that he has to make and they are critical decisions for our offense. It will be interesting to see how Ahmad responds and handles it.”

The choice of Bradshaw is a sign of a new era in Army football. It’s a move for the future as much as this season. The program needs a spark after winning just 12 games in the last four seasons.

Monken didn’t need to call Bradshaw into his office to inform him of the news. Bradshaw earned the job through his performance in the preseason. He’s proved to be difficult to bring down in practice, running out and through tackles. Bradshaw has also earned the respect of his teammates.

“A.J. is a good player as well,” Bradshaw said. “I think either one of us could get the job done. Without A.J., I would not be here. Without the other quarterbacks and without my team pushing me, I would be in the position I am today.”

Brown always knew Bradshaw would succeed. He always thought coaches, which former Illinois coach Tim Beckham, were wrong. Brown believes Bradshaw is the man to snap Army’s 13-game losing streak to Navy. Bradshaw was a winner in high school, leading Brooks Prep to three state tournament appearance in his four years as a starter.

“Mark my words, Army will beat Navy with Ahmad under center,” Brown said.
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Fordham week: Coach Monken press conference

Jeff Monken didn’t call Ahmad Bradshaw and A.J. Schurr into his office to break the news on Monday.

Monken said the players determined on their own who won the competition to be Army’s starting quarterback. Bradshaw, who practiced with the first-team offense for most of the preseason, was named the starter for Army’s opener against Fordham Friday in a press release Monday night.

“When one guy is taking the reps with the ones (first team) and the other guy is taking the reps with the twos (second team), they figure it out,” Monken said. “You don’t have to have a formal announcement. We are not formally announcing to the wide receiver or the kicker that’s No. 1, they figure it out. You guys need the announcement. None of our guys need the announcement. They know the deal.”

Monken said coaches calling players into their office, is “TV stuff.”

The coach said he picked Bradshaw because, “He has been playing and practicing better and he gives us a better chance at this point.” Simple enough.

“I just felt like he was moving the offense better and performing better,” Monken said. “We want to have a player there that is capable of running the ball and throwing the ball and making plays for us, both with their feet and their arm and I think he’s capable of doing that.”

When asked if Schurr’s chance of starting was hurt by a hamstring injury in the preseason, Monken said, “He certainly would have gotten more repetitions and that may have helped him and benefited him. But he’s been in the program. He was with us all last year and got a lot of snaps in practice and got into games last year. Though, he was hurt, just the veteran experience should help him. I think we can play with either one of those guys.”

Bradshaw will make his college debut against Fordham. Monken said Army isn’t going to scale down its playbook because of Bradshaw’s inexperience.

“We are going to call the game based on what we think our offense can execute and what the defense gives us,” Monken said. “That’s how our offense has always been built…Nothing that we have put in or what we run as an offense we felt like we can’t run with Ahmad or A.J. in the game.”

Senior captain Matt Giachinta will get the start at fullback with junior Aaron Kemper seeing his share of snaps.

Junior Steven Johnson, a Newburgh Free Academy graduate, will start opposite senior Chris Carnegie at cornerback against Fordham. But, Monken said freshman Brandon Jackson is pushing Johnson.

Monken said senior tackle Drew Hennessy (ankle) and sophomore nose tackle Andrew McLean (foot) are out for the season opener. Freshman defensive end Emmanuel Aka and junior defensive end Eddy Ruzga (sick) is questionable. Sophomore guard Mike Houghton will not play because of a violation of team rules.

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Bradshaw named starting quarterback

As expected, sophomore quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw was officially named Army’s starting quarterback by coach Jeff Monken Monday.

Bradshaw, who had received most of the first-team snaps in the preseason, will make his college debut Friday night in Army’s season opener against Fordham at Michie Stadium. He brings a quick open-field burst that hasn’t been seen in quite some time at West Point.

Senior A.J. Schurr gives Army an experienced No. 2 quarterback. Schurr missed part of the preseason with a hamstring injury.

“Give credit to both Ahmad and A.J., they both worked very hard,” Monken said in a press release. “Ahmad was a little bit sharper and A.J. missed some time with some minor injuries after sitting out spring ball. Ahmad will be our starting quarterback and we know we have a very capable backup in A.J., who really knows our offense.”

Spoke with James Brown, Bradshaw’s high school coach at Brooks Prep in Chicago Monday night. Bradshaw was a four-year starter and led Brooks to three state tournament appearances. He was also a two-time state qualifier in wrestling.

“He doesn’t fumble the ball at all and he doesn’t get rattled,” Brown said. “If you think he can run the ball, you need to see him throw. He has a special talent. I don’t know what it is. He’s one of my kids that came from a single-family home and had a 4.5 GPA.”

Brown said Northwestern, Virginia and Wisconsin showed interest in Bradshaw as a skilled player. Army and recruiting coach Tucker Waugh offered Bradshaw a chance to play quarterback.

Army’s opening-game starting quarterbacks the last 10 years

2006: David Pevoto, junior
2007:
David Pevoto, senior
2008:
Carson Williams, junior
2009:
  Trent Steelman, freshman
2010: Trent Steelman, sophomore
2011: Trent Steelman, junior
2012: Trent Steelman, senior
2013: Angel Santiago, junior
2014: Angel Santiago, senior
2015: Ahmad Bradshaw, sophomore

 

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Steelman released by Ravens

Trent Steelman’s NFL dreams were put on hold Monday morning when the former Army quarterback was cut the Baltimore Ravens.

Steelman was signed on August 1 as a slot receiver by the Ravens. He had one catch for 18 yards in Baltimore’s second preseason game against the Eagles on August 22. Didn’t see Steelman play a down of offense in the Ravens’ game against the Redskins Saturday.

Steelman, who set the academy’s all-time record for rushing touchdowns (45), posted on Twitter Monday afternoon: “Never can be down when I play the sport I love for a living. Thankful for the opportunity @Ravens. Wherever I end up, you will get my best.”

Scott Bergman, Steelman’s agent, said three NFL teams showed interest Steelman after his release.

The Ravens were carrying 12 wide receivers through the preseason. Former SMU wideout Aldrick Robinson, who played against Steelman and Army in the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl, and DeAndre Carter were also cut.

Atlanta Falcons fullback Collin Mooney and Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Ali Villanueva, both Army graduates, appear to have survived the first round of NFL cuts.

 

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Recruiting: Jersey RB, track athlete commits

Army picked up a commitment from Stefone Moore-Green, a senior running back from Paul VI High School in Haddon Township, N.J., over the weekend.

Moore-Green tweeted that he was also committing to Army for track and field.  He averaged 9.7 yards per carry as a junior and rushed for 563 yards and four touchdowns, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Moore-Green, who is 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, also had 20 catches for 231 yards and five scores. He’s Army’s first 2016 from New Jersey.

Calera (Ala.) senior running back/safety Kyle Harrell committed to Army last week, according to Baker Wells of the Shelby County (Ala.) Reporter.

2016 commits (21)
LB Gavin Bassett, 6-1, 205, Farmington (Minn.) HS: Other offers – Air Force. Bassett camped at Army on June 27.
LB Vershawn Brock, 6-foot, 217, Morgan Park HS, Chicago, Ill.
WR Kjetil Cline, 6-foot, 185, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
RB Dominic Distefano, 5-7, 160, Hendrickson (La.) HS: Fastest prospect at Army camp on June 27.
DL Tyler Fleagle, 6-2, 265, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.: Other FBS offers: Old Dominion.
LB Christian Gomez, 6-1, 215, Cypress Bay HS, Weston, Fla.
QB Felix Harper, 6-foot, 160, Creekside HS, Fairburn, Ga.
RB-S Kyle Harrell, 6-1, 205, Calera (Ala.) HS
WR Chance Kennedy, 5-8, 158, South Mecklenburg HS, Charlotte, N.C.
LB Jack King, 6-2, 205, Providence HS, Charlotte, N.C.
CB Joseph King, 5-10, 160, Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla.: First offer – Army. Named “Most Explosive Athlete” at Army Prospect camp on June 27.
TE Geoff Kirk, 6-4, 230, Avon (Conn.) HS
OL Liam McCarthy, 6-2, 275, Avon (Conn.) Old Farms
RB Sandon McCoy, 5-11, 202, A.L. Brown HS, Kannapolis, N.C.
RB Ostin McPherson, 5-8, 170, St. Paul’s Espiscopal, Mobile, Ala.
RB Stefone Moore-Green, 5-8, 167, Paul VI HS, Haddonfield, N.J.
T Trey Neville, 6-4, 250, Lafayette HS, Williamsburg, Va.: First offer – Army. Neville’s father, Thomas, played nose guard for Navy in 1994 and 1995.
LB Joe Ryan, 6-1, 215, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.
K Trey Simons, 6-2, 155, Atlantic Coast HS, Jacksonville, Fla.: First offer – Army.
S Justin Thomas, 6-1, 176, Chaminade-Madonna HS, Hollywood, Fla.
QB Brett Virgil, 5-10, 166, Heritage HS, Brentwood, Calif.: First offer – Army. Virgil was responsible for 26 touchdowns and combined for more than 2,000 yards as a junior.

2016 Army offers
DL Myles Adams, 6-2, 262, Mansfield Summit HS, Arlington, Texas: (COMMITTED to Rice)
T Tarik Adams, 6-4, 285, Lowndes HS, Valdosta, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Cincinnati, Marshall, Ohio, Georgia Southern, Southern Mississippi, Troy, Georgia State. (COMMITTED to Marshall)
WR-CB Jair Anderson, 6-2, 185, Northview HS, Duluth, Ga.: First offer: Tulane. Other offers: Georgia, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Georgia Southern, UMass, Middle Tennessee, Arkansas State, Georgia State.
RB Jaret Anderson, 5-10, 185, Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic HS
CB Austin Andrews, 6-1, 180, St. Francis de Sales HS, Columbus, Ohio: Other offers -Michigan State, Ball State, Boston College, Iowa, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin. (COMMITTED to Michigan State)
DE Kelvin Apari, 6-2, 235, Lone Star HS, Frisco, Texas: First offer – Army.
CB Manny Appiah, 6-1, 180, Bergen Catholic HS, Oradell, N.J.
T Jordan Asbury, 6-4, 270, De La Salle HS, Warren, Mich.: (COMMITTED to Western Michigan)
CB T.J. Ashley, 5-10, 170, North Florida Christian, Tallahassee, Fla.: Hudl profile: 4.39 second 40.
DE Robert Ator, 6-4, 220, Pulaski Academy, Little Rock, Ark.
WR Kirk Augustus, 5-9, 165, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, N.C.
QB Michael Austin, 6-1, 180, Helix HS, La Mesa, Calif.
QB Blake Baccarini, 6-2, 210, Fossil Ridge HS, Keller, Texas: First FBS offer – Army.
LB Michael Badejo, 6-1, 203, Mansfield Timberview HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Boise State, Washington, Illinois, Houston, Indiana, Fresno State.  (COMMITTED to SMU)
OL Steven Bailey, 6-3, 285, Centennial HS, Peoria, Ariz.: Other offers -Air Force, New Mexico, New Mexico State.
RB Malik Bakker, 5-9, 190, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.:
RB Yajaha Banks, 6-foot, 190, Immaculata HS, Somerville, N.J.: First offer: Army
K Alex Barbir, 5-9, 185, South Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED to Rutgers)
WR Jaquarius Bargnare, 5-9, 189, Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, Fla.
LB Zac Barnard, 6-3, 220, Hammonton (N.J.) HS
RB Ashton Barnes, 5-10, 185, Lanier HS, Sugar Hall, Ga.: Hudl profile; 4.48 second 40. Army visit – June 26.
DE Romario Barnes, 6-3, 250, Berkner HS, Richardson, Texas
OL Harrison Barton, 6-3, 285, Houston (Texas) Christian HS: (COMMITTED to SMU)
CB Essang Bassey, 5-10, 180, Columbus (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Wake Forest)
WR-DB Anthony Battaglia, 6-1, 195, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa.
DB John Baty, 6-foot, 165, Hilton Head (S.C.) HS
DL David Bearden, 6-1, 251, Argyle (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED to Air Force before Army offer)
DE Ben Beatty, 6-3, 240, Courtland HS, Spotsylvania, Va.
C Chris Beech, 6-2, 288, Archbishop Alter HS, Kettering, Ohio: (COMMITTED to Ball State)
DE Drew Beesley, 6-3, 220, De La Salle HS, Warren, Mich.: Other offers – Ball State. (COMMITTED to Bowling Green)
C-G Sean Behrens, 6-3, 285, Newsome HS, Lithia, Fla.: Attended Army Junior Day. (COMMITTED to Marshall, May 22)
QB Joey Benden, 5-10, 180, Massaponax HS, Spotsylvania, Va.
RB Taven Birdow, 6-1, 210, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.: Other offers – Southern Mississippi
WR Jadan Blue, 5-11, 170, Mount Saint Joseph HS, Baltimore, Md.
RB Jahvari Boudreau, 5-10, 180, Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla.: Boudreau, an Alcorn State commit, received a recent offer from Army.
RB Rakeem Boyd, 5-11, 200, Stratford HS, Houston, Texas: ESPN ranks Boyd as the 27th-best RB in the 2016 class. (COMMITTED to Texas A&M)
RB Dalton Bradfield, 5-11, 185, Germantown HS, Madison, Miss.: First offer – Navy.
LB Todd Bradley, 6-foot, 210, Valdosta (Ga.) HS: Navy offered Bradley before Army. (COMMITTED to Georgia Southern)
TE Devan Brady, 6-3, 225, Waxahachie (Texas) HS: First offer: Air Force
RB Travis Brannan, 6-foot, 178, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: 2014 stats – 2,600 + yards, 38 TDs. Hudl profle – 4.30 40-yard dash. Other offers – Navy, Rice.
T Parker Braun, 6-4, 275, Hallsville (Texas) HS: Braun’s father, Mike, played football for Army from 1986-88. Other offers – Ohio State, Stanford, Duke. (COMMITTED to Georgia Tech)
TE Demetrius Breedlove, 6-3, 260, McQuaid Jesuit HS, Rochester, N.Y.
DB Diameon Brewer, 6-foot, 170, Wilmer-Hutchins HS, Dallas, Texas: Other offers -  Navy, Air Force.
RB-CB Lyndemian Brooks, 5-8, 160, Manor (Texas) HS.
QB Anthony Brown, 6-2, 190, St. John Vianney HS, Holmdel, N.J.: Other offers: Air Force, Boston College, Northwestern, Temple, Wake Forest, UConn. (COMMITTED to Boston College)
RB-S Brittain Brown, 6-2, 190, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga.: (COMMITTED to Duke)
RB Jesse Brown, 5-11, 185, Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Boston College, Kansas State. (COMMITTED to Northwestern).
WR Jordan Brown, 6-2, 198, Stillwater (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Texas Tech, Navy. (COMMITTED to Tulsa, July 2)
S Christian Bruce, 6-foot, 192, LaVernia (Texas) HS
DB Khalil Bryant, 5-11, 190, First Coast HS, Jacksonville, Fla.: Other offers: Kent State, South Alabama. (COMMITTED to Indiana)
QB Manny Bunch, 6-2, 181, Roland (Okla.) HS: Other offer – Air Force. Resume – Part of state champion 400 and 800 relay teams. (COMMITTED to Tulsa).
WR-S Eric Burrell, 6-foot, 180, McDonogh HS, Owings Mills, Md.: Other offers: Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Syracuse, Temple.
WR Rico Bussey, 6-1, 170, Eisenhower HS, Lawton, Okla.
S Anthony Butler, 6-2, 190, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
CB Camryn Bynum, 5-11, 164, Centennial HS, Corona, Calif.: Navy offered Bynum soon after Army. Other offers – Washington State, Boise State,  San Diego State. (COMMITTED to California).
OL Bryson Cain, 6-4, 263, Great Oak HS, Temecula, Calif.: Other offers -Navy, Washington State, Kansas, Colorado State, San Diego State, Nevada. (COMMITTED to Arizona)
DE Charles Callender, 6-2, 220, Gulliver Prep, Miami, Fla.: ESPN ranked Callender the 62nd best DE in 2016 class. (COMMITTED to Yale).
LB Steffon Canady, 6-foot, 220, Apollo HS, Glendale, Ariz.
WR Antoine Cannady, 6-3, 225, Dawson HS, Pearland, Texas
OL Eric Cal, 6-3, 286, Providence Day HS, Charlotte, N.C.
K Grant Carlson, 5-11, 160, Ridge Point HS, Missouri City, Texas: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED to Boston College)
DE Brian Carter, 6-2, 235, St. Edward’s HS, Vero Beach, Fla.
LB Eron Carter, 6-2, 215, Palatka (Fla.) HS: Carter has Army at the top of his recruiting list. Other offers – UMass, Troy.
S Adrian Clark, 6-2, 215, Woodrow Wilson HS, Camden, N.J.: Other offers – Temple.
CB Justin Clark, 6-foot, 165, West Bloomfield (Mich.) HS: Hudl profile – 4.41 40. (COMMITTED to Toledo, June 30).
S Chandler Claterbaugh, 6-1, 195, Flower Mound (Texas) High: Other offers – Air Force.
RB Eric Clayburn, 6-foot, 183, Midway HS, Waco, Texas: Other offers – Navy.
DE Dante Cleveland, 6-3, 240, Hoffman Estates (Ill.) HS
WR Gene Coleman, 6-foot, 178, Bergen Catholic (N.J.) HS, Oradell, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, UConn, Buffalo.
DE Caleb Colvin, 6-2, 250, Owasso (Okla.) HS: First FBS offer – Army.
LB Rahmeel Cook, 6-2, 210, Demopolis (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Southern Mississippi.
CB Miles Corpening, 5-11, 180, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
DL Da’shon Copes, 6-1, 267, Toms River (N.J.) North HS
CB DeVarius Cortner, 6-1, 180, East Nashville Magnet HS, Nashville, Tenn.: Other offers: Navy. (COMMITTED to Navy, June 10)
RB Justin Covington, 5-10, 190, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy.
QB JaVaughn Craig, 6-2, 185, McCallie School, Chattanooga, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy.
RB Jeremiah Credit, 5-7, 165, Brazosport HS, Freeport, Texas
NT Alex Criddle, 6-4, 311, Edison HS, Tulsa, Okla.: Other offers – Navy, Hawaii, Tulane. (COMMITTED to Tulane)
RB Damarea Crockett, 6-foot, 215, Little Rock (Ark.) Christian HS: Hudl profile – 4.42 40-yard dash. Other offers – Navy, Arizona State, Boise State, Vanderbilt, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech. (COMMITTED to Boise State)
QB Devante Cross, 6-2, 185, Parkland HS, Allentown, Pa.: Cross was a first-team selection by the Allentown Morning Call in 2014. He threw for 2,348 yards and 27 touchdowns and rushed for 725 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. Cross was also named the Morning Call’s basketball co-player of the year after leading Parkland to a 28-2 record.
DT Ja’Quize Cross, 6-3, 286, Buckhorn HS, New Market, Ala.: Other offers: Minnesota, Navy, Georgia Southern, Western Kentucky, Troy, Middle Tennessee State. (COMMITTED to Kentucky)
K Connor Culp, 5-10, 180, Desert Vista HS, Phoenix, Ariz.: (COMMITTED to LSU)
WR-CB Drew Dan, 6-3, 180, Checotah (Okla.) HS
CB Ty Daniels, 6-foot, 177, Foster HS, Richmond, Texas: First offer – Army.
LB Lorenzo Dantzler, 6-2, 230, Starkville (Miss.) HS: (COMMITTED to Louisiana Tech)
NT Jeremy Darvin, 6-2, 280, Father Ryan HS, Nashville, Tenn.: First offer – Tennessee. Other offers – Navy, Louisville, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky.
S Michael Davenport, 6-1, 175, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS: First offer – Army.
DL Jonathan Decker, 6-5, 250, Acola (Tenn.) HS
RB DeAndre Delaney, Morristown (Tenn.) West HS
K J.D. Dellinger, 6-2, 170, Charlotte (N.C.) Country HS
DL Anthony Del Toro, 6-3, 260, Grants Pass (Ore.) HS
DE-LB Elijah Diarrassouba, 6-1, 230, Page HS, Greensboro, N.C.
S Taylor Dill, 6-2, 193, SouthLake Christian HS, Huntersville, N.C.
OL Luke Doerger, 6-3, 310, LaSalle HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Marshall, Yale, Harvard. (COMMITTED to Toledo)
LB Joe Donald, 6-3, 210, Mountain Brook HS, Birmingham, Ala.
LB Joel Dublanko, 6-3, 227, Aberdeen (Wash.) HS: Member of Team USA’s U-18 team. ESPN ranking – 27th-best OLB in 2016 class. Other offers: Washington State, Tennessee.
CB Coney Durr, 5-10, 171, Dutchtown HS, Geismar, La.: Other offers – Kansas State, Kansas, Wake Forest, Memphis, Tulane, Toledo, Southern Miss.
CB Joshua Drayden, 5-11, 175, Bishop Dunne HS, Dallas, Texas: ESPN ranks Drayden the 38th best CB in the 2016 class.
DL Michael Dwumfour, 6-3, 265, DePaul Catholic HS, Wayne, N.J.: Other offers – Wake Forest, Temple. (COMMITTED to Penn State)
CB Will Eason, 5-9, 160, SouthLake Christian HS, Huntersville, N.C.
LB Jake Ellington, 6-3, 222, East Wake HS, Wendell, N.C.
CB Shamon Elliott, 6-foot, 185, Sanford HS, Fayetteville, N.C.: First offer – Army
CB D’Angelo Ellis, 6-foot, 160, Cypress Ridge HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Rice.
RB Darrynton Evans, 5-10, 181, New Smyrna Beach (Fla.): Other offers – Air Force. Resume – Scored 16 rushing touchdowns in 2014 despite missing last 3 games due to injury. Orlando Sentinel listed Evans as the No. 27-best prospect in Orlando area.
LB Nate Evans, 6-2, 245, John Curtis Christian HS, River Ridge, La.: Other offers: Kent State, Southern Mississippi, Texas State.
DE Will Evans, 6-2, 260, Aquinas HS, Augusta, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Ohio)
DE Andrew Fitzgerald, 6-5, 245, Marcus HS, Flower Mound, Texas: Other offers – Oregon, Navy, Air Force, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Texas Tech, Boise State, California, Colorado State, Kansas State, North Carolina, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Virginia.
RB Tyus Flakes, 5-10, 195, Auburn (Ala.) HS: Marshall recently offered Flakes. (COMMITTED to Indiana)
DL Tyler Fleagle, 6-3, 262, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.: Visited West Point on June 8.
DL Bryce Folsom, 6-4, 266, Chattahoochee HS, Alpharetta, Ga. Other offer – Navy, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Middle Tennessee State, Troy.  (COMMITTED to North Carolina State).
DB Martin Foray, 5-10, 180, Northwest HS, Germantown, Md.: First offer – Army. Hudl profile – 4.43 40-yard dash.
TE Kyle Fourtenbury, 6-3, 227, Opelika (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Minnesota, Cincinnati,
Western Kentucky, Georgia Southern, Southern Mississippi. (COMMITTED to South Alabama)
RB Maurice Ffrench, 6-foot, 180, New Brunswick (N.J.) HS: Hudl profile: 4.40 second 4o. (COMMITTED to Pittsburgh)
OL Will Fries, 6-6, 265, Cranford (N.J.) HS: (COMMITTED to Penn State)
RB Jake Funk, 5-11, 205, Damascus (Md.) HS: Other offers – Wisconsin, Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Eastern Michigan.
WR Jeremy Garcia, 6-3, 192, Warren HS, San Antonio, Texas: First offer – Army.
CB-S Bricen Garner, 6-3, 175, Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, Pa. Other offers – Navy, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Temple, Toledo, UMass, Fordham. (COMMITTED to Pittsburgh)
DE Demerick Gary, 6-3, 245, Kimball HS, Dallas, Texas: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to SMU)
CB Simeon Gatling, 5-10, 183, Dudley HS, Greensboro, N.C.
DE Michael Geraghty, 6-3, 232, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas, Nev.
DE Jordan Giberti, 6-3, 225, Gainesville (Fla.) HS
QB Darius Gibson, 6-foot, 185, Franklin HS, Somerset, N.J.
K-P Blake Gillikin, 6-2, 185, Westminster HS, Atlanta, Ga.: Other offers – Penn State, Georgia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt. (COMMITTED to Penn State)
LB Ryan Gilmartin, 6-1, 230, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian HS: other offers – Toledo, Ohio. (COMMITTED to UConn).
LB Roury Glanton, 6-foot, 230, Carrollton (Ga.) HS
OL-DL Joe Goff, 6-5, 265, Episcopal HS, Alexandria, Va.: Navy offered Goff after Army. (COMMITTED to Navy, 6/17).
LB Christian Gomez, 6-2, 217, Cypress Bay HS, Weston, Fla.: First offer – Army.
S Xavier Goodall, 5-11, 185, Henrico HS, Richmond, Va.
S Parrish Gordon, 6-1, 212, Bendictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: (COMMITTED to Old Dominion)
LB Lawrence Graham, 5-10, 214, American Heritage HS, Delray Beach, Fla.
WR-CB Palmer Graham, 5-9, 165, Conant HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
LB Ryan Grady, 6-2, 201, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS: Army first offer.
WR E.J. Gray, 6-2, 190, St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J.: (COMMITTED to Boston College)
QB Deion Hair-Griffin, 5-10, 165, Arlington Heights HS, Ft. Worth, Texas: (COMMITTED to North Texas)
DE Eli Hale, 6-5, 235, Fayetteville (Ark.) HS: First offer – Air Force.
RB Russell Halimon, 5-9, 182, Allatoona HS, Acworth, Ga.: (COMMITTED to Arizona)
WR Tanner Hall, 6-2, 185, Lambert HS,  Suwanee, Ga.: Army first offer. Other offers – Navy and Air Force. (COMMITTED to Georgia Southern, July 8)
CB Elijah Hamilton, 6-1, 190, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: Other offers – Navy. Father, Ruffin, played three seasons with Atlanta Falcons.
WR-CB Damar Hamlin, 6-1, 185, Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.: Offers – 35. Other offers -  Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Indiana, Miami (Fla.), Navy, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
QB Donald Hammond, 6-1, 205 Eagle’s Landing Christian HS, McDonough, Ga.
RB Darrian Hammonds, 6-foot, 220, Seguin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Iowa and Kansas. (COMMITTED to Fresno State, August 17)
DE Matt Hampson, 6-4, 235, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa.: Other offers – Bowling Green.
WR Joe Hampton, 6-1, 177, Little Rock (Ark.) Christian
LB Bryce Handy, 6-1, 213, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.
CB Zach Hannibal, 6-1, 169, Ouachita HS, Monroe, La.: (COMMITTED to Louisiana Tech)
LB Jake Hansen, 6-1, 220, East Lake HS, Tarpon Springs, Fla.: Other offers – Iowa State. (COMMITTED to Iowa State)
CB Jaylon Harden, 5-11, 175, Griffin (Ga.) HS
RB-CB Isaiah Harris, 5-9, 169, All Saints HS, Ft. Worth, Texas. Other offers – Kansas State, Houston, Colorado State, North Texas.
WR Jared Harrell, 6-2, 190, St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif.
OL Hunter Harris, 6-2, 260, Aledo (Texas) HS: Texas 5A all-state lineman. Other offers – California, Kansas. (COMMITTED to Kansas)
RB Romello Harris, 5-10, 180, Tulare (Calif.) Union HS:
S Devonte Harrison, 6-1, 185, Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville, Fla. (COMMITTED to Appalachian State)
CB Reid Harrison-Ducros, 5-11, 175, Colleyville (Texas) Heritage HS: (COMMITTED to Boise State, June 26). Offered by Army on July 14. Other offers: Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State, Yale, Colgate.
OL Donte Harrington, 6-2, 285, San Clemente (Calif.) HS
LB Sion Harrington, 6-2, 210, South Iredell HS, Statesville, N.C.: (COMMITTED to Navy)
QB Jacob Harrison, 6-1, 190, Chaminade-Julienne HS, Dayton, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Originally committed to Akron. (COMMITTED to Navy, July 1)
WR David Harvey, 6-1, 194, New Caney (Texas) HS. First offer: Air Force.
DL  Chase Hatada, 6-3, 255, Rocklin (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Washington State, Fresno State and San Diego State. (COMMITTED to Boise State, May 25)
CB Ojahi Hawkins, 6-2, 169, Winter Haven (Fla.) HS: Other offer – Utah. (COMMITTED to Utah)
OL Caden Haws, 6-2, 275, Pulaski Academy, Little Rock, Ark.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force and BYU.
QB Reggie Hayes, 5-7, 165, Parkview Baptist HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Hudl profile – 4.39 40-yard dash.
DL Malik Haynes, 5-10, 280, Raby HS, Chicago, Ill: First offer – Army.
CB Joe Joe Headen, 6-1, 175, Bishop McDevitt HS, Harrisburg, Pa.
DE Jake Heeren, 6-4, 225, Sidney (Neb.) HS
RB Artiss Henderson, 5-10, 200, MacArthur HS, Irving, Texas
RB Rickey Henderson, 5-6, 160, Lancaster (Texas) HS
OL Matt Hennessy, 6-4, 281, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.
C-DT Alex Herndon, 5-11, 235, Calvary Day HS, Savannah, Ga.
OL Ford Higgins, 6-2, 240, Greater Atlanta Christian HS, Norcross, Ga.: Camped at Army in late June. (COMMITTED to Navy).
QB-S Isaiah Hill, 6-1, 190, Florida HS, Tallahassee, Fla.: (COMMITTED to Florida International).
LB Jordan Hill, 6-foot, 228, Paint Branch HS, Burtonsville, Md.: Other offers – Toledo, Buffalo.
CB Tyrone Hill, 6-2, 198, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Maryland)
RB Artice Hobbs, 5-10, 175, Newton HS, Covington, Ga.: Hudl profile – 4.39 second, 40-yard dash.
T Ben Hoffner, 6-4, 280, Calvert Hall HS, Baltimore, Md.
DL Kellton Hollins, 6-3, 285, Zachary (La.) HS: Other offers – TCU. (COMMITTED to TCU).
RB Nate Hopkins, 6-1, 215, Marcus HS, Flower Mound, Texas: Other offers – Navy.
LB Kyleb Howell, 6-1, 220, Liberty Christian HS, Argyle, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
WR-CB R.J. Hubert, 6-foot, 180, Moapa Valley HS, Overton, Nev.
RB-S Khaleke Hudson, 6-foot, 205, McKeesport (Pa.) HS: Recent offer – Wisconsin. Other offers – Purdue, Illinois, Navy and Bowling Green.
FB Will Huff, 6-2, 229, Meade HS, Fort Meade, Md.
LB Andrzej Hughes-Murray, 6-3, 230, Federal Way (Wash.) HS: Other offers: Utah State, UNLV, New Mexico
DE/LB John “Baer” Hunter, 6-2, 232, West Forsyth HS, Clemmons, N.C.: Other offers -Navy, Toledo, Bowling Green. (COMMITTED to Toledo).
RB-LB Garrison Hurd, 5-10, 205, Glynn Academy, Brunswick, Ga.: First offer – Army.
DE Mason Husmann, 6-4, 230, Aurora (Mo.) HS: Other offers: Louisiana-Monroe.
DE-TE Javonis Isaac, 6-3, 218, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La.
OL Keith Ismael, 6-3, 295, Sacred Heart Cathedral HS, San Francisco: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force, Colorado State
CB Hanif Jamal, 6-foot, 183, Kingsway HS, Woolwich, N.J.: First offer – Army.
RB Datron James, 5-10, 207, Fort Dorchester HS, North Charleston, S.C.: First offer – Army
DE Dallas Jeanty, 6-1, 220, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Oregon State, Indiana, South Florida. (COMMITTED to Wisconsin)
DE Christian Johnson, 6-3, 250, Parkland HS, El Paso, Texas: (COMMITTED to UTEP)
S Daylon Johnson, 6-2, 170, Oak Ridge HS, Conroe, Texas.
DB Desmond Johnson, 6-foot, 186, Johnson HS, Huntsville, Ala.
DT Hayden Johnson, 6-3, 255, Rock Bridge HS, Columbia, Mo.: Other offers – Air Force, Purdue, Wyoming, Bowling Green, Buffalo. (COMMITTED to Arkansas)
LB Kyle Johnson, 6-1, 210, Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
WR Nate Johnson, 6-foot, 180, Independence HS, Thompsons Station, Tenn.: (COMMITTED to Purdue).
QB Tyler Johnston, 6-2, 210, Spanish Fort (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy
LB-S Arman Jones, 6-3, 220, Western Branch HS, Chesapeake, Va.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
OL-DL Braylon Jones, 6-4, 290, John Tyler HS, Tyler, Texas
QB Deshaunte Jones, 5-10, 170, Colerain HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Other offers – Cincinnati, Toledo.
DL Noah Jones, 6-5, 255, Southmoore HS, Moore, Okla.: Other offers – Navy, Kansas State, Toledo. (COMMITTED to Texas Tech).
OL Spencer Kanz, 6-6, 280, Luxemburg-Casco HS, Luxemburg, Wisc.: First offer – Illinois. Other offers – Oklahoma State, Bowling Green, Ohio, Buffalo, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Toledo. (COMMITTED to Western Michigan)
DL Alema Kapoi, 6-foot, 250, Kamehameha HS, Honolulu, Hawaii
QB Carrington Kearney, 6-foot, 180, Henderickson HS, Pflugerville, Texas: (COMMITTED to Texas-San Antonio).
DT Josh Keeler, 6-2, 295, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force, Boise State, Georgia Southern, Syracuse, Purdue, Central Florida, Vanderbilt, Buffalo. (COMMITTED to Yale)
LS Peyton Kemp, 6-2, 215, Christ Presbyterian HS, Nashville, Tenn.
DE-LB Eric Kendzoir, 6-3, 230, La Porte (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED to Louisiana Tech, June 10)
DB Ernest Kenty, 6-2, 185, Ramsay HS, Birmingham, Ala.: (COMMITTED to Charlotte, April 21).
SB-CB Chris Kershner, 5-9, 164, Dardanelle (Ark.) HS: First offer – Navy. Other offers: Air Force. (COMMITTED to Central Arkansas)
DL Wayne Kirby, 6-3, 301, Highland HS, Pocatello, Idaho: Other offers: BYU, Washington State
WR Tyler Kirtz, 6-2, 190, Brownsburg (Ind.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Ball State, Bowling Green.
K Jake Koehnke, 6-foot, 175, La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, Calif.: First offer – Army.
DE-TE Adam Korutz, 6-3, 270, Johnson City (N.Y.) HS: Army is second to offer Korutz. First offer – Northwestern. Other offers – Boston College, Syracuse. (COMMITTED to Boston College).
LB Jake Ksiazek, 6-3, 227, Salpointe Catholic HS, Tucson, Ariz.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, UNLV.
RB Khalil Lacy, 5-11, 158, Richardson (Texas) HS: First offer – Army. Second-team, all-district receiver in 2014.
DE Niko Lalos, 6-5, 239, St. Vincent-St. Mary HS, Akron, Ohio
RB Alan Lamar, 5-9, 185, DeSoto Central HS, Southaven, Miss.
LB Jake Lauer, 6-3, 215, Franklin Regional HS, Murrysville, Pa.: First offer – Army. Attended Army Junior Day.
T-DT Brett Leake, 6-4, 260, Eastern View HS, Culpeper, Va.: Other offer – Buffalo.
RB Jonathon Lee, 5-11, 187, Riverdale Baptist School, Upper Marlboro, Md.
QB Riley Lees, 6-1, 185, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: (COMMITTED to Northwestern).
WR Jeremy Level, 6-2, 180, Page HS, Greensboro, N.C.: (COMMITTED to Appalachian State).
DB Nate Lewis, 6-3, 175, Western Branch HS, Chesapeake, Va.
T Derek Lomax, 6-4, 266, St. Joseph’s HS, Hammonton, N.J.: First offer – Army.
P Marshall Long, 6-3, 205, South Rowan HS, China Grove, N.C.
LB Peyton Long, 6-2, 225, Dallas (Texas) Jesuit HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
K-P Sam Loy, 6-2, 185, Santa Margarita HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.: First offer – Navy.
DB Marcus Lucas, 6-foot, 185, McGill-Toolen HS, Mobile, Ala.
S Kenney Lyte, 6-2, 182, Fremd HS, Palatine, Ill.: Other offers – Notre Dame, Michigan State, Baylor, Nebraska, Penn State, Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Maryland. (COMMITTED to Michigan State, May 22)
DT William Mack III, 6-2, 255, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.
RB Dorian Maddox, 5-11, 200, Gilman HS, Baltimore, Md.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
S Jeremiah Maddox, 6-2, 185, Hilton Head HS, Hilton Head Island, S.C.: (COMMITTED to Marshall)
LB Tyson Maeva, 6-foot, 230, Cathedral Catholic, San Diego, Calif.: Air Force, Boise State, San Diego State, Fresno State, Nevada. (COMMITTED to Boise State)
C Mike Maietta, 6-3, 260, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.: Other offers – Air Force.
CB Josh Manchigiah, 6-foot, 190, Papillion (Neb.) La Vista South HS: First FBS offer – Army. Hudl profile: 4.46 40. (COMMITTED to South Dakota State)
RB-CB Martin Mangram, 5-11, 180, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Northwestern.
LB Solomon Manning, 6-2, 200, Colonia (N.J.) HS: (COMMITTED to Rutgers)
DT Makai Manuwai, 6-1, 255, South Medford (Ore.) HS, Medford, Ore.
RB Torrance Marable, 5-10, 180, Towers HS, Decatur, Ga.: (COMMITTED to Arkansas State)
WR-CB Eric Markes, 5-11, 168, Sierra Canyon HS, Chatsworth, Calif.: First offer – Navy. Other offers – Harvard, Penn, Brown.
QB TaDarryl Marshall, 6-foot, 172, Leeds (Ala.) HS: Marshall has received offers from Alabama, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Auburn among others. Auburn wants Marshall to play on defensive side of the ball. (COMMITTED to Tennessee).
RB Jah’Maine Martin, 5-11, 195, Conway (S.C.) HS
DE Tyreic Martin, 6-4, 265, Valley (Ala.) HS
CB Armunz Mathews, 6-foot, 190, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla.: (COMMITTED to South Florida)
LB Tanner Matthews, 6-3, 228, Santa Margarita HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
DE Sal Mauro, 6-3, 238, Bergen Catholic (N.J.) HS, Oradell, N.J.
CB Kyle Mayberry, 5-11, 166, Booker T. Washington HS, Tulsa, Okla.: (COMMITTED to Kansas)
RB-LB Ian McBorrough, 6-2, 190, Eastern Tech, Baltimore, Md.: Other offers – Navy.
CB Rayshawn McCall, 5-8, 161, Clarke Central HS, Athens, Ga.: Other offers – Georgia State, Columbia.
DE Matt McClurg, 6-5, 230, Alcoa (Tenn.) HS: Offered by Army and Navy on same day. Other offers – Air Force, Ball State, Memphis, Eastern Michigan. (COMMITTED to Appalachian State)
LB Mitchell McClurg, 6-3, 226, Alcoa (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Navy, Eastern Michigan. Also plays quarterback. (COMMITTED to Appalachian State)
RB-CB Alonzo McCoy, 5-10, 180, Thurston HS, Redford, Mich.: Other offers – Temple, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan. (COMMITTED to Toledo)
RB Gregori McCrae, 5-10, 173, Miramar (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy.
OL-DL Drew McEntyre, 6-2, 285, Calhoun (Ga.) HS: Attended Army Junior Day.
DE Darius McFarland, 6-3, 250, Box Elder HS, Brigham City, Utah: (COMMITTED to BYU, June 5)
WR-S Teddrick McGhee, 6-2, 175, Memphis East HS, Memphis, Tenn.: Other offers – Air Force.
DT Jordan McGriff, 6-3, 320, Hun School, Princeton, N.J.: Visited West Point in June.
LB Jimmy McKinney, 6-1, 225, Oologah (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Colorado State, Wyoming, Ohio. (COMMITTED to Kansas State, July 31)
RB Ostin McPherson, 5-7, 160, St. Paul’s Episcopal HS, Mobile, Ala.
WR Christian McStravick, 6-4, 200, Strake Jesuit HS, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED to Boston College)
DL Alex Miller, 6-3, 265, Stratford HS, Houston, Texas. Other offers – Boise State, Texas Tech, Air Force, Utah, Kansas, Houston, Colorado State, Central Florida, Rice, Fresno State, Nevada, Utah State, North Texas. (COMMITTED to Northwestern)
RB Tre Miller, 6-1, 215, Dixie HS, St. George, Utah
QB McKenzie Milton, 6-foot, 175, Mililani (Hawaii) HS: Other offers – Hawaii, Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED to Hawaii)
DE-TE Sidney Mims, 6-5, 245, Motntgomery (Ala.) Academy: Other offers – Navy, Pittsburgh, Syracuse.
DE Andre Mintze, 6-3, 230, Imhotep Charter School, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – Pittsburgh, UConn.
OL Alex Mollette, 6-3, 283, North Gwinnett HS, Suwanee, Ga.: (COMMITTED to Marshall)
DT Jake Monroe, 6-foot, 265, Coldspring-Oakhurst HS, Coldspring, Texas
CB Chris Moore, 6-2, 185, Broad Run HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Virginia. (COMMITTED to Virginia)
CB Khalil Moore, 5-11, 165, Davidson Day HS, Davidson, N.C.: Hudl profile – 4.4 second 40.
WR-CB Lonnie Moore, 5-10, 165, Paul VI HS, Haddonfield, N.J.: Attended Army Junior Day
S Josh Moran, 6-2, 196, Milton HS, Alpharetta, Ga.: Other offers – West Virginia, South Florida, SMU, Toledo,
RB Darius Morehead, 5-8, 170, Ensworth HS, Nashville, Tenn.
RB Blake Morgan, 5-10, 170, Creekside HS, St. Johns, Fla.
WR Dan Morris, 6-3, 200, Fort Zumwalt East HS, St. Peter’s, Mo.: Other offers: Air Force.
RB Labron Morris, 5-10, 185, Cedar Grove HS, Ellenwood, Ga.: 2014 Georgia 4-AAA co-offensive player of year
CB T.J. Morrison, 5-11, 175, Stepinac HS, White Plains, N.Y.
QB Miller Mosley, 5-10, 180, St. Paul’s HS, Mobile, Ala.: (COMMITTED to Air Force)
S Justin Mulbah, 6-foot, 200, St. Vincent Pallotti HS, Laurel, Md.: First offer – Navy.
TE Jordan Myers, 6-1, 205, Dickinson (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED to Rice)
DL Colin Nace, 6-3, 262. St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Other offers – Navy
TE Mack Nash, 6-5, 250, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.: Other offers – Navy.
OL Marshal Nathe, 6-3, 285, Centennial HS, Peoria, Ariz.: (COMMITTED to Arizona State)
QB Quintarius Neely, 6-1, 180, Roswell (Ga.) HS
TE Trey Neville, 6-4, 245, Lafayette HS, Williamsburg, Va.: Attended Army Junior Day
QB Joseph Newman, 5-11, 173, Drew HS, Atlanta, Ga.: First offer – Army.
DL Spencer Nigh, 6-1, 254, Magnolia (Texas) HS
WR Tre Nixon, 6-foot, 155, Viera (Fla.) HS: ESPN ranks Nixon the 176th-best player and the 24th-best receiver in the 2016 class.
WR Thomas Nolley, 6-3, 190, South Hills HS, Ft. Worth, Texas: First offer – Navy.
QB L.J. Northington, 6-2, 190, Lutheran HS, Orange, Calif.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Harvard)
TE Kaleb Nunez, 6-2, 240, Lee HS, Midland, Texas
T-DE Tobe Okafor, 6-4, 270, Central Catholic HS, Portland, Ore.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
DL Tymir Oliver, 6-4, 265, West Catholic HS, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers: Northwestern
TE-DE Stephen Omorobe, 6-3, 238, River Ridge HS, Woodstock, Ga.: Other offers – Kent State, Florida International, Georgia State, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Cornell, Brown
WR Audie Omotosho, 6-2, 189, Plano (Texas) East HS: Other offers – Navy, Arkansas. Oklahoma State, Utah, Kansas, Boston College and SMU.
DB Mikial Onu, 5-11, 175, George Ranch HS, Richmond, Texas: Other offers -Navy, Air Force, Northwestern, Rice, Nevada. (COMMITTED to SMU)
LB Sidney Otiwu, 6-foot, 205, Mill Creek HS, Hoschton, Ga. Other offers – Navy.
WR Jordan Overton, 5-10, 180, Brush HS, Lyndhurst, Ohio: Other offers – Air Force, Ball State, Kentucky. (COMMITTED to Buffalo)
WR Mike Palmer, 6-2, 178, Maine-Endwell HS, Endwell, N.Y.
DT Mike Panasiuk, 6-3, 285, Lake Park HS, Roselle, Ill.: Other offers: Wisconsin, Missouri, Baylor, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, North Carolina, Minnesota, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana, Northern Illinois. (COMMITTED to Michigan State)
WR-CB Jamal Parker, 5-10, 170 Camden Catholic HS. Cherry Hill, N.J.
LB Ryan Parker, 6-1, 205, Baylor HS, Chattanooga, Tenn.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
RB Murphy Paschall Jr., 5-9, 205, Franklin HS, Baltimore, Md: Camped at Army on June 27.
OL-DL Mac Patrick, 6-2, 285, Hanover HS, Mechanicsville, Va.
LB Tabb Patrick, 6-1, 210, Hanover HS, Mechanicsville, Va.: First offer – Navy. Recently visited West Point.
CB Manny Patterson, 5-10, 170, Mount Saint Joseph HS, Baltimore, Md.: Other offers – Navy.
DL Mackay Phillips, 6-2, 265, South Gwinnett HS, Snellville, Ga. First offer – Army.
CB Thomas Pickens, 6-2, 190, Memphis (Tenn.) University HS: Other offers – Marshall, Memphis, Troy, Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee. (COMMITTED to Memphis)
DB Chris Pickett, 6-foot, 170, Choctawhatchee HS, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.: First offer – Army.
RB Kameron Pickett, 5-11, 215, North Gwinnett HS, Suwanee, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Miami (Ohio), Marshall, Southern Mississippi and Buffalo. (COMMITTED to Miami, Ohio)
LB John Picone, 6-2, 212, Mandeville (La.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe, Toledo. (COMMITTED to Texas Tech).
DB De’Andre Pierce, 5-11, 170, Long Beach Poly (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Boise State, Navy, Nevada, Colorado State.
WR-CB Coutrell Plair, 6-foot, 170, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy: First offer: Navy.
RB-S Timothy Poindexter, 5-11, 205, Cardinal Hayes HS, New York, N.Y.: Hudl profile: 4.4 40-yard dash.
QB Tyler Polk, 5-10, 170, St. Martin HS, Ocean Springs, Miss.: Knee injury sidelined Polk for most of 2014 season.
LB Jonathan Pollock, 6-foot, 212, Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, Fla.: (COMMITTED to Rutgers last fall).
DE-TE Austin Pope, 6-4, 217, Christian Academy of Knoxville (Tenn.): Other offers: Navy, Arkansas, Nebraska, Tennessee, Georgia Southern, Memphis, Furman and Jacksonville State. (COMMITTED to Tennessee)
G Dylan Powell, 6-3, 270, Hannibal (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Purdue. (COMMITTED to Purdue).
LB Evan Powell, 6-1, 220, Cherokee HS, Marlton, N.J.
CB Rajah Preciado, 5-9, 177, College Station (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED to Baylor)
TE Matt Prendergast, 6-5, 245, Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park, Ill. (COMMITTED to Lehigh)
LB Walter Pritchett, 6-1, 220, Central HS, Phenix City, Ala.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
K-P Alex Probert, 5-9, 168, Andover (Minn.) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED to Liberty)
WR-CB Kendric Pryor, 6-1, 170, Homewood-Flossmoor HS, Flossmoor, Ill.: Other offers – UConn, Ball State, Wyoming, Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Buffalo.
S Austin Quillen, 6-foot, 190, Jenks (Okla.) HS:  Other offers – Navy, Arizona, Iowa and Vanderbilt. (COMMITTED to Vanderbilt in April).
TE John Raine, 6-3, 231, Westminster Christian, Miami Fla.: Other offers – Central Florida, South Florida, Memphis, Bowling Green, UMass. (COMMITTED to Florida Atlantic, August 2)
QB Andre Randolph, 6-1, 190, Lawrence HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
LB Bronson Rechsteiner, 6-foot, 205, Etowah HS, Woodstock, Ga.: First offer – Army.
RB Micah Reed-Campos, 5-9, 180, Chandler (Ariz.) HS: Hudl profile – 4.39 40-yard dash.
DL Darius Reynolds, 6-2, 225, York HS, Yorktown, Va.
WR Joseph Richard, 6-3, 200, Christ Presbyterian HS, Nashville, Tenn.
LB Max Richardson, 6-foot, 225, Woodward Academy, College Park, Ga.: Other offers: Navy, Duke, South Florida. (COMMITTED to Boston College).
CB Elijah Riley, 5-11, 190, Newfield HS, Selden, N.Y.: Visited Army on July 31.
DL Devon Robinson, 6-6, 300, Winslow HS, Atco, N.J.: (COMMITTED to Illinois)
QB Tyree Rodgers, 6-2, 180, Camden (N.J.) Catholic HS: Other offers: North Carolina State.
DB Alex Rowe, Greater Atlanta Christian HS, Norcross, Ga.
WR-S Jarel Rowe, 6-4, 190, Carrollton (Ga.) HS: Other offers: Navy, Miami (Ohio).
CB Jalen Russell, 5-11, 195, Vista Murietta HS, Murietta, Calif.: Other offers: Navy, Nevada.
S Chido Rwakonda, 6-2, 186, Delaware Valley HS, Westfall, Pa.: First offer: Army.
WR Sam St. Surin, 5-10, 178, Atlantic HS, Delray Beach, Fla.
OL Alex Salguero, 6-4, 305, Braden River HS, Bradenton, Fla.: (COMMITTED to Marshall).
LB Jeremy Samuels, 6-1, 225, West Orange HS, Winter Park, Fla.
RB Sean Samuels, 6-foot, 190, Kingsway HS, Woolwich, N.J.: Other offers – Navy.
K Kekoa Sasaoka, 5-10, 220, Farrington HS, Honolulu, Hawaii
WR Geraud Saunders, 6-3, 185, Bishop Dunne HS, Dallas, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Northwestern.
C Justin Self, 6-3, 274, Byron Nelson HS, Trophy Point, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, New Mexico.
OL Zach Shackelford, 6-4, 290, Belton (Texas) HS: Other offers – Oklahoma State, Illinois, Houston, Rice, Tulsa. (COMMITTED to Kansas State).
LS John Shannon, 6-2, 225, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Ill.: (COMMITTED to Notre Dame)
OL Jack Sides, 6-2, 280, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas: Named top lineman at Army prospect camp on June 27.
DE-LB Brandon Simon, 6-2, 230, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.: Recent offer – Iowa. Other offers – Boston College. (COMMITTED to Iowa)
WR Demari Simpkins, 6-foot, 176, Hallandale HS, Hallandale Beach, Fla.
LB Tre Smalls, 6-2, 220, Hanahan (S.C.) HS: Hudl profile: 4.52 40.
CB Simeon Smiley, 6-1, 200, Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic HS: Other offers – Wisconsin.
DB Adam Smith, 6-1, 178, Hough HS, Cornelius, N.C.
DE-T Braden Smith, 6-4, 260, Strake Jesuit HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force.
S Calvin Smith, 6-foot, 197, Morristown (Tenn.) West HS
QB James Smith, 5-11, 180, Mallard Creek HS, Charlotte, N.C.: First offer – Army. Smith threw for 3,357 yards and 35 touchdowns and added 1,350 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns in 2014.
T-DT Nate Smith, 6-7, 260, Murrieta Mesa HS, Murrieta, Calif.: Other offers – Oregon, USC, UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona State, Arizona, California, Washington State, Baylor, Illinois, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Penn State, Nebraska, Louisville, Cincinnati, Syracuse. (COMMITTED to USC)
RB Terrence Smith, 5-10, 207, Oakcrest HS, Mays Landing, N.J.
QB Landon Smothers, 5-10, 182, Muscle Shoals (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to Kennesaw State)
WR Brandon Smyth, 6-3, 220, Brandeis HS, San Antonio, Texas: First offer – Navy.
RB-CB Trey Snead, 5-11, 195, Fleming Island HS, Orange Park, Fla.: (COMMITTED to Rutgers)
WR Jack Sorenson, 6-1, 185, Stevenson HS, Lincolnshire, Ill.: (COMMITTED to Miami, Ohio)
S Keoni Stallworth, 6-2, 190, Cosumnes Oaks HS, Elk Grove, Calif.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Air Force.
RB Malik Staples, 6-1, 200, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Iowa, Oregon State, Louisville, Colorado State, Temple, Western Kentucky.
RB Bryson Stephens, 5-9, 176, Morristown-Hamblen HS, Morristown, Tenn.
LB Matt Stevens, 6-1, 220, Hough HS, Cornelius, N.C.: First offer – Army.
CB Jovanni Stewart, 5-10, 187, Katy (Texas) HS
DE Ben Stille, 6-5, 235, Ashland-Greenwood HS, Ashland, Neb.: (COMMITTED to Nebraska)
LB Mason Stokke, 6-3, 205, Menomonie (Wisc.) HS: Stokke won the state 195-pound wrestling title this season. Other offers – Wisconsin, Iowa. (COMMITTED to Wisconsin)
RB Miles Strickland, 5-11, 175, Bob Jones HS, Madison, Ala.
T Sterling Strother, 6-5, 254, Campolindo HS, Moraga, Calif.: (COMMITTED to Yale)
S Tyshawn Suddoth, 5-11, 178, Lake Ridge HS, Mansfield, Texas
CB Eric Sutton, 5-11, 160, Cedar Hill (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED to SMU)
LB Trey Sutton, 6-1, 210, Westminster Christian, Miami, Fla.: (COMMITTED to Colorado State)
QB-LB Tymar Sutton, 6-foot, 215, McKeesport (Pa.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Illinois, Buffalo, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Toledo.
S Chanse Sylvie, 6-foot, 180, Calvary Academy, Shreveport, La.: Other offers – Navy, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado State, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Tennessee. (COMMITTED to Oklahoma).
TE Collin Tatko, 6-5, 255, Northpoint Christian HS, Southaven, Miss.
RB-DB Yeedee Thaenrat, 5-10, 192, Father Judge HS, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers -Navy, UConn, Boston College, Purdue.
WR Dominic Thieman, 6-3, 184, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.: Other offers – Illinois, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Miami (Ohio), Ohio. (COMMITTED to Illinois).
S Justin Thomas, 6-1, 176, Chaminade-Madonna HS, Hollywood, Fla.
CB Jalen Thompson, 5-10, 166, Downey (Calif.) HS: (COMMITTED to Washington State)
DL Jonah Tibbs, 6-3, 250, Spain Park HS, Hoover, Ala.
T Jacob Todora, 6-4, 272, Wakeland HS, Frisco, Texas: Other offers -Navy, Illinois, Kansas, SMU, Nevada, Tulane. (COMMITTED to SMU, 5/31).
CB Mykal Tolliver, 6-foot, 177, St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif.: Other offers – Navy, Washington State, Colorado State and Nevada.
DE Anthony Trinh, 6-3, 230, Pace Academy, Atlanta, Ga.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force, Navy, Florida Atlantic, Kent State, Toledo. (COMMITTED to Princeton)
RB O’Shea Trujillo, 6-foot, 200, Bishop Blanchet HS, Seattle, Wash.: First offer – Army.
SB Dawonya Tucker, 5-7, 150, Terrell (Texas) HS: Hudl profile: 4.38 second 40.
LB Sione Tupou, 6-foot, 230, Folsom (Calif.) HS: First offer – Army.
DL Julius Turner, 6-2, 270, Meridian (Miss.) HS: Other offers – Wake Forest, Southern Mississippi, Memphis, Louisiana Tech.
RB Darryl Turner, 5-9, 184, DeMatha HS, Hyattsville, Md.: (COMMITTED to Maryland)
RB Tyler Tutt, 5-11, 199, Keller (Texas) HS: 2014 stats – 1,369 yards, 15 touchdowns. Other offers: Air Force, Boise State, Iowa.
RB-S Amir Tyler, 6-foot, 195, Lakewood (N.J.) HS
K Logan Tyler, 6-foot, 190, Nixa (Mo.) HS: (COMMITTED to Florida State)
CB Terrell Vassel, 6-1, 190, DePaul HS, Wayne, N.J.: Other offers – Temple, Old Dominion & UMass.
LB Desmond Veals, 6-foot, 195, West Brook HS, Beaumont, Texas
DE Tyler Vernon, 6-1, 230, Mill Creek HS, Hoschton, Ga.: Army second offer. First offer – Air Force. Other offers – Navy, Arkansas State.
RB Daevon Vigilant, 5-10, 180, Downey (Calif.) HS: Hudl profile – 4.3 40. Other offers: Michigan, Utah, Washington State and Colorado.
QB Michael Viktrup, 6-1, 205, Carmel (Ind.) HS: Visited Army in June. (COMMITTED to Air Force).
CB Kindle Vildor, 6-foot, 171, North Clayton HS, College Park, Ga.: (COMMITTED to Georgia Southern).
DE Traver Vliem, 6-4, 240, Midland (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED to Sam Houston State)
WR Kevin Waites, 6-1. 175, Manor (Texas) HS
RB Jamauri Wakefield, 6-1, 208, Providence HS, Jacksonville, Fla.: (COMMITTED to Wake Forest)
DT Joe Wallace, 6-1, 320, Skyline HS, Dallas, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Washington.
S Jordan Ward, 6-3, 208, Kempner HS, Sugar Land, Texas
DT Tyler Watson, 6-5, 265, Milton HS, Alpharetta, Ga.: Offers: 20+ including Navy, Air Force, Wake Forest, UConn, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Western Kentucky.
DE Evan Weaver, 6-3, 239, Gonzaga Prep, Spokane, Wash.: Other offers – Washington, California, Utah, UNLV, Wyoming.
OL Jace Webb, 6-5, 295, Hollis (Okla.) HS
WR Max Weissman, 6-1, 176, Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
RB Bryson White, 5-9, 168, Mason (Ohio) HS: Hudl profile – 4.39 40.
CB Collin Whitaker, 5-10, 191, Prestonwood Christian HS, Plano, Texas: Whitaker, who was named the top defensive back of 2016 class at Army prospect camp on June 27, committed to West Point on July 7. He switched his commitment to Rice on August 24. (COMMITTED to Rice)
CB Andre Wiley, Jr., 5-10, 175, Liberty-Eylau HS, Texarkana, Texas.: Other offers – Navy.
CB Caesar Williams, 6-1, 178, South Grand Prairie HS, Grand Prairie, Texas: Other offers -Navy, Air Force, Indiana, Houston, SMU, Texas State, Toledo, Tulsa.
RB Dae Williams, 6-2, 227, Sapulpa (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED to SMU).
WR Desmond Williams, 6-2, 200, Muscle Shoals (Ala.) HS
QB Devin Williams, 5-10, 166, Mansfield Timberview HS, Arlington, Texas: (COMMITTED to Texas State in March). Five days later, Army offered.
LB Jalen Williams, 6-foot, 215, Hewitt-Trussville HS, Trussville, Ala.: Other offers – Navy
QB Ramar Williams, 6-1, 177, Bishop McNamara HS, Forestville, Md.: Other offers -Air Force.
DE Chris Willis, 6-2, 225, Crest HS, Shelby, N.C.: (COMMITTED to Georgia Southern, July 1)
S Marquis Wilson, 6-2, 175, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
S Tru Wilson, 5-11, 187, De La Salle HS, Warren, Mich.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
T Justin Witt, 6-6, 273, Lincoln-Way West HS, New Lenox, Ill.: 20 offers, Army No. 12. Other offers – California, Iowa State, North Carolina State, Kentucky, Rutgers, Syracuse, UConn. (COMMITTED to North Carolina State)
DT Joey Woodring, 6-foot, 260, Katy (Texas) HS: First offer – Army.
CB Jay Woods, 5-11, 180, Pinson Valley HS, Pinson, Ala.: Other offers -Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Southern Mississippi. (COMMITTED to South Alabama)
LB Parker Workman, 6-3, 215, Bingham HS, South Jordan, Utah
LB Markus Wright, 6-3, 210, Jordan HS, Columbus, Ga.: (COMMITTED to California)
WR Jared Wyatt, 6-2, 180, Wylie (Texas) East HS: First offer – Navy.
QB Thomas Wyatt, 6-4, 208, Overbrook HS, Pine Hill, N.J.
OL Daniel Zapata, 6-3, 270, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic HS. Other offers – Air Force.
DE-TE Zander Zimmer, 6-4, 225, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Duke, Illinois, Navy, Northwestern, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Southern Mississippi, South Florida, Syracuse, Virginia, West Virginia. (COMMITTED to Wake Forest)

 

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August 28 practice blog

My apologies for not posting this earlier.

Coach Jeff Monken had his team practice under the lights of Michie Stadium Friday night to prepare the players for Army’s opener, a 7 p.m. kickoff against Fordham this Friday.

A group of first-team players were held out of scrimmage-like conditions. Monken and his staff showed the team different looks that Fordham may use.

Sophomore quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw received a lot of work. Bradshaw threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to freshman slotback Jordan Asberry.

Freshman cornerback Marcus Hyatt returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Hyatt had fumbled on a punt return earlier in the practice.

Junior safety Tevin Long recorded a sack on back-to-back plays.

Freshman kicker Nick Schrage made a 43-yard field goal and booted a kickoff out of the end zone.

Senior kicker Dan Grochowski hit a 31-yard field goal.

Junior slotback Joe Walker participated in the scrimmage but did not receive a carry.

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Depth chart: Fordham

Army released an updated depth chart for its opener against Fordham next Friday at Michie Stadium.

Cornerback Josh Jenkins is listed as a starter but the junior has not practiced in the preseason due to injury. Junior Steven Johnson has taken first-team snaps all preseason and is expected to start in Jenkins’ place.

Sophomore Ahmad Bradshaw and senior A.J. Schurr are listed as co-starters at quarterback. Army coach Jeff Monken said a decision on the starter will probably be announced early next week.

Junior Aaron Kemper and senior captain Matt Giachinta are listed as co-starters at fullback.

Senior tackle Drew Hennessy (ankle) and sophomore nose tackle Andrew McLean (foot) are not listed on the depth chart.

Thirteen freshman are on the two-deep but none are listed as starters. Slotbacks Jordan Asberry, Nick Black and Tyler Campbell should see playing time against Fordham.

Offense
QB: Ahmad Bradshaw, Soph. (5-foot-11, 198 pounds) or A.J. Schurr, Sr. (6-foot, 209)
FB: Aaron Kemper, Jr. (5-6, 210) or Matt Giachinta, Sr. (6-1, 220)
SB: Joe Walker, Jr.  (6-foot, 204); Jordan Asberry, Fr. (5-9, 185)
SB: John Trainor, Soph. (5-11, 190); Nick Black, Fr. (5-8, 188) or Tyler Campbell, Fr. (5-11, 170)
WR: Edgar Poe, Jr. (6-4, 215); Jermaine Adams, Soph. (6-1, 211)
WR: DeAndre Bell, Sr. (6-1, 224); Jeff Ejekam, Soph. (6-2, 199)
TE: Kelvin White, Sr. (6-3, 258); Quentin Parker, Fr. (6-1, 225)
LT: Ryan Alexander, Sr. (6-1, 250); Rick Kurz, Fr. (6-2, 265)
LG: Justin Gilbert, Sr. (6-7, 278); Victor Nieves, Fr. (6-4, 318)
C: Matt Hugenberg, Sr. (6-5, 295); Lofi Tamasese, Jr. (6-1, 288)
RG: Jaryn Villegas, Soph. (6-2, 286); Colby Enegren, Jr. (6-2, 278)
RT: Brett Toth, Soph. (6-6, 259); Niko Schillaci, Sr. (6-4, 259)

Defense
DE: Jordan Smith, Jr. (6-3, 258); Eddy Ruzga, Jr. (6-3, 241)
NT: T.J. Atimalala, Sr. (5-11, 268); Cordarrell Davis, Fr. (6-foot, 240)
DE: John Voit, Soph. (6-3, 247); Evan Finnane, Sr. (6-2, 263)
OLB: Bayle Wolf, Soph. (6-1, 221); Calen Holt, Fr. (6-foot, 210)
MLB: Andrew King, Jr. (6-foot, 246); Scott Washle, Soph. (6-1, 238)
WILL LB: Jeremy Timpf, Jr. (6-1, 225); Justin Fahn, Sr. (6-1, 217) or Harrison Rooney, Fr. (6-1, 205)
Rush end: Alex Aukerman, Soph. (6-1, 228); Kenneth Brinson, Fr. (6-2, 225)
CB: Chris Carnegie, Sr. (6-foot, 200); Steven Johnson, Jr. (6-foot, 192); Marcus Hyatt, Fr., (5-10, 170)
CB: Josh Jenkins, Jr. (6-foot, 190); Jared Rogers, Sr. (5-8, 178) or Brandon Jackson, Fr. (6-foot, 170)
FS: Rhyan England, Soph. (5-10, 192) or Tevin Long, Jr. (5-11, 192)
S: Xavier Moss, Jr. (6-2, 194); Luke Proulx, Sr. (5-10, 196)

Specialists
K: Dan Grochowski, Sr. (6-1, 220); Cale Brewer, Sr. (6-foot, 193)
P: Alex Tardieu, Sr. (6-4, 218); J.D. Mote, Fr. (6-5, 211)
LS: Connor Farley, Sr. (6-2, 213); Clay Barton, Soph. (5-10, 185)
Holder: Alex Tardieu, Sr. (6-4, 218); Ahmad Bradshaw, Soph. (5-11, 198)
KR: Edgar Poe, Jr. (6-4, 215); John Trainor, Soph. (5-11, 190)
PR: Edgar Poe, Jr. (6-4, 215); John Trainor, Soph. (5-11, 190)

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August 27 practice blog

Don’t expect an announcement on Army’s starting quarterback until early next week.

Coach Jeff Monken said he wants to evaluate Friday’s scrimmage before naming his starter for the opener against Fordham on Sept. 4. That’s only seven days away.

Sophomore Ahmad Bradshaw is still working with the first team. Senior A.J. Schurr is getting his share of reps.

Ultimately, if Monken and his staff decided to go with Bradshaw in his college debut, it’s not the worst thing to have an experienced quarterback like Schurr as the No. 2.

There’s still some concern on the defensive line’s health one week from the opener.

Senior nose tackle T.J. Atimalala practiced for the first time in almost two weeks Thursday. Atimalala was limited. He hurt his knee during the team’s August 15 scrimmage, Monken said.

“We are going to hold him until we know he’s ready,” Monken said…”I think he’s going to be ready to go (for the opener). He’s gotten better.”

Monken said freshmen Ray Wright is next in line at nose tackle.

Junior defensive end Jordan Smith, a projected starter, has been bothering by hamstring issues throughout camp. Smith was held out of practice Thursday. If Smith isn’t ready for Fordham, Monken said senior Evan Finnane or freshman Wunmi Oyetuga are options. Finnane had a sack during a controlled scrimmage period.

Practice observations: Shells (helmet/shoulder pads) practice…Senior fullback Matt Giachinta didn’t practice…Freshman slotback Tyler Campbell continues to catch most every thing thrown his way. Campbell had two receptions during controlled scrimmage. Junior slotback Joe Walker, a projected starter, is still limited in practice as he rests an injury. Freshman Jordan Asberry worked with the first team in Walker’s place…Football players met their officer representatives after practice…Sophomore defensive end John Voit getting some extra work on his own at Michie Stadium after practice.

PHOTO: Will be posting some practice shots by Dawn Benko on my Twitter account (@salinterdonato)

VIDEO: Sophomore linebackers Alex Aukerman and Bayle Wolf looking to make an impact as first-year starters.

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Kelvin White on Sean Callahan and brotherhood

Kelvin White was gracious enough to spend 10 minutes after Wednesday’s practice with me, talking about one of the most difficult days of his life.

In my years of covering the team, I’ve had the opportunity to interview some engaging and passionate players. Steve Anderson, a two-time captain, is the first that comes to mine. White, like Anderson, speaks from the heart.

On Wednesday, White’s heart was hurting. Earlier in the day, White laid to rest Sean Callahan. Callahan came into White’s life a year ago when Army adopted the then-11-yeard-old, who was fighting brain cancer, to its team.

White made it a priority for Callahan to feel a like one of  the players from the start. He became a big brother to Callahan, who has one younger brother and four younger sisters. Callahan became a priority in his life. White made many trips to hospital, being there for Callahan through the tough nights of his fight.

It’s touching to hear the bond that White and Callahan built in just a short period of time. My eyes started to water when White told me their stories.  White will remember the good times that he spent with Callahan forever. White and Callahan’s friendship went beyond football. But, it took football to bring them together.

Here’s my full interview with White:

“I would compare it to losing one of my little brothers. Obviously, somebody like me, family is the first thing that I value in my life. Sean came into my life a short time ago, a year ago, I took it upon myself with a couple of other guys to really bring him in. I didn’t want it to just be something for publicity, like we have a child who is terminally ill on our football team. It was way more than that to me and a whole bunch of guys on the team.

“It got to the point where I would get snapchats and text messages from Sean at 2 in the morning. He couldn’t sleep because he had a headache. He would text me or snapchat me. We would talk about some stuff that was really bothering him. It make me so proud that he confided in me so when he passed away I took that pretty harsh.

“It’s a lot more than just some kid who adopted on our team.  He really got close to me and I really cared about him like he was part of the Army brotherhood. It’s so crazy to think that a 12-year-old can have as much impact on me and 150-plus people because we have coaches who really invested in him as well. It was just incredible. I just want to thank Janine and Dan (Sean’s parents) for giving myself and us this opportunity to be part of his life because he definitely affected me and he will continue to affect me until my last breath. That’s pretty serious.”

On having the team (sophomores, juniors and seniors) attend the funeral: “I don’t want to say it’s easier but it’s much more bearable when you have 70 guys there. When I’m feeling down and I’m feeling sad, there’s a lot of tears in the room and I can look around,  there’s 70 of my brothers standing around the church and we are all feeling the same thing. We all know what it feels like because he impacted all of us.  I can look over and I see Andrew King and Steven Johnson and I know they are hurt too. But, we have to be strong for each other. I think the strongest person ever is Sean’s mom. That’s her first born and she fought every day with him. That’s someone I look up to and I think she is an incredible person as well as his dad. It was just more bearable to get through that (Sean’s passing) with 150 guys. There were freshmen that were like, ‘Coach, I was at prep school and I was down here during the spring game when he scored his touchdown. I want be at the funeral.’ But we couldn’t bring 150 guys.

On hanging out with Sean: “We went out about three or four times. A couple of us would pick him up and we would go out to eat. His dad mentioned today that Sean found a way to download all the explicit lyrics. So when we were driving, Sean is in the back seat in the middle and I asked him, ‘Sean, what’s your favorite song?’ and he turns on “Nasty Freestyle,” a dance song. I asked him if I should play the edited version. He said, ‘No, Iisten to cuss words.’ I said, ‘Sean just because I like, I’ll put the unedited version on for you.’”

We had a lot of fun with Sean. He got to go out with us. I made multiple, multiple trips to the hospital to see Sean. I spent a lot of time with him in his room. He had a little NERF gun that we use to shoot cups down with. I turn on his favorite song and we would snapchat each other in his room. We always tell jokes about each other, anything to lighten the spirits.

I told another lady this today. We were in his room and it was real late and the nurse came around to give him his pills. This attests to the kind of kid he was. He was in bad shape and he was having trouble taking the pill. His mom said, ‘Sean, do you want to take a break?’ He said, ‘No, Mom, I got to finish this.

That’s something that resonated with me. I talk to Aaron Kemper a lot about this. Sean was like my little brother. It’s been very difficult for me losing people that I am close with. The fact that I complain all of the time, that ‘Oh, my legs hurt and my back hurts,” and I think about this kid who was 12 years and he has to comfortable with dying yet he wakes up every day and he attacks every single day.  I made a promise to him that I am going to attack every day like he did. And I’m going to do my best to give 100 percent effort in everything I do just like he did.

Still inspiring: He has a Relay for Life  in June and he passed away in August. He was in really bad shape at the Relay of Life and but he was still there. I got up in front of 1,000 people and he spoke and that’s no easy take he’s 12 years old speaking in front of 1,000 people. He literally lived every single day after that like it was his last.

He’s an incredible guy. He’s someone that I really care for. He also inspired me. I hope that I made it a little bit easier for him.  I tried to be role model  for him and always be there for him. There’s not much I can do. I can’t give him any money or fame. All I could do was invest the time in his life and granted it was really cut short. If I regret anything, it’s trying to spend more time with him. That’s tough to do especially here. He was definitely one of my priorities and I still value him. He’s an incredible person. I learned a lot from a 12-year old kid that I never thought I would.”

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August 26 practice blog

Army stretched under the direction of strength and conditioning coach Tim Caron.

The team gathered together for its, “Beat Fordham” chant and players went off to their assignments for the special teams portion of practice.

Jeff Monken and his staff were coaching up players with their usual intensity. The only change in practice Wednesday was the start time.

Practice was moved back about an hour to around 5:50 p.m. so Army’s sophomores, juniors, seniors and staff could attend the funeral of Sean Callahan, their 12-year-old teammate, in Mahopac. Army adopted Callahan, who was battling a pediatric brain tumor,  last August.

“It was really terrific to see how a 12-year-old has touched so many people in such a short time,” Monken said after practice. “The priest at the parish said there’s a lot of adults that would love to have a legacy like Sean’s left. Twelve years isn’t a long time on the earth but he sure touched a lot of people.

“He was around us a bunch and never complained. I knew he wasn’t feeling well and he was tired some times. But, he was always the same. He was always smiling and he loved to be around these guys…I know these guys are hurting…When you lose somebody like that, there’s going to be sadness. There’s that hope that this guy is going to make it and he’s going to pull through and we are going to help him do that.”

Monken and Army executive athletic director Bob Beretta were asked to be pallbearers by Callahan’s parents, Dan and Janine. Senior tight end Kelvin White read the first passage of the mass.

“What an honor to have the family extend that opportunity to me to honor his life and their family in that way,” Monken said. “Sean was only a part of our team for the last year of his life but he left a lasting impression on us. That was just way for them to acknowledge that our football team meant a lot to them.”

Practice observations: Light practice, helmets only…Sophomore quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw running with first-team offense. Junior fullback Aaron Kemper lining up with first team…Army’s defensive line is banged up. Senior T.J. Atimalala and sophomore Andrew McLean, the team’s top nose tackles, have been sidelined for an extended period. Junior defensive end Shawn Lemoto, sophomore defensive end Spencer Welton and freshman defensive end Emmanuel Aka did not practice…Senior safety Luke Proulx also did not practice…Senior tackle Drew Hennessy remains out with an ankle injury…Sophomore center Josh Boylan has returned to practice after missing some time due to injury…Freshman linebacker Cole Macek and freshman cornerback Marcus Hyatt have been promoted to the travel team. Hyatt was working on returning kicks.

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