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.
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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).