Recruiting: Need for speed

When Army coach Jeff Monken and his staff are looking at a high school prospect, speed is one of the first qualities they check.

Monken says a goal is recruit bigger and faster players into the program.

“Big and fast would be great,” Monken said. “They are hard to get. Everybody is recruiting big and fast. That’s why big and fast is hard to find at every position…

“A big defensive lineman that runs really good that is a good change-of-direction guy and has good hands and feet, he’s getting recruited by everyone in the country. He’s just not going to be around for our draft pick. We are going to have to take undersized guys or guys that are projects. Guys, who may move from linebacker to defensive line or defensive line to offensive line or corner to safety just to get a more athletic guy.”

Army seems to be recruiting smaller, quicker slot backs from the class of 2016. Navy has had success with that prototype since Monken worked under Paul Johnson’s staff in Annapolis beginning in 2002.

“We couldn’t recruit the bigger, faster guys (at Navy),” Monken said. “They all got recruited by everyone else.”

Monken added, “If we are going to be able to recruit the kind of speed that we want and we feel we need to succeed at this level, we are probably going to have to take some smaller guys.  That’s fine with me. I’d rather have smaller and faster than bigger and slower.”

Army recently offered Downey (Calif.) junior 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back Daevon Vigilant. Vigilant’s Hudl profile says he runs a 4.3 40-yard dash.

Creekside (Ga.) quarterback Felix Harper, who was offered last week, has operated a spread offense for the past two seasons. Harper helped Creekside to its first Georgia Class AAAAA title as a sophomore.

By my calculations, Army has offered 116 juniors. Might be missing a few.

Nineteen of those offers have gone out to players from the state of Florida. Georgia and New Jersey are tied for the second-highest with 15 offers per state.

2016 Army offers
T Tarik Adams, 6-4, 285, Lowndes HS, Valdosta, Ga.
CB Austin Andrews, 6-1, 180, St. Francis de Sales HS, Columbus, Ohio: Andrews has received offers from Ball State, Boston College, Iowa, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin, among others.
CB Manny Appiah, 6-1, 180, Bergen Catholic HS, Oradell, N.J.
WR Kirk Augustus, 5-9, 165, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, N.C.
K Alex Barbir, 5-9, 185, South Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
WR Jaquarius Bargnare, 5-9, 189, Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, Fla.
OL Harrison Barton, 6-3, 285, Houston (Texas) Christian HS
C-G Sean Behrens, 6-3, 285, Newsome HS, Lithia, Fla.
QB Joey Benden, 5-10, 180, Massaponax HS, Spotsylvania, Va.
RB Rakeem Boyd, 5-11, 200, Stratford HS, Houston, Texas
T Parker Braun, 6-4, 275, Osceola HS, Kissimmee, Fla: Braun’s father, Mike, played football for Army from 1986-88. Ohio State, Stanford and Duke are among others, who have offered Braun.
RB-S Brittain Brown, 6-2, 190, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga.
RB Jesse Brown, 5-11, 185, Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga.: Offered by Kansas State, Navy and Air Force among others.
S Anthony Butler, 6-2, 190, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
DE Charles Callender, 6-2, 220, Gulliver Prep, Miami, Fla.
WR Antoine Cannady, 6-3, 225, Dawson HS, Pearland, Texas
OL Eric Cal, 6-3, 286, Providence Day HS, Charlotte, N.C.
LB Eron Carter, 6-2, 215, Palatka (Fla.) HS: UMass and Troy have offered Carter.
S Adrian Clark, 6-2, 215, Woodrow Wilson HS, Camden, N.J.
WR Kjetil Cline, 6-foot, 185, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
DE-TE Dante Cleveland, 6-3, 240, Hoffman Estates (Ill.) HS
WR Gene Coleman, 6-foot, 178, Bergen Catholic (N.J.) HS, Oradell, N.J.
CB Miles Corpening, 5-11, 180, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
DL Da’shon Copes, 6-1, 267, Toms River (N.J.) North HS
LB Lorenzo Dantzler, 6-2, 230, Starkville (Miss.) HS
CB Coney Durr, 5-10, 171, Dutchtown HS, Geismar, La.: Kansas State is among the other schools, which has offered Durr.
CB Joshua Drayden, 5-11, 175, Bishop Dunne HS, Dallas, Texas
DL Michael Dwumfour, 6-3, 265, DePaul Catholic HS, Wayne, N.J.: Also has offers from Wake Forest and Temple.
RB Tyus Flakes, 5-10, 195, Auburn (Ala.) HS
DE Andrew Fitzgerald, 6-5, 245, Marcus HS, Flower Mound, Texas: Air Force, Boise State, California, Colorado State, Kansas State, North Carolina and Vanderbilt has also offered Fitzgerald.
OL Will Fries, 6-6, 265, Cranford (N.J.) HS
CB-S Bricen Garner, 6-3, 175, Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.” Also offered by Navy, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Temple, Toledo, UMass and Fordham.
DE Demerick Gary, 6-3, 245, Kimball HS, Dallas, Texas
DE Michael Geraghty, 6-3, 232, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas, Nev.
DE Jordan Giberti, 6-3, 225, Gainesville (Fla.) HS
LB Ryan Gilmartin, 6-1, 230, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian HS
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.
S Xavier Goodall, 5-11, 185, Henrico HS, Richmond, Va.
WR-CB Palmer Graham, 5-9, 165, Conant HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
RB Russell Halimon, 5-9, 182, Allatoona HS, Acworth, Ga.
WR Tanner Hall, 6-2, 185, Lambert HS,  Suwanee, Ga.: Army was the first to offer Hall.
WR-CB Damar Hamlin, 6-1, 185, Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.: Hamline recently received his 32nd offer from Tennessee. Auburn, Clemson, Indiana, Miami (Fla.), Navy, Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, among others, that have also offered Hamlin.
QB Donald Hammond, 6-1, 205 Eagle’s Landing Christian HS, McDonough, Ga.
LB Bryce Handy, 6-1, 213, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.
QB Felix Harper, 6-foot, 170, Creekside HS, Fairburn, Ga.
CB Ojahi Hawkins, 6-2, 169, Winter Haven (Fla.) HS
QB-S Isaiah Hill, 6-1, 190, Florida HS, Tallahassee, Fla.
CB Tyrone Hill, 6-2, 198, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.: Navy offered Hill last week.
RB-S Khaleke Hudson, 6-foot, 205, McKeesport (Pa.) HS: Also offered by Navy
DE Dallas Jeanty, 6-1, 220, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) HS: Recently offered by Navy
WR-CB Nate Johnson, 6-foot, 180, Independence HS, Thompsons Station, Tenn.
OL-DL Braylon Jones, 6-4, 290, John Tyler HS, Tyler, Texas
QB Deshaunte Jones, 5-10, 170, Colerain HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Cincinnati and Toledo have also offered Jones.
OL Spencer Kanz, 6-6, 280, Luxemburg-Casco HS, Luxemburg, Wisc.
DE-LB Eric Kendzoir, 6-3, 230, La Porte (Texas) HS
WR Tyler Kirtz, 6-2, 190, Brownsburg (Ind.) HS
RB Alan Lamar, 5-9, 185, DeSoto Central HS, Southaven, Miss.
RB Jonathon Lee, 5-11, 187, Riverdale Baptist School, Upper Marlboro, Md.
QB Riley Lees, 6-1, 185, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Lees is from the same high school as Army junior quarterback A.J. Schurr. (COMMITTED to Miami, Ohio).
LB Peyton Long, 6-2, 225, Dallas (Texas) Jesuit HS: Also offered by Navy.
S Kenney Lyte, 6-2, 182, Fremd HS, Palatine, Ill.: Lyte holds a recent offer from Baylor.
DT William Mack III, 6-2, 255, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.
RB-CB Martin Mangram, 5-11, 180, Buford (Ga.) HS: Has been offered by Northwestern.
DE Sal Mauro, 6-3, 238, Bergen Catholic (N.J.) HS, Oradell, N.J.
OL-DL Drew McEntyre, 6-2, 285, Calhoun (Ga.) HS
DE Darius McFarland, 6-3, 250, Box Elder HS, Brigham City, Utah
RB Tre Miller, 6-1, 215, Dixie HS, St. George, Utah
RB Darius Morehead, 5-8, 170, Ensworth HS, Nashville, Tenn.
WR-CB Lonnie Moore, 5-10, 165, Paul VI HS, Haddonfield, N.J.
RB Blake Morgan, 5-10, 170, Creekside HS, St. Johns, Fla.
CB T.J. Morrison, 5-11, 175, Stepinac HS, White Plains, N.Y.
S Justin Mulbah, 6-foot, 200, St. Vincent Pallotti HS, Laurel, Md.: Navy was first to offer Mulbah.
TE Jordan Myers, 6-1, 205, Dickinson (Texas) HS
TE Mack Nash, 6-5, 250, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.
OL Marshal Nathe, 6-3, 285, Centennial HS, Peoria, Ariz.: (COMMITTED to Arizona State)
TE Trey Neville, 6-4, 245, Lafayette HS, Williamsburg, Va.
WR Tre Nixon, 6-foot, 155, Viera (Fla.) HS:
QB L.J. Northington, 6-2, 190, Lutheran HS, Orange, Calif.
DT Mike Panasiuk, 6-3, 285, Lake Park HS, Roselle, Ill.
WR-CB Jamal Parker, 5-10, 170 Camden Catholic HS. Cherry Hill, N.J.
LB Ryan Parker, 6-1, 205,  Baylor HS, Chattanooga, Tenn.
LB Jonathan Pollock, 6-foot, 212, Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, Fla.: Pollock verbally committed to Rutgers in the fall.
G Dylan Powell, 6-3, 270, Hannibal (Mo.) HS
LB Evan Powell, 6-1, 220, Cherokee HS, Marlton, N.J.
S Austin Quillen, 6-foot, 190, Jenks (Okla.) HS: Navy, Iowa and Vanderbilt are among the schools to offer Quillen.
DL Darius Reynolds, 6-2, 225, York HS, Yorktown, Va.
QB Tyree Rodgers, 6-2, 180, Camden (N.J.) Catholic HS
WR Geraud Saunders, 6-3, 185, Bishop Dunne HS, Dallas, Texas
LS John Shannon, 6-2, 225, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Ill.
DE-LB Brandon Simon, 6-2, 230, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.
K Trey Simons, 6-2, 155, Atlantic Coast HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Simeon Smiley, 6-1, 200, Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic HS
T-DT Nate Smith, 6-7, 260, Murrieta Mesa HS, Murrieta, Calif.: Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona State, Arizona, California, Washington State, Baylor, Illinois, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Penn State, Nebraska, Louisville, Cincinnati and Syracuse are among the schools we have offered Smith.
RB-CB Trey Snead, 5-11, 195, Fleming Island HS, Orange Park, Fla.
WR Jack Sorenson, 6-1, 185, Stevenson HS, Lincolnshire, Ill.
S Keoni Stallworth, 6-2, 190, Cosumnes Oaks HS, Elk Grove, Calif.
T Sterling Strother, 6-5, 254, Campolindo HS, Moraga, Calif.
QB-LB Tymar Sutton, 6-foot, 215, McKeesport (Pa.) HS
S Chanse Sylvie, 6-foot, 180, Calvary Academy, Shreveport, La.
TE Collin Tatko, 6-5, 255, Northpoint Christian HS, Southaven, Miss.
RB-DB Yeedee Thaenrat, 5-10, 192, Father Judge HS, Philadelphia, Pa.
CB Mykal Tolliver, 6-foot, 177, St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif.: Also offered by Washington State, Colorado State and Nevada.
DE Anthony Trinh, 6-3, 230, Pace Academy, Atlanta, Ga.: Army was Trinh’s first offer. Air Force, Navy, Florida Atlantic, Kent State and Toledo are among the schools to offer Trinh.
DL Julius Turner, 6-2, 270, Meridian (Miss.) HS
RB Darryl Turner, 5-9, 184, DeMatha HS, Hyattsville, Md.: (COMMITTED to Maryland)
LB Desmond Veals, 6-foot, 195, West Brook HS, Beaumont, Texas
RB Daevon Vigilant, 5-10, 180, Downey (Calif.) HS; Vigilant’s Hudl profile says he runs a 4.3 40-yard dash.
QB Michael Viktrup, 6-1, 205, Carmel (Ind.) HS
DE Traver Vliem, 6-4, 240, Midland (Texas) HS
RB Jamauri Wakefield, 6-1, 208, Providence HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
DE Evan Weaver, 6-3, 239, Gonzaga Prep, Spokane, Wash.: California, Utah, UNLV and Wyoming are among the schools to offer Weaver.
T Justin Witt, 6-6, 273, Lincoln-Way West HS, New Lenox, Ill.: California and Iowa State are among the other schools to offer to Witt.
LB Parker Workman, 6-3, 215, Bingham HS, South Jordan, Utah
LB Markus Wright, 6-3, 210, Jordan HS, Columbus, Ga.
DE-TE Zander Zimmer, 6-4, 225, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla.: Zimmer has also received offers from Duke, Illinois, Navy, Northwestern, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Southern Mississippi, South Florida, Syracuse, Virginia and West Virginia.

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