Recruiting: Arizona RB Velez commits

Brophy Prep (Ariz.) running back Ryan Velez joined Army’s 2016 recruiting class Saturday.

Velez committed to Army while on an unofficial visit to West Point. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound senior out of the Phoenix area is being recruited to play fullback.

Velez rushed for 1,616 yards and scored 23 touchdowns in 2015 out of the spread and zone-read offenses. He will be a direct admit.

2016 commits (76)
OL Eric Archie, 6-1, 268, Murphy HS, Mobile, Ala.
TE Caleb Auer, 6-3, 240, Buford (Ga.) HS
S-KR Wallace Barrett, 6-1, 185, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Nashville, Tenn.
LB Gavin Bassett, 6-1, 205, Farmington (Minn.) HS: Other offers – Air Force. Bassett camped at Army on June 27.
S Anthony Battaglia, 6-1, 195, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa.: Visited Army on Sept. 19
CB John Baty, 6-foot, 165, Hilton Head (S.C.) HS
QB Joey Benden, 5-10, 180, Massaponax HS, Spotsylvania, Va.: Committed on Dec. 13.
S Jahvari Boudreau, 5-10, 175, Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
QB Tony Brown, 5-11, 185, Jarrell (Texas) HS: Originally Army’s first commit of the 2016 class, Brown decommitted in the early summer and recommitted on Oct. 24.
WR Tre Bruce, 6-1, 195, Pulaski Academy, Little Rock, Ark.
WR Antoine Cannady, 6-3, 225, Dawson HS, Pearland, Texas
WR Nick Carlton, 6-3, 210, Alpharetta (Ga.) HS: Other offer – Air Force. Visited Army on Nov. 14.
LB Cole Christiansen, 6-2, 215, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Suffolk, Va.
WR Kjetil Cline, 6-foot, 185, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
FB August Cook, 6-3, 220, Bedford (Pa.) HS
LB Rahmeel Cook, 6-2, 210, Demopolis (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Southern Mississippi. Committed on Dec. 20
SB Fred Cooper, 6-foot, 205, Reagan HS, Houston, Texas: Cooper originally committed to Air Force.
DE Marquez Daniel, 6-foot, 250, Mays HS, Atlanta, Ga: Visiting Army on the weekend of January 22-24.
RB Dominic Distefano, 5-7, 160, Hendrickson (La.) HS: Fastest prospect at Army camp on June 27.
LB Jake Ellington, 6-3, 222, East Wake HS, Wendell, N.C.: Other offers: Navy, Air Force
DL Tyler Fleagle, 6-2, 265, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.: Other FBS offers: Old Dominion.
QB Korie Frausto, 6-foot, 185, Maize South HS, Wichita, Kansas
OL Michael Gerber, 6-4, 263, Stoughton (Wisc.) HS: Visited Army on Nov. 14. Committed on Nov. 19.
LB Christian Gomez, 6-1, 215, Cypress Bay HS, Weston, Fla.
LB Ryan Grady, 6-2, 201, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS: Army first offer.
LB Robert Green, 6-1, 215, John Ehret HS, Marrero, La.
RB-S Kyle Harrell, 6-1, 205, Calera (Ala.) HS
WR Cam Harrison, 6-3, 175, Allen (Texas) HS
RB Jacob Hendricks, 6-1, 195, Cabell Midland HS, Ona, W. Va.
C Alex Herndon, 6-3, 250, Calvary Day HS, Savannah, Ga.: Committed during visit on January 8-10.
RB Artice Hobbs, 5-10, 175, Newton HS, Covington, Ga.: Hudl profile – 4.39 second, 40-yard dash.
FB Ben Hoffman, 5-10, 225, Lewisburg HS, Olive Branch, Miss.: Hudl profile – 4.60. Committed on Dec. 13.
TE-LB Will Huff, 6-2, 234, Meade HS, Fort Meade, Md.
LB Aaron Jones, 6-foot, 205, Pike HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
S Cameron Jones, 6-2, 180, Spring Valley HS, Columbia, S.C.
LS Peyton Kemp, 6-2, 215, Christ Presbyterian HS, Nashville, Tenn.
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.
G Grant Kerstens, 6-2, 285, Parkview Baptist HS, Baton Rogue, La.
TE Geoff Kirk, 6-4, 230, Avon (Conn.) HS
DE/LB Rob Knox, 6-3, 230, Sinton (Texas) HS: First FBS offer – Army
LB Jake Lauer, 6-3, 225, Franklin Regional HS, Murrysville, Pa.
LB Nic Martin, 6-2, 230, Butler HS, Vandalia, Ohio
RB Nick Meunier, 5-9, 188, Gibson HS, Gibson City, Ill.
OL Liam McCarthy, 6-2, 275, Avon (Conn.) Old Farms
DT Jake Monroe, 6-foot, 258, Coldspring-Oakhurst HS, Coldspring, Texas
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 Ryan Parker, 6-1, 205, Baylor HS, Chattanooga, Tenn.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Visited Army on Oct. 10. Previously committed to Notre Dame as preferred walk-on.
LB Tabb Patrick, 6-1, 210, Hanover HS, Mechanicsville, Va.: First offer – Navy. Visited Army on Nov. 14 for Tulane game.
QB-RB Bryson Perry, 5-9, 165, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga.
OL Peyton Reeder, 6-5, 315, Coosa HS, Rome, Ga.
CB Elijah Riley, 5-11, 190, Newfield HS, Selden, N.Y.: First-team all-state defensive back.
DB Alex Rowe, 6-foot, 182, Greater Atlanta Christian HS, Norcross, Ga.: Committed during visit on weekend of Jan. 8-10.
S Chido Rwakonda, 6-2, 186, Delaware Valley HS, Westfall, Pa.: First offer: Army.
LB Joe Ryan, 6-1, 215, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Two-time, all-state linebacker made 111 tackles, 44 for a loss, in 2015.
K-P Landon Salyers, 6-foot, 180, Dobyns-Bennett HS, Kingsport, Tenn.
OL Jack Sides, 6-2, 280, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas: Named top lineman at Army prospect camp on June 27.
OL Cooper Simpson, 6-1, 260, Buford (Ga.) HS
S Chris Skyers, South Gwinnett HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Navy
K-P Nathanael Snyder, 6-1, 192, Center Grove HS, Greenwood, Ind.: Official visit to Army on Jan.21-23.
RB Bryson Stephens, 5-9, 176, Morristown-Hamblen HS, Morristown, Tenn.
RB R.J. Stevens, 5-10, 215, Baldwin County HS, Bay Minette, Ala.: Army offered Stevens on Jan. 25.
T Nick Stokes, 6-5, 270, Kempsville HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: Originally committed to VMI.
QB Cameron Thomas, 5-11, 172, Lee HS, Huntsville, Ala.: Hudl profile: 4.54/40. 2015 stats (according to al.com): 1,127 passing yards, 13 TDs, 943 rushing yards, 13 TDs
S Justin Thomas, 6-1, 176, Chaminade-Madonna HS, Hollywood, Fla.
DE Emmanuel Ukhueligbe, 6,2, 255, Seventy-First HS, Fayetteville, N.C.: Committed to Army while on official visit from January 8-10.
LB Desmond Veals, 6-foot, 195, West Brook HS, Beaumont, Texas
RB Ryan Velez, 6-1, 196, Brophy Prep, Phoenix, Ariz.
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.
WR Kevin Waites, 6-1. 175, Manor (Texas) HS: Waites had 10 touchdown catches in 2015.
P-K Caleb Watkins, 5-10, 160, Glendora (Calif.) HS
WR Max Weisman, 6-1, 176, Burbank (Calif.) HS
CB Keshaun Wells, 6-3, 190, Aldine Davis HS, Houston, Texas
LB Demann Wilson, 6-3, 215, Glenville HS, Cleveland, Ohio: 10 sacks as a senior.
RB T.J. Wisham, 5-11, 215, Episcopal HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Signing Friday. Rushed for 1,912 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior.
LB Markus Wright, 6-3, 210, Jordan HS, Columbus, Ga.: Took official visit to Army on Jan. 8-10. Former California commit.

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