Recruiting: Family first for recent commits Christian Parrish & Gerald Irons, Maurice Bellan brings speed to 2019 class

When Christian Parrish received his football offer from Army in September 2017, he posted on social media, “Dreams Do Come True.”

Parrish fulfilled many of his dreams last week when he committed to Army. Playing with Daniel Parrish, his cousin, at the next level was a “major” factor in his June 28 commitment the Prince Avenue Christian (Ga.) senior said.

The cousins drove 12 hours from Georgia to Philadelphia to watch the 2017 Army-Navy game after their flight was delayed. Daniel Parrish, who committed to Army in October 2017, will be a center at Army Prep this fall.

While, Christian Parrish will be the first in his immediate family to attend college.

“Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to be different than the rest of my family and be very successful,” Parrish said. “I have a wonderful opportunity. I thought there would be no better place than to be apart of an amazing brotherhood and get a great education besides West Point. There was no reason for me to keep holding out when the best possible offer is sitting in front of my face waiting for me to realize how blessed i am to be apart of something that amazing!”

Army is recruiting Parrish to play quarterback. He caught 63 passes for 1,388 yards and 15 touchdowns, rushed for seven touchdowns and threw a 70-yard touchdown on his only pass attempt as a junior.

June 28 was a breakthrough recruiting day for the Black Knights. Army also received commitment from Klein Oak (Texas) defensive tackle Gerald Irons III, Peddie School (N.J.) quarterback Maurice Bellan and Harrisburg (Pa.) safety Kane Everson.

The 6-foot, 275-pound Irons may be Army’s most highly-recruited 2019 commit to date. He had four Power 5 offers including Oklahoma State and was also offered by Air Force. Irons has a deep football pedigree. Gerald Irons, his grandfather, was an NFL linebacker for 10 seasons with the Browns and Raiders from 1970-79. Gerald Irons II, his father, played defensive tackle for Nebraska. Jarrett Irons, his uncle, was an all-American linebacker for Michigan in 1996. Grant Irons, another uncle, played with Bills and Raiders from 2002-06.

Army is projecting Bellan, who was featured at wide receiver his junior season at Peddie, as a quarterback. Bellan’s Hudl profile says he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds. Bellan was named the 2018 Times of Trenton boys indoor track and field athlete of the year.

Navy and Air Force also offered Bellan. He said, “The opportunity to come in and compete at quarterback” was a factor in his commitment.

“The opportunities West Point provides not only in college, but in life after college,” Bellan said was also a factor in his decision. “Also, the relationships I built with the coaching staff throughout this long recruiting process.”

Everson played quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback for Central Dauphin East as a junior. PennLive ranks Everson as its No. 83 recruit of the 2019 class. He totaled 11 touchdowns (10 rushing, 1 receiving), threw for 774 yards and three touchdowns and made 50 tackles in 2017.

2019 Army commits (21)

LB Tanner Addams, 6-3, 210, Monacan HS, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Attended 2018 Black & Gold Game.
QB Maurice Bellan, 5-10, 178, Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Hudl profile – 4.46 40-yard dash (COMMITTED, June 28)
OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion. (COMMITTED, April 13)
RB Shacori Collier, 5-10, 200, Many (La.) HS
RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: Other offers – (COMMITTED, May 22)
S Kane Everson, 5-10, 170, Harrisburg (Pa.) HS: Scored 11 touchdowns, threw for three scores and made 50 tackles as a junior.
C Blake Feigenspan, 6-4, 264 Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Hawaii
QB Dillon Gabriel, 6-1, 180, Mililani (Hawaii) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Hawaii (COMMITTED, June 17)
LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Mocksville, N.C.
DT Gerald Irons, 6-2, 260, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Boston College, Kansas, North Texas, UTEP, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe (COMMITTED, June 28)
DB Michael Mack, 6-2, 180, Bullis HS, Potomac, Md.: Other offers – Air Force, Rice
QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, June 6)
OL Justin Kopko, 6-4, 315, Hanover Area (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED, April 13)
FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy (COMMITTED, May 21)
CB Boris Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo (COMMITTED, June 27)
QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern (COMMITTED, June 28)
DB D’Andre Tobias, 5-10, 170, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers -  Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, June 7)
QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, March 28)

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