Recruiting: Official visit weekend nets three Georgia commits

Georgia continues to be one of Army’s top recruiting hotbeds under offensive coordinator Brent Davis as the Black Knights received three 2020 commitments from the Peach State over the weekend.

Aquinas (Ga.) fullback A.J. Williams, who gave his verbal commitment to coach Jeff Monken during his official visit Sunday morning, said the Georgia background of Army’s coaching staff helps build a strong relationship with recruits. Davis worked under Monken at Georgia Southern before West Point.

“They believe in the type of ball played down here,” Williams said.

Navy and Air Force offered Williams. But Army, which has won the Commander in Chief’s trophy, the round-robin competition between the Division I service academies, the last two seasons, made Williams, “feel like a top priority.”

“I am beyond proud to be able to commit to West Point,” said Williams, who rushed for 754 yards and seven touchdowns and made 90 tackles and nine tackles for a loss as a linebacker his junior season. “I feel like I can be a part of something truly amazing.”

Rome (Ga.) center Aidan Gaines said Davis was “outstanding” as a recruiter,”unlike most he doesn’t push you to make a decision. He just lets the facts speak for themselves.”

Gaines knew Army was the right fit for him, “When I looked out at the Hudson (River) past Thayer Hall (during his official visit over the weekend). That was the moment.” The two-year starter also received offers from Navy and Air Force. Gaines committed to Monken in his office Sunday during his official visit.

“The largest factor in my decision was the amount of opportunity the school had to offer,” said Gaines, who would like to major engineering or law. “The fact that all majors were available to all athletes is completely unheard of at any other school. That paired with what the program has become with the coaching staff made West Point the best choice or me out of any college in the country.”

Gaines said Army’s “heavy emphasis on brotherhood,” stood out among the other academies.

“The word ‘brotherhood,’ is loosely tossed around at other schools but only at West Point is it 100 percent lived by,” Gaines said. “Everyone at West Point feels like my football family back home, almost frighteningly so.”

Savannah Country Day (Ga.) defensive end Andre Miller announced his commitment to Army Sunday afternoon following an official visit. Miller and A.J. Williams were teammates in the Georgia Elite Classic All-Star game. He had more than 10 FBS offers including Navy, Colorado and Florida Atlantic.

Commitments from the recruiting weekend kept rolling in Monday as Westinghouse (Chicago, Ill.) linebacker De’Andre Wilborn and Peabody (Tenn.) running back Jarel Dickson announced their pledges.

Wilborn, who was recruited by multiple Ivy League schools, said West Point’s academics played an important role in his commitment.

“I am a student-athlete and I believe that with everything in me,” Wilborn said. “Being a student comes first. I am the first in my family to have my education paid for in full and to play college football at the highest level with a top 25 team.

“This is an amazing opportunity and I’m ready for the journey.”

Dickson’s FBS offers included Navy, Miami (Ohio) and Western Kentucky. He rushed for 1,260 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior.

2020 commits (13)
TE-DE Bryant Burns, 6-3, 228, Ozark (Ark.) HS: Other offers – Appalachian State. (COMMITTED, April 22)
S Kaiser Cambra-Cho, 6-2, 195, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, May 25)
RB Jarel Dickson, 6-foot, 215, Peabody HS, Trenton, Tenn.: 2018 stats – 1,260 rushing yards, 24 touchdowns. Other offers – Navy, Miami (Ohio), Western Kentucky. (COMMITTED, June 17)
DE Rodney Faulk, 6-3, 230, Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Navy, Central Michigan (COMMITTED, June 14)
C Aidan Gaines, 6-1, 285, Rome (Ga.) HS: Two-year starter. Other offers – Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED, June 16)
T David Hoyt, 6-6, 280, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic HS: Ranked 90th-best tackle of the 2020 class by 247 Sports. Other offers – Rutgers, Louisville, Illinois, Buffalo, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Tulane, Toledo, Ohio, Colorado State, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Mississippi, Liberty. (COMMITTED, March 30)
P-K Albert Jang, 6-2, 185, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga. Other offers – Air Force (May 6) (COMMITTED, March 1)
DE Andre Miller, 6-3, 235, Savannah (Ga.) Country Day School: Army visit – June 14-16. Other offers – Navy, Colorado, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Akron, Appalachian State, Southern Mississippi, Liberty, Coastal Carolina. (COMMITTED, June 16)
RB Dillan Monette, 5-7, 160, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La. (COMMITTED, May 2)
QB Delshawn Traylor, 5-11, 180, Helix HS, La Mesa, Calif.: Unofficial visit – June 17. Recruited as a safety by Air Force but not offered. First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, June 17).
LB De’Andre Wilborn, Westinghouse HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – June 14-16. (COMMITTED, June 17)
RB-LB A.J. Williams, 6-1, 210, Aquinas HS, Augusta, Ga.: Army visit – June 14-16. Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, June 14-16).
S Tommy Zitiello, 6-2, 185, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, June 7)

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