Recruiting: Super Sunday

Army’s 2021 class doubled Sunday as five recruits announced their commitments to the Black Knights.

Three of the commits received offers from Navy, Air Force or both. Another was a 2019 first-team, all-state Oklahoma linebacker. The other is one of the top tight ends in Missouri.

Triton Central (Ind.) long snapper Jaxon Miller, Catholic (Baton Rogue, La.) safety Michael Cerniauskas, Wall (N.J.) defensive back Casey Larkin, Owasso (Okla.) linebacker Emaud Triplett and North Kansas City (Mo.) tight end Danny Joiner are the newest members of the Black Knights’ 2021 class.

Miller started Super Sunday with his social media post. He called coach Jeff Monken with his decision Sunday afternoon after taking a virtual tour of Army’s program Saturday.

“Yesterday’s virtual tour was a huge factor in my decision,” Miller said. “The tour gave me the in-depth details about West Point and it was amazing. I was also able to communicate with the staff all day and ask all of my questions.”

Miller is ranked the nation’s No. 1 snapper in the 2021 class by Kornblue Kicking. He was offered by Air Force.

“I had a great relationship with the Air Force staff and it was one of my top schools, but at the end of the day, I want to be a part of the West Point brotherhood,” Miller said. “The culture and the staff that Army football has is the best in the country.

“It’s a tough program with a rich history and tough culture. I love that they are a team that goes into Power Five opponents with no fear.”

Miller’s grandfather served in the Army and his cousin was a major in the Air Force.

“I know that I want to serve my country and be a part of something bigger than myself,” Miller said. “Playing football and being able to lead soldiers in the greatest military on the planet is truly an honor.”

Cerniauskas has strong ties to West Point. Cerniauskas’ father, Chris, is a 1993 graduate. The younger Cerniauskas received offers from Navy, Air Force, Ohio and Louisiana-Monroe.

“What set Army apart (from Navy and Air Force) at the end was what I wanted to do when I got out of college, the people there, and the big-time football being played in upcoming years,” said Cerniauskas, who also took the virtual tour Saturday.

Cerniauskas said of his decision, “It means that I am committing to something bigger than myself. A brotherhood that fights for the same purpose and following in the footsteps of many greats who have done it before me is a great honor.”

Larkin said he chose Army over offers including Navy because, “of the opportunity after college and the connection I have with (coaches).” He visited West Point in February.

“They have been recruiting me for a while now and I want to be a part of something like that brotherhood at Army,” Larkin said. “They (Army and Navy) both are great schools but I think the relationship that I built with Army was unmatched.”

Triplett made 140 tackles for state champion Owasso. He held offers from Eastern Michigan and North Texas.

Joiner, whose offers included Bowling Green and Toledo, also visited Army virtually Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound tight end caught 22 passes, rushed for four touchdowns and had 57 pancake blocks as a junior.

When asked what led to his commitment, Joiner said, “To be honest, it was the love from the coaches and the prestige that going to West Point offers. The coaches did a great job with recruitment and constantly staying in touch and checking up.”

Joiner was in a group of recruits to took a virtual tour of West Point Saturday.

“It was a deal breaker with finally getting to see how beautiful the campus is,” Joiner said of the virtual visit. “It took my breath away.”

2021 commits (10)
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Colorado State
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green

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