Recruting: Fortner twins commit to Army

Kalib and Liam Fortner have always talked about playing football together in college.

The Knoxville (Tenn.) Central twins have also discussed going the military route to further their education. The opportunity for both presented itself when the Fortners were offered by Army last week. They didn’t take much time to make their college decision.

Kalib and Liam Fortner announced their commitment to Army Wednesday with similar Twitter posts.

“It’s just an amazing feeling being able to commit to a school where you can serve this beautiful country and play ball at the highest level!,” Kalib said. “Not to mention, I have my brother right beside me along the way.

“It’s crazy that dream is turning into a reality!”

Kalib, who is being recruited to play outside linebacker, racked up 33 tackles for loss among his 109 stops as a junior. Fortner’s parents both served in the Navy.

“Army was the best possible school because all of the doors that open,” said Kalib, who held offers from FCS school Morehead State, Samford, Stetson, Tennessee-Martin, Tennessee Tech and Western Carolina. “I wanted to go to an academy school and there isn’t one better than Army.”

Liam, a wide receiver, caught 48 passes for 640 yards and six touchdowns in 2019. He helped Knoxville Central to its second straight Class 5A title last season.

“Blessed is an understatement when it comes to having the opportunity to go to one of most prestigious schools in all of the United States! What makes it even more special is that I’ll be paired with my day one brother!” Liam posted on social media.

2021 commits (18)
RB Noah Alexander, 5-10, 188, Eufaula (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns as junior.
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.
LB Kalib Fortner, 6-1, 205, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 119 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 10 sacks
WR Liam Fortner, 6-1, 185, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 48 catches, 640 yards, 6 TDs
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
QB Zach Mundell, 5-10, 170, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Illinois, Colorado State
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
TE Gabriel Thompson, 6-4, 240, Wiregrass Ranch HS, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
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
DB Leroy Watson, 5-10, 160, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan

Commitments by state: Florida (3), Georgia (2), Oklahoma (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (2), Alabama (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), Ohio (1)

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