KnightCap: Heart of Dallas Bowl

A gutsy call, an overtime touchdown run by Jordan Asberry and one last stand from Army’s defense lead to the Black Knights’ 38-31 win over North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Army completed one of the best improvements in the academy’s 126 years of football, going from 2-10 last season to 8-5 this year.

Ahmad Bradshaw was named the game’s most valuable player, rushing for 129 yards including a 65-yard touchdown. Jeremy Timpf led Army’s defense with 15 tackles.

Here’s a video recap of the win:

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Postgame Heart of Dallas Bowl: Asberry, Bradshaw, Timpf, Riley

Army sophomore running back Jordan Asberry, junior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw, senior linebacker Jeremy Timpf and freshman cornerback Elijah Riley thoughts after a 38-31 overtime win over North Texas

Jordan Asberry
On the touchdown in overtime on fourth down
“I heard the play call so I knew that I was getting the ball and this was going to be our last chance to get into the end zone. I knew it was going to be in my hands. I accepted the challenge. I saw a hole open up created by a great block from Tyler Campbell and my offensive line got their blocks down. I saw a seam up and I just took it and found myself in the end zone.”

On the feeling when he crossed the goal line
“It felt great but I knew our defense had to go out there. They played amazing. I knew they still had to go out there and get another stop. Scoring a touchdown is always good and the game-winning touchdown is great but I knew we still had more work to do. The defense prevailed and now we can call ourselves champions.”

Ahmad Bradshaw
On the fourth down play in overtime 
“We needed three yards. We are a rushing offense and that’s our go-to to get three yards a play. Coach Monken made a good call and the offensive line did a good job blocking around the edge led by slot Tyler Campbell and we got it in.”
On if he was surprised that coach Jeff Monken decided to go for it instead of kick the field goal
“I wasn’t surprised coach made that call. We do a lot of those type of situations in practice. I knew he would be aggressive with the call.”
On being named the game’s most valuable player
“It’s a great accomplishment but a bigger accomplishment was winning the game and finishing off the season the right way.”
On how this Army team will be remembered 
“I know we definitely will be remembered as one of the great Army teams. We still have a lot of work to do and a lot of work to get done for the future.”
On his third-down completion to Edgar Poe in overtime
“I had great blocking by the offensive line. It was just like playing catch really. I didn’t have to do much. Poe made a great catch.”
Jeremy Timpf
On the defense making a stop in overtime and sealing win 
“When it comes down the game’s final plays, I always want our defense to be on the field…The coaching staff did a great job. They called the right plays and got us in the right spots. Players made plays and that’s how it is done.”
On ending career on high note
“You can’t beat three wins to end the season, one over Navy and one in a bowl game. It’s a great feeling for everybody.
On Army’s defense
“North Texas has a lot of great players. They came out pretty tough against us. Problems are always going to happen. Offenses are always going to get yards. Our defense does a great job of not letting it affect our play. It’s always onto your next play and always thinking about your next job. If something bad happens, put it in the rear-view mirror and keep going. I think that’s what makes our defense so strong. North Texas had a lot of time to prepare for us so they used some new stuff that we didn’t see the last time. It gave us a little trouble but our players knuckled down.”
On the postgame celebration and being presented the Heart of Dallas Bowl trophy
“It’s unforgettable. That’s definitely a memory that I will have for the rest of my life. I will always think of that when I think of my college football career. It’s definitely awesome to be there with the brotherhood and awesome for Army fans everywhere.”
Elijah Riley
On his two interceptions
“Right place, right time. The way coach Bateman draws up the defensive schemes he puts in a great position to make some big plays. The way our defensive line and our linebackers were getting to the quarterback, it was only a matter of time before he just threw it up for grabs for somebody to get.”
On not being fooled by North Texas trick play and intercepting wide receiver pass 
“That was a close one. All week in practice the coaches were showing us film of their trick plays. I knew it was bound to happen eventually. That exact one was kind of obvious as soon as the quarterback started running. I saw No. 2 running straight down the field. I figured I’d catch up. I had Xavier (Moss) over the top of it. It was a little underthrown. I got it.”
On playing for Brandon Jackson
“Before the game with coach (ShaDon Brown spoke with the corners collectively about Brandon’s three goals. Beat Navy, be a top 20 defense and win a bowl game. We accomplished all three for him. That’s something we are very proud of.”
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Prediction time: Heart of Dallas Bowl – North Texas

Army is an 11-point favorite against North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl Tuesday.

The Black Knights were an 18-point favorite when North Texas won 35-18 at Michie Stadium on Oct. 22.

North Texas has won just one game of its five games since the victory over Army.

Army could end the season like it started – with a three-game winning streak.

Can’t see this game playing out like the teams’ first meeting, where Army turned the ball over seven times? Cant’ see Army losing to North Texas twice in a season. How much luster would be taken away from the win over Navy if that happened?

Sal Interdonato (Times Herald-Record Army football beat writer): Army 38, North Texas 14. Army’s defense will live up to its No. 4 national ranking and hold North Texas to no more than two touchdowns. Army should be able to score against North Texas’ defense, which has allowed 30 or more points in eight of its 12 games. If Army’s defense forces a few turnovers, this could be a game similar to the Black Knights’ 66-14 win at UTEP in September.
Josh Conklin (Times Herald-Record freelance photographer): Army 42, North Texas 14. Like it should have been the first time.

Predictions from across the college football universe
Brett Vito (Denton Record-Chronicle North Texas beat writer): North Texas 28, Army 27. Vito says in his online preview, “Army is on a roll after winning its last two games, including a milestone win over rival Navy. UNT has lost four of its last five and will be down several key players. Fortunately for the Mean Green, they will play at the Cotton Bowl in front of a large contingent of their fans, who will help them sneak out a close win.”
Pete Fiutak (collegefootballnews.com): Army 21, North Texas 16
Robert A. Boleyn (Athlon Sports): Army 42, North Texas 17
Ben Kercheval (CBS Sports): North Texas + 10.5. Kercheval is a North Texas graduate.
Dennis Dodd (CBS Sports): Army
Jon Solomon (CBS Sports): North Texas
Jerry Palm (CBS Sports): Army

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Heart of Dallas Bowl notebook

Army players are saying the right things.

The Black Knights are treating the Heart of Dallas Bowl like any other game this season, safety Rhyan England and center Bryce Holland say.

But, even, England admits there’s a little extra associated with this game, which kicks off at noon Tuesday. Army was defeated by North Texas 35-18 at home on Oct. 22 in one of its most disappointing efforts of the season.

“For me, it’s a little revenge game,” England said. “We performed very poorly when we played them the first time. It wasn’t just offense or defense or special teams. It was all of us combined.

“It’s definitely revenge but at the same time, we can’t go into it with too much emotion. We need to go into with a level head especially for the seniors. I want to send them out on the right note and let them taste victory one last time.”

Linebacker Andrew King is one of the seniors. He’s going to miss playing for defensive coordinator Jay Bateman. King has been a starter since Bateman took the position before the 2014 season.

“Coach Bateman is a tremendous person first and foremost,” King said. “He’s caring and he loves everyone that he comes in contact with. You can see his passion for the game through his preparation just the time he spends in the office away from his family and just the work that he puts in.

“He allows us to grow and develop as men and football players. He allows me the freedom to use my instincts on the field and to make calls and decisions. I come to the sideline we tell him what we see and he makes adjustments on the fly.

“He’s a great coach, a great person and I’m so happy to be part of this brotherhood and I’m so happy to know him. The entire coaching staff is (full of) great individuals and great coaches that love to win.”

Is Army’s defense going to change things up after giving up 157 yards and three touchdowns to North Texas running back Jeffrey Wilson in the second half on Oct. 22?

“We have a simple game plan,” senior linebacker Jeremy Timpf said. “We are not trying to go out there and throw new things at them. Execution is going to win this game.”
North Texas linebacker Fred Scott missed his team’s first game against Army following surgery to repair a sports hernia. Coach Seth Littrell said Scott is one of North Texas’ most important players against Army’s triple-option offense.
“I was excited watched them (his teammates) play (the first time against Army), especially the defense as well as they played,” Scott said. “I’m glad I get the opportunity to go out and play against them this time. It’s going to be fun.”
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Army Football Podcast: Bowl edition

Stephen Anderson couldn’t make it to this year’s Army-Navy game but he was brought back a piece of the Black Knights’ historic win over Navy.

Lieutenants, stationed with Anderson at Ft. Benning, Ga., came back with grass from the 50-yard line and the end zone, where Ahmad Bradshaw scored the winning touchdown, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

The grass is hanging on Anderson’s refrigerator in two plastic bags.

Anderson and I break down Army’s victory over Navy, preview the Heart of Dallas Bowl against North Texas on Dec. 27 and share stories on the Black Knights’ last postseason appearance – 2010 Armed Forces Bowl.

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Defense breakdown: Navy

Army’s starting 11 on defense played all but four snaps in a 21-17 win over Navy.

Sophomore linebackers James Gibson and James Nachtigal were the only reserve players to see action.

Army’s defense allowed one first down in the first half and a season-low eight first downs for the game. The eight first downs were a season low by Navy. The Midshipmen’s previous low was 13 against Temple in the American Athletic Conference championship.

Senior linebacker Andrew King now has 35.5 career tackles for a loss, ranking fifth all-time. King is one tackle for loss away from passing Jim Brock (1984-86) and Cameron Craig (2003-06) into third place.

Senior linebacker Jeremy Timpf’s nine tackles give him 306 in his career, tying him for 10th in academy history with Jason Frazier (1999-02). Timpf is two tackles away from moving past Caleb Campbell (307) for ninth place.

Junior linebacker Alex Aukerman now has 6.5 sacks, the sixth-highest, single-season total in academy history.

Misc. notes: Navy ran just 36 plays, its lowest by far this season…Army held Navy senior receiver Jamir Tillman to three catches for 33 yards.

Turnovers: 3. Rhyan England, fumble recovery, first quarter; Xavier Moss, interception, first quarter; Rhyan England, interception, second quarter.

Third-down defense: Notre Dame converted 2-of-7 opportunities.

Defensive penalties: 0.

Navy plays of 20 yards or more: 2. Rushing – 1 (Zach Abey, 41 yards); Passing – 1 (Brandon Colon, 29 yards).

Here’s a breakdown: (36 defensive snaps as charted off DVR):

*LB Kenneth Brinson (36 snaps): 3 tackles, 18th career start
*S Rhyan England (36 snaps): 3 tackles, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, 28th career start
*LB Andrew King (36 snaps): 5 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss, 34th career start
#*CB Jaylon McClinton (36 snaps): 4th career start
*NT Andrew McLean (33 snaps): 2 tackles, 10th career start
*S Xavier Moss (36 snaps): 5 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 0.5 tackle for loss, 45th career start
*#CB Elijah Riley (36 snaps): 1 tackle, 10th career start
*DE Jordan Smith (36 snaps): 2 tackles, 14th career start
*LB Jeremy Timpf (36 snaps): 9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 36th career/straight start
*DE John Voit (36 snaps): 2 tackles, 23rd career start
*LB Alex Aukerman (35 snaps): 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 19th career start
LB James Nachtigal (3 plays)
LB James Gibson (1 snap)
* – starter
# – freshman

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Offense breakdown: Navy

Center Bryce Holland and tackles Rick Kurz and Brett Toth played all 74 snaps in Army’s 21-17 win over Navy.

Army’s first two scoring drives were triple option football at its best. The Black Knights’ longest play was a 13-yard run by fullback Darnell Woolfolk on either drive. Four different rushers picked up first downs on Army’s opening possession, which finished with Andy Davidson’s 1-yard touchdown run.

Freshman Kell Walker lined up as a fullback on eight plays and carried the ball six times for 34 yards. Walker said after the game that he had played some fullback at Army Prep last season due to injuries.

Junior Josh Boylan, Army’s second-team center, made his first career start, playing 66 out of a possible 74 snaps at left guard.

Army ran eight of its 74 plays from the shotgun.

The Black Knights did not commit a penalty in the game.

Sophomore fullback Andy Davidson now has 905 rushing yards on the season. He can become the academy’s 15th leading rusher with 95 yards against North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 27

Senior wide receiver Edgar Poe is 62 yards shy of becoming the ninth 1,000-yard career receiver in Army history.

Rushing yards by quarter: First quarter – 86; Second quarter – 96; Third quarter – 65; Fourth quarter – 69.

Possessions: 11. Touchdowns – 3. Turnovers – 4. Punts – 2. Three-and-outs – 2. Drives of seven of more plays – 5. Longest drive – 14 plays, 66 yards, 7 minutes, 39 seconds, first quarter, touchdown (opening drive).
Time of possession: Army – 40:32; Navy – 19:28

Third-down conversions: 8-for-13. Fourth-down conversions: 2-for-2.

Touchdowns: Rushing – Andy Davidson, 1 yard, first quarter (10th of season, 10th career); Davidson, 1 yard, second quarter (11th of season, 11th career); Ahmad Bradshaw, 9 yards, fourth quarter (seventh of season, 12th career).

Kicking: Blake Wilson 3-for-3 on extra points; Mitchell Howard one touchback

Negative-yardage plays: 3. Team (kneel downs to finish game).

20+ yard plays: 1. Edgar Poe (29 yards, pass).

Triple-option distribution: Quarterback (Ahmad Bradshaw, Malik McGue) 10 carries, 52 yards, 1 TD; fullbacks (Andy Davidson, Darnell Woolfolk, Kell Walker) 40 carries, 152 yards, 2 TDs; slotbacks (Kell Walker, Tyler Campbell, Jordan Asberry, John Trainor) 17 carries, 115 yards.

Here’s a breakdown of the snaps (74 plays as charted off DVR):

*C Bryce Holland (74 snaps): 14th career start
*LT Rick Kurz (74 snaps): 16th career start
*RT Brett Toth (74 snaps): 13th career start
*QB Ahmad Bradshaw (73 snaps): 9 carries, 51 yards, 1 TD, 2-for-4, 35 yards, 1 interception, 18th career start
*LG Josh Boylan (66 snaps): 1st career start
*WR Edgar Poe (64 snaps): 1 catch, 29 yards, 2 targets, 28th career start
RG Mike Houghton (53 snaps)
*SB Tyler Campbell (47 snaps): 3 carries, 29 yards, 12th career start
*FB Andy Davidson (47 snaps): 28 carries, 87 yards, 2 TDs, 8th career start, 1st start since North Texas on Oct. 22.
#*SB Kell Walker (47 snaps): 16 carries, 94 yards, 4th career start
#TE/OL Mike Johnson (40 snaps): Johnson was used a sixth offensive lineman and wore jersey No. 48
*WR Jeff Ejekam (32 snaps): 7th career start
SB Jordan Asberry (31 snaps): 3 carries, 18 yards
SB John Trainor (22 snaps): 1 carry, 8 yards
*RG Justin Gilbert (21 snaps): 30th career start, left game in second quarter with an ankle injury
FB Darnell Woolfolk (12 snaps): 6 carries, 31 yards
SB Joe Walker (11 snaps): 1 catch, 6 yards, 2 targets
TE Quentin Parker (10 snaps)
#LG Jaxson Deaton (8 snaps)
SB Elijah St. Hilaire (5 snaps)
WR Christian Poe (2 snaps)
QB Malik McGue (1 snap): 1 carry, 1 yard
* – starter
# – freshman

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Bodine leaving Army for Georgia Southern

Army offensive line coach Bob Bodine has accepted the same position at Georgia Southern.

Bodine’s move was first reported by Georgia Southern Scout and Football Scoop.

Bodine, who was coaching at Army’s practices this weekend,  joined Jeff Monken’s staff at West Point in 2014. He coached the offensive line, working with coordinator Brent Davis for three seasons and tight ends, assisting in Kelvin White’s transition from quarterback to a receiver and blocking his first year.

Bodine was an assistant coach at Georgia Southern for four seasons from 1999-2002, coaching linebackers, wide receivers and slotbacks.

Army could promote Pat Tresey from offensive quality control coach to offensive line coach.

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Army to launch investigation into Wake Forest allegations

Army is launching an investigation into whether Tommy Elrod, a former assistant coach-turned-announcer, leaked Wake Forest’s game plans to the academy’s football program.

The academy released a statement on Saturday afternoon:

“The U.S. Military Academy’s Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, has directed Army’s Athletic Director, Boo Corrigan, to conduct an investigation into allegations that an individual affiliated with the Wake Forest football program provided Army inappropriate information about that program.  The investigation will be conducted by a U.S. Army officer.

Given the seriousness of these claims, it is important that all the facts and findings are gathered and analyzed to determine what action, if any, is warranted.”

Army athletic director Boo Corrigan said Wednesday he was contacted by Wake Forest in connection with the game plan leaks and the academy was, “looking into it.”

An internal investigation by Wake Forest revealed Elrod lack information between 2014-16.

Army and Wake Forest have played the last five years. The last three games were decided in the fourth quarter. Wake Forest beat Army 24-21 in 2014 and 17-14 in 2015. Army won in Winston-Salem 21-13 on Oct. 29.

Conflicting reports on if Army received information. The Winston-Salem Journal reported earlier this week that Army was contacted by Elrod but did not receive any information.

The Atlantic Coast Conference said Saturday after a review of Wake Forest’s investigation and speaking with schools, it was determined that game plan information was leaked to Army in 2014 and 2016, Virginia Tech in 2014 and Louisville in 2016. The ACC fined both Virginia Tech and Louisville $25,000 Saturday.

Corrigan isn’t expected to comment on the matter until the investigation is completed.

Coach Jeff Monken said after Saturday’s practice, “They (Wake Forest) reached out to us. We are going to do an investigation based on the request of our superintendent. We are going to go through a full investigation.”

Stay tuned.

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Recruiting: Gillespie, Powers, Wilson commitments

Howard (Md.) punter Michael Gillespie was playing in an all-star game Saturday when Army defeated Navy to snap its 14-game losing streak to its service-academy rival.

Gillespie received an offer from Army last week. He committed to the Black Knights Thursday.

“I would’ve done anything to be there, such a big win for the program,” Gillespie said. “It really shows where they’re heading as a team.”

Spruce Creek (Fla.) safety Todd Powers and Jefferson (Ga.) defensive tackle Dontae Wilson also committed to Army Thursday. Wilson was offered by Navy and Colorado State. Zach Boobas, Wilson’s teammate at Jefferson, committed to Army in October. Wilson had 74 tackles and six sacks as a senior, according to Max Prep.

Clear Falls (Texas) safety Taylor Vessel gave Army his verbal commitment Saturday after watching the Black Knights’ 21-17 win over Navy in Baltimore.

2017 Army football commits (68)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia. (COMMITTED, July 28)
DE Kendall Bailey, 6-4, 240, Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 7)
TE Justin Barna, 6-4, 237, Parkway HS, Rockford, Ohio: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED to July 30)
CB D.J. Baxter, 5-11, 160, Chattanooga Central HS, Harrison, Tenn.: First offer – Navy.
TE Simon Behr, 6-4, 215, Franklin Regional HS, Murrysville, Pa.: Other offers – Fordham, Yale. (COMMITTED, July 28)
LB Greg Benton, 6-1, 210, Long Reach HS, Columbia, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 29)
CB Dallas Blacklock, 5-10, 165, Sharpstown HS, Houston, Texas: First offer – Army. Member of 2016 United States Under-18 national team.  (COMMITTED, July 31)
S Zack Boobas, 5-10, 190, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: First offer – Army. Hudl profile – 4.50 40-yard dash (COMMITTED, October 27)
S Elijah Boyd, 6-2, 175, Frisco (Texas) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 17)
DT George Brown, 6-1, 285, Chancellor HS, Fredricksburg, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Army visit: July 23. (COMMITTED, August 15)
RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 207, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: (COMMITTED, July 2)
TE Chris Cameron, 6-3, 220, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Son of former LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
S Daniel Charles, 6-1, 190, Marietta (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy, East Carolina, Miami (Ohio), Georgia State, Tulane, Appalachian State, Charlotte. (COMMITTED, Nov. 18)
RB-LB Nasser Clark, 5-10, 190, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.: First offer – Army. Army visit – July 23. (COMMITTED, Oct. 15)
DB Tyren Cloyd, 6-2, 185, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 24)
DL Alex Crawford, 6-1, 255, Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
RB-LB Keelan Crosby, 5-10, 200, Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.
DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, July 26)
RB-S Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.: (COMMITTED, July 26)
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6). (COMMITTED, July 3).
DE Ryan Duran, 6-5, 220, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa. (COMMITTED, Sept. 11)
WR Sean Eckert, 6-4, 180, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 21)
TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 225, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.: First FBS offer – Army. 10 touchdown catches for state 6A champions.
DT Destin Flloyd, 6-foot, 270, Havelock (N.C.) HS: (COMMITTED, Oct. 18)
P Michael Gillespie, 6-foot, 180, Howard HS, Ellicott City, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, Dec. 15)
LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 15)
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – Nov. 15
DE Karl Holler, 6-5, 247, The Tatnall School, Wilmington, Del.
OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 255, Duncanville (Texas) HS: Army visit – Spring game. (COMMITTED, July 31)
K Brooks Hosea, 6-foot, 175, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
DB Jordan Hunt, 5-10, 180, Theodore (Ala.) HS
S Daniel Jackson, 6-1, 192, Middle Creek HS, Apex, N.C.: (COMMITTED, August 18)
S Jordan Jackson, 5-11, 180, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla.: First FBS offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force(COMMITTED, Nov. 17)
CB Caleb John, 5-10, 181, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.: (COMMITTED, July 22)
LB Nate Jones, 6-4, 200, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
S Elijah Johnson, 6-1, 200, Glen Este HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: First Division I-A offer – Army. (COMMITTED, Sept. 30)
QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 205, Hooks (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, Nov. 23)
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 6)
S Jordan Lane, 6-1, 185, North Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.: First offer – Army.
RB Tyler Lavine, 5-11, 210, Cedar Park (Texas) HS: Lavine was named top 2017 running back at Army prospect camp in June.
QB Jabari Laws, 5-9, 160, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.: Laws has ran for 415 yards and nine touchdowns and thrown for 1,179 yards and 19 touchdowns through Wise’s first eight games.
P-K Michael Leisle, 6-foot, 165, Nease HS, Ponte Vedra, Fla.: Army visits – June 24, Nov. 5. (COMMITTED, Nov. 13)
LB Jeremiah Lowery, 6-3, 235, Edgewood Academy, Elmore, Ala.: (COMMITTED, June 24)
LB John Lyons, 6-2, 210, White Station HS, Memphis, Tenn.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6) (COMMITTED, July 27)
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 22)
RB Garnett Nicolas, 6-1, 225, John S. Burke Catholic HS, Goshen, N.Y.: Other offers – Navy. Army visit – July 22. (COMMITTED, Sept. 27)
CB Dean Ngendakuriyo, 5-11, 180, Benedictine HS, Richmond, Va.: First FBS offer – Army. Visits – Army, March 30. (COMMITTED, August 1)
LS Kyle O’Connor, 6-1, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Louisville, Ohio. Army visit: October 22. (COMMITTED, Nov. 15)
DT Ryan O’Malley, 6-4, 260, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Former Illinois commit. Other offers – Buffalo, New Mexico. (COMMITTED, Oct. 17)
S Ayrton Payne, 5-10, 176, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, June 23)
FB Markens Pierre, 5-11, 215, Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 14)
DL Troy Porche, 6-2, 262, Lamar HS, Houston, Texas
OL-DL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane. (COMMITTED, July 30)
S Todd Powers, 6-1, 182, Spruce Creek HS, Port Orange, Fla.: First offer – Army
TE Rhett Read, 6-4, 225, Leon HS, Jewett, Texas: (COMMITTED, July 25)
WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Berry Tech, Charlotte, N.C. (COMMITTED, Nov. 20)
LB Ben Roth, 6-1, 210, Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla.: First commit of 2017 class. Direct admit. (COMMITTED, June 22)
WR Gabe Schappell, 6-3, 215, Exeter HS, Reading, Pa.: (COMMITTED, June 23)
LB Joe Stephenson, 6-foot, 197, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS: First FBS offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 1)
QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-9, 168, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va.: (COMMITTED, June 27)
S Taylor Vessel, 6-1, 195, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – South Alabama, Texas State
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, June 24)
DE Ted Wages, 6-4, 225, Auburn (Ala.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Sept. 18)
RB Joe Wallace, 5-10, 185, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla. (COMMITTED, July 27)
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 20)
DB Wally Wilmore, 5-10, 175, Northwestern HS, Rock Hill, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Citadel, Charleston Southern, Western Carolina, Furman. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23)
DT Dontae Wilson, 6-foot, 290, Jefferson (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Colorado State, Citadel
S Malachi Winters, 6-foot, 185, Hammonton (N.J.) HS: First offer – Army.
K Carson Wyld, 5-11, 190, Ponchatoula (La.) HS
Commit breakdown by state: Texas (11); Georgia (9); Virginia (8); North Carolina (7); Florida (6); Maryland (4); Ohio (4); Illinois (3); Pennsylvania (3); South Carolina (3); Alabama (3); Louisiana (2); Tennessee (2); Arkansas (1); Delaware (1); New Jersey (1); New York (1).
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