Pre-Spring Practice notebook: Fullback depth, Johnson-West recoveries, Monken on new WR coach

Fullback will remain Army’s deepest position this spring.

Coach Jeff Monken said there’s no plans of moving any of the team’s top four fullbacks – Darnell Woolfolk, Andy Davidson, Connor Slomka and Calen Holt – to another position. The quartet combined for 1,869 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2017. Monken also said freshman fullback Sandon McCoy, who rushed for 58 yards on 12 carries last season, is also a player to watch.

“It’s a good problem to have if you consider it a problem,” Monken said of the fullback depth. “The problem is you want to get them all a bunch of reps but you can’t. They are all worthy of getting some time.”

Sophomore offensive lineman Mike Johnson and sophomore defensive end Amadeo West are potential starters in 2018 after both are coming off 2017 preseason ACL injuries. Army is taking a cautious approach with Johnson and West. Monken said they would be limited to running in the spring.

“We just don’t want to throw them right into the wolves right now,” Monken said. “They are going to get nursed back to health and be ready to go for summer workouts.”

Johnson started two games at right guard his freshman year in 2016. West had four tackles and a sack in five games as a freshman.

“I really though Mike Johnson may have been a starter this past year had he been healthy and not gotten injured,” Monken said. “It will be good to have him back…I think Amadeo West has a chance to be a tremendous player for us.”

Monken said sophomore tackle Alex Herndon is on medical leave this semester and could factor into the 2018 starting offensive line when he returns.

Army added wide receivers coach Marcus Edwards and special teams coordinator Mike Krysl to its staff in the offseason. Monken said Edwards, who held the same position at Stony Brook, came highly recommended.

“We were really excited to get him,” Monken said of Edwards. “We brought several guys in. We were able to talk to some outstanding candidates. I thought the group of guys that we brought in to interview for that job were great. It was really a difficult decision. Ultimately, we just loved his energy and his passion for teaching…Everybody had great things to say about him. He worked really hard since he’s gotten here and he’s working hard in recruiting and that’s important. I’m sure he’s going to do a great job.”

Krysl’s hiring shifts Sean Saturnio back to tight ends coach and gives him additional time to focus on his West Coast recruiting area.

“That’s such a vast recruiting area for him (Saturnio),” Monken said. “For him to do that and do that well, you could do that full time and nothing else and it wouldn’t be enough time. He’s able to concentrate on his recruiting area which is very large and coach the tight ends.

“He will still be involved with the special teams like Mike Viti and Daryl Dixon were in their respective teams. We will still have one coach on the staff in addition to coach Krysl to be a lead coach to help Mike because the special teams is a lot in itself with coaching the kickers, punters and snappers and doing all the breakdowns and scouting reports. We’ll continue to have Saturnio and other guys on the staff assisting Mike.”



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Roster update: Andrew McLean, Chris Carter, Marcus Hyatt

Andrew McLean’s college football career appears to have come to a close.

McLean, who started 17 games at nose tackle in the last two seasons, will be a student coach this spring, coach Jeff Monken said. He suffered a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 7, 2017 at Rice. McLean had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate. He had one more season of eligibility left.

“Having another surgery in this offseason with the ACL got him a little down in the dumps about his body and his health,” Monken said. “He wants to be commissionable and he’s really focusing on making sure that he is healthy to do that in December when he graduates.”

Junior quarterback Chris Carter isn’t on the spring roster. Monken said Carter has, “got an issue that he’s dealing with that’s related to the academy discipline structure.”

“Hopefully it will work itself out and he’ll be able to come back,” Monken said.

Carter started the final two games of his freshman season and was the starter against Notre Dame his sophomore year. He didn’t play in the 2017 season due to academics but he still practiced as a scout-team quarterback.

Marcus Hyatt’s name remains on the roster but Monken said the cornerback isn’t currently at the academy. Hyatt, who started eight games in 2016, battled a neurological disorder that hospitalized him for three months in 2017.

“We are hopeful that he can return but we are not sure he is going to be able to,” Monken said of Hyatt. “He’s got to be completely healthy to satisfy the academy and he be commissionable. It’s still yet to be seen.”


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Spring football: Walker may get shot at QB

As quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw’s football future remains cloudy, a surprise candidate for the three-year starter’s replacement could emerge under center for Army this spring.

Coach Jeff Monken confirmed that sophomore slotback Kell Walker “will probably” get a look at quarterback when the Black Knights open spring practice Tuesday. Walker led the team in yards per carry (7.3) and was Army’s third-leading rusher (629) last season. Monken said Walker has no prior quarterback experience.

“We obviously want to get the ball in his hands as often as we can,” Monken said. “He’s a good player for us. I think that would be a way to do that. I just don’t know if he’s going to be the guy that can lead our offense. The leadership piece for the quarterback is maybe as important as anything. I think he’s a good leader whether he will be able to lead from that position I do not know.”

Army is preparing for life without Bradshaw, who has won 18 games over the last two seasons, this spring. Bradshaw, listed as a senior on the 2017 roster, will be a cadet at West Point this fall but it’s unclear whether the academy will permit him to play his fourth season of football.

Sophomore Kelvin Hopkins and junior Luke Langdon received limited playing time backing up Bradshaw last season. Freshman Christian Anderson and Cam Thomas are the only other quarterbacks listed on Army’s spring roster.


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Coaching staff update: Army hires Edwards, Krysl

Army has recently added wide receivers coach Marcus Edwards and special teams coordinator Mike Krysl to complete its coaching staff.

Edwards spent the last three seasons as Stony Brook’s wide receivers coach. He also coached wide receivers at Bowling Green (2012-13) and Wagner (2009-11, 2014). Edwards replaces David Corley, who left West Point to become Penn State’s running backs coach.

Krysl was the special teams coordinator at Samford last season.

Sean Saturnio coached Army special teams the last two seasons. Army’s updated roster has Saturnio as the team’s tight ends coach.

Army has also changed the roles of Justin Weaver and Aairon Savage. Weaver moves from director of on-campus recruiting to defensive quality control coach. Savage, Army’s defensive quality control coach in 2017, is now the team’s director of high school relations.

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Brett Toth Pro Day

Brett Toth’s Pro Day was the most attended workout at West Point over the last five years.

At least 20 scouts from 12 teams watched Army’s senior tackle go through the combine-like workout, which included the bench press, 40-yard dash, vertical jump, standing long jump, shuttle and cone drills.

The Giants and Jets sent multiple scouts to check out Toth. Scouts from the Packers, Seahawks, Falcons, Broncos, Texans, Jaguars, Redskins, 49ers, Lions and Colts were also on hand. Many of the scouts Toth said he had already met at the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl in January and the NFL Combine last week.

“I say there is a comfortability (with the scouts) but once you are the only guy running the Pro Day and all eyes are on you,” Toth said. “It’s something that you are not used to.”

Army senior wide receiver Jeff Ejekam participated in only the bench press, pumping out 18 reps of 225 pounds.

Toth said he didn’t participate in on-field testing at the NFL Combine due to a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot that was discovered during team exams in Indianapolis.

“I was medically excluded,” Toth said. “You don’t want something happening and you go out there and end up with a full fracture when it was something that could have been avoided.”

Some of Toth’s Pro Day numbers were: 16 reps of 225, 25-inch vertical and 5.00-second 40-yard dash.

Toth worked position drills with scouts from the 49ers and Packers. He answered questions from scouts about his two-year service commitment following graduation on May 25.

Here’s my Pro Day story.

VIDEO: Brett Toth bench press

VIDEO: Brett Toth 40-yard dash

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Three-year starter Rick Kurz departs West Point

Three-year starting left tackle Rick Kurz will not return for his senior season.

Kurz, who started 27 games including 10 as a junior, confirmed his departure from West Point in a statement to the Times Herald-Record.

“I had to make one of the harder decisions I’ll ever make in January due to my inconsistent performance academically during the football season,” Kurz said. “This decision has led me to pursue my degree elsewhere.  I am thankful for being a small part of the success Army has had in my three years at West Point.  I will miss the coaches, trainers, my brothers in arms and beating Navy again in 2018.  Go Army!”

Competition to replace Army’s three graduating senior offensive linemen was expected to be one of the most closely-watched battles of spring practice. Kurz’s departure leaves senior center Bryce Holland is lone returning starter from an offensive line, which helped Army lead the nation in rushing in 2017. Senior tackle Brett Toth, an NFL prospect and senior guard Mike Houghton were three-year starters. Senior guard Josh Boylan was one of the team’s most improved and consistent players last season.
Junior Austin Schuffert and sophomores Jaxson Deaton and Mike Johnson, who missed the 2017 season with a knee injury, have previous experience as starters. Schuffert started in place of Kurz, who battled through injuries his junior year, at Air Force in November.


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Spring football roster update

Spring practice opens in just two weeks and Army’s updated online roster has one important name missing.

Junior tackle Rick Kurz is not listed on the roster. Kurz has started 27 games at left tackle over the last three seasons.

Kurz played through a variety of injuries last season, starting 11 of 13 games.

Other names missing from the roster include sophomore slotback Donovan Franklin, who played in seven games in 2017, sophomore linebacker Ryan Grady, who had four tackles in six games last season, freshman tight end Geoff Kirk and freshman quarterback Jordan Soper-Johnson.

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NFL Combine: Brett Toth

Senior tackle Brett Toth has arrived in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.

Toth is the first Army football player to participate in the combine since linebacker Caleb Campbell and punter Owen Tolson in 2008.

Toth’s schedule for the week includes testing and interviews Wednesday, bench press and testing Thursday and on-field workouts for offensive linemen Friday.

Toth appeared on SIRIUS XM’s Late Hits Monday night and told hosts Alex Marvez and Bill Polian that he’s down lost a few pounds from his playing weight of 305 to prepare for the Army Physical Fitness Test, which requires all graduating cadets to complete a two-mile run in under 15 minutes.

Here’s some excerpts of Toth’s interview:

On what he experienced playing in the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl last month

“For starters, going to the Shrine Game and going to the Senior Bowl, it was just exposing myself to the pro-style offense. Getting out there and getting involved with some of the coaching staffs and playing some ball with some of the other great players that will be at the combine as well. You get so few opportunities to play this sport especially since I may be out for a while with my service in the upcoming years. I just want to get as much as possible while I still can right now.”

On his path to the NFL following West Point graduation in May

“You find out a new piece of information it seems like every week the further we go with it. But again coming to West Point everyone knows there’s a five-year commitment that comes after graduation. With that upon graduation, the biggest clause for track runners, handball players, wrestlers, hockey players, there’s a program called the World Class Athlete program, in which right after commissioning they can partake in the Olympic training, practicing their sport and playing their sport. Unfortunately, the Olympics doesn’t offer football. There’s another clause that was passed in recent years that after two years of active duty service you can request to transition into a reserve unit and still do things on weekend time but still go and pursue your sport. As of now, that’s the most understanding I have of it.

“Higher ups whenever they come around and whenever they talk to some of our coaches or staff, they try to pass on whatever information that they have at that point because it comes up in conversation where we currently are. I’d say through this entire process I just learned to count my blessings.I’m appreciative of both opportunities. Either way, I have a great career in front of me.”

On completing the Army Physical Fitness Test and the two-mile run in under 15 minutes

“Naturally at a 300-pound lineman’s weight, I’m not really in the best condition to be doing that. In this offseason, I’m having to control my weight. Going to the combine I’m in low 290s, trying to do both to the best of my abilities. I have to pass that test along with the rest of the Army Physical Fitness Test as well as an indoor obstacle course, which kicks my butt just about every time I do it. It’s just the nature of the beast.

On Steelers Pro Bowl tackle and West Point graduate Ali Villanueva being a role model and an example to follow 

“Ali is one hell of a person as well as one hell of a player. I definitely look up to him for his morals and characteristics as well as what he can do on the football field.”

On how he landed at West Point 

“It was a long journey. I’m from Charleston and in the area you have the Citadel and VMI. Initially, I didn’t want to go to a military school. I kind of told my coaches that. At this point, I’m thankful that I matured through that process. Tony Coaxum was part of the old staff and spent some years with Denver. He convinced me to take an official visit to West Point. He came in and the pitch you get from West Point is it’s not about the next 4 years, it’s about the next 40 years and you are going to have responsibilities as well as problems that no other kid in America is going to have.

“It just resonated with me that this is a greater calling. You are truly going to be unique. I came in here at 17 years old. My mom had to sign off on me coming here for that. Once I got here, you are exposed to what this place has to offer. There’s so many mentors both on the coaching side as well as the officer side. You can’t go 10 feet without finding someone that has some sort of inspirational story. Through that, you also meet the Brotherhood and older players that were here whether it would be Gadson or Chuck Schretzman. Those are guys that were on the 1989 team, two captains that really stuck out because of their stories. For guys that like that to come up and tell you that the brotherhood comes first and that’s what keeps them going, it stuck with me and from there, I was sold.”

On picking up pass protection after playing in Army’s run-dominant triple-option system

“In the two weeks of the all-star games, there was an emphasis put on that (pass protection) to show that I have the capability of taking what the coaches say and taking the instruction and taking everything from the film room to the field. Often, you often get the reference that this isn’t rocket science (Toth is a physics major on a nuclear engineering tract). It’s kind of funny because my teammates end up chuckling any time I get it.”

On the toughest part about blocking techniques in NFL compared to college 

“During Shrine Game (the coaches) focused a lot on vertical settings, finding the intersection point between the rusher and quarterback. Going to the Senior Bowl, they taught more of a jump set and we want to approach them faster before he (the pass rusher) can get into his break and stall him before he can put a move on. Again from someone who was running 90 percent of the time, you find out there’s two different pass blocks, it kind of blows your mind.”


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2018 Signing Day: Buchanan joins fullback stable, dream come true for QB Steven Migut

JaKobi Buchanan narrowed his college football choices down to Army and Air Force.

Buchanan was leaning toward Air Force but the more that the 6-foot, 235-pound Chaminade Prep (Mo.) fullback watched Army’s triple-option offense, the more he realized West Point was more of his fit. The St. Louis recruit visited the academies in back-to-back weeks and a West Point confirmed Buchanan’s beliefs.

On Wednesday, Buchanan signed his letter of commitment to Army. Buchanan’s Signing Day included a breakfast with other college football signees in the area including Lafayette (Mo.) linebacker Hayden Bollinger and Christian (Mo.) kicker-punter Zach Harding, both Army commits.

“That’s the perfect offense for me and how I run the ball and my physical type of play,” Buchanan said of the triple option. “When I went on my official to Army, I knew that was where I wanted to be and that was the place I really wanted to spend the next four years.”

Buchanan fits the mold of Army fullbacks Darnell Woolfolk, Andy Davidson, Calen Holt and Connor Slomka, who combined for 1,869 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2017 and all return.

Army’s 2018 recruiting class was over 90 players Signing Day and December’s early period. Some commits, like Buchanan, will come directly to West Point this summer while others will attend Army Prep.

Coach Jeff Monken is prohibited to comment on an individual players until they arrive on post for R-Day this summer. But, Monken said he, “feels good about the class.”

“I think we have a lot of good players,” Monken said. “I think we have a lot of guys with some redeeming qualities who have potential. We are going to find out what they can do once they get here. I guess if there’s any advantage in recruiting for us, that’s the advantage, we can take more guys and guys that we think might have a little something to them, we can bring them and find out.”

Unity (Ill.) quarterback Steven Migut said Wednesday, “was a dream come true.” Army offered Migut on the spot after its prospect camp last summer. Monken and his staff stay committed to Migut after he suffered a shoulder injury his senior season.

“When hurt myself I said I hope Army doesn’t say, ‘we’re not as interested anymore because of your shoulder,’” Migut said. “The fact they still had a lot of interest in me and they didn’t think it was a big deal…I was definitely happy that they kept the offer on the table and allowed me to still be a part of their team.”

Migut was a dual-threat quarterback operating a spread offense for three years at Unity. He said he ran the football more than he threw it.

“I had just as many if not more rushing yards than our running back the last three years,” Migut said. “I ran the ball a lot. I’m not going to really get too far out of my comfort zone. The only difference between the offense I was running and the offense that Army runs is I’m going to have to take snaps under center. It’s going to be a lot more fast-paced after the snap. A triple option is a lot different than the spread in a lot of senses. I’m no stranger to running the ball and running it against some pretty big guys.”

Monken said if Army targeted one area in this class more than any other, “it was probably receiver. Our lines are a little bit shorter at receiver. I think we have some good young guys in the program but we wanted to make sure we took care of our numbers and hopefully, we got some guys that can help us. We’ll find out here in a couple years as they go through and develop.”

Cameron Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound wide receiver out of Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif., announced on Wednesday that he was decommitting from Cal Poly and signing with Army. According to Max Preps, Johnson caught 43 passes for 683 yards and seven touchdowns his senior year.

Hapeville Charter (Ga.) 6-foot-2 quarterback Hajj-Malik Williams announced his commitment to Army on Signing Day. Williams visited Army in mid-January. His Hudl profile says Williams runs the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds.

Ozark (Ala.) linebacker Tim McClendon flipped his commitment from Army to Air Force and signed with the Falcons Wednesday.

2018 commits (95)
S Izzy Akojie, 6-2, 185, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.: First FBS offer – Army. Former Old Dominion commit.
DB Kwantay Anderson, 6-foot, 160, Green Run HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, Jan. 18)
RB Jonathan Andrews, 6-foot, 185, Dutchtown HS, Hampton, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED, August 7)
OL Sam Backenstoe, 6-3, 263, Davidson HS, Hillard, Ohio: First offer – Army.
WR Jalen Banks, 6-3, 175, Riverside Academy, Reserve, La.: Official Army visit – Feb. 2-4 (COMMITTED, Feb. 3)
OL Sam Barczak, 6-3, 275, Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga.: Official Army visit – Feb. 2-4
FB Cade Barnard, 6-2, 225, Seminole (Texas) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Colorado State, North Texas, Bowling Green, Nevada, UMass. (COMMITTED, Sept. 17)
WR-CB Adam Bazan, 5-10, 180, Ridge Point HS, Missouri City, Texas: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 3)
LB Hayden Bollinger, 6-1, 209, Lafayette HS, Wildwood, Mo.: Other offers – Syracuse. (COMMITTED, July 21)
DE Kwabena Bonsu, 6-4, 255, South Cobb HS, Austell, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Rutgers, Florida Atlantic, Arkansas State, Charlotte. (COMMITTED, Oct. 26)
DE Hunter Brabham, 6-3, 235, Hughes Springs (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, July 16)
LB Briar Bearss, 6-foot, 213, Millington (Mich.) HS (COMMITTED, Jan. 11)
DB Marquel Broughton, 5-10, 175, Mountain View HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.
DT Ryan Bryce, 6-5, 285, St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – Rutgers, Virginia, Temple, Central Florida, Buffalo, UMass. (COMMITTED, May 30)
FB JaKobi Buchanan, Chaminade Prep, St. Louis, Mo.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 1)
QB-WR-TE Shayne Buckingham, 6-4, 220, Dacula (Ga.) HS: (COMMITTED, Dec. 9)
RB Amon Byars, 5-8, 167, Terry HS, Rosenberg, Texas: Other offers – Navy. Hudl 40-yard dash time – 4.46 (COMMITTED, Nov. 11)
S Luke Cameron, 6-foot, 207, Kokomo (Ind.) HS: Other offers – Air Force.
WR Cole Caterbone, 6-foot, 170, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Other offers – Iowa, Rutgers, Cincinnati, East Carolina (COMMITTED, July 25)
LB Wilson Catoe, 6-1, 217, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga.: Former Harvard commit
DE-TE Nolan Cockrill, 6-3, 230, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army. USA Today first-team, all-state (COMMITTED, June 4)
K Matteo Cordray, 5-10, 155, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas.: (COMMITTED, July 23)
TE-LB Trevor Cosenke, 6-3, 212, John Champe HS, Aldie, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 28)
S Christian Cross, 6-2, 192, Tomball Memorial HS, Tomball, Texas: First offer – Army
WR Azaveshe Daniyan, 6-foot, 183, North Mesquite HS, Mesquite, Texas
S Zion Davis-Thompson, 6-2, 175, North Stafford HS, Stafford, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 31)
CB Jontae Dobson, 5-9, 170, Ben Davis HS, Indianapolis, Ind. (COMMITTED on Jan. 16)
WR Reikan Donaldson, 6-3, 175, Wheeler HS, Marietta, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Feb. 2)
LB Morgan Ernst, 6-foot, 195, Webb HS, Knoxville, Tenn.: (COMMITTED, May 14)
DE Damir Faison, 6-foot-2, 240, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.: Other offers – Maryland, Rutgers, Temple, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Georgia State. Former Appalachian State commit. (COMMITTED, July 7)
OL Alex Faulkner, 6-4, 270, Mishawaka (Ind.) HS: First offer – Air Force. Second offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 12)
S Xavier File, 6-1, 190, St. Augustine Prep, Richland, N.J.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 4)
CB Khalil Fleming, 5-11, 163, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Air Force, May 22. (COMMITTED, April 19)
DE Chris Frey, 6-5, 225, Temescal Canyon HS, Lake Elsinore, Calif.: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, July 21)
TE-DE Jordan Funk, 6-3, 230, Damascus (Md.) HS: USA Today second-team, all-state offensive lineman. (COMMITTED, Oct. 17)
LB John Bailey “JB” Gullatt, 6-foot, 230, West Monroe (La.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe. (COMMITTED, Jan. 17)
CB Quindrelin Hammonds, 6-foot, 195, Alcivy HS, Covington, Ga.
P Zach Harding, 6-6, 185, Christian HS, O’Fallon, Mo.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 2)
OL Blake Harris, 6-1, 299, Ben Lippon School, Columbia, S.C.: (COMMITTED, August 3).
QB Walter Harris, 6-1, 190, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Navy, May 8. (COMMITTED, April 22)
P Will Hetzinger, 6-4, 200, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Hammond, La.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 6)
LB Cameron Hoelscher, 6-2, 219, Springfield (Ohio) HS. Other offers: Air Force, Kentucky, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Buffalo and Toledo. (COMMITTED, August 5)
LB Chris Hunter, 6-1, 235, Austin East HS, Knoxville, Tenn.
DE Henry Janeway, 6-5, 215, Utica Eisenhower HS, Shelby Township, Mich.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Eastern Michigan, Ball State. Army visit – July 24 (COMMITTED, July 30)
LB Tim Johns, 6-3, 230, Greenwood (Ind.) HS: First FBS offer – Army. USA Today second-team, all-state (COMMITTED, July 12)
WR Cameron Johnson, 6-4, 215, Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif.: Former Cal Poly commit.
CB Cameron Jones, 5-10, 163, Harvard-Westlake HS, North Hollywood, Calif.
DL Tim Kater, 6-3, 265, Steelton-Highspire HS, Steelton, Pa.: First commit of 2018 class. Brother of former Army tight end Kelvin White. Other offers – Delaware, Delaware State, Howard, Morgan State. (COMMITTED, April 12)
S Ja’ren Kenyatta, 6-1, 190, Urbana HS, Ijamsville, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 26)
OL Mason Kolinchak, 6-2, 245, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.: Starting guard for country’s No. 1-ranked team. (COMMITTED, Feb. 6)
OL Drew Kraatz, 6-6, 240, Standish-Sterling HS, Standish, Mich.: (COMMITTED, April 27)
LS Brendan Knoespel, 6-foot, 210, Antonian Prep HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offer – Air Force. (COMMITTED, May 25)
OL Nick Kotok, 6-4, 285, Moon Area HS, Moon, Pa.: (COMMITTED, June 28)
K Miller Kronk, 6-2, 195, London (Ohio) HS: First offer – Army. Army unofficial visit: May 24. (COMMITTED, June 1)
DL Kenese Leomiti, 6-4, 275, Calallen HS, Corpus Christi, Texas: (COMMITTED, August 2)
DE Ryan Matz, 6-3, 235, East Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 22)
LB Brandon Mays, 6-foot, 210, Viera (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo. (COMMITTED, July 21)
CB Michael Mbony, 5-11, 189, Sherwood HS, Sandy Spring, Md.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Air Force. Other offers – Navy. Mbony’s brother, James, is a senior center for Army’s rugby team. (COMMITTED, Sept. 18)
LB Rasean McCauley, 6-2, 220, Louisville Male HS, Louisville, Ky. (COMMITTED, Dec. 4)
QB Steven Migut, 6-foot. 180, Unity HS, Tolono, Ill.: First offer – Army. Offensive MVP at Army July camp. (COMMITTED, August 12)
DE/LB Marcus Mosley, 6-2, 238, Duncanville (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Colorado State, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, Bowling Green, New Mexico State
CB Isaiah Morris, 5-11, 170, Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla.: (COMMITTED, August 25)|
DB Malkelm Morrison, 5-10, 185, Iona Prep, New Rochelle, N.Y.: (COMMITTED, Nov. 21)
DB Braheam Murphy, 5-10, 160, Harding University HS, Charlotte, N.C.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 4)
LB Troy Nachtigal, 6-foot, 205, Fort Atkinson (Wis.) HS: Brother, James, is Army junior linebacker. First offer – Army.
RB Keyshawn Palmer, 5-11, 200, Marbury (Ala.) HS: (COMMITTED, July 26)
C Daniel Parrish, 6-foot, 183, Prince Avenue Christian, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Middle Tennessee State (COMMITTED, Oct. 22)
OL Kyle Perry, 6-2, 305, Centennial HS, Burleson, Texas: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 23)
DL Hunter Richard, 6-3, 270, Edmond (Okla.) North HS: Other offers – Princeton, Abilene Christian. (COMMITTED, June 21)
CB Torey Richardson, 6-foot, 180, Tomball Memorial (Texas) HS: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, July 21)
OL Harmon Saint Germain, 6-foot-5, 280, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: (COMMITTED, July 6)
DE L.J. Salazar, 6-2, 220, Veterans Memorial HS, Corpus Christi, Texas: (COMMITTED, August 15).
LB Nate Smith, 6-3, 220, Bishop O’Connell HS, Arlington, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, Oct. 2)
FB Landry Songer, 6-1, 205, Midlothian (Texas) HS: Army visit: late July (COMMITTED, August 31)
LB Paul Stanley, 6-2, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia (preferred walk-on)
DE Ke’Shawn Sullivan, 6-4, 227, Zachary (La.) HS: (COMMITTED, Dec. 15)
K Cole Talley, 6-foot, 175, Rockwall (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, August 27)
OL Jose Taveras, 6-4, 265, Union City (N.J.) HS
OL Jack Topping, 6-3, 261, Allen (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, August 27)
LB Evan Townsend-Henry, 6-1, 225, King HS, Norwalk, Conn.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED, Oct. 26)
LB Duncan Van Kouteren, 6-3, 205, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) HS: 2017 stats – 77 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions
K-P Will Van Pamelen, 6-foot, 190, Grayson HS, Loganville, Ga.
S Mondo Walker, 6-foot, 183, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: Other offers – Florida Atlantic
LB Jesse Walsh, 6-3, 230, Avon Old Farms, Avon, Conn.: (COMMITTED, July 22)
DB Brandon Walters, 6-foot, 170, Bolingbrook (Ill.) HS: First offer. Verbal after attending Buffalo game on Sept. 9. 2017 – 60 tackles, 6 pass breakups.
QB-Athlete J.C. Watson, 5-11, 178, Basehor-Linwood HS, Basehor, Kansas: (COMMITTED, Jan. 25)
RB Danny Webb, 5-7, 160, Montclair (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Illinois, Central Michigan, Kent State.
RB Tyrese White, 5-10, 200, Hamshire-Fannett HS, Hamshire, Texas: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 29)
QB Hajj-Malik Williams, 6-2, 180, Hapeville Charter Career Academy, College Park, Ga.
OL Cody Winokur, 6-2, 260, Archbishop Spaudling HS, Severn, Md.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 22)
RB David Woodward, 5-11, 180, Mount Pisgah Christian School, Alpharetta, Ga.: (COMMITTED, July 30)
WR Cole Wright, 6-3, 185, Union County HS, Blairsville, Ga.: Dual-threat quarterback is being recruited to play receiver for Black Knights. (COMMITTED, Oct. 10)
DE Noah Yates, 6-foot-5, 215, Carbondale Area HS, Carbondale, Pa.: (COMMITTED, July 6)
WR Daniel Zuloaga, 6-5, 202, Community School of Naples, Naples, Fla.: Other offers – Western Kentucky, Central Michigan.

* Signed

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McGue leaves West Point

Sophomore quarterback Malik McGue announced on social media Wednesday that he is no longer attending West Point.

McGue was considered a top candidate to compete for the starting quarterback position this spring. He played in 11 games as Army’s third-string quarterback and punt returner as a freshman in 2016. McGue was academically ineligible for the 2017 season.

“I want to thank the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play for this prestigious program and believing in me since Day 1,” McGue wrote. “I am grateful to have learned so much from one of the best coaching staffs in the country and I have no doubt that this program will continue to experience much success in the future. Thank you to any TACs or teachers that I have encountered in my time here.

“I am blessed to have been led and taught by the best leaders in the world and I will be sure to embrace the core values taught to me from this place because I know it will only set me up to be the best and most successful man that I can be. To the brothers, I have made, the sky is the limit for y’all. You already have the entire country on notice and I know there is still a lot left you guys want to accomplish. I’ve never been around a more hungrier group of guys so I know you will achieve anything you guys set your mind to. Keep proving everyone wrong and I will 4ever cherish my time in the #brotherhood.”

McGue rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown and completed 4-of-6 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in his freshman year. He was also a member of team’s leadership council. McGue was moved to slotback in 2017 spring in anticipation of additional snaps. He practiced with the team as a scout-team quarterback this past season.

McGue stated in his post that he is looking for a new school and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

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