Recruiting: Florida tackle David Hoyt joins 2020 class

David Hoyt’s wish or dream of attending West Point started at an early age.

How early?

“I’ve been thinking about it since I was 5,” said Hoyt, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound junior tackle of out Tampa (Fla.) Catholic.

Hoyt’s dreams came true Saturday when he committed to Jeff Monken and his staff on a visit. ESPN recruiting list Hoyt as a three-star recruit. Hoyt is ranked a three-star recruit and the 90th-best tackle nationally in the 2020 class by 247 Sports.

“When I was around 13 and Pop Warner started coming to an end, I realized that, ‘My goal really is West Point,'” Hoyt said.

Hoyt left his recruiting open. He received offers from Rutgers and Illinois of the Big Ten Conference as well as Buffalo, Tulane, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Ohio, Toledo, Southern Mississippi and Liberty. But, Hoyt’s visit to West Point sealed his decision.

“After going around the school, I realized that this truly is where I want to be,” Hoyt said.

“Getting a top education, getting to be part of the Brotherhood with all of the players and coaches. The guys were awesome people and it really felt like home. Knowing I’m doing something more like being able to serve after is just awesome.”

Hoyt, the first offensive player to commit to Army’s 2020 class, grew up watching the Army-Navy football game. Now, he will be a part of one of college football’s best rivalries.

Hoyt’s uncle, Tim Leone, is a 2004 West Point graduate.

2020 commits (2)
T David Hoyt, 6-6, 280, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic HS: Ranked 90th-best tackle of the 2020 class by 247 Sports. Other offers – Rutgers, Illinois, Buffalo, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Tulane, Toledo, Ohio, Southern Mississippi, Liberty. (COMMITTED, March 30)
P-K Albert Jang, 6-2, 185, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga.

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2019 First Spring Practice Blog

“It’s supposed to be spring practice, not winter practice,” Army coach Jeff Monken said about halfway through the Black Knights’ first session since defeating Houston 70-14 in the Armed Forces Bowl and finishing with an 11-2 record and No. 19 Associated Press ranking.

Temperatures were in the mid-20s with a real feel in the teens Thursday afternoon into early evening. Monken gave his players a period to warm up inside the Foley Athletic Center at the midway point of practice.

Junior linebacker Ryan Parker, who is competing for the will linebacker position opened by the graduation of James Nachtigal, was impressed with the energy considering players were coming off Fourth Quarter Warriors drills, which start at 5:35 a.m. for an hour, earlier in the week.

“We’ve been going through that and everybody is beat down and leaning on each other to get back out,” Parker said. “We go out there today and I couldn’t say enough about how well we performed out there and how hard that we went even with being tired and worn out from school.”

Parker said the team got the most out of its only practice before spring break. Army returns to the field on March 19.

“I think that’s how we all feel,” Parker said. “This is the start. There’s a lot of guys getting a lot of reps and there’s a lot of opportunities out there (in the spring) and everybody felt that today and was able to get after it.”

Junior quarterback Kelvin Hopkins said Thursday was, “one of the best first practices of any period of camp that we’ve ever had – spring ball or fall camp – where everybody came in and was ready to work and the energy level was up there.”

“You can gauge how people are involved and how excited people are for the season,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins, who was running on the side, was one of the many players limited or not participating in practice due to muscle pulls or strains from Fourth Quarter Warrior drills.

“We had a bunch of guys pulled their hamstrings,” Monken said. “We got about eight or nine hamstring pulls right now on guys that we were expected to have practice.”

Monken said sophomore guard Peyton Reeder (shoulder), sophomore linebacker Gavin Bassett, sophomore tight end Jake Lauer (knee) and freshman tackle Kam Holloway are among the players that will participate in spring practice due to injury.

Reeder, who started 11 games at right guard last season, would have been one of the players getting snaps at center to replace three-year starter Bryce Holland.

Junior Jack Sides, who started the Armed Forces Bowl at right guard for an injured Reeder, opened spring as Army’s first-team center.

“He (Sides) has really, really grown as a player for us,” Monken said. “I’m really, really proud for him and I’m glad for him. He’s worked hard. He’s kind of like Austin Schuffert (a 2018 senior tackle). He’s paid his dues and he’s finally in position to do it.”

Monken said freshman Dean Powell and junior Will Huff will also get some work at center in the spring.

Army’s first-team offensive line was Sides, sophomore left tackle Luke McCleery, returning starting junior left guard Jaxson Deaton, Powell at right guard and sophomore right tackle Alex Herndon. Sophomore starting right tackle JB Hunter missed practice due to illness.

Sophomore Christian Anderson and freshmen Jabari Laws, Mike Mbony and Tyhier Tyler took reps at quarterback. Freshman Clay Czyzynski, a scout-team quarterback last season, has moved to fullback.

Freshman Cade Barnard was running with top fullbacks Connor Slomka and Sandon McCoy.

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Recruiting: Georgia kicker Albert Jang first 2020 commit

Peachtree Ridge junior punter-kicker Albert Jang announced his commitment to Army Friday.

Jang is the first member of Army’s 2020 recruiting class. The Georgia Sports Writers Association named Jang a first-team, all-state punter for the 2018 season. Jang averaged 45 yards per punt as a junior.

“Playing at this school has been my biggest dream and goal since middle school and that is why I am so excited to announce my commitment to continue my football and academic career at the United States Military Academy,” Jang said in a Twitter post.

Chris Sailer Kicking ranks the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Jang the 9th-best punter and 41st-best kicker of the 2020 class.

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P-K Albert Jang, 6-2, 185, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga.

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2019 Spring Practice Questions: Who will be Army’s No. 2 QB

Hard to believe that the opening of Army football spring practice is just one week away.

One of the biggest questions for the Black Knights this spring is who will back up starting quarterback Kelvin Hopkins.

Sophomore Cam Thomas, who was Army’s No. 2 quarterback and started in a win over Miami (Ohio) last season, has moved on.

Sophomore Christian Anderson and freshmen Jabari Laws, Mike Mbony and Tyhier Tyler are expected to received their share of snaps in the spring, coach Jeff Monken said earlier this month. Laws was moved to slotback to strengthen depth near the end of last season but is returning under center.

Freshman Clay Czyzynski is a wild card. Czyzynski impressed as a scout-team quarterback last season. When asked about Czyzynski’s position in the future, Monken said, “Not sure.”

“Not sure if he’s a D-back,” Monken said. “He’s got something about him but I don’t know what he is going to be. He’s not fast enough to be a guy (that you say), ‘This guy is heck of athlete and he runs the option and get himself loose nobody is going to catch him.’ He’s big but he’s got to run more physical that’s something that we have talked to him about. Be more of a B-back type quarterback. That’s his body type so he has to do that. Perhaps, maybe it’s playing B-back (fullback) if he can play more physical. I certainly think it’s up to him. I really like him and we’ll see how spring goes.”

 

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Monken on new assistants Matt Hachmann and Kevin Lewis

Outside linebackers coach Matt Hachmann and defensive line coach Kevin Lewis will take the field for the first time as members of Army’s staff when the Black Knights open spring practice on March 7.

Coach Jeff Monken discussed the additions to his staff in an interview last week.

Hachmann was recommended to Monken by John Loose, Army’s new defensive coordinator. He worked under Loose for eight years at Lafayette. Hachmann was Stony Brook’s linebackers coach the last two seasons.

“John said, ‘Coach, if you are going to hire me as a DC, there’s a guy that I would really like you to think about hiring and it’s Matt Hachman,” Monken said. “He talked to me about him. Matt has had a lot of success as a defensive coordinator himself.

“He was at Towson. They played very good defense at Towson and they went to the (2013 FCS) national championship while he was there. I think that’s going to be a good mix and it’s important to the coordinators to have guys that they trust that they have worked with and they know speak the same language as them.”

Lewis, who coached William & Mary’s defensive line the last five seasons, was highly recommended by Dartmouth defensive coordinator Don Dobes.

“He’s got experience at schools from an academic standpoint that are a lot like ours,” Monken said. “William & Mary is a high academic school. He was at Dartmouth and did a really good job at Dartmouth. I’ve known Don Dobes for many years. John Loose and Don are very good friends. He couldn’t have given him a higher recommendation.”

Lewis will recruit Virginia, an area that departing defensive coordinator Jay Bateman recruited well over the last five seasons. He played his prep football at Varina High School in Richmond and was a three-year starter at Virginia Tech, helping the Hokies to the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference championship and four bowl games. Lewis replaces Chad Wilt, who is now Cincinnati’s defensive line coach. Wilt was also a strong recruiter in Maryland.

“He’s recruited that Virginia, Maryland, DC area for a long time,” Monken said of Lewis. “Jay left that area as a recruiter and that’s really been a fruitful area for us. So we send K-Lew right back in there. I think he’s a real good d-line coach. He has a really good personality and I think he will be good fit for the team.”

 

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Signing Day Update: Top Kentucky RB Anthony Adkins commits to Army

Army landed one of the top recruits in its 2019 class when LaRue County (Ky.) running back Anthony Adkins announced his commitment on the morning of Signing Day Wednesday.

Adkins, an USA Today second-team all-state linebacker, was originally committed to Louisville of the Atlantic Coast Conference. He announced his decommitment from Louisville on Dec. 9 and reopened his recruitment. Army was the first to offer the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Adkins in June 2018. Adkins also received offers from Western Kentucky, Bowling Green and Georgia State. He rushed for 1,949 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2018.

Spring Valley (S.C.) linebacker Skylar Mack announced his commitment to Army Wednesday morning. Mack’s senior year was cut short by injury early in the season.

Kemp (Texas) linebacker Boomer Irvin will sign his certificate of commitment today after announcing his commitment to Army Tuesday night.

2019 Army football commits (90)
(*signed with Army in December 2018, # signed with on February 6)
#RB Anthony Adkins, 6-3, 225, LaRue County HS, Hodgenville, Ky.: Other offers – Louisville, Bowling Green, Western Kentucky, Georgia State. Former Louisville commit. USA Today second-team, all-state linebacker.
#LS Ryan Aguilar, 6-2, 215, Liberty HS, Bakersfield, Calif.
#WR Isaiah Alston, 6-4, 180, Mater Dei HS, New Monmouth, N.J.
*OL Tino Arcuri, 6-2, 265, Boardman HS, Youngstown, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Bowling Green.
*K Andrew Bagley, 5-10, 160, James I. O’Neill HS, Highland Falls, N.Y.
*QB Cade Ballard, 5-10, 195, Greeneville (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Georgia Southern, Tulane, Middle Tennessee State.
*OL Dayton Baugh, 6-3, 255, Beechwood HS, Fort Mitchell, Ky.
*QB Maurice Bellan, 5-10, 178, Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
#QB Aaron Bibbins, 6-1, 175, Sprayberry HS, Marietta, Ga.
*OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
#DB Tim Boone, 5-11, 175, Berkeley Prep, Tampa, Fla.: Army visit – Feb. 1-3.
*S Tyler Brennan, 6-1, 180, North Hills HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.
#LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
WR Trent Brown, 6-2, 200, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga.: Former Air Force commit. Flipped to Army on February Signing Day.
DL Nikai Butler, 6-2, 240, Byrd HS, Fayetteville, N.C.
#OL Cam Callaway, 6-2, 270, Aledo (Texas) HS: Former Harvard commit
LB Andre Carter, 6-6, 230, Cheshire (Conn.) Academy: Other offers – Air Force.
#DE Reed Chandler, 6-4, 240, Conley HS, Greenville, N.C.: Other offers – Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, July 27)
#DL Grady Chapman, 6-3, 255, Carlisle (Pa.) HS
*S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion.
*RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.
*QB Alijah Curtis, 5-9, 180, McKinley HS, Canton, Ohio
*TE Simon Dellinger, 6-6, 225, Snider HS, Fort Wayne, Ind.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio.
#RB Colton Dooley, 5-11, 190, Nolensville (Tenn.) HS: Rushed for 1,036 yards and 19 touchdowns as a season. (COMMITTED, Jan. 22)
*TE Trace Dorminy, 6-4, 220, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.
DB Josh Doyle, 5-11, 175, Valencia (Calif.) HS: Other offers – San Jose State.
*DL Isaiah Filisi, 6-3, 245, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii
#OL Darryl Fuller, 6-4, 265, Christ The King HS, Middle Village, N.Y.
#DL Rashawn Gallaspy, 6-3, 265, Salmen HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Louisiana-Monroe (COMMITTED, Feb. 4)
RB Keiran Grant, 5-11, 175, Cuero (Texas) HS: Other offers – Texas State. Signing Feb. 13.
*LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Mocksville, N.C.
#OL Cade Hawley, 6-3, 250, Lexington (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force
T David Hayward, 6-4, 235, Monte Vista HS, Danville, Calif.: Former Montana State commit. (COMMITTED, Dec. 14)
#LB Keeron Henderson, 6-2, 210, Highland Springs (Va.) HS: First offer – Army
*T Lachlan Holt, 6-3, 270, Richmond Hill (Ga.) HS
DE Conor Hough, 6-4, 225, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Ill.: Other offers – Arizona State (preferred walk-on)
*DT Gerald Irons, 6-2, 260, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Boston College, Kansas, North Texas, UTEP, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe.
LB Boomer Irvin, 6-2, 220, Kemp (Texas) HS
*WR-TE Ryan Jackovic, 6-5, 205, Quaker Valley HS, Leetsdale, Pa.
#LB Jaylen Jacobs, 6-2, 180, Euclid (Ohio) HS
#DL Johnny Johnson, 6-2, 260, St. Amant (La.) HS: (COMMITTED, Jan. 12)
#RB Robert Jones, 5-10, 190, Cedar Grove HS, Ellenwood, Ga.: Former Navy commit rushed for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping Cedar Grove to a AAA state title.
*LB Spencer Jones, 6-1, 215, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
FB Sitiveni Kaufusi, 6-3, 225, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Navy, Hawaii, Fresno State, Iowa State. Former Navy commit. Flipped to Army on February Signing Day.
*TE Ben Koch, 6-6, 240, Austin (Texas) HS
*DE Tyler Komorowski, 6-4, 240, Weir HS, Weirton, W.Va.: Other offers – Michigan (preferred walk-on), Kent State.
*OL Boobie Law, 6-4, 275, Pike HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
*RB Justin Lescouflair, 5-10, 175, Freeport (N.Y.) HS: First offer – Army.
TE Josh Lingenfelter, 6-4, 215, Mosley HS, Lynn Haven, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 15)
#QB Beau Lombardi, 6-2, 220, Valley HS, West Des Moines, Iowa: Brother of Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi.
LB-S Cole Mabry, 6-2, 190, Iowa City West HS, Iowa City, Iowa: Other offers – Iowa State (COMMITTED, July 29)
#LB Skylar Mack, 6-foot, 215, Spring Valley HS, Columbia, S.C.
*OL Nate Mahoney, 6-3, 250, Lincoln-Way West HS, New Lenox, Ill.
#RB Ay’Juan Marshall, 5-10, 175, West York HS, York, Pa.: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,325 yards and scored 19 touchdowns as a senior.
*S Deryan McDonald, 6-foot, 210, Choate Rosemary Hall HS, Wallingford, Conn.: First offer – Army.
*FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy
*QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina
*DL Etuate Moala, 6-3, 270, JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
DB Jabari Moore, 6-foot, 183, Hoover (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Troy, Liberty
#LB Bryce Mullenix, 6-1, 227, Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville, Fla.: Preferred walk-on offer – Clemson. Committed to Army during Feb. 1-3 visit. Father, Scott, played on Alabama’s 1992 national championship team.
*TE Paxton Nayman, 6-5, 235, Creekview HS, Canton, Ga.
#CB Bo Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo.
#LB Declan O’Leary, 6-4, 227, Pembroke Hill HS, Kansas City, Mo.: Other offers – Navy.
QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern (COMMITTED, June 28)
#LB JT Penick, 6-3, 210, St. Augustine HS, San Diego, Calif.: Made 144 tackles as a senior. (COMMITTED, Feb. 4)
#DL Dylan Perez, 6-2, 275, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Miami (preferred walk-on), Buffalo, Florida Atlantic. (COMMITTED, Nov. 6)
*CB Kolubah Pewee, 5-11, 160, Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y.: Former Fordham commit
*WR Ridge Polk, 5-10, 170, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force.
#CB Malik Prioleau, 5-10, 165, Edgewater HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
#LB Jonzell Prudhomme, 6-2, 217, Davis HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, New Mexico. (COMMITTED, Jan. 25)
#S Tyson Riley, 6-3, 200, Springfield (Mo.) Catholic HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
#DE/LB Kaghen Roach, 6-5, 225, Celina (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, Jan. 28)
#RB Tyrell Robinson, 5-8, 165, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.: Rushed for 1,645 yards and 24 touchdowns as senior. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
#OL Carson Shaffer, 6-3, 280, Prosper (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 28)
#RB Shontez Simmons, 5-10, 185, Copperas Cove (Texas): Army official visit: Feb. 1-3. (COMMITTED, Feb. 3)
LB Trey Stephens, 6-foot, 220, Coronado HS, Lubbock, Texas: Had more than 500 tackles in his four-year varsity career. (COMMITTED, Jan. 27)
#LS Patrick Szczesniak, 6-2, 215, Mount Carmel HS, Chicago, Ill.: Other offers – Iowa State, Purdue (COMMITTED to Army, Dec. 17)
#DB Kyle Terry, 6-1, 185, Mount Paran Christian HS, Kennesaw, Ga.: First offer – Army. Also played quarterback. (COMMITTED, Jan. 23)
DB D’Andre Tobias, 5-10, 170, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
*FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers –  Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, June 7)
*S Fabrice Voyne, 6-2, 195, Xavier Prep, Palm Desert, Calif.: Other offers – Utah State, BYU
WR Trenton Waggoner, 6-foot, 175, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force. Committed to Army on Feb. 1-3 visit. Chose Army over Air Force.
QB Jaylon West, 6-2, 170, Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga.: First offer – Army. Commited to Army during official visit on Jan. 20
#DE/LB Noah West, 6-3, 220, Bixby (Okla.) HS: First offer – Army. Had 21.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 for state 6A champion Bixby. (COMMITTED to Army, Feb. 2)
*DB Maxwell Williams, 5-10, 180, Millbrook HS. Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Appalachian State
*RB Shacori Williams, 5-10, 205, Many (La.) HS.
*QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS
#LB Davis Wofford, 6-foot, 225, Robinson HS, Little Rock, Ark.: (COMMITTED, August 1)
*TE Garrett Woodall, 6-5, 210, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
WR Jake Woods, 6-5, 200, Cardinal Newman HS, Santa Rosa, Calif.: First offer – Army. Official visit – Jan. 18-19. Caught 36 passes for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games as a senior.

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Recruiting: Texas WR Trenton Waggoner chooses Army over Air Force

Trenton Waggoner chose to visit Army over Air Force this past weekend.

Waggoner, a wide receiver from St. Pius X High School in Houston, Texas, was so impressed by his visit to West Point that he committed to the Black Knights before he left post. He tweeted offers from Army and Air Force on Jan. 25. Waggoner caught 69 passes for 1,294 yards and 20 touchdowns his senior year.

“I just felt more of the family atmosphere and brotherhood Army had than Air Force did,” said Waggoner, who also had an offer from UMass. “It (the visit) was great. I loved the environment including the weather but especially the family feeling everyone gave off to me.”

Bishop Kenny (Fla.) linebacker Bryce Mullenix and Salmen (La.) defensive lineman Rashawn Gallaspy also committed to Army during their visit over the weekend (Feb. 1-3). Mullenix had a preferred walk-on offer from national champion Clemson. His father, Scott, was an offensive lineman at Alabama and a member of the Crimson Tide’s 1992 national championship team.

“I got a lot of my questions answered and I can see it as a place I’ll be playing in the next four years,” Mullenix said.

Gallaspy said the visit was, “more than I could imagine. I loved the campus. Some of the factors that led to Gallaspy’s decision was, “just how deep the brotherhood is and how great the guys are.”

Berkely Prep (Fla.) defensive back Tim Boone and Copperas Creek (Texas) running back Shontez Simmons announced their comments to Army following visits over the weekend.

St. Augustine (San Diego, Calif.) linebacker JT Penick gave Army his verbal commitment Monday night. Penick returned to football after stepping away his junior season to focus on football. Penick made 144 tackles in 14 games.

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2019 Army football commits
*LS Ryan Aguilar, 6-2, 215, Liberty HS, Bakersfield, Calif.
WR Isaiah Alston, 6-4, 180, Mater Dei HS, New Monmouth, N.J.
*OL Tino Arcuri, 6-2, 265, Boardman HS, Youngstown, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Bowling Green.
*K Andrew Bagley, 5-10, 160, James I. O’Neill HS, Highland Falls, N.Y.
*QB Cade Ballard, 5-10, 195, Greeneville (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Georgia Southern, Tulane, Middle Tennessee State.
*OL Dayton Baugh, 6-3, 255, Beechwood HS, Fort Mitchell, Ky.
*QB Maurice Bellan, 5-10, 178, Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
*OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
DB Tim Boone, 5-11, 175, Berkeley Prep, Tampa, Fla.: Army visit – Feb. 1-3.
*S Tyler Brennan, 6-1, 180, North Hills HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.
LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
DL Nikai Butler, 6-2, 240, Byrd HS, Fayetteville, N.C.
*OL Cam Callaway, 6-2, 270, Aledo (Texas) HS: Former Harvard commit
LB Andre Carter, 6-6, 230, Cheshire (Conn.) Academy: Other offers – Air Force.
DE Reed Chandler, 6-4, 240, Conley HS, Greenville, N.C.: Other offers – Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, July 27)
DL Grady Chapman, 6-3, 255, Carlisle (Pa.) HS
*S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion.
*RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.
*QB Alijah Curtis, 5-9, 180, McKinley HS, Canton, Ohio
*TE Simon Dellinger, 6-6, 225, Snider HS, Fort Wayne, Ind.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio.
RB Colton Dooley, 5-11, 190, Nolensville (Tenn.) HS: Rushed for 1,036 yards and 19 touchdowns as a season. (COMMITTED, Jan. 22)
*TE Trace Dorminy, 6-4, 220, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.
*DL Isaiah Filisi, 6-3, 245, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii
RB Bruno Forestieri, 5-11, 225, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, July 15)
OL Darryl Fuller, 6-4, 265, Christ The King HS, Middle Village, N.Y.
DL Rashawn Gallaspy, 6-3, 265, Salmen HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Louisiana-Monroe (COMMITTED, Feb. 4)
RB Keiran Grant, 5-11, 175, Cuero (Texas) HS: Other offers – Texas State (COMMITTED, July 27)
*LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Mocksville, N.C.
T David Hayward, 6-4, 235, Monte Vista HS, Danville, Calif.: Former Montana State commit. (COMMITTED, Dec. 14)
*T Lachlan Holt, 6-3, 270, Richmond Hill (Ga.) HS
*DT Gerald Irons, 6-2, 260, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Boston College, Kansas, North Texas, UTEP, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe.
*WR-TE Ryan Jackovic, 6-5, 205, Quaker Valley HS, Leetsdale, Pa.
DL Johnny Johnson, 6-2, 260, St. Amant (La.) HS: (COMMITTED, Jan. 12)
RB Robert Jones, 5-10, 190, Cedar Grove HS, Ellenwood, Ga.: Former Navy commit rushed for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping Cedar Grove to a AAA state title. (COMMITTED, Jan. 23)
*LB Spencer Jones, 6-1, 215, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
*TE Ben Koch, 6-6, 240, Austin (Texas) HS
*DE Tyler Komorowski, 6-4, 240, Weir HS, Weirton, W.Va.: Other offers – Michigan (preferred walk-on), Kent State.
*OL Boobie Law, 6-4, 275, Pike HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
*RB Justin Lescouflair, 5-10, 175, Freeport (N.Y.) HS: First offer – Army.
TE Josh Lingenfelter, 6-4, 215, Mosley HS, Lynn Haven, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 15)
QB Beau Lombardi, 6-2, 220, Valley HS, West Des Moines, Iowa: Brother of Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi.
LB-S Cole Mabry, 6-2, 190, Iowa City West HS, Iowa City, Iowa: Other offers – Iowa State (COMMITTED, July 29)
DB Michael Mack, 6-2, 180, Bullis HS, Potomac, Md.: Other offers – Air Force, Rice
*OL Nate Mahoney, 6-3, 250, Lincoln-Way West HS, New Lenox, Ill.
RB Ay’Juan Marshall, 5-10, 175, West York HS, York, Pa.: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,325 yards and scored 19 touchdowns as a senior.
*S Deryan McDonald, 6-foot, 210, Choate Rosemary Hall HS, Wallingford, Conn.: First offer – Army.
*FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy
*QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina
*DL Etuate Moala, 6-3, 270, JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
DB Jabari Moore, 6-foot, 183, Hoover (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Troy, Liberty
LB Bryce Mullenix, 6-1, 227, Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville, Fla.: Preferred walk-on offer – Clemson. Committed to Army during Feb. 1-3 visit
*TE Paxton Nayman, 6-5, 235, Creekview HS, Canton, Ga.
*CB Boris Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo.
LB Declan O’Leary, 6-4, 227, Pembroke Hill HS, Kansas City, Mo.: Other offers – Navy.
QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern (COMMITTED, June 28)
LB JT Penick, 6-3, 210, St. Augustine HS: Made 144 tackles as a senior. (COMMITTED, Feb. 4)
DL Dylan Perez, 6-2, 275, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Miami (preferred walk-on), Buffalo, Florida Atlantic. (COMMITTED, Nov. 6)
*CB Kolubah Pewee, 5-11, 160, Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y.: Former Fordham commit
*WR Ridge Polk, 5-10, 170, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force.
CB Malik Prioleau, 5-10, 165, Edgewater HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
#LB Jonzell Prudhomme, 6-2, 217, Davis HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, New Mexico. (COMMITTED, Jan. 25)
S Tyson Riley, 6-3, 200, Springfield (Mo.) Catholic HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
DE/LB Kaghen Roach, 6-5, 225, Celina (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, Jan. 28)
RB Tyrell Robinson, 5-8, 165, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.: Rushed for 1,645 yards and 24 touchdowns as senior. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
OL Carson Shaffer, 6-3, 280, Prosper (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 28)
RB Shontez Simmons, 5-10, 185, Copperas Cove (Texas): Army official visit: Feb. 1-3. (COMMITTED, Feb. 3)
LB Trey Stephens, 6-foot, 220, Coronado HS, Lubbock, Texas: Had more than 500 tackles in his four-year varsity career. (COMMITTED, Jan. 27)
LS Patrick Szczesniak, 6-2, 215, Mount Carmel HS, Chicago, Ill.: Other offers – Iowa State, Purdue (COMMITTED to Army, Dec. 17)
DB Kyle Terry, 6-1, 185, Mount Paran Christian HS, Kennesaw, Ga.: First offer – Army. Also played quarterback. (COMMITTED, Jan. 23)
DB D’Andre Tobias, 5-10, 170, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
*FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers –  Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, June 7)
*S Fabrice Voyne, 6-2, 195, Xavier Prep, Palm Desert, Calif.: Other offers – Utah State, BYU
WR Trenton Waggoner, 6-foot, 175, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force. Committed to Army on Feb. 1-3 visit. Chose Army over Air Force.
DL Noah West, 6-3, 220, Bixby (Okla.) HS: First offer – Army. Had 21.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 for state 6A champion Bixby. (COMMITTED to Army, Feb. 2)
*DB Maxwell Williams, 5-10, 180, Millbrook HS. Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Appalachian State
*RB Shacori Williams, 5-10, 205, Many (La.) HS.
*QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS
LB Davis Wofford, 6-foot, 225, Robinson HS, Little Rock, Ark.: (COMMITTED, August 1)
*TE Garrett Woodall, 6-5, 210, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
WR Jake Woods, 6-5, 200, Cardinal Newman HS, Santa Rosa, Calif.: First offer – Army. Official visit – Jan. 18-19. Caught 36 passes for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games as a senior.
*signed with Army in December 2018

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Recruiting: Kaghen Roach discusses his Army commitment

Celina (Texas) defensive end Kaghen Roach had a special guest over for dinner Monday night.

Army coach Jeff Monken paid Roach an in-home visit. Near the end of the night, Monken asked Roach if he knew what his college decision was going to be. Roach committed to Monken and Army in front of his family.

“Honestly, I couldn’t be more proud and more honored,” said Roach, who is 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds. “To get to say I get to play for one of the most prolific teams in college and the Army and what I have coming in the future, it’s an honor and a blessing.”

Roach earned all-state Class 4-A first-team honors for the second straight season as a senior with 65 tackles, 22 for a loss, 12 sacks, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. He was first-team, all-state as made the all-state as a junior. Roach’s primary position was defensive end. But, he also played outside linebacker, defensive tackle and nose guard. Army is recruiting Roach to play its hybrid defensive end/linebacker position.

Army was one of Roach’s earliest offers. He attended Army’s 2018 spring game in April. Roach took his official visit to West Point for the Air Force game on Nov. 3.

“It was special,” said Roach of Army’s 17-14 win over Air Force. “That game is what raised my interest. Just seeing the tradition and everything that comes along with those types of games, it was awesome.”

Roach, who had an offer from Air Force, is excited for Army’s future schedule, which includes Michigan at the Big House in, Oklahoma in 2020, Wisconsin in 2021 and Tennessee in 2022.

“I’ve always grown up an OU fan,” said Roach, who played in the Blue-Grey All-American game. “If I can’t play for them, I’d rather put a beatdown on them.”

Army added another hybrid defensive end/linebacker commit earlier this week in Cheshire Academy’s Andre Carter, who is 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds. Carter chose Army over Air Force.

“I was looking for a school with a great academic program as well as a great football program and Army was the best option for that,” Carter said. “I just really liked coach Monken and (defensive coordinator John) Loose.”

Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa) quarterback Beau Lombardi recently joined Army’s 2019 class. Lombardi received an offer from Army on Jan. 24 and announced his commitment  to the Black Knights on Jan. 28.

Coronado (Texas) linebacker Trey Stephens announced his commitment to Army Monday. Stephens made more than 500 tackles in his career.

2019 Army football commits
WR Isaiah Alston, 6-4, 180, Mater Dei HS, New Monmouth, N.J.
*OL Tino Arcuri, 6-2, 265, Boardman HS, Youngstown, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Bowling Green.
*K Andrew Bagley, 5-10, 160, James I. O’Neill HS, Highland Falls, N.Y.
*QB Cade Ballard, 5-10, 195, Greeneville (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Georgia Southern, Tulane, Middle Tennessee State.
*OL Dayton Baugh, 6-3, 255, Beechwood HS, Fort Mitchell, Ky.
*QB Maurice Bellan, 5-10, 178, Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
*OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
*S Tyler Brennan, 6-1, 180, North Hills HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.
LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
DL Nikai Butler, 6-2, 240, Byrd HS, Fayetteville, N.C.
*OL Cam Callaway, 6-2, 270, Aledo (Texas) HS: Former Harvard commit
LB Andre Carter, 6-6, 230, Cheshire (Conn.) Academy: Other offers – Air Force.
DE Reed Chandler, 6-4, 240, Conley HS, Greenville, N.C.: Other offers – Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, July 27)
DL Grady Chapman, 6-3, 255, Carlisle (Pa.) HS
*S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion.
*RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.
*QB Alijah Curtis, 5-9, 180, McKinley HS, Canton, Ohio
*TE Simon Dellinger, 6-6, 225, Snider HS, Fort Wayne, Ind.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio.
RB Colton Dooley, 5-11, 190, Nolensville (Tenn.) HS: Rushed for 1,036 yards and 19 touchdowns as a season. (COMMITTED, Jan. 22)
*TE Trace Dorminy, 6-4, 220, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.
*DL Isaiah Filisi, 6-3, 245, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii
RB Bruno Forestieri, 5-11, 225, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, July 15)
OL Darryl Fuller, 6-4, 265, Christ The King HS, Middle Village, N.Y.
RB Keiran Grant, 5-11, 175, Cuero (Texas) HS: Other offers – Texas State (COMMITTED, July 27)
*LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Mocksville, N.C.
T David Hayward, 6-4, 235, Monte Vista HS, Danville, Calif.: Former Montana State commit. (COMMITTED, Dec. 14)
*T Lachlan Holt, 6-3, 270, Richmond Hill (Ga.) HS
*DT Gerald Irons, 6-2, 260, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Boston College, Kansas, North Texas, UTEP, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe.
*WR-TE Ryan Jackovic, 6-5, 205, Quaker Valley HS, Leetsdale, Pa.
DL Johnny Johnson, 6-2, 260, St. Amant (La.) HS: (COMMITTED, Jan. 12)
RB Robert Jones, 5-10, 190, Cedar Grove HS, Ellenwood, Ga.: Former Navy commit rushed for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping Cedar Grove to a AAA state title. (COMMITTED, Jan. 23)
*LB Spencer Jones, 6-1, 215, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
*K Tyler Keltner, 6-foot, 155, Chiles HS, Tallahassee, Fla.
*TE Ben Koch, 6-6, 240, Austin (Texas) HS
*DE Tyler Komorowski, 6-4, 240, Weir HS, Weirton, W.Va.: Other offers – Michigan (preferred walk-on), Kent State.
*OL Boobie Law, 6-4, 275, Pike HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
*RB Justin Lescouflair, 5-10, 175, Freeport (N.Y.) HS: First offer – Army.
TE Josh Lingenfelter, 6-4, 215, Mosley HS, Lynn Haven, Fla.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 15)
QB Beau Lombardi, 6-2, 220, Valley HS, West Des Moines, Iowa: Brother of Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi.
LB-S Cole Mabry, 6-2, 190, Iowa City West HS, Iowa City, Iowa: Other offers – Iowa State (COMMITTED, July 29)
DB Michael Mack, 6-2, 180, Bullis HS, Potomac, Md.: Other offers – Air Force, Rice
*OL Nate Mahoney, 6-3, 250, Lincoln-Way West HS, New Lenox, Ill.
RB Ay’Juan Marshall, 5-10, 175, West York HS, York, Pa.: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,325 yards and scored 19 touchdowns as a senior.
*S Deryan McDonald, 6-foot, 210, Choate Rosemary Hall HS, Wallingford, Conn.: First offer – Army.
*FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy
*QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina
*DL Etuate Moala, 6-3, 270, JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
DB Jabari Moore, 6-foot, 183, Hoover (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Troy, Liberty
*TE Paxton Nayman, 6-5, 235, Creekview HS, Canton, Ga.
*CB Boris Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo.
LB Declan O’Leary, 6-4, 227, Pembroke Hill HS, Kansas City, Mo.: Other offers – Navy.
QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern (COMMITTED, June 28)
DL Dylan Perez, 6-2, 275, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Miami (preferred walk-on), Buffalo, Florida Atlantic. (COMMITTED, Nov. 6)
*CB Kolubah Pewee, 5-11, 160, Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y.: Former Fordham commit
*WR Ridge Polk, 5-10, 170, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force.
CB Malik Prioleau, 5-10, 165, Edgewater HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
LB Jonzell Prudhomme, 6-2, 217, Davis HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, New Mexico. (COMMITTED, Jan. 25)
S Tyson Riley, 6-3, 200, Springfield (Mo.) Catholic HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
DE/LB Kaghen Roach, 6-5, 225, Celina (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, Jan. 28)
RB Tyrell Robinson, 5-8, 165, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.: Rushed for 1,645 yards and 24 touchdowns as senior. (COMMITTED, Jan. 13)
OL Carson Shaffer, 6-3, 280, Prosper (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 28)
LB Trey Stephens, 6-foot, 220, Coronado HS, Lubbock, Texas: Had more than 500 tackles in his four-year varsity career. (COMMITTED, Jan. 27)
DB Kyle Terry, 6-1, 185, Mount Paran Christian HS, Kennesaw, Ga.: First offer – Army. Also played quarterback. (COMMITTED, Jan. 23)
DB D’Andre Tobias, 5-10, 170, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
*FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers –  Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, June 7)
*S Fabrice Voyne, 6-2, 195, Xavier Prep, Palm Desert, Calif.: Other offers – Utah State, BYU
*DB Maxwell Williams, 5-10, 180, Millbrook HS. Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Appalachian State
*RB Shacori Williams, 5-10, 205, Many (La.) HS.
*QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS
LB Davis Wofford, 6-foot, 225, Robinson HS, Little Rock, Ark.: (COMMITTED, August 1)
*TE Garrett Woodall, 6-5, 210, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
WR Jake Woods, 6-5, 200, Cardinal Newman HS, Santa Rosa, Calif.: First offer – Army. Official visit – Jan. 18-19. Caught 36 passes for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games as a senior.
*signed with Army in December 2018

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Coaching staff update: Army adding Matt Hachmann, Kevin Lewis

Stony Brook linebackers coach Matt Hachmann and William & Mary defensive line coach Kevin Lewis are joining Army’s staff.

Hachmann, a former Towson defensive coordinator, spent the last two seasons at Stony Brook. He coached linebackers for eight seasons (2001-09) under current Army defensive coordinator John Loose at Lafayette. Hachmann’s career includes time at Oklahoma, Northwestern and Maryland.

Lewis comes to West Point after five seasons at William & Mary. He has strong ties to Virginia, an area that Army recruited well under departing defensive coordinator Jay Bateman. Lewis, a 2005 Virginia Tech graduate, was a three-year starter for the Hokies and played in four bowl games.

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QB Cam Thomas leaving West Point

Cam Thomas, Army’s No. 2 quarterback during its 11-win 2018 season, is transferring from West Point.

Thomas, a sophomore, confirmed his departure. He also posted an Army highlight video on Twitter titled, “until next time” Friday afternoon.

Thomas’ name had been removed from Army’s roster online.

The Huntsville, Ala. native rushed for 306 yards and three touchdowns in eight games for the Black Knights. Thomas helped Army to a 31-30  double-overtime victory over Miami- (Ohio) in his only career start. Thomas rushed for a career-high 137 yards in the victory. He threw his first career touchdown pass, 15 yards to Jordan Asberry, and added a 20-yard touchdown run in a 70-14 win over Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl.

There’s no word on Thomas’ next destination.

Who will fill Thomas’ role as Kelvin Hopkins’ backup for the 2019 season?

Sophomore Christian Anderson finished the 2018 season as Army’s No. 3 quarterback.

Coach Jeff Monken is high on the current freshmen class of quarterback Clay Czyzynski, Jabari Laws, Mike Mbony and Tyhier Tyler. Czyzynski is the most physical runner out of the group. Laws was moved to slotback when Army experienced injuries at the position late in the season. Mbony and Tyler are both athletic prospects.

Also have heard rave reviews of Army Prep quarterback Jemel Jones.

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