Recruiting: Florida lineman Willoughby key addition to 2017 class

Army was high on Kenny Willoughby’s college list before he took his official visit over the weekend.

Willoughby’s first trip to West Point sealed his decision. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Florida offensive lineman arrived Friday and gave Army his verbal commitment Saturday morning.

“After the visit this weekend, my whole perspective changed,” Willoughby said. “The biggest thing for me was my player host, Jaxson Deaton. He’s the same size as me and play the same position. I asked him every question I had. He’s a great guy and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.

“I really just felt there’s a brotherhood there more than it would be anywhere else. Those guys are going through not only the struggles of football but the struggles on the military aspect as well. I felt like I belonged and that was what I wanted to do.”

Willoughby met with Brent Davis, Army’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, during the visit. Davis told Willoughby he’s being recruited as a guard. Willoughby played tackle for Astronaut (Fla.) High as freshman, sophomore and part of his junior season. He was moved to guard with the hopes of attracting attention from Division I schools.

“I love playing guard more than anything but I’ll play wherever they want me to play,” Willoughby said. “Wherever I can help out the team is what I’m going to do.”

“I’m more of a road grater than I am a pass blocker. There’s another great thing about West Point is how much they run the ball. I love the triple option.”

Willoughby has military ties in his family. Lane Elder, an uncle, was a member of the 82nd Airborne. Another member of his family was a Green Beret.

Army continues to bolster its offensive line late in the recruiting season with commitments from Willoughby and Holton Greenfield of Vandegrift (Texas), who joined the 2017 class Sunday. Willoughby said he was told this weekend there’s an “80 percent chance ” that he will a direct admit in the fall.

“Before I got there (for the visit), I didn’t want to do a prep year,” Willoughby said. “When I actually got to see the prep school and how it was and what they do, I would be 100 percent fine with going to prep.”

Other visitors this weekend included Duncanville (Texas) lineman Kamaron Holloway; LaMirada (Calif.) defensive lineman Trevor Hallock and Williams Field (Ariz.) cornerback Tre Bugg. Holloway and Hallock are commits. Bugg has narrowed his college choices to Army, Air Force and Montana and is expected to announce his decision Wednesday.

On the recruiting trail:  Billerica (Mass.) defensive end Scott Murphy announced on Twitter he’s committed to Army Sunday…St. Genevieve (Calif.) cornerbacker Jordan Blackman announced his commitment to Army Saturday. Blackman picked off six passes his senior year, according to Max Preps. He rushed for three touchdowns, caught three touchdown passes and returned a fumble for a score…

Chancellor (Va.) defensive tackle Georgie Brown, who committed to Army in August, tweeted Sunday that he has committed to VMI…Bendictine (Va.) defensive back Tyren Cloyd, another former Army commit, visited VMI over the weekend. Former Army commit, Destin Flloyd, a defensive lineman from Havelock (N.C.), committed to Elon this weekend…Lamar (Houston) Texas defensive lineman Troy Porche is no longer committed to Army.

2017 Army football commits (84)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia. (COMMITTED, July 28)
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
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)
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.  Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 31)
CB Jordan Blackman, 5-11, 170, St. Genevieve HS, Panorama City, Calif.: First FBS offer – Army
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
*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)
QB Darius Bracy, 5-10, 185, Baker HS, Mobile, Ala.: Other offers – Navy, Georgia Southern (Jan. 16). (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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)
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. Army official visit: Jan. 26-28 (COMMITTED, July 26)
RB-S Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, July 26)
*QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6). Army official visit: Jan. 7 (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)
RB Ton Evans, 5-8, 175, Northgate HS, Newnan, Ga.: Other offers – Georgia Southern. Former Georgia Southern commit (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
*TE Austen Ferbet, 6-4, 225, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.: First FBS offer – Army. 10 touchdown catches for state 6A champions.
LB Nick Ghazarian, 6-2, 218, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
P Michael Gillespie, 6-foot, 180, Howard HS, Ellicott City, Md.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, Dec. 15)
LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 15)
OL Holton Greenfield, 6-3, 245, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: First offer – Army.
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
DL Trevor Hallock, 6-2, 255, La Mirada (Calif.) HS: Army official visit: Jan. 20 (COMMITTED, Jan. 7)
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – Nov. 15
LB Ty Harris, 6-1, 220, Dacula (Ga.) HS: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 17)
OL Ethan Harvey, 6-4, 286, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La.:  Army official visit – Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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.: 2016 stats – Associated Press all-state first team, 97 tackles, 10 interceptions, 2 blocked kicks. (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.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15
QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 205, Hooks (Texas) HS: Former Air Force commit. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23)
RB Issac Kinsey, 5-11, 173, Chattahoochee HS, Alpharetta, Ga.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 6)
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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.: USA Today’s Maryland offensive player of the year.
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)
K Kevin Madigan, 5-10, 170, Coppell (Texas) HS: First offer – Army.
OL Luke McCleery, 6-5, 285, Grapevine Faith Christian HS, Grapevine, Texas: Former Tulane commit. (COMMITTED, Jan. 18)
DB Julian McDuffie, 5-11, 162, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia State, Buffalo. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.: First offer – Army. Army visit:  Oct. 15.
*K Sean McNulty, 6-1, 210, Maine South HS, Park Ridge, Ill.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: First offer – Army. Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 22)
DE Scott Murphy, 6-4, 243, Billerica (Mass.) Memorial HS: Will attend prep school in fall. (COMMITTED, Jan. 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. Army official visit – Jan. 27 (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)
OL-DL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane. (COMMITTED, July 30)
LB Jon Rhattigan, 6-2, 220, Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15 (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)
DE-TE Nick Slusher, 6-4, 238, Cedar Creek HS, Ruston, La.
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)
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
S Taylor Vessel, 6-1, 195, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – South Alabama, Texas State
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)
*OL Caden Williams, 6-5, 270, Franklin (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Air Force. Army official visit – Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, August 20)
G Kenny Willoughby, 6-5, 295, Astronaut HS, Titusville, Fla.: Army official visit: Jan. 20-22. (COMMITTED, Jan. 21)
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.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, June 24).

* – Direct admit   # – Army Prep

Commit breakdown by state: Texas (14); Georgia (14); Florida (7); North Carolina (6); Illinois (6); Virginia (6); Alabama (4); Maryland (4); Pennsylvania (4); California (3); Louisiana (3); Ohio (3); South Carolina (3);  New York (2); Arkansas (1); Delaware (1); Massachusetts (1); New Jersey (1); Tennessee (1).

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Toth among nation’s top linemen

Bleacher Report ranked Army right tackle Brett Toth the 23rd-best offensive lineman for the 2016 season.

Toth started all 13 games, including one as a tight end or sixth lineman, for Army.

Bleacher Report’s rankings were based on level of play and not NFL projection.

Toth, a 6-foot-6, 276-pound junior, helped Army finished as the nation’s second-ranked rushing team behind New Mexico.

Pro Football Focus ranked Toth as the fifth-best, run-blocking tackle in the nation this season. The website also rated Toth as Army’s top offensive lineman in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

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Recruiting: Commitment Monday

Army’s second recruiting weekend of January turned into a successful one Monday as four recruits, who took visits over the weekend, joined the Black Knights’ 2017 class.

Neuqua Valley (Illinois) linebacker Jon Rhattigan, Northgate (Ga.) running back Ton Evans, Franklin (Tenn.) 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman Caden Williams and Chattahooche (Ga.) slotback Issac Kinsey all announced their commitments to Army on social media.

Rhattigan made 79 tackles his senior season. Division I football is in Rhattigan’s bloodline. His father, Thomas, played linebacker at West Virginia. His brother, T.J. was a linebacker at Penn State and his brother, Joe was a senior running back at Princeton this fall. Rhattigan said the academy’s prestige in football and education were main reasons for his commitment.

“Along with that, the coaching staff, facilities and promising future of this program is unmatched across the country,” Rhattigan said.

Evans flipped his commitment from Georgia Southern to Army. Evans had committed to Georgia Southern in June. He said his visit sealed his commitment to Army. West Point’s academics and its environment also were factors in Evans’ decision.

Williams had offers from Air Force and Western Kentucky. He was an all-region lineman and was selected to play in the state’s Toyota Est-West All-Star Classic.

Kinsey, who is 5-foot-11 and 173 pounds, was an honorable-mention all-state wide receiver. He had 1,010 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Cy-Fair (Texas) defensive lineman Hunter Adams, Northeast (S.C.) first-team all-state running back Cedrick Cunningham, Howard (Md.) punter Mike Gillespie, Evangel Christian (La.) offensive lineman Ethan Harvey, Vance (N.C.) linebacker Nate Jones and Vance (N.C.) wide receiver Michael Roberts were among the Army commits to take their official visit this past weekend.

Dacula (Ga.) linebacker Ty Harris, Grapevine Faith Christian (Texas) lineman Luke McCleery, Forest Park (Va.) wide receiver Thyrick Pitts were among the Army recruits to take their official visit this past weekend.

On the recruiting trail: Army picked up a recent commitment from Cedar Creek (La.) defensive end/tight end Nick Slusher…Baker (Ala.) quarterback Darius Bracy, a recent Army commit, was offered by Georgia Southern Monday…Plaquemine (La.) RB Kevin Dominique decommitted from Army last week after taking an official visit to West Point on the weekend of Jan. 6-8…White Station (Tenn.) linebacker and Army commit John Lyons took an official visit to Air Force this past weekend. Lyons was offered by Air Force the day after the Falcons defeated Army in November.

2017 Army football commits (86)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia. (COMMITTED, July 28)
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
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.  Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 31)
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
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)
QB Darius Bracy, 5-10, 185, Baker HS, Mobile, Ala.: Other offers – Navy, Georgia Southern (Jan. 16). (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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. Army official visit: Jan. 26-28 (COMMITTED, July 26)
RB-S Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, July 26)
QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6). Army official visit: Jan. 7 (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)
RB Ton Evans, 5-8, 175, Northgate HS, Newnan, Ga.: Other offers – Georgia Southern. Former Georgia Southern commit (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
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)
LB Nick Ghazarian, 6-2, 218, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
P Michael Gillespie, 6-foot, 180, Howard HS, Ellicott City, Md.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, Dec. 15)
LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 15)
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
DL Trevor Hallock, 6-2, 255, La Mirada (Calif.) HS: Army official visit: Jan. 20 (COMMITTED, Jan. 7)
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – Nov. 15
OL Ethan Harvey, 6-4, 286, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La.:  Army official visit – Jan. 13-15 (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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.: 2016 stats – Associated Press all-state first team, 97 tackles, 10 interceptions, 2 blocked kicks. (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.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15
QB Jordan Johnson, 6-foot, 205, Hooks (Texas) HS: Former Air Force commit. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23)
RB Issac Kinsey, 5-11, 173, Chattahoochee HS, Alpharetta, Ga.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 6)
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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.: USA Today’s Maryland offensive player of the year.
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)
K Kevin Madigan, 5-10, 170, Coppell (Texas) HS: First offer – Army.
DB Julian McDuffie, 5-11, 162, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia State, Buffalo. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.: First offer – Army. Army visit:  Oct. 15.
K Sean McNulty, 6-1, 210, Maine South HS, Park Ridge, Ill.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: First offer – Army. Army official visit: Jan. 7 (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. Army official visit – Jan. 27 (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)
LB Jon Rhattigan, 6-2, 220, Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.: Army official visit: Jan. 13-15 (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)
DE-TE Nick Slusher, 6-4, 238, Cedar Creek HS, Ruston, La.
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)
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
S Taylor Vessel, 6-1, 195, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – South Alabama, Texas State
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)
*OL Caden Williams, 6-5, 270, Franklin (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Air Force. Army official visit – Jan. 13-15. (COMMITTED, Jan. 16)
S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.: First offer – Army. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (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.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, June 24)
Commit breakdown by state: Texas (14); Georgia (13); Virginia (8); Florida (7); North Carolina (7); Illinois (6); Alabama (4); Maryland (4); Ohio (4); Pennsylvania (4); Louisiana (3); South Carolina (3); Tennessee (3); California (2); New York (2); Arkansas (1); Delaware (1); New Jersey (1).

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By the numbers: Fullback breakdown

Looking for a reason for Army’s six-win improvement from 2015, check out the production of the fullbacks.

Army sophomores Andy Davidson, Darnell Woolfolk and Cole Macek and freshmen Kevin Hicks and Connor Slomka produced 1,842 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Quite the increase from 2015 where Army fullbacks combined for 1,009 yards and six touchdowns.

In comparison, Navy fullbacks rushed for 1,216 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2016.

Moving Davidson from linebacker to fullback in 2016 proved to be one of the best decisions that Jeff Monken and his staff have made in their three years.

Fullbacks have gone from a position of doubt in 2015 to a position of strength for years to come.

A breakdown of Army fullback production over the last 10 years shows how impressive the B-Backs were in 2016.

2016: 339 carries, 1,842 yards, 25 touchdowns

2015: 215 carries, 1,009 yards, 6 touchdowns

2014: 261 carries 1,412 yards, 11 touchdowns

2013: 182 carries, 1,020 yards, 9 touchdowns

2012: 195 carries, 1,112 yards, 7 touchdowns

2011: 196 carries, 1,069 yards, 7 touchdowns

2010: 204 carries, 1,103 yards, 10 touchdowns

2009: 129 carries, 547 yards, 3 touchdowns

2008: 279 carries, 1,621 yards, 8 touchdowns

2007: 37 carries, 94 yards, 2 touchdowns

Note: Army ran a pro-style offense in 2007

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Recruiting: Kicker Sean McNulty commits

Sean McNulty doesn’t remember coming out of Maine South’s Illinois state 8A championship game against Loyola in late November.

McNulty kicked two field goals, started at right tackle, like he had every game his senior season, played outside linebacker, boomed a 66-yard punt and placed four others inside the 20-yard line and and kicked off.

“It was a pretty busy state championship game,” said McNulty, who helped Maine South to a 27-17 win, ending Loyola’s 30-game winning streak.

McNulty will be strictly a kicker at the next level. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior committed to Army Wednesday night. This fall, McNulty made 14-of-17 field goals and had 77 of his 94 kickoffs result in touchbacks. He made 30 field goals in his three years as Maine South’s kicker.

“I’d love to play (offense or defense) but I know for college I’m definitely a better specialist than I would be a lineman or a linebacker,” McNulty said.

Slotbacks coach Tucker Waugh visited McNulty on the Monday after Army’s win over Navy. An offer came a few days later. Army wasn’t on McNulty’s radar until Waugh’s visit.

“To be honest, I really hadn’t looked into Army much,” McNulty said. “Once they offered, the more I looked into it, the more I fell in love with it. After looking into everything, it just seemed like it would be the perfect fit and I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else.

“I watched the bowl game. I knew after watching the way that they play, I wanted to be there.”

Army’s kicking game was one of the team’s weaknesses during an eight-win 2016 season. Kickers missed six of 12 field goals and four extra points.

McNulty said the plan for him is to enter West Point directly this summer.

From now until then, McNulty plans on working on his leg strength.

“My kickoffs were probably the weakest part of my kicking in my sophomore year,” McNulty said. “My junior year and the past summer, I really focused on kickoffs because I know how much that can change the game. This offseason, I’m going to focus a lot on kickoffs. I feel my field-goal kicking is ready for college. I’m going to work on that but I’m definitely going to try and get those kickoffs even better than what they are right now.”

2017 Army football commits (82)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia. (COMMITTED, July 28)
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
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.  Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 31)
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
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)
QB Darius Bracy, 5-10, 185, Baker HS, Mobile, Ala.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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)
QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
*RB Kevin Dominique, 6-1, 207, Plaquemine (La.) HS: Other offers – Western Kentucky. Army official visit: Jan. 7
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6). Army official visit: Jan. 7 (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)
LB Nick Ghazarian, 6-2, 218, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
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)
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
DL Trevor Hallock, 6-2, 255, La Mirada (Calif.) HS: (COMMITTED, Jan. 7)
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – Nov. 15
OL Ethan Harvey, 6-4, 286, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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.: 2016 stats – Associated Press all-state first team, 97 tackles, 10 interceptions, 2 blocked kicks. (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: Former Air Force commit. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23),
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 6)
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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.: USA Today’s Maryland offensive player of the year.
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)
DB Julian McDuffie, 5-11, 162, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia State, Buffalo. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.: First offer – Army. Army visit:  Oct. 15.
K Sean McNulty, 6-1, 210, Maine South HS, Park Ridge, Ill.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: First offer – Army. Army official visit: Jan. 7 (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)
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
S Taylor Vessel, 6-1, 195, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – South Alabama, Texas State
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. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (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.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, June 24)
Commit breakdown by state: Texas (13); Georgia (11); Virginia (8); Florida (7); North Carolina (7); Illinois (5); Alabama (4); Maryland (4); Ohio (4); Pennsylvania (4); South Carolina (3); California (2); New York (2); Tennessee (2); Arkansas (1); California (2); Delaware (1); Louisiana (1); New Jersey (1).

Commits/recruits, if you are taking an official visit in the coming weeks, send me a direct message @salinterdonato on Twitter.

 

 

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Recruiting: Army adds McDuffie, Ghazarian to 2017 class

Shiloh (Ga.) defensive back Julian McDuffie committed to Army Monday after taking an official visit this past weekend.

McDuffie will be the second member of his family to play Division I-A football. McDuffie’s brother, Jeremy, is a sophomore cornerback at Duke. Army is scheduled to play Duke this year and next year. McDuffie made 70 tackles and caught a 70-yard touchdown in his senior season at Shiloh. He was offered by Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia State and Buffalo.

Crespi (Calif.) linebacker Nick Ghazarian tweeted he committed to Army Monday. Ghazarian had an offer from Air Force.

Commits/recruits, if you are taking an official visit in the coming weeks, send me a direct message @salinterdonato on Twitter.

2017 Army football commits (81)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia. (COMMITTED, July 28)
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
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.  Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 31)
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
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)
QB Darius Bracy, 5-10, 185, Baker HS, Mobile, Ala.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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)
QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
*RB Kevin Dominique, 6-1, 207, Plaquemine (La.) HS: Other offers – Western Kentucky. Army official visit: Jan. 7
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6). Army official visit: Jan. 7 (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)
LB Nick Ghazarian, 6-2, 218, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
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)
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
DL Trevor Hallock, 6-2, 255, La Mirada (Calif.) HS: (COMMITTED, Jan. 7)
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – Nov. 15
OL Ethan Harvey, 6-4, 286, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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.: 2016 stats – Associated Press all-state first team, 97 tackles, 10 interceptions, 2 blocked kicks. (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: Former Air Force commit. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23),
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 6)
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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.: USA Today’s Maryland offensive player of the year.
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)
DB Julian McDuffie, 5-11, 162, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia State, Buffalo. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, Jan. 9)
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.: First offer – Army. Army visit:  Oct. 15.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: First offer – Army. Army official visit: Jan. 7 (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)
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
S Taylor Vessel, 6-1, 195, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – South Alabama, Texas State
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. Army official visit – Jan. 7 (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.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, June 24)
Commit breakdown by state: Texas (13); Georgia (11); Virginia (8); Florida (7); North Carolina (7); Alabama (4); Illinois (4); Maryland (4); Ohio (4); Pennsylvania (4); South Carolina (3); California (2); New York (2); Tennessee (2); Arkansas (1); California (2); Delaware (1); Louisiana (1); New Jersey (1).

 

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Recruiting: Bracy latest QB commit, Knowles, Hallock, Harvey join class

Baker (Ala.) quarterback Darius Bracy committed to Army while on his official visit Saturday.

Bracy was a first-team Class 7A pick as an athlete by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior rushed for 1,357 yards and 14 touchdowns and passed for 915 yards and seven touchdowns. Bracy was offered by Navy.

Quarterback depth has been a topic of conversations in my spots on Crawdad’s Countdown to Kickoff and Army has certainly address that with this class. Bracy is the sixth quarterback commit.

Army has six quarterbacks returning – junior and starter Ahmad Bradshaw, sophomore Chris Carter and freshman Malik McGue, Kelvin Hopkins, Joey Benden and Korie Frausto. Frausto saw time as a wide receiver at times in practice. Sophomore Luke Langdon didn’t play in 2016 due to a knee injury. Not sure of Langdon’s status for 2017.

Cherokee (Ga.) running back Aaron Knowles, who also visited West Point this weekend, has committed to Army. Knowles caught 52 passes, 11 for touchdowns, and completed all four of his passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. A versatile athlete, Knowles caught sevens passes, two for touchdowns, was 2-for-2 passing and intercepted a pass in one game this past fall.  Knowles had five interceptions his senior year.

Evangel Christian Academy (La.) 6-foot-4, 286-pound offensive lineman Ethan Harvey committed to Army on his official visit this weekend. Harvey was an honorable-mention Class 5A pick by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

The following commits took their official visit this weekend: Sharpstown (Texas) cornerback Dallas Blacklock, Plaquemine (La.) running back Kevin Dominique, Pickerington (Ohio) linebacker Kieren Douglas, Belton-Honea Path (S.C.) safety Akyah Miranda and Watson Chapel (Ark.) safety Mike Williams.

Lausanne Collegiate (Tenn.) quarterback Mario Nolan-Dillard and Shiloh (Ga.) defensive back Julian McDuffie also visited. Nolan-Dillard helped lead Lausanne to a 14-0 record and its first Tennessee state title.

La Mirada (Calif.) defensive lineman Trevor Hallock committed to Army Saturday after receiving a recent offer. Hallock had 54 tackles and 6.5 sacks, according to MaxPreps, this fall for La Mirada. Believe Hallock is the first California player to commit to Army’s 2017 class.

Commits/recruits, if you are taking an official visit in the coming weeks, send me a direct message @salinterdonato on Twitter.

2017 Army football commits (79)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia. (COMMITTED, July 28)
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
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.  Army official visit: Jan. 7 (COMMITTED, July 31)
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
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)
QB Darius Bracy, 5-10, 185, Baker HS, Mobile, Ala.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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)
QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
*RB Kevin Dominique, 6-1, 207, Plaquemine (La.) HS: Other offers – Western Kentucky. Army official visit: Jan. 7
LB Kieren Douglas, 6-2, 212, Pickerington (Ohio) Central HS: Other offers – Air Force (Nov. 6). Army official visit: Jan. 7 (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)
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
DL Trevor Hallock, 6-2, 255, La Mirada (Calif.) HS: (COMMITTED, Jan. 7)
WR Jonathan Hamilton,  6-3, 220, St. Patrick HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – Nov. 15
OL Ethan Harvey, 6-4, 286, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La.: (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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.: 2016 stats – Associated Press all-state first team, 97 tackles, 10 interceptions, 2 blocked kicks. (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: Former Air Force commit. (COMMITTED, Nov. 23),
OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, August 6)
SB Aaron Knowles, 5-11, 184, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga. (COMMITTED, Jan. 8)
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.:
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)
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.: First offer – Army. Army visit:  Oct. 15.
CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: First offer – Army. Army official visit: Jan. 7 (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)
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
S Taylor Vessel, 6-1, 195, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – South Alabama, Texas State
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.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, June 24)
Commit breakdown by state: Texas (13); Georgia (10); Virginia (8); Florida (7); North Carolina (7); Alabama (4); Illinois (4); Maryland (4); Ohio (4); Pennsylvania (4); South Carolina (3); New York (2); Tennessee (2); Arkansas (1); California (1); Delaware (1); Louisiana (1); New Jersey (1).

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Season wrap: Brent Davis

Army finished the 2016 season, second in the nation in rushing behind New Mexico in Brent Davis’ third year as offensive coordinator.

The Black Knights scored 31 or more points five times and 60 or more points three times.

Spoke with Davis about a week ago. Among the topics: the game-winning, fourth-down play call in overtime of the Heart of Dallas Bowl, fullback production and the offense’s future.

On the bowl victory and team’s late-season run: “It was a lot of fun and it was great to see all of our players hard work paid off for them. It was just a great feeling the last three victories.”

On quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw’s play late in the season: “He really close to mistake free particularly in the last (bowl) game. In the Navy game, he had very few mistakes. There was that one fumble. He played well in that game. He’s really run the ball tough. The leadership aspect of it, he does a great job with that.”

The game-winning, fourth-down play in overtime of the Heart of Dallas Bowl: “We ran it twice and had some success both times. It’s a play that’s a good answer if they are trying to stop the fullback or bringing pressure inside. It’s also a good call if it works. We just felt like that they may be trying to stuff us inside  with linebackers and we were able to get out on the edge and the guys did a great job of executing.”

“The situation that we were in, coach (Jeff Monken) made a great call in being aggressive and thankfully it worked out for us to get it in there. I think more than anything it had to do with coach having confidence in our players and their ability to execute it. I just think they felt like they weren’t going to be denied.”

On the fullback production late in the season: “We hit a lull in the middle of the season particularly on offense. I felt like we didn’t have as much production from that position and most of it had to do with guys being banged up. So, we weren’t the same for a few weeks there. Getting those guys (Andy Davidson and Darnell Woolfolk) back healthy has been huge for us and also being healthy on the offensive line. I feel like they played well in the last two games in particular and our fullbacks have really played well.”

On the play of center Bryce Holland: “Bryce has been a great leader for us, a great leader on the offense line and has been really solid and consistent all year. He’s gotten better.”

On wide receiver Edgar Poe’s finish to his career: “He was awesome in both games. He was a force blocking on the perimeter. In the North Texas game, we had him lined up at tight end a lot of the day. He did an unbelievable job. It wasn’t something that we really practiced that much getting ready for this game. We did a little bit but we used it a lot more than what we probably anticipated and he did some things that we didn’t ask him to do before from that position and he did an awesome job. He’s the most unselfish player that I’ve ever been around.”

On the offense’s future: “I feel really good about it. I feel like we are going to get better. We feel like we will be older and more experienced next year and hopefully play with a great mindset again. I think we are just scratching the surface of where we can be.”
On the offensive line’s play in the bowl: “We were able to play (fifth-year senior guard) Justin Gilbert, who again toughed it out not being healthy. He was able to come in and play. Josh Boylan started a second game (at left guard) for us and did a great job. (Freshman guard) Jaxson Deaton came in and played some. (Freshman) Mike Johnson played a little bit. What we like to do is eventually get to where we can play two solid groups and let them be interchangeable.”

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Recruiting: Anderson, Czyzynski latest QB commits

Army added two dual-threat quarterback prospects when Christian Anderson of Cardinal Hayes (N.Y.) and Clay Czyzynski of New Trier (Ill.) committed Monday.

Anderson threw for 3,653 yards, the second-highest total in New York state history, and 37 touchdowns leading Cardinal Hayes to the state Catholic High School final. Anderson’s 37 touchdowns were tied for fifth in state history. He added 10 rushing touchdowns.

“I just felt like that was the best opportunity I had for me to be successful in football and academics,” Anderson said. “It was a big decision for me.  It took a long time for me to finally commit to them. The facilities they have, the alumni they have, the connections that are possible and also playing big games like the Army-Navy game (factored into his decision).”

Anderson attended the Army-Navy game on Dec. 10 in Baltimore and watched the cadets rush the field after the Black Knights 21-17 victory.

“It was crazy,” said the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Anderson, who hopes to be a direct admit. “It was a good experience for me…My parents and I were talking about (the program being on the rise) a lot in trying to figure out whether I should commit. The bowl win and the Navy win, I thought the program was on the way up. That was also a big reason for my commitment.”

Czyzynski received an offer from Army slotbacks coach Tucker Waugh as he was getting off a flight from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to Denver Monday and committed on the spot. Not a bad way to end a vacation.

“Right there, I’m like, ‘I’m in,’” Czyzynski said. “I was just really excited I couldn’t believe.”

Czyzynski was waiting for his first offer after visiting Army for the Morgan State game on Nov. 19.

“When I took my visit to Army, I fell in love with West Point,” Czyzynski said. “There’s nothing like that campus. I was just amazed and I loved everything about it. The coaching staff was amazing. They made me feel really welcomed. I knew right then and there if they were to offer me, I would accept it right away.”

Navy showed interest in Czyzynski his junior season. Czyzynski said he spoke with Air Force this season.

“Navy and Air Force kind of blew me off,” said Czyzynski, who will be a direct admit. “I’m like, ‘You know what hopefully something will come.’”

Czyzynski, the Central Suburban League offensive player of the year, rushed for 1,216 yards on 170 carries with 12 touchdowns and passed for 1,939 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior. Czyzynski’s father, Bill, played linebacker for Ohio State from 1980-83.

“He is a talented football player with the ability to change the game with both his arm and feet,” New Trier coach Brian Doll said. “With great instincts, he extends plays way longer than they are designed. He runs more like a power red-zone running back than a typical quarterback.

“His biggest improvement this past year was his arm strength and accuracy.  He was one of the best if not the best quarterbacks in Illinois this past season.  He was a nightmare for an opposing defense and will be missed.”

Czyzynski, a three-year starter at New Trier, is looking forward to running Army’s triple option.

“I think that’s the coolest offense,” Czyzynski said. “There’s nothing like it. That offense really excites me…I have a big build (6-foot, 205) and with the triple option you are basically a running back. I just love to run.”

Anderson said he improved his strength and speed in the offseason, working with Cardinal Hayes strength and conditioning coach after track practices.

“I was just trying to find a way to get more velocity on my throws and be able to be more elusive in the pocket,” Anderson said. “I also worked on reading defenses. I watched a lot of film from my junior season and it helped me be able to make decisions a lot quicker.”

Anderson ran a no-huddle spread offense at Cardinal Hayes and was given the freedom to change play at the line.

“He had 10 touchdowns this year,” Cardinal Hayes coach C.J. O’Neil said. “He would have had a lot more. We didn’t need him taking helmets…He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s a Division I-A corner. My impression was he was a Division I-A quarterback even in a spread offense. He’s the second all-time leading passer in the history of New York state…

“This kid can throw it. He can sling it. He can run it. He’s everything that you want to put in that offense. I ran that offense for years.”

Anderson follows the same path to West Point as Cardinal Hayes graduate Marcus Hilton. Hilton was a defensive end on Army’s 2010 Armed Forces Bowl championship team.

Army also received a recent commitment from Lake Highland (Orlando, Fla.) Prep defensive end Harrison Greenhill. Greenhill, who ranks No. 29 in the Orlando Sentinel’s 2017 Central Florida Super 60, had 47 tackles for a loss and 11 sacks this fall.

2017 Army football commits (75)

DL Hunter Adams, 6-1, 275, Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Citadel, Columbia. (COMMITTED, July 28)
QB Christian Anderson, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.
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)
DE/LB Luke Blanton, 6-2, 225, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas
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)
QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
*RB Kevin Dominique, 6-1, 207, Plaquemine (La.) HS: Other offers – Western Kentucky.
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)
DE Harrison Greenhill, 6-4, 235, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
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.: 2016 stats – Associated Press all-state first team, 97 tackles, 10 interceptions, 2 blocked kicks. (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: Former Air Force commit. (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.:
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)
T-DE Daniel McGeough, 6-6, 230, Chartiers Valley HS, Bridgeville, Pa.: First offer – Army. Army visit:  Oct. 15.
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)
DE-LB Tommy Upton, 6-4, 205, Strake Jesuit Prep, Houston, Texas: (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
S Taylor Vessel, 6-1, 195, Clear Falls HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – South Alabama, Texas State
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.
LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, June 24)
Commit breakdown by state: Texas (13); Georgia (9); Virginia (8); Florida (7); North Carolina (7); Illinois (4); Maryland (4); Ohio (4); Pennsylvania (4); South Carolina (3); Alabama (3); New York (2); Tennessee (2); Arkansas (1); Delaware (1); Louisiana (1); New Jersey (1).

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Season wrap: Jay Bateman

Jay Bateman’s Army defense is currently ranked fourth in total defense with the national championship game remaining.

The Black Knights closed the 2016 season with an overtime stand in the team’s eighth win – 38-31 over North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl

Bateman talks about the season, senior captains Andrew King and Jeremy Timpf and the future of Army’s defense.

On the Heart of Dallas Bowl finish: “We practice overtime almost every week defensively. We talk about the scenarios and we say, ‘We just scored so they have to score a touchdown. We kicked a field goal so they might be more conservative.’ I had 100 perfect faith in our kids once we got out there.”

On senior linebackers and captains Andrew King and Jeremy Timpf playing their last game:  ”They are obviously really good players and they are talented kids. I think the biggest challenge will be those are two alpha males. We practiced the right way and we prepared the right way and a lot of it was because when your two best players do it the right way it makes it easier. Those two are different kids and have different personalities. So, I think there are kids on our defense that are drawn more toward Andrew and kids that are drawn more toward Jeremy. I think it’s a really lasting effect those two are going to have on us. We are really fortunate that they played for us.”

On Timpf’s career and 15-tackle game in bowl: “I don’t ever remember a game where I felt like he played bad. Kevin Corless (inside linebackers coach) and I trust him and Andrew as much as you can trust a kid. They have a different mindset. Andrew is more of a thinker where Jeremy is more, see ball, get ball…Take the six academy games he (Timpf) played in and look at the stats for those six games, most linebackers would be happy if that was their season. He showed up the biggest in the biggest games. That’s what you want your best players to do.”

On if he think Andrew King can play in the NFL:  ”I do. He’s got some things that will be attractive to NFL teams as far as he punches holes at people. There aren’t many people that walk the earth that can do that stuff.”

On the development of freshman cornerback Elijah Riley this season: “Elijah is a really bright kid. We were really excited when we got him to commit. John Loose (safeties coach) did a really good job recruiting him. I think he’s a really talented kid that can play a lot of different things. I knew once he got in the lineup wherever it was we were going to have a hard time of getting him out. I’m really excited about him the next 3 years.”

On having a top-five defense this season: To be honest with you, I think we made a pretty good jump a year ago, Our first year, we were so bad and before I got here they have been so bad. I thought last year we made a big jump and we had enough guys coming back that had prided themselves and had unique roles in the defense. We could build the defense around some guys. I’m happy with how our kids played. We figured out a little bit what our kids can do well. As a coaching staff, I think my assistants do great job of getting them ready and the offense helped too. I’m happy with the way our kids compete and I think the mindset now is once you get to this level then it becomes this is what the expectations are. So I’m excited to move forward with the guys coming back.”

On graduation losses and returning players: Losing (defensive linemen) Jordan Smith and Eddy Ruzga will be difficult. Chad (Wilt, defensive line coach) has done a great job of building some of our younger guys up and I think they are going to be good players. Losing (safety Xavier) Moss will hurt. He’s a pretty special athlete. John (Loose) will get guys ready and Rhyan (England) is back. That will help minimize it a little bit. I think the key thing will be obviously Jeremy and Andrew were really good players but it goes beyond that. They were alpha males. They dominated the locker room. They dominated the meeting room. It’s finding kids to step into those roles. John Voit is built that way. Rhyan England is built that way. Alex Aukerman is built that way. We have guys that are built that way. They just have to step into that role now.”

On holding off North Texas in bowl: “I would have much rather it been 35-7. That’s not the way it worked out. North Texas has talented kids. They have a month to get ready for us. They did a good job. I think once our kids settled down we were pretty good. I thought we played better in the second half. I thought going in they gave us some stuff that we hadn’t prepared for. It’s hard for our kids because we don’t see a conventional offense much. We are getting ready for Navy and they sprung some two-back stuff that we hadn’t see. But Jeremy and Andrew did a great job of getting us set up and we hung in there pretty good once we got settled down.”
Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reported that Bateman was a “hot name in coaching circles” before the bowl game. Bateman on coaching at West Point: “One of the main reasons I came here is because of Jeff (Monken). He’s the best. I’m extremely happy. My family loves it. I love working for Jeff. I love it.”
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