Recruting: Fortner twins commit to Army

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2021 commits (18)
RB Noah Alexander, 5-10, 188, Eufaula (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns as junior.
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
LB Kalib Fortner, 6-1, 205, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 119 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 10 sacks
WR Liam Fortner, 6-1, 185, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 48 catches, 640 yards, 6 TDs
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
QB Zach Mundell, 5-10, 170, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Illinois, Colorado State
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
TE Gabriel Thompson, 6-4, 240, Wiregrass Ranch HS, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green
DB Leroy Watson, 5-10, 160, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan

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

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Army impacted by Ivy League’s decision, home game vs. Princeton cancelled

Army’s 2020 football season is officially down to 11 games after the Ivy League elected to postpone fall sports until 2021 due to the coronavirus.

The Black Knights were the only Football Bowl Subdivision team affected by the move as Army was scheduled to host Princeton on Oct. 10 at Michie Stadium.

Army released a statement on the situation, noting no further decisions on scheduling will be announced until, “there is a clearer picture of what college athletics will look like come this fall. Army West Point hopes to have an announcement regarding schedule updates sometime in the near future.”

The release adds that Army is committed to preserving its 12-game football season in the fall semester.

“We are saddened to lose the opportunity to compete against Princeton this year, but we understand they did not arrive at this decision easily,” Army athletic director Mike Buddie said in the release.

According to the release, “The Army West Point Athletic Association) is not currently announcing any direct changes to the 2020 football schedule but it recognizes that adjustments will need to be made in order to fill the previously scheduled matchup with Princeton on October 10.”
 
“Our decision to compete this fall is inextricably linked to the mission of the Academy to support the 47-month cadet experience necessary to prepare our cadet-athletes for officership in the most elite Army on the planet,” Buddie said. “Unlike other programs, there is no option for our cadet-athletes to extend or make up for lost time in sports. If we can do so safely, I will do everything within my power to ensure they get that opportunity.”

Brett McMurphy of Stadium tweeted VMI could be a possibility to replace Princeton.

If Army elected to step up in competition, Syracuse has a bye on Oct. 10. If the Patriot League follows the Ivy League’s lead, Syracuse would lose its game against Colgate on Sept. 19 and create an opening to add a game.

If the Patriot League postpones its fall sports, Army will also lose its season opener on Sept. 4 against Bucknell at Michie Stadium.

Stay tuned in the ever-changing world of college sports.

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Recruiting: Oklahoma RB Alexander joins 2021 class

Army added speed and athleticism to its backfield of the future when Eufaula (Okla.) running back Noah Alexander announced his commitment to the Black Knights Tuesday.

Alexander, who plays in a power-running offense, rushed for 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior. He runs a 4.43 40-yard dash, per his Twitter profile. Alexander was recruited by Oklahoma, taking three unofficial visits.

“Army feels like a special place,” Alexander said. “The staff has heavily recruited me and for me, I personally like being a leader and doing things others may not necessarily want to do. I like to help others.

“I’ll get to live my dream of playing Division I football on top of serving my country, which is something I’ve always thought about. I want to be on a team that will be there after football.”

Alexander received his first offer from Navy in May. Army immediately countered with an offer.

“Army just seemed to care more and was always in contact with me,” Alexander said. “Multiple coaches talked to me from there and met my family.”

The 5-foot-10, 188-pound Alexander has the flexibility to play both slotback and fullback. He’s also a state-level powerlifter.

“Army is no doubt a powerful run team,” Alexander said. “I’m used to that. I have speed and toughness.”

One of Alexander’s first introductions to Army football was watching the Black Knights’ double-overtime game at Oklahoma on television in 2018.

“I didn’t know anything (at the time) but they were a tough opponent just because of their military discipline,” Alexander said. “You know Army will play tough and the run the football always.

“It seems like they’re recruiting higher-ranked athletes for their program.”

Army’s strong Florida recruiting presence continued when Wiregrass Ranch tight end Gabriel Thompson announced his commitment to the Black Knights Sunday.

Thompson was slightly familiar with Army before the recruiting process. He viewed the Army-Navy football games on TV. And, his stepbrother graduated from Navy and served.

Thompson said an immediate connection to Army’s coaching staff was one of the factors that led to his decision.

“My excitement and love for (Army) grew when they offered me,” Thompson said. “They (the coaches) really care about me and what I bring to the table. Any questions I’ve had, they responded quick and informative.

“(Army) has been my No. 1 one for a long time. My family and coaches have ingrained the long term over the short term and nothing could set me up better than West Point.”

Thompson, who is 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, was also recruited by South Florida, Middle Tennessee and Citadel among others.

2021 commits (16)
RB Noah Alexander, 5-10, 188, Eufaula (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns as junior.
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
QB Zach Mundell, 5-10, 170, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Illinois, Colorado State
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
TE Gabriel Thompson, 6-4, 240, Wiregrass Ranch HS, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green
DB Leroy Watson, 5-10, 160, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan

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

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Recruiting: Texas QB Mundell picks Army

Zach Mundell’s quarterback skill set attracted the attention of all three Division I service academies.

Army was the first to offer the Martin (Arlington) Texas rising senior in March. Navy and Air Force followed with offer to Mundell in May.

Mundell committed to Jeff Monken and the Black Knights Thursday, citing a strong connection with Army’s coaching staff and deep history of serving within his family.

“The opportunity to go to a school like West Point is something I knew I couldn’t pass up from the high level of football and one of the best educations to get in the country,” Mundell said Friday. “The coaches have described a brotherhood like no other. I look forward to joining that and it really felt like a place I could call home.”

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound quarterback added, “The coaches from Army made the recruiting process amazing and my family was definitely leaning toward Army with us having military in our family.”

Two of Mundell’s uncles are colonel and lieutenant colonel in the Army. One is attending Harvard War College. Mundell’s great-grandmother was in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and received two battle stars as a sergeant. His great-great uncle was private that was killed in the Battle of the Bulge.

Mundell also has family members that have served in the Navy and Air Force. His grandfather was in the Navy.

“I grew up watching the Army-Navy game but just until a year ago, I started watching Army more and more,” Mundell said.

Army is getting a winner and dual-threat talent in Mundell. He led Martin to a 11-2 record as a junior. Mundell threw for 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns and added 742 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Though he may not operate Army’s exact flexbone scheme at Martin, Mundell believes his ability to extend plays with his feet will help with the transition.

“We don’t run the triple option but I’m definitely a dual threat and I feel like the way I play would fit in perfect (at Army),” Mundell said.

Mundell’s commitment is Army’s first 2021 verbal since Father’s Day. Navy has received at least six commits, who were also offered by Army, over the last two weeks.

2021 commits (14)
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
QB Zach Mundell, 5-10, 170, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Colorado State
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green
DB Leroy Watson, 5-10, 160, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan

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

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Recruiting: The best Father’s Day present. DB Leroy Watson commits to Army.

Leroy Watson saved his college commitment announcement for Sunday in an effort to surprise his father.

Watson announced his decision to attend Army in front of family members on Father’s Day. But, his dad, Leroy, had figured out his son’s move along the way.

“Can’t keep a secret from him,” Watson said. “It’s the best (Father’s Day present).”

Watson’s father had connected with West Point graduates that he knew to inquire about the academy following Army’s offer in March.

“The people that went there are living a life only I can dream of,” Watson said. “If I can give up four years of college to make my dreams come true, you best believe I’m taking it without hesitation.”

Watson started in the secondary for River Rouge (Mich.) state championship team as a junior. He’s transferring to Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio for his senior year. Watson chose Army over Arkansas State. He also received offers from Miami (Ohio) and Western Michigan before his junior season.

2021 commits (13)
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Colorado State
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green
DB Leroy Watson, 5-10, 160, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan

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


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Recruiting: Florida QB Robbie Sanders joins Army 2021 class

Robbie Sanders runs a spread offense in high school but the Lake Minneola (Fla.) rising senior believes he possesses the athleticism, decision making and speed to master Army’s flexbone formation.

Army’s coaching staff agreed. Sanders received his only offer to continue to play the position in college from Army. Others showed interest in Sanders as an athlete.

Sanders plans on remaining under center at the next level following his announcement Friday. He became the second quarterback commit of Army’s 2021 class.

“Football-wise, it fits my style of play very well,” Sanders said. “I think for educational purposes anyone that would pass up on opportunity to be at the No. 1 public school in the nation is crazy. I liked how much the coaches push the brotherhood aspect.”

A dual threat, Sanders rushed for 706 yards and 13 touchdowns and passed for 1,513 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior.

“I run a lot of RPOs (run-pass options), which requires you to be smart while being an athlete the same way you have to be at Army,” Sanders said.

Sanders said he’s built a strong relationship with recruiting coach Daryl Dixon as well as position coach Cody Worley. Army offered Sanders in late March.

2021 commits (12)
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Colorado State
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green

Commitments by state: Florida (2), Georgia (2), Alabama (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), Oklahoma (1), Texas (1)

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Recruiting: Army lands Texas fullback Casey Shorter

Katy Taylor (Texas) fullback Casey Shorter completed a four-month recruiting process when he announced his commitment to the Black Knights Friday.

Shorter’s path to West Point started with a message from assistant coach Mike Viti in February. But, his knowledge of the program began much earlier.

The all-Houston area talent hails from the same high school as Army record-breaking fullback and former Titans and Chiefs player Collin Mooney, who shared the position with Viti at West Point.

Mooney’s picture is posted Taylor’s fieldhouse. It’s Shorter, who owns the school record for touchdowns in a game (six). Kevin Shorter, Shorter’s uncle, was Mooney’s junior high coach at Taylor.

Shorter hopes to meet Mooney for the first time as an Army commit or football player following his decision.

“Army seems to be the best fit in every way,” Shorter said. “It is one of the best academic institutions in the world. Also, I think I git in really well with the offense and what they like to do. Knowing that I will have a bright future with an Army degree definitely helped my decision as well.”

Viti’s knowledge of the academy and a virtual visit earlier this month helped sealed Shorter’s choice.

“It was great that he (Viti) was able to answer all of the questions and concerns that my parents and I had going into the commitment,” Shorter said. “I have visited major football campuses and facilities and after watching the virtual tour, I felt like there was no comparison. I can’t wait to see it in person.”

Shorter grew up running in a power formation. Taylor operates a spread offense but it is installing some plays similar to Army for the 2020 season. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Shorter rushed for 1,369 (exactly 30 yards more than Mooney had in his 2008 record-setting Army season), scored 18 touchdowns and added 389 receiving yards as a junior.

Shorter’s commitment will continue a long line of Army service among his family. His grandfather served in Vietnam. Shorter’s great-great uncle was a prisoner of war in World War II and received a Purple Heart.

“It (serving) is definitely something I am proud to do,” Shorter said. “I also have uncles and cousins that served.

“I am really honored and blessed to become a part of Army West Point and the brotherhood.”

2021 commits (11)
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Colorado State
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green

Commitments by state: Georgia (2), Alabama (1), Florida (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), Oklahoma (1), Texas (1)

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2020 Army freshmen class

Army will be adding to its depth at quarterback this fall as seven prospects will be among the Black Knights’ freshmen class.

Alijah Curtis, Alex Meredith, Christian Parrish and Jaylon West played for Army Prep last fall.

Collin Guggenheim, Roman Purcell and Delshawn Traylor will be direct admit.

Here’s a working list of the freshmen class. As of this post, freshmen are reporting for R-Day on July 12-14.

If your name isn’t listed, please DM me on Twitter @salinterdonato

SB Aaron Adams, 5-9, 165, Suncoast HS, Riviera Beach, Fla.: First offer – Army.
LB Dominick Barbuto, 6-2, 225, Lynbrook (N.Y.) HS
*OL Dayton Baugh, 6-3, 255, Beechwood HS, Fort Mitchell, Ky.
*S DeAnte Bernard, 5-11, 190, Highland HS, Albuquerque, N.M.
LB Samih Beydoun, 6-foot, 220, Catholic Central HS, Novi, Mich.: Former Michigan commit as walk-on. Other offers – Colorado State, UMass
*S Aaron Bibbins, 6-1, 175, Sprayberry HS, Marietta, Ga.
*S Tyler Brennan, 6-1, 180, North Hills HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.
LB Trent Brown, 6-1, 235, Peachtree Ridge HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.
TE-DE Bryant Burns, 6-3, 228, Ozark (Ark.) HS: Other offers – Appalachian State.
*DL Nikai Butler, 6-2, 240, Byrd HS, Fayetteville, N.C.
LB Connor Butt, 6-1, 215, Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz.
*OL Cam Callaway, 6-2, 270, Aledo (Texas) HS: Former Harvard commit
K Clay Chase, 5-9, 160, Brownsburg (Ind.) HS: First offer – Army.
*S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-2, 205, St. Joseph’s Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.
*QB Alijah Curtis, 5-9, 180, McKinley HS, Canton, Ohio
CB Seth Daniels, 5-11, 168, Foundation Academy, Winter Garden, Fla.
*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.
OL Jackson Filipowicz, 6-2, 245, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Three-year starting center.
*DL Isaiah Filisi, 6-3, 245, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii
OL Connor Finucane, 6-4, 275, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – California, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette
*OL Jordan Funk, Damascus, Md.
C Aidan Gaines, 6-1, 285, Rome (Ga.) HS: Two-year starter. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
DE Grayson Gilder, 6-3, 240, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.
*RB Keiran Grant, 5-11, 175, Cuero (Texas) HS: Other offers – Texas State.
QB Collin Guggenheim, 5-11, 205, John Curtis Christian HS, River Ridge, La.
*LB Keeron Henderson, 6-2, 210, Highland Springs (Va.) HS
LB Austin Hill, 6-1, 225, Evangelical Christian HS, Cordova, Tenn.: Other offers – Southern Mississippi. Tennessee’s 2019 D-2 AA Mr. Football
*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 Jaylen Jacobs, 6-2, 180, Euclid (Ohio) HS
P-K Albert Jang, 6-2, 185, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga.
WR Brandon Jones, 6-2, 190, Catholic HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
*LB Spencer Jones, 6-1, 215, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
*C Boobie Law, 6-4, 275, Pike HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
*TE Josh Lingenfelter, 6-4, 215, Mosley HS, Lynn Haven, Fla.
*OL Beau Lombardi, 6-2, 220, Valley HS, West Des Moines, Iowa: Brother of Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi. 2019 Iowa state 220-pound champion.
S Leo Lowin, 6-1, 190, Westlake HS, Austin, Texas. Other offers – Air Force. Chose Army over Harvard.
K Quinn Maretzki, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii
*RB Ay’Jaun Marshall, 5-10, 175, West York HS, York, Pa.: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,325 yards and scored 19 touchdowns as a senior
LS Cole McCutcheon, 6-foot, 180, Bishop O’Connor HS, Phoenix, Ariz.: 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
DE-LB Jacob Mitchell, 6-4, 225, Centennial HS, Corona, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force
*LB Bryce Mullenix, 6-1, 236, 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 Camden O’Gara, 6-2, 230, Wyoming HS, Cincinnati, Ohio
*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.
*DL Dylan Perez, 6-2, 275, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Miami, Fla. (preferred walk-on), Buffalo, Florida Atlantic.
C Aidan Perkins, 6-2, 280, Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Troy, Arkansas State, South Alabama.
*CB Kolubah Pewee, 5-11, 160, Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y.
DE-LB Jackson Powell, 6-2, 220, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Troy, Liberty, Middle Tennessee State, Coastal Carolina.
*LB Jonzell Prudhomme, 6-2, 217, Davis HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, New Mexico.
QB Roman Purcell, 6-1, 210, Indian Creek HS, Trafalgar, Ind.: Other offers – TCU, Kentucky, Louisville, Central Michigan. Father Rick played wide receiver and defensive back at Notre Dame.
*FB Tyson Riley, 6-3, 200, Springfield (Mo.) Catholic HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
DE Kaghen Roach, 6-6, 245, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy
*RB Tyrell Robinson, 5-8, 165, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.: Rushed for 1,645 yards and 24 touchdowns as senior.
DL Spencer Roy, 6-3, 245, Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz.
*RB Shontez Simmons, 5-10, 185, Copperas Cove (Texas)
CB Daelan Smith, 5-10, 180, Peach County HS, Fort Valley, Ga.LB-S Terrell Taylor, 6-foot, 190, Paramount (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Utah State
*LB Trey Stephens, 6-foot, 220, Coronado HS, Lubbock, Texas: Had more than 500 tackles in his four-year varsity career.
TE Shane Sunday, 6-2, 221, Pinnacle HS, Phoenix, Ariz.
QB Delshawn Traylor, 5-10, 185, Helix HS, La Mesa, Calif.
WR Bo Turner, 6-foot, 175, Naperville (Ill.) Central HS
*QB Jaylon West, 6-2, 170, Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga.: First offer – Army.
*DB Maxwell Williams, 5-10, 180, Millbrook HS. Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Appalachian State
*RB Shacori Williams, 5-10, 205, Many (La.) HS.
*LB Davis Wofford, 6-foot, 225, Robinson HS, Little Rock, Ark.
*TE Garrett Woodall, 6-5, 210, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
WR Andrew Young, 6-1, 180, Norman (Okla.): Other offers – Air Force. Caught 140 passes for 2,555 yards, 20 TDs in his career.
* – Army Prep




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Recruiting: Cerniauskas’ commitment

Michael Cerniauskas’ West Point connections run deep.

Cerniaukas’ father, Chris, is a 1993 graduate. His uncles Paul and Michael also graduated West Point in 1993 and 1995.

The Catholic (Baton Rogue, La.) safety’s college decision was entirely his after receiving offers from Army, Navy and Air Force.

After a virtual visit Saturday, Cerniauskas was one of five recruits to announced their commitments to the Black Knights Sunday.

“It means that I am committing to something bigger than myself,” Cerniauskas said. “A brotherhood that fights for the same purpose and following in the footsteps of many greats who have done it before is a great honor.”

Cerniauskas was recruited by fullbacks coach Mike Viti and attended 2019 Army prospect camp last summer. Army was the last of the three service academies to offer Cerniauskas in March.

“What set Army apart at the end was that I wanted to do when I got out of college, the people there and the big-time football being played in the upcoming years,” Cerniauskas said.

Cerniauskas found his own path to West Point to become a legacy commit.

“Throughout this process, I was a dad,” Chris Cerniauskas said. “Not a grad. And, I completely backed off and supported him no matter which way he went. Mind you I never disavowed the academy because I love the institution. At the same time, when it came to my son, it was all his call and not mine. That said with his choice in and the tradition continues, there’s definitely a sense of pride.”

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Recruiting: Super Sunday

Army’s 2021 class doubled Sunday as five recruits announced their commitments to the Black Knights.

Three of the commits received offers from Navy, Air Force or both. Another was a 2019 first-team, all-state Oklahoma linebacker. The other is one of the top tight ends in Missouri.

Triton Central (Ind.) long snapper Jaxon Miller, Catholic (Baton Rogue, La.) safety Michael Cerniauskas, Wall (N.J.) defensive back Casey Larkin, Owasso (Okla.) linebacker Emaud Triplett and North Kansas City (Mo.) tight end Danny Joiner are the newest members of the Black Knights’ 2021 class.

Miller started Super Sunday with his social media post. He called coach Jeff Monken with his decision Sunday afternoon after taking a virtual tour of Army’s program Saturday.

“Yesterday’s virtual tour was a huge factor in my decision,” Miller said. “The tour gave me the in-depth details about West Point and it was amazing. I was also able to communicate with the staff all day and ask all of my questions.”

Miller is ranked the nation’s No. 1 snapper in the 2021 class by Kornblue Kicking. He was offered by Air Force.

“I had a great relationship with the Air Force staff and it was one of my top schools, but at the end of the day, I want to be a part of the West Point brotherhood,” Miller said. “The culture and the staff that Army football has is the best in the country.

“It’s a tough program with a rich history and tough culture. I love that they are a team that goes into Power Five opponents with no fear.”

Miller’s grandfather served in the Army and his cousin was a major in the Air Force.

“I know that I want to serve my country and be a part of something bigger than myself,” Miller said. “Playing football and being able to lead soldiers in the greatest military on the planet is truly an honor.”

Cerniauskas has strong ties to West Point. Cerniauskas’ father, Chris, is a 1993 graduate. The younger Cerniauskas received offers from Navy, Air Force, Ohio and Louisiana-Monroe.

“What set Army apart (from Navy and Air Force) at the end was what I wanted to do when I got out of college, the people there, and the big-time football being played in upcoming years,” said Cerniauskas, who also took the virtual tour Saturday.

Cerniauskas said of his decision, “It means that I am committing to something bigger than myself. A brotherhood that fights for the same purpose and following in the footsteps of many greats who have done it before me is a great honor.”

Larkin said he chose Army over offers including Navy because, “of the opportunity after college and the connection I have with (coaches).” He visited West Point in February.

“They have been recruiting me for a while now and I want to be a part of something like that brotherhood at Army,” Larkin said. “They (Army and Navy) both are great schools but I think the relationship that I built with Army was unmatched.”

Triplett made 140 tackles for state champion Owasso. He held offers from Eastern Michigan and North Texas.

Joiner, whose offers included Bowling Green and Toledo, also visited Army virtually Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound tight end caught 22 passes, rushed for four touchdowns and had 57 pancake blocks as a junior.

When asked what led to his commitment, Joiner said, “To be honest, it was the love from the coaches and the prestige that going to West Point offers. The coaches did a great job with recruitment and constantly staying in touch and checking up.”

Joiner was in a group of recruits to took a virtual tour of West Point Saturday.

“It was a deal breaker with finally getting to see how beautiful the campus is,” Joiner said of the virtual visit. “It took my breath away.”

2021 commits (10)
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Colorado State
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green

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