Navy linked to Army rebrand

The recent rebranding of Army Athletics probably wouldn’t have been necessary if the football program would have experienced recent success against Navy, West Point graduate and author Mark Beech says.

The academy changed its name to “Army West Point” Monday with the hopes of altering an identity issue. For years, recruits, sports fans and the general public have had a hard time distinguishing West Point from the United States Army.

That’s why the academy had “West Point” in the end zones of Michie Stadium and on the back of football jerseys, said Beech, who wrote “When Saturday Mattered Most,” a 2012 book on Army’s 1958 undefeated football team.

“They wanted to make it clear they were West Point and not Ft. Drum,” Beech said. “I’m not sure how people were mistaking it but that was their feeling. It seems like this is a response to that but there’s still something in the back of my mind that tells me if they don’t lose to Navy 13 times in a row I’m not sure they think that they need a rebrand.

“If you are just looking at the football team, the big problem for them is a talent thing and everything else is secondary to that.”

Army has experienced one winning year (2010) since its 1996 Independence Bowl season, when it won 10 games.

“It’s not like Army has been on the lips of everyone at the top ranks of college football for years,” Beech said. “The profile of the program has been declining. I venture this is the way to do it (improve the profile). The better way to deal with the problem is to put a winning program on the field and for whatever reason they haven’t been able to get the talent to do that.”

Beech said when he was writing his book he would reference the academy football team as “Army” “Black Knights” and “Cadets” for variations. In 1999, the academy officially changed its nickname from Cadets to Black Knights. Black Knights still remains with Cadets and The Corps being secondary options.

“The Black Knights’ name change in 1999 was the more problematic one,” Beech said. “Every team was going to be called the Black Knights but it was only a traditional nickname by New York sportswriters for the football team for most of the 20th century. ‘The Black Knights of the Hudson,’ Red Blaik loved that.

“It was only ever used in reference to the football team. To call every team the Black Knights, it just created this mascot confusion. Every game at West Point, all the companies bring their own mascots. There’s already a zillion mascots running around. They’ve got the mule, they’ve got the Black Knight. They’ve got E-Man. Maybe, it seems like an attempt for Army to get a hold of this of this hydra, this 80-million, headed monster. To a certain extent, I’m not sure they’ve solved the problem.”

Changing its name to West Point would make logical sense but wouldn’t be practical with the “Army-Navy” brand.

Academy officials say Army West Point is not for every situation and sometimes, just Army is appropriate in “Go Army” and “the Army-Navy Game.”

“I just can’t imagine anyone calling them Army West Point,” Beech said. “I have yet to get my brain around that. I can’t imagine the Army West Point-Navy football game.”

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Schurr update

Army junior quarterback A.J. Schurr said he has started throwing short passes and is on track to be ready for preseason camp.

Schurr, who started two games last season, hasn’t participated in spring practice following offseason shoulder surgery.

“I’ll be all good to go, physically,” Schurr said at the Army rebrand event Monday. “The guys getting reps right now are going to be great competition come the season. I’m going to have to work my way back if I hope to be in the starting position.”

Freshman Ahmad Bradshaw and sophomore Matt Kaufmann have seen the bulk of the snaps this spring. Freshman Seth Gonzales and Army Prep quarterbacks Chris Carter and Luke Langdon will also be in the mix.

Schurr has played in 20 games, making three starts in his career. He is Army’s top returning rusher with 469 career yards and six career touchdowns. Schurr has been working out on the side during spring practice.

“You never want to get hit when you aren’t fully healed up because if you are not fully healed and you take a bad hit, you could just start the whole thing over,” said Schurr, who has thrown for 568 yards and four touchdowns in three seasons. “As much as you want to be in spring ball, it’s one of those things that you want to be ready for September.”

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Army West Point football

So, it’s Army West Point football.

Not Army football or West Point football.

The academy’s athletic department revealed its new name and logo at a rebranding event Monday night at Eisenhower Hall.

The academy’s nickname will remain Black Knights with Cadets used as a secondary reference.

Athletes from some of the academy’s 28 sports showed off the new uniforms with the new Athena Shield logo.

Junior cornerback Chris Carnegie, junior fullback Matt Giachinta, sophomore cornerback Josh Jenkins and junior quarterback A.J. Schurr represented the football team.

Junior guards Kyle Wilson and Dylan Cox represented the football team.

Senior John Glesener and Al DeStefano represented the lacrosse team.

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From active duty to gridiron, journey of Christian Reed

Christian Reed received the biggest news any Army soldier could hear.

Reed was called into his superior’s office at Ft. Bragg.

“We are going to pull into Afghanistan in a few months,” Reed was told.

“I had to tie my boots up a little tighter because I was a PFC (Private First Class),” Reed said.

Reed would deploy to southern Afghanistan as a member of the 261st Movement Control Team, a transport unit, in November 2012. In January 2013, Reed received an letter of acceptance to the United State Military Academy Prep School.

Read more on Army freshman slotback’s journey here.

Has Reed paved the way for more active-duty soldiers to pursue their football dreams at West Point? Walker Seldon, an Army Prep running back, calls Reed his inspiration. Story:

VIDEO: Christian Reed’s journey to West Point in 46 seconds.

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April 11 scrimmage blog

Army’s second spring scrimmage had ended.

Players broke into their position groups.

When assistant coach Tucker Waugh sent his slotbacks to the locker room, one player remained.

Sophomore Joe Walker, the team’s most experienced slotback, was accepting his penalty for an earlier fumble during the scrimmage.

“When you fumble, you have 200 yards of up-downs, every five yards,” Walker said. “That was my punishment.”

For the second straight Saturday, Army’s offense started off slow against the defense.

“We started out rough,” said Walker, who scored a 10-yard touchdown run late in the scrimmage. “I definitely started out rough during the scrimmage. Just fundamental things, little things that they tell us to focus on every day. It kind of slipped my mind a little bit. I think that’s what we going on with our offense being a little sluggish.

“We picked it up. Coach Monken got into us a little bit and we realized we have to dig down and get it done. Once the offense got going, the offense kind of fed off each other.”

At one point in the practice, coach Jeff Monken laid into both units for not playing at the speed he expected.

“I’m just trying to get them to compete,” Monken said. “It’s awfully important that our football team play as hard as they can play all of the time. If we don’t, we’re not giving ourselves a good chance to win. Sometimes, our guys have those lapses in effort and I’m big on playing to the whistle and not watching and looking around to see if the play has ended. Just keep playing as hard as you can until the official blows the whistle and make him blow the whistle.”

Scoring plays: Freshman fullback Nick Shiver 8-yard run; junior kicker Cale Brewer 33-yard field goal; sophomore running back Joe Walker 10-yard run; freshman quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw 25-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Edgar Poe.

Top defensive plays: junior cornerback Jared Rogers interception; sophomore linebacker Seth Combs recovered a fumble on a bothced option pitch; sophomore linebacker Jeremy Timpf sack; freshman nose tackle Andrew McLean sack; freshman linebacker Justin Byers 8-yard tackle for loss on reverse to Jermaine Adams, freshman linebacker Blake Goddard tipped pass; freshman linebacker Matt Sannella tipped pass.

Following players didn’t participate in the scrimmage: freshman LB Bayle Wolf; sophomore safety Tevin Long; sophomore DE Eddy Ruzga; FB Matt Giachinta.

First-team offense: QB Ahmad Bradshaw/Matt Kaufmann; FB Aaron Kemper; SB Joe Walker; SB John Trainor; LT Justin Gilbert/Ryan Alexander; LT Mike Houghton; C Matt Hugenberg; RG Stefan Moreau; RT Ryan Alexander/Brett Toth; WR Edgar Poe; WR DeAndre Bell.

First-team defense: DE John Voit; NT T.J. Atimalala; DE Shawn Lemoto; LB Blake Goddard; LB Jeremy Timpf; LB Andrew King; LB Seth Combs; CB Josh Jenkins; CB Steven Johnson; S Rhyan England; S Xavier Moss.

Scrimmage observations: Freshman quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw started the scrimmage with the first-team offense. Sophomore Matt Kaufmann also took a few series with the first team while Bradshaw worked with the second team…Good sign that junior tackle Justin Gilbert saw snaps with the first team. Army has been cautious with Gilbert, who is returning from ACL injury from last August. Gilbert was held out of the first scrimmage last Saturday…Army quarterbacks completed two passes during the scrimmage. Bradshaw’s touchdown pass to Poe came on the final play of the day. Matt Kaufmann found freshman slotback Egbezien Obiomon for 20 yards on a 4th-and-short…Tight end Kelvin White dove but couldn’t come up with pass from Kaufmann in the end zone…

Sophomore fullback Aaron Kemper was a workhorse on one drive, carrying the ball on nine straight plays…The offense converted too many first downs on 4th-and-inches to Monken’s liking… Freshman slotback Christian Reed showcased his speed, turning what could have been a loss into an 8-yard gain…Sophomore defensive end Jordan Smith limped off the field, favoring his left leg and didn’t return…Junior kicker Dan Grochowski missed a 50-yard field goal, which was a difficult kick considering the wind…Freshman Jonathan Kim was short on a 48-yard try…Army seniors Mike Ugenyi, Richard Glover, Geoff Bacon and Tony Giovannelli were on hand to watch the scrimmage…Father Judge (Pa.) junior running back Yeedee Thaenrat and Berks Catholic (Pa.) junior slotback/safety Issac Lutz were among a group of recruits visiting. Senior kicker Zach Potter, a commit from Terre Haute, Ind., also attended the scrimmage.

VIDEO: Freshman QB Ahmad Bradshaw and sophomore LB Jeremy Timpf interviews. Nick Shiver’s 9-yard touchdown run.

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Recruiting: QB James bolts Army for Air Force

Army has lost an important member of its 2015 recruiting class.

Morgan Park (Ill.) senior quarterback William James tweeted Friday morning that he will be playing for another service academy – Air Force.

“I would like to say thanks to Army on their staff for the offer and opportunity to be apart of their team,” James said within a post on Twitter. “I have decided to de-commit from Army and commit to the Air Force Academy. This came after a lot of prayers and discussion with my family, coaches and peers, I feel that Air Force is the best opportunity for me to be successful on and off the field. I couldn’t pass up being apart of the life lasting Bolt Brotherhood.”

James, who is 6-foot-2, 206 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, committed to Army during an official visit to West Point on Jan 11.

In February, James said he planned on attending Army Prep to learn Army’s triple-option system.

James’ switch caught some commits by surprise.

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Pete Dawkins among honorary captains for spring game

Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins will highlight a group of 10 former players, who will be honorary captains at Army’s Black and Gold game on April 18 at Michie Stadium.

Dawkins will be joined on the Black team by Mike McElrath (1992 Army co-captain), Collin Mooney (former Titans fullback, 2008 Army co-captain, academy’s single-season rushing leader), Mike Viti (2007 Army co-captain) and Aaron Alexander (2003, 2004 Army co-captain).

Honorary captains for the Gold team are Ben Kotwica (Redskins special teams coach, co-captain of 1996 Army Independence Bowl team), Caleb Campbell (former Lions linebacker, 2007 Army co-captain); Chad Davis (Army’s director of football operations), Stan March (1980 Army captain) and Gavin Lawrence (Army two-year letterwinner 1993-94).

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April 9 practice blog

Junior cornerback Chris Carnegie practiced for the first time this spring Thursday.

Carnegie, a three-year starter, was working in at a limited basis.

Talking to Carnegie after practice he said that it felt good to return to the field and he complimented fellow cornerbacks Steven Johnson and Jared Rogers for stepping up in his absence. While he was held out of practice, Carnegie said he was doing his best to coach up Army’s cornerbacks on the sideline.

Army coach Jeff Monken said Carnegie had an injury that was nagging him through the 2014 season and had offseason surgery.

The goal is to get Carnegie some live snaps nine days from now in Army’s Black and Gold game on April 18.

“He won’t be in there the entire time,” Monken said. “I trust he knows what to do. We want to get him enough reps so he goes through all of the angles and actions and doesn’t get completely rusty on the physical part. But, we want to keep him healthy and we want to get him where he’s completely healthy and can go through fall camp and he’s still not nursing an injury.”

Fullback update: Junior fullback Matt Giachinta hasn’t taken many reps the past two practices. Monken said Giachinta is banged up and his turns are being held down. “He’s played enough that he knows what to do,” Monken said. “He’s like Carnegie. We just want to give him enough of the physical part so he doesn’t get too rusty. Forecasting to the preseason, Monken said, “there’s merit to both Giachinta and sophomore Aaron Kemper both playing. They’re both capable…If those guys are healthy, that’s a good pair. We don’t have much after that and that’s a concern so hopefully one of those freshman can come in and add some depth there for us.”

Monken mentioned the following players as guys who have stood out so far this spring: “John Voit (freshman defensive end) is getting better every day. He works so hard to improve his fundamentals. You watch him down here with coach Ray McCarthy and he’s working so hard on his fundamentals…(Sophomore fullback Aaron) Kemper has run the ball well. I think he’s done a nice job…(Junior center Matt) Hugenberg is playing better than he did in the fall. Just having played that position for a year, I think he’s a lot more comfortable. I think he’s had a good spring…(Sophomore safety Xavier) Moss has improved tremendously from the first day in that new position…(Junior cornerback) Mike McFadden tries so hard and plays so hard. He’s limited physically. He’s not the fastest guy we got, he’s not the most athletic guy but he tries to do every little thing right and he’s made some plays because of it.”

Practice observations: West Point superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen and Gary Steele, an Army Sports Hall of Famer and former star tight end, attended practice…The defense dominated the early part of the live periods. Sophomore defensive Jordan Smith had a sack. Sophomore cornerback Steven Johnson made a tackle for loss and junior cornerback Mike McFadden picked off Matt Kaufmann…The offense rallied with a big run by sophomore fullback Chasen Brown and a long touchdown run by freshman wide receiver Jermaine Adams. Adams received great downfield blocking by tackle Brett Toth. On the run, wide receivers coach Keith Gaither was sprinting behind Adams. Cale Brewer connected on a 33-yard field goal to end the live session.

During the skelly (skeleton) portion of practice, Kaufmann completed deep passes to Adam Bungum and Edgar Poe, linebacker Justin Fahn had an interception, cornerback Caleb McNeill knocked down a pass intended for Adams…Dan Grochowski hit a 44-yard field goal early in practice…During team work, the offense had a false start on three consecutive plays and completed up-downs after each infraction…Kannapolis (N.C.) junior RB Sandon McCoy visited practice.

Looking ahead: Army will hold its second scrimmage Saturday. The team will have a full-contact practice Tuesday and practices with no tackling to the ground next Thursday and Friday in preparation for the spring game.

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April 7 practice blog

Another Army spring practice, another day battling the elements.

Rain fell during parts of Army’s session, which lasted more than two hours.

The wetness may have caused some issues between quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw and center Matt Hugenberg on a few missed exchanges. Offensive coordinator Brent Davis wouldn’t blame the elements.

“The rain is no excuse,” Davis said. “You can’t make excuses for that because we may play in it 10 times. We played in it three times at home at least last year. We have to do a better job with it.

“It’s not one person. It’s a group effort with that. It’s the responsibility of the center and the quarterback and they take ownership for it. It’s a constant communication between the two of them, even when it’s good and say, ‘That was a great snap.’ Constant communication and feedback before and forth is what we need.”

Bradshaw, once again, had some impressed moments during practice. He ran away from the defense on a 35-yard touchdown run. Bradshaw and the offense were placed in a 3rd-and-10 scenario from their own 45. No problem, Bradshaw completed a 50-yard pass to Edgar Poe.

What’s Davis’ assessment on the freshman quarterback?

“He’s tough,” Davis said. “He’s a good runner. He’s not the most shifty guy but he will make some guys miss. He’s not the fastest guy but he will get north and south and get into some seams. He can a lot of different things pretty well. He’s just going to have to keep progressing and he is. We feel like he’s getting better and we are real happy with the way he is developing.”

Davis said Bradshaw is starting to learn from his mistakes in practice.

“You make a mistake one time and then you learn I won’t do that again, I won’t pitch off to the wrong guy the next time,” Davis said. ” (You) miss a throw this time, the next time you hit it. He hasn’t seen enough different looks yet to get all of them right. But he’s getting enough of them right and he’s getting some right every day that he didn’t right the day before…He’s working at it very hard.”

Players sitting out of practice included: RB John Trainor; RB Elijah St. Hilaire; LB Bayle Wolf; CB Chris Carnegie; LB Scott Washle; DE Eddy Ruzga.

Practice observations: Don’t know if fullback Matt Giachinta was banged up but the junior didn’t get much of a run during the live portions of practice. Sophomore fullback Richie Smith appeared to see more reps with sophomore Chasen Brown and freshman Nick Shiver getting into the mix. Nose tackles T.J. Atimalala and freshman Andrew McLean are pushing each other to get better. Atimalala and McLean have both had good springs. They continued to cause some havoc in the backfield Tuesday…Sophomore safety Xavier Moss showed off his athleticism, grabbing an interception with one hand on a pass that was thrown behind him…Freshman slotback Christian Reed made a nice leaping catch along the right sidelines…Sophomore fullback Aaron Kemper broke off a 30-yard run…Linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt congratulating freshman Blake Goddard for playing his assignment correctly…Mitchell Howard connecting on a 33-yard field goal…Kemper breaking multiple tackles on a 35-yard touchdown run…Tight end Kelvin White making a catch on a 20-yard pass from Bradshaw near the sideline…Andrew McLean and Jordan Smith combining on a tackle for a loss…McLean tagging Kaufmann for a sack on what looked like a blown line assignment…Defensive end Spencer Welton wrestling Chasen Brown to the ground at the line of scrimmage…CB Josh Jenkins intercepting a pass; Cornerback Caleb McNeill making a nice diving play to break up a deep pass to White…Bradshaw connecting with Joe Walker on an 18-yard pass…LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” echoing through the Michie Stadium sound system as the team preparing for its live offense vs. defense periods. Pretty sure I saw at least one coach singing along to the old-school classic.

VIDEO: Sophomore QB Matt Kaufmann on offense

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Recruiting: Georgia DE Evans offered

Army continued its recruiting push in the state of Georgia by offering Aquinas junior Will Evans Monday.

Evans, who is 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, was a first-team Georgia Class A defensive end in 2014. Army is Evans’ first offer.

Unofficially, Army has offered 132 high school juniors. Evans is the 18th junior from Georgia that Army has offered.

2016 Army offers
T Tarik Adams, 6-4, 285, Lowndes HS, Valdosta, Ga.
RB Jaret Anderson, 5-10, 185, Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic HS
CB Austin Andrews, 6-1, 180, St. Francis de Sales HS, Columbus, Ohio: Andrews has received offers from Ball State, Boston College, Iowa, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin, among others.
CB Manny Appiah, 6-1, 180, Bergen Catholic HS, Oradell, N.J.
WR Kirk Augustus, 5-9, 165, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, N.C.
K Alex Barbir, 5-9, 185, South Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
LB Michael Badejo, 6-1, 203, Mansfield Timberview HS, Arlington, Texas: Air Force and Washington have offered Badejo and TCU has shown interest. Army has also offered Badejo’s teammate, quarterback Devin Williams.
WR Jaquarius Bargnare, 5-9, 189, Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, Fla.
OL Harrison Barton, 6-3, 285, Houston (Texas) Christian HS
C-G Sean Behrens, 6-3, 285, Newsome HS, Lithia, Fla.
QB Joey Benden, 5-10, 180, Massaponax HS, Spotsylvania, Va.
RB Rakeem Boyd, 5-11, 200, Stratford HS, Houston, Texas
LB Todd Bradley, 6-foot, 210, Valdosta (Ga.) HS
T Parker Braun, 6-4, 275, Osceola HS, Kissimmee, Fla: Braun’s father, Mike, played football for Army from 1986-88. Ohio State, Stanford and Duke are among others, who have offered Braun.
QB Anthony Brown, 6-2, 190, St. John Vianney HS, Holmdel, N.J.: Brown has offers from Air Force, Boston College, Northwestern, Temple, Wake Forest and UConn among others.
RB-S Brittain Brown, 6-2, 190, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga.
RB Jesse Brown, 5-11, 185, Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga.: Offered by Kansas State, Navy and Air Force among others.
S Anthony Butler, 6-2, 190, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
DE Charles Callender, 6-2, 220, Gulliver Prep, Miami, Fla.
WR Antoine Cannady, 6-3, 225, Dawson HS, Pearland, Texas
OL Eric Cal, 6-3, 286, Providence Day HS, Charlotte, N.C.
LB Eron Carter, 6-2, 215, Palatka (Fla.) HS: UMass and Troy have offered Carter.
S Adrian Clark, 6-2, 215, Woodrow Wilson HS, Camden, N.J.
WR Kjetil Cline, 6-foot, 185, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
DE-TE Dante Cleveland, 6-3, 240, Hoffman Estates (Ill.) HS
WR Gene Coleman, 6-foot, 178, Bergen Catholic (N.J.) HS, Oradell, N.J.
CB Miles Corpening, 5-11, 180, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
DL Da’shon Copes, 6-1, 267, Toms River (N.J.) North HS
LB Lorenzo Dantzler, 6-2, 230, Starkville (Miss.) HS
LB Joel Dublanko, 6-3, 227, Aberdeen (Wash.) HS: Dublanko, a member of Team USA’s U-18 team, has been offered by Washington State among others.
CB Coney Durr, 5-10, 171, Dutchtown HS, Geismar, La.: Kansas State is among the other schools, which has offered Durr.
CB Joshua Drayden, 5-11, 175, Bishop Dunne HS, Dallas, Texas
DL Michael Dwumfour, 6-3, 265, DePaul Catholic HS, Wayne, N.J.: Also has offers from Wake Forest and Temple.
CB D’Angelo Ellis, 6-foot, 160, Cypress Ridge HS, Houston, Texas: Ellis has also received an offer from Rice.
DE Will Evans, 6-2, 260, Aquinas HS, Augusta, Ga.
RB Tyus Flakes, 5-10, 195, Auburn (Ala.) HS
DE Andrew Fitzgerald, 6-5, 245, Marcus HS, Flower Mound, Texas: Air Force, Boise State, Caifornia, Colorado State, Kansas State, North Carolina and Vanderbilt has also offered Fitzgerald.
OL Will Fries, 6-6, 265, Cranford (N.J.) HS
CB-S Bricen Garner, 6-3, 175, Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.” Also offered by Navy, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Temple, Toledo, UMass and Fordham.
DE Demerick Gary, 6-3, 245, Kimball HS, Dallas, Texas
DE Michael Geraghty, 6-3, 232, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas, Nev.
DE Jordan Giberti, 6-3, 225, Gainesville (Fla.) HS
LB Ryan Gilmartin, 6-1, 230, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian HS
LB Roury Glanton, 6-foot, 230, Carrollton (Ga.) HS
OL-DL Joe Goff, 6-5, 265, Episcopal HS, Alexandria, Va.: Navy offered Goff after Army.
S Xavier Goodall, 5-11, 185, Henrico HS, Richmond, Va.
WR-CB Palmer Graham, 5-9, 165, Conant HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
RB Russell Halimon, 5-9, 182, Allatoona HS, Acworth, Ga.
WR Tanner Hall, 6-2, 185, Lambert HS,  Suwanee, Ga.: Army was the first to offer Hall.
WR-CB Damar Hamlin, 6-1, 185, Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.: Hamline recently received his 32nd offer from Tennessee. Auburn, Clemson, Indiana, Miami (Fla.), Navy, Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, among others, that have also offered Hamlin.
QB Donald Hammond, 6-1, 205 Eagle’s Landing Christian HS, McDonough, Ga.
LB Bryce Handy, 6-1, 213, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.
QB Felix Harper, 6-foot, 170, Creekside HS, Fairburn, Ga.
CB Ojahi Hawkins, 6-2, 169, Winter Haven (Fla.) HS: Recently received an offer from Utah
QB-S Isaiah Hill, 6-1, 190, Florida HS, Tallahassee, Fla.
CB Tyrone Hill, 6-2, 198, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.: Navy offered Hill last week.
RB Artice Hobbs, 5-10, 175, Newton HS, Covington, Ga.: Hobbs’ Hudl profile says he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds.
RB-S Khaleke Hudson, 6-foot, 205, McKeesport (Pa.) HS: Also offered by Navy
DE Dallas Jeanty, 6-1, 220, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) HS: Recently offered by Navy
WR-CB Nate Johnson, 6-foot, 180, Independence HS, Thompsons Station, Tenn.
OL-DL Braylon Jones, 6-4, 290, John Tyler HS, Tyler, Texas
QB Deshaunte Jones, 5-10, 170, Colerain HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Cincinnati and Toledo have also offered Jones.
DL Noah Jones, 6-5, 255, Southmoore HS, Moore, Okla.: Navy, Kansas State and Toledo have offered Jones.
OL Spencer Kanz, 6-6, 280, Luxemburg-Casco HS, Luxemburg, Wisc.: Kanz’s first offer came from Illinois, has offered been offered by MAC schools Bowling Green, Ohio, Buffalo, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo
DE-LB Eric Kendzoir, 6-3, 230, La Porte (Texas) HS
WR Tyler Kirtz, 6-2, 190, Brownsburg (Ind.) HS
RB Alan Lamar, 5-9, 185, DeSoto Central HS, Southaven, Miss.
RB Jonathon Lee, 5-11, 187, Riverdale Baptist School, Upper Marlboro, Md.
QB Riley Lees, 6-1, 185, Libertyville (Ill.) HS: Lees is from the same high school as Army junior quarterback A.J. Schurr. (COMMITTED to Miami, Ohio).
LB Peyton Long, 6-2, 225, Dallas (Texas) Jesuit HS: Also offered by Navy.
S Kenney Lyte, 6-2, 182, Fremd HS, Palatine, Ill.: Lyte holds a recent offer from Baylor.
DT William Mack III, 6-2, 255, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.
RB-CB Martin Mangram, 5-11, 180, Buford (Ga.) HS: Has been offered by Northwestern.
LB Tanner Matthews, 6-3, 228, Santa Margarita HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
DE Sal Mauro, 6-3, 238, Bergen Catholic (N.J.) HS, Oradell, N.J.
OL-DL Drew McEntyre, 6-2, 285, Calhoun (Ga.) HS
DE Darius McFarland, 6-3, 250, Box Elder HS, Brigham City, Utah
LB Jimmy McKinney, 6-1, 225, Oologah (Okla.) HS: Air Force, Colorado State, Wyoming and Ohio are among the schools to offer McKinney.
RB Tre Miller, 6-1, 215, Dixie HS, St. George, Utah
RB Darius Morehead, 5-8, 170, Ensworth HS, Nashville, Tenn.
WR-CB Lonnie Moore, 5-10, 165, Paul VI HS, Haddonfield, N.J.
RB Blake Morgan, 5-10, 170, Creekside HS, St. Johns, Fla.
CB T.J. Morrison, 5-11, 175, Stepinac HS, White Plains, N.Y.
S Justin Mulbah, 6-foot, 200, St. Vincent Pallotti HS, Laurel, Md.: Navy was first to offer Mulbah.
TE Jordan Myers, 6-1, 205, Dickinson (Texas) HS
TE Mack Nash, 6-5, 250, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.
OL Marshal Nathe, 6-3, 285, Centennial HS, Peoria, Ariz.: (COMMITTED to Arizona State)
TE Trey Neville, 6-4, 245, Lafayette HS, Williamsburg, Va.
WR Tre Nixon, 6-foot, 155, Viera (Fla.) HS:
QB L.J. Northington, 6-2, 190, Lutheran HS, Orange, Calif.
WR Audie Omotosho, 6-2, 189, Plano (Texas) East HS: Oklahoma State, Utah, Kansas, Boston College, Navy and SMU are among the schools to offer Omotosho.
DB Mikial Onu, 5-11, 175, George Ranch HS, Richmond, Texas
DT Mike Panasiuk, 6-3, 285, Lake Park HS, Roselle, Ill.
WR-CB Jamal Parker, 5-10, 170 Camden Catholic HS. Cherry Hill, N.J.
LB Ryan Parker, 6-1, 205,  Baylor HS, Chattanooga, Tenn.
LB Jonathan Pollock, 6-foot, 212, Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, Fla.: Pollock verbally committed to Rutgers in the fall.
G Dylan Powell, 6-3, 270, Hannibal (Mo.) HS
LB Evan Powell, 6-1, 220, Cherokee HS, Marlton, N.J.
S Austin Quillen, 6-foot, 190, Jenks (Okla.) HS: Navy, Iowa and Vanderbilt are among the schools to offer Quillen.
DL Darius Reynolds, 6-2, 225, York HS, Yorktown, Va.
QB Tyree Rodgers, 6-2, 180, Camden (N.J.) Catholic HS
WR-S Jarel Rowe, 6-4, 190, Carrollton (Ga.) HS
WR Geraud Saunders, 6-3, 185, Bishop Dunne HS, Dallas, Texas
LS John Shannon, 6-2, 225, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Ill.
DE-LB Brandon Simon, 6-2, 230, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.
K Trey Simons, 6-2, 155, Atlantic Coast HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Simeon Smiley, 6-1, 200, Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic HS: Wisconsin has offered Smiley.
T-DT Nate Smith, 6-7, 260, Murrieta Mesa HS, Murrieta, Calif.: Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona State, Arizona, California, Washington State, Baylor, Illinois, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Penn State, Nebraska, Louisville, Cincinnati and Syracuse are among the schools we have offered Smith.
RB-CB Trey Snead, 5-11, 195, Fleming Island HS, Orange Park, Fla.: (COMMITTED to Rutgers)
WR Jack Sorenson, 6-1, 185, Stevenson HS, Lincolnshire, Ill.
S Keoni Stallworth, 6-2, 190, Cosumnes Oaks HS, Elk Grove, Calif.
LB Mason Stokke, 6-3, 205, Menomonie (Wisc.) HS: Stokke won the state 195-pound wrestling title this season. Iowa has also offered Stokke.
T Sterling Strother, 6-5, 254, Campolindo HS, Moraga, Calif.
S Tyshawn Suddoth, 5-11, 178, Lake Ridge HS, Mansfield, Texas
QB-LB Tymar Sutton, 6-foot, 215, McKeesport (Pa.) HS
S Chanse Sylvie, 6-foot, 180, Calvary Academy, Shreveport, La.
TE Collin Tatko, 6-5, 255, Northpoint Christian HS, Southaven, Miss.
RB-DB Yeedee Thaenrat, 5-10, 192, Father Judge HS, Philadelphia, Pa.: Recently received an offer from Purdue.
CB Mykal Tolliver, 6-foot, 177, St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif.: Also offered by Washington State, Colorado State and Nevada.
DE Anthony Trinh, 6-3, 230, Pace Academy, Atlanta, Ga.: Army was Trinh’s first offer. Air Force, Navy, Florida Atlantic, Kent State and Toledo are among the schools to offer Trinh.
DL Julius Turner, 6-2, 270, Meridian (Miss.) HS
RB Darryl Turner, 5-9, 184, DeMatha HS, Hyattsville, Md.: (COMMITTED to Maryland)
LB Desmond Veals, 6-foot, 195, West Brook HS, Beaumont, Texas
RB Daevon Vigilant, 5-10, 180, Downey (Calif.) HS; Vigilant’s Hudl profile says he runs a 4.3 40-yard dash.
QB Michael Viktrup, 6-1, 205, Carmel (Ind.) HS
DE Traver Vliem, 6-4, 240, Midland (Texas) HS
RB Jamauri Wakefield, 6-1, 208, Providence HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
DE Evan Weaver, 6-3, 239, Gonzaga Prep, Spokane, Wash.: California, Utah, UNLV and Wyoming are among the schools to offer Weaver.
QB Devin Williams, 5-10, 166, Mansfield Timberview HS, Arlington, Texas: (COMMITTED to Texas State). Williams committed to Texas State in late March. Five days later, Army offered.
T Justin Witt, 6-6, 273, Lincoln-Way West HS, New Lenox, Ill.: California and Iowa State are among the other schools to offer to Witt.
LB Parker Workman, 6-3, 215, Bingham HS, South Jordan, Utah
LB Markus Wright, 6-3, 210, Jordan HS, Columbus, Ga.
DE-TE Zander Zimmer, 6-4, 225, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla.: Zimmer has also received offers from Duke, Illinois, Navy, Northwestern, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Southern Mississippi, South Florida, Syracuse, Virginia and West Virginia.

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