Recruiting: Kaghen Roach discusses his Army commitment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coaching staff update: Army adding Matt Hachmann, Kevin Lewis

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

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

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

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QB Cam Thomas leaving West Point

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

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

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

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

There’s no word on Thomas’ next destination.

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

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

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

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

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Recruiting: Former Navy commit Robert Jones joins 2019 class

Cedar Grove (Ga.) running back Robert Jones, a former Navy commit, committed to Army head coach Jeff Monken and offensive coordinator Brent Davis during an in-home visit Wednesday.

Jones, who will play slotback for the Black Knights, decommitted to Navy last month. He announced an offer from Army on Jan. 10. He said the major factors for his switch from Navy to Army were Army Prep’s location in West Point and Army, “just felt like home.” Navy Prep is located in Newport, R.I.

Jones, who is 5-10 and 190 pounds, helped Cedar Grove to a Georgia AAA state title, rushing for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 11.3 yards per carry.

Army’s coaching staff was another factor in Jones’ decision.

“They are a great group of coaches,” Jones said. “They definitely made me and my family feel welcomed. The in-home visit was great. They sat down with my family and just talked about life.”

Jones, whose nickname is “Pop”, said Army’s facilities and post was “top notch” on his visit. “Everything was clean, nice and beautiful.”

Cedar Grove did not operate the option but Jones believes he can adapt to the Black Knights’ offense.

“The way Army runs the ball will be a great fit for me with the pitch,” Jones said.

Jones was recruited by Akron, Western Kentucky and North Dakota State among others.

Army picked up another commitment from Peach State when Mount Paran Christian (Ga.) defensive back Kyle Terry announced he’s joined the Black Knights’ 2019 class. Terry’s first offer was from Army.

Nolensville (Tenn.) running back Colton Dooley announced his commitment to Army on his 18th birthday Tuesday. Dooley rushed for 1,036 yards and scored 19 touchdowns as a senior.

Breaking…Cardinal Newman (Calif.) 6-foot-5 wide receiver posted his commitment to the Black Knights Thursday night. Woods visited Army last weekend. Army offered Woods first two weeks ago.  Woods caught 36 passes for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games his senior season. He also had six interceptions and blocked two punts.

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

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Coaching staff update: Monken on Loose DC promotion, Wilt departs to Cincinnati

John Loose earned the opportunity to be Army’s full-time defensive coordinator after calling the Black Knights’ 70-14 win over Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl last month, head coach Jeff Monken said.

Loose, a 13-year Army assistant in two stints, directed the Black Knights’ defense to an academy-record 10 sacks in the bowl game.  Army announced Loose’s promotion on Jan. 10. Loose replaced Jay Bateman, who is now North Carolina’s co-defensive coordinator.

“John has a ton of experience calling games as a defensive coordinator,” said Monken, speaking of Loose’s 14 seasons at Lafayette (2000-13) and three seasons at the Coast Guard Academy (1989-91). “Probably almost 200 games as a DC. He did a great job in the bowl game, both preparing our team defensively and then calling the game.

“Having someone from our staff is really going to help our players transition and our defensive unit transition from Jay to a new coordinator. The terminology stays the same. The philosophy stays the same. Much of the coaching staff is the same. I think it’s a real positive for our program that we were able to keep John and put him in that position.”

Monken said Loose will oversee the defense and not coach a specific position like Bateman did. Some moves were made to, “reposition some of the coaches that are here,” on defense, Monken said.

Defensive line coach Chad Wilt has taken a position at Cincinnati, Monken said. Wilt, who will coach the defensive line at Cincinnati, spent the last three seasons at West Point, where he mentored impact players John Voit, Ray Wright and Wunmi Oyetuga.

“He (Wilt) did a great job,” Monken said. “He’s a terrific coach. A great person and we certainly going to miss him just as we miss Jay.”

Monken said he has hired coaches to replace Bateman and Chad Wilt on staff but couldn’t announce the new coaches yet.

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Lambert Trophy champions

Army will have to make some room in its football offices or Sports Hall of Fame for some more hardware.

The Black Knights will receive the Lambert Trophy as the best Division I-A football team in the East at the Eastern College Football Awards banquet on Feb. 21 in Danbury, Conn.

Army, which set an academy record with 11 wins and finished 19th in the Associated Press poll, earned its first Lambert Trophy since 1958.

“What an honor for the 2018 Black Knights to join the other great teams that have been awarded the Lambert Trophy!” Army coach Jeff Monken posted on Twitter Tuesday.

Athletic director Boo Corrigan said on Army earning the Lambert Trophy, “You always try to look inside on what we’re doing and if we’re doing it the right way and if you got the right people involved. If you are recognized outside, I think it’s a nice outward facing piece to what it is. I’m honored that they would consider us for the award.”

Army finished the season with a nine-game winning streak and capped off the academy’s winningiest campaign with a 70-14 victory over Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl.

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Recruiting: Florida TE Josh Lingenfelter commits to Army on spot

Josh Lingenfelter didn’t wait long when Army linebacker Daryl Dixon called with an offer Tuesday night.

Lingenfelter, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound tight end from Mosley High School in Lynn Haven, Florida, immediately committed to the Black Knights.

“It’s the only school I’ve wanted to attend since I was a freshman,” Lingenfelter said. “So when he called and offered, there was no other option for me than to fulfill my dream.”

Lingenfelter attended Army prospect camp in the summer of 2018 and was waiting for an offer from the Black Knights.

Carlisle (Pa.) defensive end Grady Chapman also committed to Army on the spot earlier this week. Chapman told Jake Adams of The Carlisle Sentinel that coach Jeff Monken offered him a place on the team during a visit Monday. He gave Monken his pledge in the coach’s office. Chapman’s father, Jeremy, played offensive line for Army in 1996 and 1997.

Army’s 2019 class added some key players after an official visit weekend last Friday and Saturday. (Jan. 11-12). Mater Dei (N.J.) wide receiver Isaiah Alston, St. Amant (La.) defensive lineman Johnny Johnson, Pembroke Hill (Mo.) linebacker Declan O’Leary, Edgewater (Fla.) cornerback Malik Prioleau and East Paulding (Ga.) running back Tyrell Robinson all announced their commitments.

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

*signed with Army in December 2018

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Quick Thoughts: Armed Forces Bowl

Ten days after Army’s record-scoring Armed Forces Bowl pasting of Houston, the Black Knights are one of 14 teams to win 11 or more games this season.

Army should finish inside the top 20 in the final Associated Press and Coaches polls after its academy-record 11th win. The Black Knights’ 9-game winning streak will be the nation’s second-longest when the 2019 season starts behind the winner of the Alabama-Clemson national championship game.

Make not mistake about it, the 70-14 victory over Houston was a statement game. The performance for the ages put college football and all of doubters on notice. James Nachtigal told me he and the Black Knights had no doubt that they were leaving Amon G. Carter Stadium with a win long before kickoff.

Houston fired head coach Major Applewhite Sunday more than a week after Army’s destruction.

Houston’s defense provided little resistance early and I remember saying Army could score 70 points in this game in the second quarter.

Also remember saying James Nachtigal would break Josh McNary’s sack record of four. Nachtigal came up a half-sack short of tying McNary’s mark. Houston’s offensive line had no answer for the relentless blitzing by interim defensive coordinator John Loose. Freshman quarterback Clayton Tune was running for his life most of the game.

No word on if Loose has been promoted to defensive coordinator but he certainly made a strong case.

Eight different players had a hand in Army’s school-record 10 sacks.

Kelvin Hopkins’ 77-yard touchdown run, which could have and should have been stopped at the line of scrimmage, was one of the plays of the year. Hopkins (170 yards) may have hit 200 rushing yards if he didn’t leave the game with a shoulder injury in the third quarter. Hopkins punctuated a superb season becoming the first Army quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season. I’ll have more on Hopkins’ place in the record books in a future blog.

Up 56 points, Monken and his staff coached to the last play, calling a timeout with 10 seconds left. Jake Ellington and Joe Stephenson combined to sack Clayton Tune for the 10th time, a fitting ending.

Army’s 70 points tied a record for all bowl set by West Virginia in the 2012 Orange Bowl. It was the most points scored by Army against a team that is currently Division I-A ever.

 

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Pregame blog: Armed Forces Bowl

Junior slotback Kell Walker will not dress for the Armed Forces Bowl due to a violation of team rules, per Army football radio.

Sophomore Artice Hobbs is expected to start in Walker’s place. Army was already thin at slotback. Senior Calen Holt, who had shifted from fullback to slotback when sophomore Fred Cooper was suspended, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in practice before the Army-Navy game.

Walker is Army’s third-leading rusher with 320 yards on just 67 carries.

Walker’s absence means more snaps for Hobbs and junior Malik Hancock.

Kelvin Hopkins needs 44 yards to become the first Army quarterback to throw for 1,000 yards in a season since Carson Williams in 2007.

Senior cornerback Mike Reynolds is questionable. Sophomore Javhari Bourdeau could start in Reynolds’ place. Senior Jalen Sharp, a 2017 starter, could also see playing time.

Safeties coach John Loose takes over calling plays as Army’s interim defensive coordinator.

Senior slotback Jordan Asberry, senior linebacker Kenneth Brinson and senior punter Nick Schrage joined Cole Christiansen, Bryce Holland and Darnell Woolfolk as game captains.

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Prediction Time (Armed Forces Bowl): Houston

Army is up to a 6-point favorite against Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl Saturday.

When asked about playing the role of favorite on his radio show Friday night, Jeff Monken said, ‘If people think we are a 5.5-point favorite over a talented team like Houston, they are delusional. This is a great football team, a very talented team, a top 25 team earlier in the year. They had some injuries that caused them to have not as much success later in the year as they likely would had. I think they are a great football team.

“I promise you the guys on our team understand who we are. We are probably a favorite because we won a few games here down the stretch but if you look at our games a lot of them have been close where we just have to slug it out, hang on and try to win. That’s exactly what it’s going to take for us tomorrow for us to do that. We don’t look at the lines. That doesn’t make any difference for us when we go play a game.

“If somebody said, ‘What’s the point spread tomorrow,’ I wouldn’t have the first idea. I know who they have on the other side and it’s going to take our best effort to beat them.”

Army (10-2), ranked 22nd in the Associated Press poll and 25th in the Coaches poll, is riding an eight-game winning streak entering its third straight bowl game. The Black Knights have not lost a game in three months (28-21 overtime loss at Oklahoma, Sept. 22). A win would be Army’s school-record 11th

Houston (8-4) was ranked as high as 17th before dropping three of its last four games. True freshman quarterback Clayton Tune will make his second career start in place of D’Eriq King. Houston will be without all-American defensive lineman Ed Oliver and cornerback Isaiah Johnson, who both elected not to protect their NFL draft stock.

Army enters with the nation’s No. 2 rushing attack at 296.3 yards per game. While, Houston ranks 98th in stopping the run (197.1 yards). The Cougars have allowed 219 points in their four losses.

Houston averages 46.4 points per game but will the Cougars be that prolific without King and against an Army defense, which has allowed three touchdowns over its last three games?

Sal Interdonato (Times Herald-Record Army football beat writer): Army 31, Houston 17. Originally thought this could be a tight game but after losing count of how many times Army coach Jeff Monken complimented Houston as a talented team during his Friday press conference, get the feeling that this is a confident Army team focused on winning its 11th game and securing its first final Top 25 ranking since 1996. Army’s recipe for victory is no secret – possess the football, keep its defense fresh and create a turnover or two.

Predictions from around the college football universe
Ben Kercheval (CBS Sports): Army -3.5. Kercheval writes on CBS Sports, “The Black Knights run the triple option and do it well. They lead college football with 766 rushing attempts (nearly 64 rushes per game), and while time of possession isn’t normally a pertinent stat, they’re also No. 1 in that category as well at 38:50 per game — nearly four minutes more than the next team. Playing Army is a grind and even with time to prepare, can Houston’s defense stop this immovable object?”
Nicholas Ian Allen (Athlon Sports): Houston 28, Army 27.
Nick Bromberg (Yahoo Sports): Army 28, Houston 27
Sam Cooper (Yahoo Sports): Army 35, Houston 30
Pat Forde (Yahoo Sports): Army 34, Houston 28
Pete Fiutak (College Football News): Army 38, Houston 31

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