Sheffield on board

North Paulding (Ga.) defensive lineman Tanner Sheffield verbally committed to Army over the weekend, according to Scott Jones, his high school coach.

Sheffield is the first 2015 commit from Georgia and the seventh of the class.

First-year coach Jeff Monken has strong ties to Georgia. He was Georgia Southern head coach for four years before taking the West Point job.

Jones said Army is getting a first-class, student-athlete in Sheffield, who is 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds.

“Tanner is the commander of our ROTC program, carries a 3.9 grade point average, and is one heck of a football player,” Jones said. “He is a man of high character with a tremendous work ethic. He is a leader on and off of the field.

Army 2015 verbal commitments
LB Jacob Covington, 6-2, 215, Liberty Hill (Texas) HS
DE Nick Czar, 6-4, 255, Highland (Ill.) HS
DE T.J. Jackson, 5-11, 245, Trinity Christian HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
QB Kelvin Hopkins, 5-10, 194, Independence HS, Charlotte, N.C.
LB Corey Sanders, 6-4, 215, The Woodlands (Texas) HS
DT Tanner Sheffield, 6-3, 245, North Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.
QB Troy Smith, 6-foot-185, Harker Heights (Texas) HS

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2013 captain Kime on Powis departure, 2014 OLine, more

Momo Kime, Army’s 2013 co-captain, worked as a student coach during the team’s 2014 spring practice.

Kime assisted offensive coordinator Brent Davis and assistant Todd Spencer with the offensive line.

A two-year starting tackle, Kime talked about senior Ryan Powis, who started for three years, leaving the team, what Army’s current offensive line looks like, the Black Knights’ talented backfield and coaching at Army Prep this fall.

“Losing a guy with Ryan’s talents is always hard,” Kime said. “There’s a reason why he was on the field for so long. That’s going to be hard to replace. We have (senior guard Steve) Shumaker back. We have (junior tackle Justin) Gilbert back. (Junior center Matt) Hugenberg is a freaking monster now and a lot of younger guys like Drew Hennessy have stepped up and they look enormous.

“Some of these guys have put on an insane amount of strength and weight. I was shocked to see the guys. I was absolutely shocked to see the guys. They apparently took on all the weight I lost (Kime is down from 270 to 220) and put it on in muscle. They look freaking enormous and that O-line is going to be damn good.”

Kime said the return of running back Raymond Maples, who missed nine games due to a groin injury, for a fifth season gives Army the backfield offensive line hoped to block for last season.

“Terry (Baggett) has his breakout party (last year),” Kime said. “Larry (Dixon, Army fullback) was just a freaking wrecking ball and now with the addition of Ray back, that is a stacked backfield. I’d say that’s one of the top five backfields in the country. I think they are absolutely going to thrive with coach Monken and his offense.”

Kime is excited about the opportunity to coach at Army Prep with his classmates Packy Laird and Reggie Nesbit this fall.

“The athletic intern program is fantastic,” Kime said. “Right now, at prep, we don’t have the cadet candidates yet so we are doing a lot of actual Army work…I (will) get to hang around my teammates. I get to hang around the program for six more months. It’s perfect. I’ll be coaching the offensive line. Patrick Laird is going to be coaching the receivers and Reggie Nesbit is going to be working with the safeties. We got a lot of really good recruits coming in and getting them use to coach Monken’s systems and his ideas and what he wants these guys to buy into. I think prep is going to be even better now than it was before.”

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Weekly Class of 2015 recruiting update

John Carroll (Md.) DE-LB Julian Meares received an offer to play Army football Friday.

Meares attended the first of Army’s two prospect camps in June and impressed coaches. He was named the top defensive lineman of the camp.

Army also offered Champlin Park (Minn.) 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive lineman Jack Darnell and Broken Arrow (Okla.) cornerback Markale Moses

The Black Knights fell out of contention for Haynesville (La.) LB Kendrick Jackson, who verbally committing to Arizona Wednesday.

Jackson is the third Army recruit to commit to Rich Rodriguez and Arizona following Gonzaga (D.C.) CB Sam Morrison and Central Kitsap (Wash.) TE Brion Anduze.

Army coach Jeff Monken and his staff have set their sights on some talented players.

Here’s a list of the high school players from the class of 2015, who have received an offer to play Army football.

Might be missing a few but a pretty solid list.

Offers

RB Jordan Asberry, 5-9, 165, Colerain HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Navy and Air Force have also offered Asberry.
S D’Angelo Amos, 6-1, 175, Meadowbrook HS, Richmond, Va.
TE Brion Anduze, 6-4, 225, Central Kitsap HS, Silverdale, Wash.: (COMMITTED to Arizona)
CB Aaquil Annoor, 5-11, 170, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy
WR Chad Artist, 6-3, 180, Logan (Utah) HS: Artist’s Hudl profile says he runs a 4.39-second, 40-yard dash. (COMMITTED to Utah State)
DT Luc Bequette, 6-2, 290, Little Rock (Ark.) Catholic:
 Played junior season at Centennial High in Champaign, Ill. Also a center.
S Rashaad Bolton, 5-11, 205, Veterans HS, Kathleen, Ga.
T Christian Castleberry, 6-4, 270, Mesquite (Texas) HS
T-DE Nick Carmen, 6-4, 255, Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix, Ariz.
T-DT Nick Carnesale, 6-2, 260, Hammonton (N.J.) HS
T Tyler Carr, 6-6, 322, Southside (Ala.) HS: Carr is ranked the fourth-best offensive tackle nationally and the 30th-best player overall by Rivals. Has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Texas, Georgia and Nebraska among others. COMMITTED to Auburn.
LB Dyson Chmura, 6-3, 212, Waukesha West (Wisc.) HS: The son of former Packers tight end Mark Chmura has potential to play on the offensive side of the ball.
WR Glen Coates, 5-11, 172, Davidson (N.C.) Day HS: Also offered by Navy.
QB Austin Conway, 5-11, 165, Overland HS, Aurora, Colo.: Conway, a three-star football recruit by Rivals, has offers from Nebraska and Colorado among others. He’s also a highly-recruited basketball player. Indiana has offered Conway for hoops. COMMITTED to Wyoming (basketball)
LB Jacob Covington, 6-2, 215, Liberty Hill (Texas) HS: COMMITTED to Army
LB Trevor Darby 6-3, 210 Davidson (N.C.) Day HS: Navy has also offered Darby.
DL Jack Darnell, 6-3, 260, Champlin Park HS, Champlin, Minn.
RB Andrew Davidson, 6-2, 210, Emmaus (Pa.) HS
RB Charlie Davidson, 5-10, 200, Blackman HS, Munfreesboro, Tenn.
RB Taye Davis, 6-2, 225, Lebanon (Tenn.) HS
OG Pat DiCarlo, 6-3, 280, Foothill HS, Santa Ana, Calif.
CB Daivon Ellison, 5-9, 180, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.: Second-team, all-state cornerback is the No. 27 prospect in New Jersey, according to nj.com. Ellison top four schools are Boston College, Penn State, Rutgers and Syracuse.
C Josh Fannin, 6-3, 290, Mill Creek HS, Hoschton, Ga.: Fannin is ranked the nation’s 10th best center and Georgia’s 70th-best player by Rivals. (COMMITTED to Middle Tennessee State)
S Kyle Floyd, 6-3, 205, Humble (Texas) HS
DE Marques Ford, 6-4, 217, East Bay HS, Gibsonton, Fla.: Ford picked up an offer from Clemson Wednesday. Also has offers from Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.), Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Duke, N.C. State and numerous others.
RB Jonathan Forrest 5-11, 202, New Rochelle (N.Y.) HS: Forrest is ranked the second-best overall player in New York and the 50th-best running back in the country by Rivals.
S Clay French, 6-2, 200, Northview HS, Duluth, Ga.: French has an unofficial visit to West Point planned for July 21.
LB Eric Gallon, 6-2, 220, Jenkins HS, Lakeland, Fla.: Buffalo, Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan are among the schools that have offered Gallon.
TE Jeff Gemmell, 6-3, 215, Heritage HS, Wake Forest, N.C.: (COMMITTED to UNC Charlotte)
S James Gibson, 6-1, 200 Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.
C Michael Gomez, 6-foot, 270, Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.
RB Evan Gray, 5-10, 228, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.
T-DE Devin Hannan, 6-4, 270, Belle Vernon (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED to Towson)
CB Richard Hanson, 5-10, 170, Prince George (Va.) HS
WR Jaylen Harris, 5-7, 150, Steele HS, Cibolo, Texas
G R.J. Harris, 6-3, 260, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla.
CB Montre Hartage, 6-foot, 180, Crisp County HS, Cordele, Ga.
LB Hayden Haupt, 6-2, 210, Clovis North HS, Fresno, Calif.
RB Robert Heyward, 6-foot, 195, Calvary Day School, Savannah, Ga.
WR Tabari Hines, 5-10, 165, South Florence HS, Florence, S.C.: (COMMITTED to Wake Forest)
LB Kendrick Jackson, 6-1, 235, Haynesville (La.) HS: (COMMITTED to Arizona)
QB Issac James, 5-11, 183 Carmel (Ind.) HS
WR-CB Brenndan Johnson, 5-11, 170, Reicher Catholic HS, Waco, Texas
RB Jalen Johnson, 5-9, 167, Westview HS, Avondale, Ariz.
C Andrew Jones, 6-foot, 280 Unionville HS, Kennett Square, Pa.
LB Cole Jones, 6-foot, 210, St Xavier HS, Cincinnati
DE Milord Juste, 6-1, 242, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) HS
TE Christian Kelley, 6-2, 230, Mount Carmel (Pa.) HS: Kelley went on an unofficial visit to Army on June 17.
DL Simeon Lane, St. Xavier’s HS, Cincinnati
LB-RB Noah Lazaro, 6-2, 215, Southwest HS, Lincoln, Neb.
DB Trey Lee, 5-10, 185, Thomas Stone HS, Waldorf, Md.
LB Gus Little 6-3, 224, Massaponax HS, Fredricksburg, Va.: (COMMITTED to Maryland)
DE Kirk Livingstone, 6-4, 235, Stranahan HS, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.: (COMMITTED to Alabama-Birmingham)
DE Dante Lonardo, Bethlehem Catholic (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED to Lafayette)
RB DeAngelo Malone, 5-11, 185, Cathedral HS, Erie, Pa.
DT Thad Mangum, 6-1, 270, Christ Church Episcopal HS, Greenville, S.C.
RB Marcus Marshall, 5-10, 200, Millbrook HS, Raleigh, N.C.
S Andrew Martel, 6-1, 195, Foster HS, Richmond, Texas: (COMMITTED to Texas-San Antonio)
OL Mitch Mathes, 6-3, 280, Troup County HS, LaGrange, Ga.
DE-LB Julian Meares, 6-3, 220, John Carroll School, Bel Air, Md.
C-NG Jamarion McBride, 6-2, 290, Hillcrest HS, Simpsonville, S.C.
RB-DB Jaylon McClinton, 5-10, 185, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian HS
G Kyle-Malik Mitchell, 6-2, 295, Alcoa (Tenn.) HS
G Trenton Mooney, 6-5, 255, Lamar (Mo.) HS
CB Sammy Morrison, 5-11, 160 Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C. (COMMITTED to Arizona)
CB Markale Moses, 5-10, 164, Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS
NG Army Motuapuaka, 5-11, 285, Salem HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: Army is Motuapuaka’s first FBS offer. Father is first sergeant in Army. Brother is linebacker for Virginia Tech.
DT Kevin Murphy, 6-3, 275, West Chester (Pa.) East HS (COMMITTED to UConn)
LB-FB Robert Muschamp, Darlington School, Rome, Ga.: A three-star recruit by Rivals, Muschamp is ranked as the 38th-best outside linebacker in the nation and the 41st-best player in Georgia.
DE Jalen Nash, 6-3, 235, SouthLake Christian HS, Huntersville, N.C.
RB Devine Ozigbo, 5-11, 230, Sachse (Texas) HS: Rivals ranks Ozigbo the 42nd-best running back in the class of 2015. Texas back has 23 FBS offers
G Ethan Palelei, 6-foot, 290 Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas: Brother, Evan, was a senior defensive end at Navy last season. Father, Lonnie, played for Steelers, Eagles, Giants and Jets.
LB Charlie Patrick, 6-1, 208, Mays HS, Atlanta: Patrick has named his top three schools. In no particular order, Western Kentucky, Appalachian State and Georgia State.
WR Christian Philpott, 6-4, 203, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla.: Georgia state 1A 200 and 400-meter champion also has offers from Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.), Iowa State, Maryland, Central Florida and Louisville among others. (COMMITTED to Georgia Tech)
QB Elijah Robinson, 6-1, 174, Montclair HS, N.J. (COMMITTED to Boston College)
QB Rashad Robinson, 6-foot, 180, Hermitage HS, Richmond, Va.
OL Nelson Santiago, 6-4, 266, Oakleaf HS, Orange Park, Fla.: Also has offers from Cincinnati, Western Kentucky and Florida International.
LB Ben Schrider, 6-4, 225, St. Mary’s College HS, Albany, Calif.
LB Gabriel Sewell, 6-foot, 215, Desert Hills HS, St. George, Utah
DT Lausii “Boogie” Sewell, 6-foot, 305, Desert Hills HS, St. George, Utah
DL Tanner Sheffield, 6-3, 245, North Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.
QB Jeff Smith, 6-1, 170, Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic HS: (COMMITTED to Boston College)
LB-S Aron Spann, 6-2, 195, Dorman HS, Roebuck, S.C.
WR Brad Stewart, 6-1, 190, Benedictine Military School, Savannah, Ga.
OL Nathan Thacker, 6-2, 250, Lord Botetourt HS, Daleville, Va.
DL Josh Uluocha, 6-3, 267, Stafford (Texas) HS: Uluocha received his first offer from Army Monday. Texas State followed up with an offer on same day.
RB Quaide Weimerskirch, 6-foot, 200 pounds, Pace HS, Milton, Fla.
QB McKinley Whitfield, 6-4, 195, Spiro (Okla.) HS: Army is recruiting Whitfield, who was named the top basketball player in his area, as an quarterback and an athlete. Rivals ranks Whitfield as the 13th-best player in the state of Oklahoma.
WR Kielan Whitner, 6-1, 178, Mountain View HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.
QB Greg Williams, 5-10, 193, Steele HS, Cibolo, Texas: (COMMITTED to Texas State)
QB Arion Worthman, 6-foot, 200 University HS, Normal, Ill.
C Kendel Wright, 6-3, 280, Mountain View HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.
DT Raymond Wright, 6-3, 265, Kell HS, Charlotte, N.C.
DE Will Yancey, 6-4, 240, Landmark Christian HS, Fairburn, Ga.
LB Christian Young, 6-2, 215. Hough HS, Cornelius, N.C.

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The Monken Effect

Spoke with Dick Hall, a former longtime Army equipment manager, who is heavily involved with the Army Football Club.

The Army Football Club holds its 18th annual alumni golf outing Saturday at West Point Golf Course.

Hall says a record 262 golfers, mostly graduates, have signed up to play in the event. First-year coach Jeff Monken will attend a social event Friday night with graduates and address alumni Saturday after golf.

“I think it’s definitely because they want to talk to coach Monken on Friday and hear him speak to the entire group on Saturday,” Hall said.

Hall said the previous high for golfers was about 211. A total of 322 graduates and other guests will attend the weekend.

Monken is building a solid relationship with Army football alumni. He recently returned from Afghanistan where he talked to former football players about their military journeys. Monken sent out letters to football alumni, inviting them to attend Army’s spring football game in April. Before the game’s kickoff, Monken visited the “A” room and personally introduced himself to each graduate.

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Catching up with Raymond Maples

A couple of nuggets from my interview with Army fifth-year senior running back Raymond Maples Thursday afternoon. You can read my story here.

Maples says he’s 100 percent following a groin injury, which sidelined him for the last nine games of 2013 and sent him home on medical leave this spring.
“I’m getting after it every day. I’m just doing great. I believe I’m 100 percent. I’m pain-free. I’m actually getting better every day, getting faster and stronger. It’s probably the best I’ve felt since I’ve been here.”

Maples said his 2013 season-ending injury, “was the result of the pounding that I took in previous years. I kind of remained relatively healthy going through the seasons and I think that game my body couldn’t take anymore and said, ‘that’s enough.”  Maples said he thought he was close to returning for the Air Force game on Nov. 2 but he ended up reinjuring his groin. “From that point on, I knew the season was over for me.”

Maples says first-year coach Jeff Monken’s triple-option offense is, “a lot different” than Army’s offense under Rich Ellerson. “A lot more passing, a lot more different formations. The overall schemes are the same but the way we are running them is totally different. It’s actually a lot of fun.”

Maples, who turned 23 in May, is the only player remaining on Army’s roster, who played in the Black Knights’ 2010 Armed Forces Bowl win. Some younger players have asked Maples about the bowl experience. His reply, “I tell them to worry about that when you get there.”

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Watch lists: Baggett, Maples picked

If all goes as planned, Terry Baggett and Raymond Maples will line up with fullback Larry Dixon to once again form one of Army’s most dynamic backfields in the last 20 or so years this fall.

Baggett and Maples, who are both coming back from offseason injuries, were recognized as top returning players on two award watch lists.

Baggett was one of 40 players named to the College Football Performance Awards running back trophy list. Baggett’s 1,113 yards in 2013 are the 11th-most by a returning running back. Baggett, a top chemical engineering student, was an academic all-American as a junior. He set the academy single-game, rushing record with 304 yards against Eastern Michigan last year.

Maples, a fifth-year senior who missed the last nine games of 2013 due to injury, was listed with 76 other players as a candidate for the Maxwell Award.

Also on the list are 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston of Florida State, Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Maples rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2011 and 2012. He’s currently sixth on Army’s all-time rushing list with 2,612 yards. Maples is looking to become just the fourth player in West Point history to eclipse 3,000 rushing yards.

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2014 Army Prep schedule

Army Prep football players report later this month.

Here’s the 2014 11-game schedule, which includes a home game against Air Force Prep on Oct. 31.

Sept. 13 Gattaca Academy, West Point, 1 p.m.
Sept. 21 Army JV, West Point, 1 p.m.
Sept. 27 at Bridgeton (Maine) Academy, TBA
Oct. 3 at Milford Academy, New Berlin, N.Y., 2 p.m.
Oct. 10 Valley Forge JC, West Point, 6 p.m.
Oct. 18 Globe JC, West Point, 1 p.m.
Oct. 24 Lackawanna College, West Point, 7 p.m.
Oct. 31 Air Force Prep, West Point, 6 p.m.
Nov. 8 East Coast Prep, West Point, 1 p.m.
Nov. 15 Navy Prep, West Point, 1 p.m.
Nov. 23 Army JV, West Point, 1 p.m.

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Summer training nugget

A few interesting tidbits coming out Army coach Jeff Monken’s interview with SiriusXM’s Jack Arute and Gino Torretta earlier this week.

Army players had their military training moved up this summer so they could return to the academy in mid-June for summer school classes and working out to prepare for the season. Monken said when he was an assistant at Navy under Paul Johnson that’s what was done at Annapolis. Maybe, that partially explains Navy’s dominance over Army for more than a decade.

“We are going to finally be able to do that here and I think that’s going to be a big, big step in the right direction for us in developing these guys physically,” Monken said. “As I mentioned before the summer school classes for our guys to upload their schedules and take more classes in the summer to lighten their load in the fall when we are demanding all that time from them I think will help. Those may sound like little things but they are big things here and I think they are going to pay off. ”

Monken also said that last year some football players were only four days removed from military training in the field when they started preseason practice.

“They were down 20-25 pounds, some of them, going into preseason camp,” Monken said. “Nobody else in America has to do that. Nobody else’s football players are required to do that.”

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Official 2014 freshmen class

Army released the names of its freshmen class Wednesday.

Twenty-two of the 60 freshmen are listed as running backs. Army has a deep backfield of returning players. So, I’m guessing a good number of the freshmen “running backs” position will change.

Kado Brown, an Army Prep quarterback last season, is listed as a running back. I spoke with Brown on Sunday and he told me he’s been preparing all summer to compete under center.

I know Army coaches are high on Andrew McLean, who was one of the top defensive lineman at Army Prep last year. McLean is listed as an offensive lineman.

Among the 2013 Army Prep players, who did not report, were C Derrick Stom and OL-DL Noah Allen.

*K Jermaine Adams, 6-1, 195, Judson HS, University City, Texas
RB Alex Aukerman, 6-1, 205, Center Grove (Ind.) HS
C Sage Baltrusaitis, 6-foot, 260, Brother Rice HS, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
*QB Brandon Barnes, 6-1, 185, Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y.
LS Clay Barton, 5-10, 190, North Forsyth (Ga.) HS
DL Josh Boylan, 6-1, 244, Grace Community, Tyler, Texas
*QB Ahmad Bradshaw, 5-11, 190, Brooks College Prep, Chicago
*QB Kado Brown, 6-foot, 194, Rio Mesa HS, Ventura, Calif.
DB Myles Brown, 6-1, 223, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS
*RB Nehemiah Brown, 5-9, 180, Valhalla HS, San Diego, Calif.
RB Justin Byers, 6-foot, 205, Panther Creek HS, Cary, N.C.
*DE Dan Carlone, 6-3, 230, St. Anthony’s HS, Melville, N.Y.
*RB Marcelino Christie, 5-10, 180, Shenendehowa HS, Clifton Park, N.Y.
LB Dan Davis, 6-foot, 234, Union-Endicott HS, Vestal, N.Y.
*WR Dylan Eddy, 6-3, 180, Woodlands HS, Hartsdale, N.Y.
WR Jeff Ejekam, 6-3, 200, Bellaire (Texas) HS
RB Rhyan England, 5-11, 180, Collins Hill HS, Suwanee, Ga.
P Tim Garner, 6-3, 220, Marshall HS, Falls Church, Va.
*RB Quay Gilmore, 5-8, 175, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, N.C.
QB Blake Goddard, 5-11, 206, Kirkwood (Mo.) HS
QB Seth Gonzales, 6-1, 190, Chapin HS, El Paso, Texas
*CB Kahlil Harper, 5-10, 178, Union HS, Tulsa, Okla.
C Bryce Holland, 6-2, 260, Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz.
*T Mike Houghton, 6-3, 218, Prospect HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.
*G Patrick Joseph, 6-3, 275, Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz.
*K Jonathan Kim, 5-11, 170, Bishop Montgomery HS, Gardena, Calif.
OL Grant Kramer, 6-4, 252, Duxbury (Mass.) HS
*RB Tyler L’Hommedieu, 5-11, 185, East Rowan HS, Salisbury, N.C.
*OL Andrew McLean, 6-3, 240, Broomfield HS, Louisville, Colo.
*OL Jason Nix, 6-1, 225, Rockhurst HS, Kansas City, Mo.
*RB Mike Nordhausen, 6-4, 245, Cardinal Mooney HS, Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
*RB Egbezian Obiomon, 5-11, 195, Cypress Woods HS, Cypress, Texas
T Trey Ratliff, 6-4, 275, Heritage HS, Wake Forest, N.C.
*RB Christian Reed, 5-7, 160, Columbia HS, Lexington, S.C.
*LB Dionte Reed, 6-foot, 200, Minooka HS, Shorewood, Ill.
*DL Brennan Richmond, 6-2, 230, Riverside HS, Milwaukee, Wisc.
RB Matt Sannella, 6-1, 215, Kings HS, Cincinnati, Ohio
*RB Nick Schebler, 6-1, 205, Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa
RB Nick Shiver, 5-11, 200, Bishop England HS, Mt. Pleasant S.C.
OL Tim Shover, 6-2, 275, Wheeling HS, Prospect Heights, Ill.
LB Garrett Sweetser, 6-1, 215, Esperanza HS, Yorba Linda, Calif.
*RB Jake Taylor, 6-foot, 170, Rim of the World HS, Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
LB Aaron Thompson, 6-2, 205, Mobile Christian, Mobile, Ala.
OL Brett Toth, 6-6, 265, West Ashley HS, Charleston, S.C.
*RB John Trainor, 5-10, 175, Old Tappan (N.J.) HS
*RB Zach Trainor, 5-9, 180, James I. O’Neill HS, Highland Falls, N.Y.
RB-KR Alex Turner, 5-8, 170, Sabino (Ariz.) HS
*T Joe Tustin, 6-1, 285, St. Anthony’s HS, Melville, N.Y.
*DE Jake Vaughn, 6-2, 230, Etiwanda (Calif.) HS
*OL Jaryn Villegas, 6-foot, 275, Leilehua, Wahiawa, Hawaii
*OL John Voit, 6-2, 215, Lafayette HS, Wildwood, Mo.
OL Jack Ward, 6-3, 230, Phillips Andover, North Hampton, N.H.
RB Dennis Washington, 6-foot, 205, James Island HS, Charleston, S.C.
*RB Scott Washle, 6-1, 215, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.
*RB Corey Wilkinson, 5-11, 220, Bishop Ludden HS, Port Byron, N.Y.
RB Morgan Willcox, 5-10, 227, LaSalle HS, Cincinnati, Ohio
K Blake Wilson, 5-9, 140, Boca Raton (Fla.) HS
LB Bayle Wolf, 6-foot, 200, Clinton-Massie HS, Clarksville, Ohio
RB Chris Zook, 6-foot, 180, St. Thomas HS, Houston, Texas

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Weekly Class of 2015 offer list update

Here’s a list of the high school players from the class of 2015, who have received an offer to play Army football.

Might be missing a few but a pretty solid list.

Highland (Ill.) DE Nick Czar, Independence (N.C.) QB Kelvin Hopkins, Harker Heights (Texas) QB Troy Smith, The Woodlands (Texas) LB Corey Sanders and Liberty Hill (Texas) LB Jacob Covington have already committed.

Army offered at least three players, who participated in its second prospect camp on June 28.

Westfield (Va.) teammates James Gibson, a safety, and Evan Gray, a running back, left West Point with offers.

Prince George (Va.) CB Richard Hanson also received an offer. Gibson, Gray and Hanson were named the best at their position at Army camp.

Mesquite (Texas) T Christian Castleberry (6-4, 270) was also offered by Army.

A few Army recruits verbally committed to other schools including  Overland (Colo.) QB Austin Conway, who will play basketball at Wyoming.

Offers

RB Jordan Asberry, 5-9, 165, Colerain HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Navy and Air Force have also offered Asberry.
S D’Angelo Amos, 6-1, 175, Meadowbrook HS, Richmond, Va.
TE Brion Anduze, 6-4, 225, Central Kitsap HS, Silverdale, Wash.: (COMMITTED to Arizona)
CB Aaquil Annoor, 5-11, 170, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy
WR Chad Artist, 6-3, 180, Logan (Utah) HS: Artist’s Hudl profile says he runs a 4.39-second, 40-yard dash. (COMMITTED to Utah State)
DT Luc Bequette, 6-2, 290, Little Rock (Ark.) Catholic:
 Played junior season at Centennial High in Champaign, Ill. Also a center.
S Rashaad Bolton, 5-11, 205, Veterans HS, Kathleen, Ga.
T Christian Castleberry, 6-4, 270, Mesquite (Texas) HS
T-DE Nick Carmen, 6-4, 255, Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix, Ariz.
T-DT Nick Carnesale, 6-2, 260, Hammonton (N.J.) HS
T Tyler Carr, 6-6, 322, Southside (Ala.) HS: Carr is ranked the fourth-best offensive tackle nationally and the 30th-best player overall by Rivals. Has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Texas, Georgia and Nebraska among others. COMMITTED to Auburn.
LB Dyson Chmura, 6-3, 212, Waukesha West (Wisc.) HS: The son of former Packers tight end Mark Chmura has potential to play on the offensive side of the ball.
WR Glen Coates, 5-11, 172, Davidson (N.C.) Day HS: Also offered by Navy.
QB Austin Conway, 5-11, 165, Overland HS, Aurora, Colo.: Conway, a three-star football recruit by Rivals, has offers from Nebraska and Colorado among others. He’s also a highly-recruited basketball player. Indiana has offered Conway for hoops. COMMITTED to Wyoming (basketball)
LB Jacob Covington, 6-2, 215, Liberty Hill (Texas) HS: COMMITTED to Army
LB Trevor Darby 6-3, 210 Davidson (N.C.) Day HS: Navy has also offered Darby.
RB Andrew Davidson, 6-2, 210, Emmaus (Pa.) HS
RB Charlie Davidson, 5-10, 200, Blackman HS, Munfreesboro, Tenn.
RB Taye Davis, 6-2, 225, Lebanon (Tenn.) HS
OG Pat DiCarlo, 6-3, 280, Foothill HS, Santa Ana, Calif.
CB Daivon Ellison, 5-9, 180, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.: Second-team, all-state cornerback is the No. 27 prospect in New Jersey, according to nj.com. Ellison top four schools are Boston College, Penn State, Rutgers and Syracuse.
C Josh Fannin, 6-3, 290, Mill Creek HS, Hoschton, Ga.: Fannin is ranked the nation’s 10th best center and Georgia’s 70th-best player by Rivals. (COMMITTED to Middle Tennessee State)
S Kyle Floyd, 6-3, 205, Humble (Texas) HS
DE Marques Ford, 6-4, 217, East Bay HS, Gibsonton, Fla.: Ford picked up an offer from Clemson Wednesday. Also has offers from Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.), Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Duke, N.C. State and numerous others.
RB Jonathan Forrest 5-11, 202, New Rochelle (N.Y.) HS: Forrest is ranked the second-best overall player in New York and the 50th-best running back in the country by Rivals.
S Clay French, 6-2, 200, Northview HS, Duluth, Ga.: French has an unofficial visit to West Point planned for July 21.
LB Eric Gallon, 6-2, 220, Jenkins HS, Lakeland, Fla.: Buffalo, Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan are among the schools that have offered Gallon.
TE Jeff Gemmell, 6-3, 215, Heritage HS, Wake Forest, N.C.: (COMMITTED to UNC Charlotte)
S James Gibson, 6-1, 200 Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.
C Michael Gomez, 6-foot, 270, Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.
RB Evan Gray, 5-10, 228, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.
T-DE Devin Hannan, 6-4, 270, Belle Vernon (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED to Towson)
CB Richard Hanson, 5-10, 170, Prince George (Va.) HS
WR Jaylen Harris, 5-7, 150, Steele HS, Cibolo, Texas
G R.J. Harris, 6-3, 260, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla.
CB Montre Hartage, 6-foot, 180, Crisp County HS, Cordele, Ga.
LB Hayden Haupt, 6-2, 210, Clovis North HS, Fresno, Calif.
RB Robert Heyward, 6-foot, 195, Calvary Day School, Savannah, Ga.
WR Tabari Hines, 5-10, 165, South Florence HS, Florence, S.C.: (COMMITTED to Wake Forest)
LB Kendrick Jackson, 6-1, 235, Haynesville (La.) HS
QB Issac James, 5-11, 183 Carmel (Ind.) HS
WR-CB Brenndan Johnson, 5-11, 170, Reicher Catholic HS, Waco, Texas
RB Jalen Johnson, 5-9, 167, Westview HS, Avondale, Ariz.
C Andrew Jones, 6-foot, 280 Unionville HS, Kennett Square, Pa.
LB Cole Jones, 6-foot, 210, St Xavier HS, Cincinnati
DE Milord Juste, 6-1, 242, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) HS
TE Christian Kelley, 6-2, 230, Mount Carmel (Pa.) HS: Kelley went on an unofficial visit to Army on June 17.
DL Simeon Lane, St. Xavier’s HS, Cincinnati
LB-RB Noah Lazaro, 6-2, 215, Southwest HS, Lincoln, Neb.
DB Trey Lee, 5-10, 185, Thomas Stone HS, Waldorf, Md.
LB Gus Little 6-3, 224, Massaponax HS, Fredricksburg, Va.: (COMMITTED to Maryland)
DE Kirk Livingstone, 6-4, 235, Stranahan HS, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.: (COMMITTED to Alabama-Birmingham)
DE Dante Lonardo, Bethlehem Catholic (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED to Lafayette)
RB DeAngelo Malone, 5-11, 185, Cathedral HS, Erie, Pa.
DT Thad Mangum, 6-1, 270, Christ Church Episcopal HS, Greenville, S.C.
RB Marcus Marshall, 5-10, 200, Millbrook HS, Raleigh, N.C.
S Andrew Martel, 6-1, 195, Foster HS, Richmond, Texas: (COMMITTED to Texas-San Antonio)
OL Mitch Mathes, 6-3, 280, Troup County HS, LaGrange, Ga.
C-NG Jamarion McBride, 6-2, 290, Hillcrest HS, Simpsonville, S.C.
RB-DB Jaylon McClinton, 5-10, 185, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian HS
G Kyle-Malik Mitchell, 6-2, 295, Alcoa (Tenn.) HS
G Trenton Mooney, 6-5, 255, Lamar (Mo.) HS
CB Sammy Morrison, 5-11, 160 Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C. (COMMITTED to Arizona)
NG Army Motuapuaka, 5-11, 285, Salem HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: Army is Motuapuaka’s first FBS offer. Father is first sergeant in Army. Brother is linebacker for Virginia Tech.
DT Kevin Murphy, 6-3, 275, West Chester (Pa.) East HS (COMMITTED to UConn)
LB-FB Robert Muschamp, Darlington School, Rome, Ga.: A three-star recruit by Rivals, Muschamp is ranked as the 38th-best outside linebacker in the nation and the 41st-best player in Georgia.
DE Jalen Nash, 6-3, 235, SouthLake Christian HS, Huntersville, N.C.
RB Devine Ozigbo, 5-11, 230, Sachse (Texas) HS: Rivals ranks Ozigbo the 42nd-best running back in the class of 2015. Texas back has 23 FBS offers
G Ethan Palelei, 6-foot, 290 Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas: Brother, Evan, was a senior defensive end at Navy last season. Father, Lonnie, played for Steelers, Eagles, Giants and Jets.
LB Charlie Patrick, 6-1, 208, Mays HS, Atlanta: Patrick has named his top three schools. In no particular order, Western Kentucky, Appalachian State and Georgia State.
WR Christian Philpott, 6-4, 203, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla.: Georgia state 1A 200 and 400-meter champion also has offers from Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.), Iowa State, Maryland, Central Florida and Louisville among others. (COMMITTED to Georgia Tech)
QB Elijah Robinson, 6-1, 174, Montclair HS, N.J. (COMMITTED to Boston College)
QB Rashad Robinson, 6-foot, 180, Hermitage HS, Richmond, Va.
OL Nelson Santiago, 6-4, 266, Oakleaf HS, Orange Park, Fla.: Also has offers from Cincinnati, Western Kentucky and Florida International.
LB Ben Schrider, 6-4, 225, St. Mary’s College HS, Albany, Calif.
LB Gabriel Sewell, 6-foot, 215, Desert Hills HS, St. George, Utah
DT Lausii “Boogie” Sewell, 6-foot, 305, Desert Hills HS, St. George, Utah
DL Tanner Sheffield, 6-3, 245, North Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.
QB Jeff Smith, 6-1, 170, Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic HS: (COMMITTED to Boston College)
LB-S Aron Spann, 6-2, 195, Dorman HS, Roebuck, S.C.
WR Brad Stewart, 6-1, 190, Benedictine Military School, Savannah, Ga.
OL Nathan Thacker, 6-2, 250, Lord Botetourt HS, Daleville, Va.
DL Josh Uluocha, 6-3, 267, Stafford (Texas) HS: Uluocha received his first offer from Army Monday. Texas State followed up with an offer on same day.
RB Quaide Weimerskirch, 6-foot, 200 pounds, Pace HS, Milton, Fla.
QB McKinley Whitfield, 6-4, 195, Spiro (Okla.) HS: Army is recruiting Whitfield, who was named the top basketball player in his area, as an quarterback and an athlete. Rivals ranks Whitfield as the 13th-best player in the state of Oklahoma.
WR Kielan Whitner, 6-1, 178, Mountain View HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.
QB Greg Williams, 5-10, 193, Steele HS, Cibolo, Texas: (COMMITTED to Texas State)
QB Arion Worthman, 6-foot, 200 University HS, Normal, Ill.
C Kendel Wright, 6-3, 280, Mountain View HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.
DT Raymond Wright, 6-3, 265, Kell HS, Charlotte, N.C.
DE Will Yancey, 6-4, 240, Landmark Christian HS, Fairburn, Ga.
LB Christian Young, 6-2, 215. Hough HS, Cornelius, N.C.

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