Preseason countdown: Freshman class, Glen Coates, Mike Johnson, Jalen Sharp

Jeff Monken says he never goes into a season counting on contributions from freshmen in order to win games.

Inevitably, some freshman will stand out and be able to contribute on special teams and possibly offense or defense, Monken said.

“There’s going to be some guys that are going to play,” said Monken, in an interview last week. “I don’t know that we will ever see here a season like we did in 2015 where we had 20 plus freshmen playing in every game. If we end up in a situation where we have 20 plus freshmen playing in every game, it’s probably not going to be a successful campaign for us. “It’s really hard for a freshman to play anywhere. I think it’s particularly hard for freshmen to play here. We win with those guys that develop in the program.”

Monken continued, “Look at our offensive line last year and Ahmad Bradshaw, (wide receivers Jeff) Ejekam and (Jermaine) Adams, all of these seniors guys even looking at the backfield with (Andy) Davidson and (Darnell) Woolfolk, two guys that have been in the program for a while and (Jordan) Asberry, (Calen) Holt.

“There’s a lot of guys that have played on offense. On defense, we have eight starters coming back, but guys like (Rhyan) England, (Alex) Aukerman and (John) Voit, it’s those guys that have developed that are our most productive players. Hopefully, we are going to have a team like that this year and won’t have to rely on a lot of those freshmen. With that said, there are some talented guys and I think there are some guys physically particularly the ones coming from the prep school that we know about and have develop. I’m sure we’ll see some of those guys playing.”

Monken, entering his fifth season at Army, didn’t mention any specific players in the 79-member freshman class.

Nine freshmen (four on offense, four on defense, one special teams) lettered during Army’s 10-win season last year. Wide receiver Cam Harrison started the first two games. Slotback Artice Hobbs started in the Armed Forces Bowl.

If there’s a position that may have an infusion of youth, it could be wide receiver. Harrison and junior Kjetil Cline, both second-team players last season, are the top returners. Mike Roberts and Jalen Moy are freshmen to watch.

Monken said junior Glen Coates has returned to wide receiver. Coates started the 2017 season at wide receiver and was moved to cornerback after the third game. He could also factor in the return game.

Junior offensive lineman Mike Johnson and senior cornerback Jalen Sharp will be ready to practice at full speed when Army opens the preseason on August 2, Monken said. Both players are returning from ACL injuries. Johnson was competing for a starting position in camp last summer when he was injured. Sharp started the first two games.  of 2017. He returned a blocked punt 75 yards for a touchdown in the 2017 opener against Fordham.

Monken confirmed junior linebacker Amadeo West will miss the 2018 season after suffering a setback while rehabbing from an ACL injury in the spring. West didn’t play in 2017.

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Watch List: Woolfolk Maxwell Trophy candidate

Darnell Woolfolk was named one of Army’s three 2018 football captains this spring.

The senior fullback added another honor Monday when he was one of 84 players named the Maxwell Trophy watch list.

Woolfolk has rushed for 1,412 yards and 23 touchdowns over the last two seasons. Woolfolk’s 14 touchdowns tied Ahmad Bradshaw for the 2017 team lead.

The Maxwell Trophy is awarded to “America’s college player of the year.” Oklahoma quarterback and NFL No. 1 draft pick Baker Mayfield received the award last season. Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa and Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate are among the players to make the watch list.

Army could play five Maxwell Trophy candidates this season: Perry, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and running back Rodney Anderson, Duke quarterback Daniel Jones and Miami (Ohio) wide receiver James Gardner

 

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2018 Army Prep team arrives

Tim Kater and the 2018 Army Prep football team reported for their R-Day Monday.

Kater, a defensive lineman from Steelton-Highspire (Pa.), was Army’s first commit of the 2018 class. He had 96 tackles, 13 for a loss as a senior. Kater was a finalist for the Pensylvania Class 1-3A lineman of the year and was a 1,000-point basketball scorer.

Brandon Mays was delayed 11 hours in Orlando Sunday but the Viera (Fla.) linebacker arrived in time for R-Day.

Quarterbacks Steven Migut, Walter Harris, Jemel Jones and Hajj-Malik Williams also reported.

Here’s a partial list of Army Prep players:

S Izzy Akojie, 6-2, 185, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.: First FBS offer – Army. Former Old Dominion commit
OL Sam Barczak, 6-3, 275, Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga.: Other offers – Buffalo, Georgia Tech (preferred walk-on)
WR-S Elijah Boyd, 6-1, 180, Frisco, Texas/Western Reserve Academy
DB Marquel Broughton, 5-10, 175, Mountain View HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.
FB JaKobi Buchanan, Chaminade Prep, St. Louis, Mo.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
RB Amon Byars, 5-8, 167, Terry HS, Rosenberg, Texas: Other offers – Navy. Hudl 40-yard dash time – 4.46.
K Matteo Cordray, 5-10, 155, Highland Park HS, Dallas, Texas.
TE-LB Trevor Cosenke, 6-3, 212, John Champe HS, Aldie, Va.: First offer – Army
RB Earnest Crownover, 6-1, 205, Grandview (Texas) HS
CB Jontae Dobson, 5-9, 170, Ben Davis HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
WR Reikan Donaldson, 6-3, 175, Wheeler HS, Marietta, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
OL Alex Faulkner, 6-4, 270, Mishawaka (Ind.) HS: First offer – Air Force. Second offer – Army
CB Khalil Fleming, 5-11, 163, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Air Force.
DE Chris Frey, 6-5, 225, Temescal Canyon HS, Lake Elsinore, Calif.: First offer – Army.
TE-DE Jordan Funk, 6-3, 230, Damascus (Md.) HS: USA Today second-team, all-state offensive lineman
CB Quindrelin Hammonds, 6-foot, 195, Alcivy HS, Covington, Ga.: Other offers – Citadel, Birmingham Southern, Carson-Newman, West Georgia
OL Blake Harris, 6-1, 299, Ben Lippon School, Columbia, S.C.
QB Walter Harris, 6-1, 190, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Navy.
LB Chris Hunter, 6-1, 235, Austin East HS, Knoxville, Tenn.
LB Cameron Hoelscher, 6-2, 219, Springfield (Ohio) HS. Other offers: Air Force, Kentucky, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Buffalo and Toledo
DE Henry Janeway, 6-5, 215, Utica Eisenhower HS, Shelby Township, Mich.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Eastern Michigan, Ball State
QB Jemel Jones, 5-10, 190, The Colony (Texas) HS
DL Tim Kater, 6-3, 265, Steelton-Highspire HS, Steelton, Pa.: First commit of 2018 class. Brother of former Army tight end Kelvin White. Other offers – Delaware, Delaware State, Howard, Morgan State.
S Ja’ren Kenyatta, 6-1, 190, Urbana HS, Ijamsville, Md.: First offer – Army
LB Brandon Mays, 6-foot, 210, Viera (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo.
LB Rasean McCauley, 6-2, 220, Louisville Male HS, Louisville, Ky.
QB Steven Migut, 6-foot. 180, Unity HS, Tolono, Ill.: First offer – Army. Offensive MVP at 2017 Army July camp.
CB Isaiah Morris, 5-11, 170, Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla.
DE/LB Marcus Mosley, 6-2, 238, Duncanville (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Colorado State, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, Bowling Green, New Mexico State
DB Braheam Murphy, 5-10, 160, Harding University HS, Charlotte, N.C.: First offer – Army.
LB Troy Nachtigal, 6-foot, 205, Fort Atkinson (Wis.) HS: Brother of Army senior linebacker James Nachtigal. First offer – Army.
C Daniel Parrish, 6-foot, 283, Prince Avenue Christian, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Middle Tennessee State
DL Darius Richardson, 6-2, 230, Tampa Bay Tech, Tampa, Fla.: First offer – Army.
LB Nate Smith, 6-3, 220, Bishop O’Connell HS, Arlington, Va.: First offer – Army
K Cole Talley, 6-foot, 175, Rockwall (Texas) HS
LB Evan Townsend-Henry, 6-1, 225, King HS, Norwalk, Conn.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
S Mondo Walker, 6-foot, 183, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: Other offers – Florida Atlantic. Ranked 16th among Virginian-Pilot’s Top 50 seniors. Brother Ricky is senior defensive lineman at Virginia Tech. Brother Rijo was safety and captain at Virginia.
LB Jesse Walsh, 6-3, 230, Avon Old Farms, Avon, Conn.
RB Danny Webb, 5-7, 160, Montclair (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Illinois, Central Michigan, Kent State. First-team, all-state by NJ.com. Set Essex County (N.J.) record with 78 career TDs. Scored 28 touchdowns, rushed for 1,371 yards, returned three punts and kickoff for scores as senior.
QB Hajj-Malik Williams, 6-2, 180, Hapeville Charter Career Academy, College Park, Ga.: Led Hapeville Charter to state Class AA  title as senior. 2017 stats – 2,502 passing yards, 27 TDs, 6 INTs, 447 rushing yards, 12 TDs.
OL Cody Winokur, 6-2, 260, Archbishop Spaudling HS, Severn, Md.: First offer – Army
DE Noah Yates, 6-foot-5, 215, Carbondale Area HS, Carbondale, Pa.

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Ahmad Bradshaw update

The future of three-year starting quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw should become clearer in the next three weeks, Army coach Jeff Monken said.

Bradshaw has been working toward fulfilling his requirements to graduate West Point over the summer.  He could graduate next month or may need another semester to commission as a second lieutenant.

“I’m not sure what the (graduation) date is going to be,” Monken said. “We’ll see.”

If Bradshaw were to return for another semester this fall and wants to play football, Army would need to appeal to the NCAA for the quarterback to be eligible this season. Bradshaw played one jayvee game his freshman season, which counted as a year of eligibility.

Bradshaw rushed for a service-academy-record 1,746 yards and 14 touchdowns in helping Army to a 10-3 record and its first Commander in Chief’s trophy since 1996.

“In many, many cases, you’ve seen guys get an additional year when they got hurt in one game or a situation like this,” Monken said. “We’ll just see. Hopefully, things will work out. I know he has a desire to graduate, get into the Army and start his Army career. Hopefully, that will work for him and we’ll see how it goes.”
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Recruiting: June visit locks up Garrett Woodall’s commitment

Garrett Woodall’s first West Point trip opened the West Forsyth (Ga.) tight end to the academy’s future possibilities.

Army’s facilities and campus impressed Woodall on his June 22 visit. Three weeks later, the 6-foot-5, 210-pound senior announced his commitment on social media Wednesday. Woodall is Army’s second 2019 Georgia commit.

“It felt like home and a place I could see myself playing at,”Woodall said. “I believe that there is a not a better place that I could attend to play big-time football and get a great education.”

Army picked up its third Georgia commitment when Cambridge (Ga.) wide receiver Ridge Polk posted his pledge on social media early Thursday morning. Polk, who is 5-10 and 170 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds according to his Hudl profile, caught 62 passes for 974 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior.

Pearson Toomey, an offensive lineman from The Bolles School, announced he joined the 2019 class Sunday. Toomey, the Black Knights’ first 2019 Florida commits, was offered by Army in February. Air Force and Navy followed with offers. Toomey visited Army in March.

2019 commits by state: Georgia (3), New Jersey (3), North Carolina (3), Pennsylvania (3), Virginia (3), Hawaii (2), Texas (2), California (1), Florida (1), Louisiana (1), Maryland (1), South Carolina (1)

2019 Army commits (24)

LB Tanner Addams, 6-3, 210, Monacan HS, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Attended 2018 Black & Gold Game.
QB Maurice Bellan, 5-10, 178, Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Hudl profile – 4.46 40-yard dash (COMMITTED, June 28)
OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion. (COMMITTED, April 13)
RB Shacori Collier, 5-10, 200, Many (La.) HS
RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: Other offers – (COMMITTED, May 22)
S Kane Everson, 5-10, 170, Harrisburg (Pa.) HS: Scored 11 touchdowns, threw for three scores and made 50 tackles as a junior.
C Blake Feigenspan, 6-4, 264 Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Hawaii
QB Dillon Gabriel, 6-1, 180, Mililani (Hawaii) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Hawaii (COMMITTED, June 17)
LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Mocksville, N.C.
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 (COMMITTED, June 28)
DB Michael Mack, 6-2, 180, Bullis HS, Potomac, Md.: Other offers – Air Force, Rice
QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, June 6)
OL Justin Kopko, 6-4, 315, Hanover Area (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED, April 13)
FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy (COMMITTED, May 21)
CB Boris Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo (COMMITTED, June 27)
QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern (COMMITTED, June 28)
WR Ridge Polk, 5-10, 170, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, July 12)
DB D’Andre Tobias, 5-10, 170, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
OL Pearson Toomey, 6-3, 260, The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Air Force. Third offer – Navy (COMMITTED, July 7)
FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers -  Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, June 7)
QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, March 28)
TE Garrett Woodall, 6-5, 210, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.: Other offers -  (COMMITTED, July 11)

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Recruiting: Family first for recent commits Christian Parrish & Gerald Irons, Maurice Bellan brings speed to 2019 class

When Christian Parrish received his football offer from Army in September 2017, he posted on social media, “Dreams Do Come True.”

Parrish fulfilled many of his dreams last week when he committed to Army. Playing with Daniel Parrish, his cousin, at the next level was a “major” factor in his June 28 commitment the Prince Avenue Christian (Ga.) senior said.

The cousins drove 12 hours from Georgia to Philadelphia to watch the 2017 Army-Navy game after their flight was delayed. Daniel Parrish, who committed to Army in October 2017, will be a center at Army Prep this fall.

While, Christian Parrish will be the first in his immediate family to attend college.

“Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to be different than the rest of my family and be very successful,” Parrish said. “I have a wonderful opportunity. I thought there would be no better place than to be apart of an amazing brotherhood and get a great education besides West Point. There was no reason for me to keep holding out when the best possible offer is sitting in front of my face waiting for me to realize how blessed i am to be apart of something that amazing!”

Army is recruiting Parrish to play quarterback. He caught 63 passes for 1,388 yards and 15 touchdowns, rushed for seven touchdowns and threw a 70-yard touchdown on his only pass attempt as a junior.

June 28 was a breakthrough recruiting day for the Black Knights. Army also received commitment from Klein Oak (Texas) defensive tackle Gerald Irons III, Peddie School (N.J.) quarterback Maurice Bellan and Harrisburg (Pa.) safety Kane Everson.

The 6-foot, 275-pound Irons may be Army’s most highly-recruited 2019 commit to date. He had four Power 5 offers including Oklahoma State and was also offered by Air Force. Irons has a deep football pedigree. Gerald Irons, his grandfather, was an NFL linebacker for 10 seasons with the Browns and Raiders from 1970-79. Gerald Irons II, his father, played defensive tackle for Nebraska. Jarrett Irons, his uncle, was an all-American linebacker for Michigan in 1996. Grant Irons, another uncle, played with Bills and Raiders from 2002-06.

Army is projecting Bellan, who was featured at wide receiver his junior season at Peddie, as a quarterback. Bellan’s Hudl profile says he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds. Bellan was named the 2018 Times of Trenton boys indoor track and field athlete of the year.

Navy and Air Force also offered Bellan. He said, “The opportunity to come in and compete at quarterback” was a factor in his commitment.

“The opportunities West Point provides not only in college, but in life after college,” Bellan said was also a factor in his decision. “Also, the relationships I built with the coaching staff throughout this long recruiting process.”

Everson played quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback for Central Dauphin East as a junior. PennLive ranks Everson as its No. 83 recruit of the 2019 class. He totaled 11 touchdowns (10 rushing, 1 receiving), threw for 774 yards and three touchdowns and made 50 tackles in 2017.

2019 Army commits (21)

LB Tanner Addams, 6-3, 210, Monacan HS, Richmond, Va.: First offer – Army. Attended 2018 Black & Gold Game.
QB Maurice Bellan, 5-10, 178, Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Hudl profile – 4.46 40-yard dash (COMMITTED, June 28)
OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion. (COMMITTED, April 13)
RB Shacori Collier, 5-10, 200, Many (La.) HS
RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: Other offers – (COMMITTED, May 22)
S Kane Everson, 5-10, 170, Harrisburg (Pa.) HS: Scored 11 touchdowns, threw for three scores and made 50 tackles as a junior.
C Blake Feigenspan, 6-4, 264 Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Hawaii
QB Dillon Gabriel, 6-1, 180, Mililani (Hawaii) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Hawaii (COMMITTED, June 17)
LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Mocksville, N.C.
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 (COMMITTED, June 28)
DB Michael Mack, 6-2, 180, Bullis HS, Potomac, Md.: Other offers – Air Force, Rice
QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, June 6)
OL Justin Kopko, 6-4, 315, Hanover Area (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED, April 13)
FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy (COMMITTED, May 21)
CB Boris Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo (COMMITTED, June 27)
QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern (COMMITTED, June 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)
QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, March 28)

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2018 freshman class arrives

Quarterbacks Clay Czyzynski, Jabari Laws and Tyhier Tyler are Army freshman that reported for Reception Day Monday morning.

Czyzynski, Laws and Tyler all impressed while operating the option at Army Prep last fall. Czyzynski may be one of the strongest pound-for-pound quarterbacks that Army has recruited in some time.

Pretty even split between Army Prep (40) and direct admits (39).

Twitter follower Dan Cabeza noted the run of tall receivers in this class from Michael Roberts (6-foot-4) and Jalen Moy (6-foot-4) from Army Prep and Cameron Johnson (6-4) and Daniel Zuloaga (6-foot-5) direct.

Five freshmen are specialists (kickers and punters).

Heights and weights are from high school. Will update once they become available.

Here’s Army’s official 2018 freshman class (* – direct admit, # played at Army Prep in 2017):

*DB Kwantay Anderson, 6-foot, 160, Green Run HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
*DB Jonathan Andrews, 6-foot, 185, Dutchtown HS, Hampton, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
*QB Matt Armstrong, 6-1, 195, Oak Hill HS, Gainesville, Fla.: Father, Trace, played defensive line in the NFL for Bears, Dolphins.
*OL Sam Backenstoe, 6-3, 263, Davidson HS, Hillard, Ohio: First offer – Army.
*FB Cade Barnard, 6-2, 225, Seminole (Texas) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Colorado State, North Texas, Bowling Green, Nevada, UMass
#OL Aaron Baudoux, Pendleton Heights HS, Anderson, Ind.
*TE Bryton Belvin, 6-7, 230, Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, Fla.
*LB Hayden Bollinger, 6-1, 209, Lafayette HS, Wildwood, Mo.: Other offers – Syracuse
*DE Kwabena Bonsu, 6-4, 255, South Cobb HS, Austell, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Rutgers, Florida Atlantic, Arkansas State, Charlotte
*DE Hunter Brabham, 6-3, 235, Hughes Springs (Texas) HS: 2017 stats – 70 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 2 sacks.
#RB Kaelin Byrd, 5-11, 207, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.
#TE Chris Cameron, 6-3, 220, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Son of former LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
*S Luke Cameron, 6-foot, 207, Kokomo (Ind.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force. 2017 stats – 72 tackles, 3 interceptions.
*LB Wilson Catoe, 6-1, 217, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Wake Forest (preferred walk-on), Bowling Green, Ohio, Appalachian State, Former Harvard commit.
#DB Cameron Clarke, 6-foot, 165, St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J.
*DE Nolan Cockrill, 6-3, 230, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army. USA Today first-team, all-state. Virginia High School League Class 6 defensive player of the year.
#DE Eddie Crutchfield, 6-3, 240, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School
#DB Cedrick Cunningham, 6-foot, 190, North Central HS, Kershaw, S.C.: 2016 USA Today first-team South Carolina running back.
#QB Clay Czyzynski, 6-foot, 205, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill.
*S Zion Davis-Thompson, 6-2, 175, North Stafford HS, Stafford, Va.: First offer – Army
#DE Ryan Duran, 6-5, 220, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa.
#WR Sean Eckert, 6-4, 180, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army.
*LB Morgan Ernst, 6-foot, 195, Webb HS, Knoxville, Tenn.: Division II Class AA finalist for Mr. Tennessee Football.
#RB Ton Evans, 5-8, 175, Northgate HS, Newnan, Ga.: Other offers – Georgia Southern. Former Georgia Southern commit.
#LB Ray Gonzalez, 6-3, 215, Grafton HS, Yorktown, Va.
#OL Holton Greenfield, 6-3, 255, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas
*LB John Bailey “JB” Gullatt, 6-foot, 230, West Monroe (La.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe
#WR Kevin Hamilton, 6-1. 175, Lee HS, Springfield, Va.
#WR Kraig Hamilton, 6-1, 175, Lee HS, Springfield, Va.
*P Zach Harding, 6-6, 185, Christian HS, O’Fallon, Mo.
*P Will Hetzinger, 6-4, 200, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Hammond, La.
#OL Kamaron Holloway, 6-3, 255, Duncanville (Texas) HS: Other offers – Sam Houston State, Tennessee State, Texas Southern, Grambling State, Northwestern State, Stephen F. Austin, Prairie View A&M
#K Brooks Hosea, 6-foot, 175, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.
#RB AJ Howard, 6-foot, 190, Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga.
#S Jordan Jackson, 5-11, 180, Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla.
#CB Caleb John, 5-10, 181, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.
*WR Cameron Johnson, 6-4, 215, Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif.: Former Cal Poly commit.
#LB Nate Jones, 6-4, 200, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
#LB Jake Killian, 6-2, 200, Grayson HS, Loganville, Ga.
#OL Noah Knapp, 6-foot, 270, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
*LS Brendan Knoespel, 6-foot, 210, Antonian Prep HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
*OL Mason Kolinchak, 6-2, 245, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.: Starting guard for country’s No. 1-ranked team
*OL Nick Kotok, 6-4, 285, Moon Area HS, Moon, Pa.
*OL Drew Kraatz, 6-6, 240, Standish-Sterling HS, Standish, Mich.
*K Miller Kronk, 6-2, 195, London (Ohio) HS: First offer – Army. Made school-record 51-yard field goal.
#CB Krys Kyle, 6-1, 191, Memorial HS, Houston, Texas
#RB Tyler Lavine, 5-11, 210, Cedar Park (Texas) HS
#QB Jabari Laws, 5-9, 160, Wise HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.: USA Today’s Maryland offensive player of the year.
#DL Dan Lord,6-5, 220, St. Anthony’s HS, Melville, N.Y.
*DE Ryan Matz, 6-3, 235, East Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: 2017 stats – 115 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 3 forced fumbles.
*CB Michael Mbony, 5-11, 189, Sherwood HS, Sandy Spring, Md.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Air Force. Other offers – Navy. Mbony’s brother, James, is a former Army rugby player.
#DB Julian McDuffie, 5-11, 162, Shiloh HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia State, Buffalo.
#CB Akyah Miranda, 5-10, 160, Belton-Honea Path HS, Honea Path, S.C.: Other offers – Citadel, South Carolina State.
*DB Malkelm Morrison, 5-10, 185, Iona Prep, New Rochelle, N.Y.
#WR Jalen Moy, 6-4, 200, Lamar HS, Houston, Texas
#TE Scott Murphy, Billerica, 6-3, 241, Billerica (Mass.) HS
*CB Tavores Pearson, Westside HS, Macon, Ga.
*OL Kyle Perry, 6-2, 305, Centennial HS, Burleson, Texas: First offer – Army
#FB Markens Pierre, 5-11, 215, Glades Day School, Belle Glade, Fla.: Brother of former Army safety Markenson Pierre
#OL Dean Powell, 6-1, 290, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane.
*DL Hunter Richard, 6-3, 270, Edmond (Okla.) North HS: Other offers – Princeton, Abilene Christian
#14 WR Michael Roberts, 6-4, 205, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.
#LB/S Chido Rwakonda, 6-2, 195, Delaware Valley HS, Westfall, Pa.
*OL Harmon Saint Germain, 6-foot-5, 280, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.
#K Bailey Schroeder, 6-foot, 175, Valley Christian HS, San Jose, Calif.
#LB Arik Smith, St. John’s HS, Washington, D.C.
*FB Landry Songer, 6-1, 205, Midlothian (Texas) HS: Scored 12 touchdowns and rushed for 741 yards despite missing first three games due to injury as a senior.
*LB Paul Stanley, 6-2, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia (preferred walk-on), Butler, Davidson
*DE Ke’Shawn Sullivan, 6-4, 227, Zachary (La.) HS
*OL Jack Topping, 6-3, 261, Allen (Texas) HS: First offer – Army
#QB Tyhier Tyler, 5-9, 168, Woodside HS, Newport News, Va.
*LB Duncan Van Kouteren, 6-3, 205, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) HS: 2017 stats – 77 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions
*DB Brandon Walters, 6-foot, 170, Bolingbrook (Ill.) HS: First offer. Verbal after attending Buffalo game on Sept. 9. 2017 stats – 60 tackles, 6 pass breakups.
#T Zack Ward, 6-6, 255, Byrd HS, Shreveport, La.
*QB J.C. Watson, 5-11, 178, Basehor-Linwood HS, Basehor, Kansas
#S Mike Williams, 6-3, 180, Watson Chapel HS, Pine Bluff, Ark.
*RB David Woodward, 5-11, 180, Mount Pisgah Christian School, Alpharetta, Ga.
#LB Kemonte Yow, 6-1, 235, DeSoto (Texas) HS
*WR Daniel Zuloaga, 6-5, 202, Community School of Naples, Naples, Fla.: Other offers – Western Kentucky, Central Michigan.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Eric Osteen’s college football return at Wake Forest

Kicking in a college football game again was always on Eric Osteen’s mind while serving in the Army.

Osteen knew he had one year of eligibility remaining after he graduated West Point in 2013. The only question was would the NCAA approve the 28-year-old Osteen’s waiver to play as a graduate student for Wake Forest this fall. About a month ago, the NCAA granted Osteen one more season.

“I decided to do it because you leave football and you look back on it and you are like, ‘I really think I could have done this differently in the locker room or around the team,’” said Osteen, who hasn’t kicked in a college football game since 2012 Army-Navy.

Read Osteen’s story here.

Osteen will be competing for the starting kicking job at Wake Forest, a program that he kicked against his senior season at West Point in 2012. He’s joined Wake Forest for workouts and will kick in front of coach David Clawson when preseason begins later this summer.

“It’s awesome,” Osteen said of being back in a college team atmosphere. “I love it. You put it all out there every day and all of these guys are leaders. There’s an awesome culture at Wake Forest. It’s really similar to Army. It’s just good to be around leaders and just a great group of players pushing each other every day.”

Osteen completed his five years of active duty as a Signal Corps officer on May 25. He served in the 63rd Signal Battalion and ended his military career as a battalion logistics officer where he created the funding for missions that helped aid in natural disasters.

“We did way over 50 missions when I was there,” Osteen said.

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Recruiting: Former Hawaii middle-school teammates Dillon Gabriel & Blake Feigenspan to join forces at Army

Dillon Gabriel and Blake Feigenspan were middle-school football teammates in Hawaii.

Gabriel, a quarterback, and Feigenspan, a center, went their separate ways in high school attending Mililani High School and Punahou School respectively.

They will once again join forces in college as Gabriel and Feigenspan recently committed to Army a few days apart.

Gabriel, who is entering his fourth season as a starter, gave the Black Knights his pledge during an official visit last weekend. Feigenspan announced his commitment Wednesday.

“We go back,” Gabriel said. “We are great friends. Having him come adds a little sense of home. For me, I’m excited about that. I’m excited that we have another recruit from the islands. I know that’s a couple more that are definitely looking into it (going to Army) and are excited…I talked to him. We both said the same thing (about Army) in what it can do for you on field and off the field. I was just coincidence that we decided a couple of days close to each other.

“I let him know I committed and told him to do what you have to do best. In Hawaii, we are just trying to find a way out to get that top-notch education and Army was the spot for both of us.”

Gabriel had offers from Hawaii, Navy and Air Force but he said it was Army and assistant Sean Saturnio, who was a Hawaii high school football coach, that recruited him the hardest.

“They showed me that they really wanted me and they were pretty much the only school (that did that) for me,” Gabriel said. “It was big.”

Gabriel added, “Coming from Hawaii, we are really family based. Sean Saturnio use to live in Hawaii and coach in Hawaii. For me, it was really big having that person from Hawaii. We like to stay together and knowing someone is from Hawaii was a big part of my decision.”

Gabriel’s family has a connection to the Army staff. Jeff Monken coached Garrett Gabriel, Dillon’s father, as a graduate assistant at Hawaii in 1989-90. Garrett Gabriel, also a quarterback, graduated as Hawaii’s leader in passing yards. His 5,631 yards currently stands fifth in Hawaii’s all-time list.

Gabriel chose to explore options outside of the islands despite his father’s strong ties to Hawaii’s program.

“For me, Hawaii will always be my home but I feel like I have to go away to experience (life),” Gabriel said. “Only people from Hawaii can really explain it. It’s a good experience. It’s really different. You see things that you’ve never seen before. You are away from home and you learn a lot about yourself.”

Gabriel has thrown for more than 6,100 yards in his high school career. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Gabriel is 2,057 yards shy of the state record of 8,158 held by current Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Gabriel was called up from the junior varsity to replace then-senior Mackenzie Milton in the final regular-season game of his freshman year and has started for Mililani ever since. Milton had a breakout sophomore year in 2017 at Central Florida and could be in the Heisman Trophy conversation this season.

Gabriel said Army’s coaching staff, academics, the program’s recent winning and facilities sealed his decision.

“The staff in general made it feel like home and their energy and passion that they bring to the football field and how passionate they are about football, it intrigued me,” Gabriel said…The first day (of the visit), we looked at the academics and from then on I really knew that this school was for me. It will set me up for life. We got to talk to alumni and they all had great stories and not regret ever going because right now they are married and supporting their family. To me, that’s big. Hawaii, we are based off family and if I can set up my future family that’s what I want to do.

“I knew Army was starting to become a Top 25 team. I wanted to find the balance of great academics and great football. Being able to get the best of both worlds that’s exactly what I wanted.”

2019 commits (12)

OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
LB Jalen Brooks, 6-foot, 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy
S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion. (COMMITTED, April 13)
RB Shacori Collier, 5-10, 200, Many (La.) HS
RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: Other offers – (COMMITTED, May 22)
C Blake Feigenspan, 6-4, 264 Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Hawaii
QB Dillon Gabriel, 6-1, 180, Mililani (Hawaii) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Hawaii (COMMITTED, June 17)
QB Alex Meredith, 6-foot, 185, A.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED, June 6)
OL Justin Kopko, 6-4, 315, Hanover Area (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED, April 13)
FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy (COMMITTED, May 21)
FB Cole Truex, 6-2, 226, Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif.: Other offers -  Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, June 7)
QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, March 28)

Here’s a list of 2019 recruits Army has offered but they have committed elsewhere:
DE Adetomiwa Adebawore, 6-2, 240, North Kansas City HS, Kansas City, Mo.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Northwestern, Washington State, Northern Illinois, Tulane, Toledo (COMMITTED to Northwestern, April 17)
RB-LB Anthony Adkins, 6-3, 205, Larue County HS, Hodgenville, Ky.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Louisville, Western Kentucky, Bowling Green. (COMMITTED to Louisville, June 15)
LB Josh Ahern, 6-3, 217, Lake Braddock HS, Burke Va.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Virginia, Temple, Cincinnati, Old Dominion, Liberty (COMMITTED to Virginia, May 25)
LB Kyle Beaudry, 6-1, 205, Liberty HS, Henderson, Nev.: Other offers – UNLV, Nevada, Hawaii (COMMITTED to UNLV, June 20)
RB Aaron Bedgood, 5-8, 168, Richmond Hill (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Coastal Carolina (COMMITTED to Coastal Carolina, June 18)
S Giovanni Biggers, 6-1, 175, Latin HS, Baltimore, Md.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, North Carolina, Indiana, Duke, Virginia, Rutgers, Maryland, Boston College, Temple, Buffalo, Old Dominion (COMMITTED to North Carolina, May 9)
WR Jase Bowen, 6-1, 180, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Virginia, Kentucky, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Akron, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Toledo, Western Michigan. Former Notre Dame baseball commit (COMMITTED to Michigan State for football and baseball, April 7)
LB Zach Bowers, 6-1, 215, Chandler (Ariz.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Hawaii, Syracuse, Oregon State, Nevada, New Mexico State (COMMITTED to Hawaii, June 20)
TE Jack Bradley, 6-6, 235, Bishop Lynch HS, Dallas, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Rice, Colorado, San Diego State, South Alabama. New Mexico State, Texas-San Antonio (COMMITTED to Rice, June 11)
TE-DE Joey Carroll, 6-5, 230, St. Francis de Sales HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Toledo, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan (COMMITTED to Toledo, April 8)
LB Bryton Constant: Other offers: Clemson, Auburn, Florida, TCU, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Arizona State, Baylor, Houston, Kentucky, Boston College, Memphis, Louisiana-Lafayette, SMU  (COMMITTED to Clemson, April 13)
LB Chris Conti, 6-2, 212, DePaul HS, Wayne, N.J.: Other offers – Rutgers, Western Michigan, Kent State, (COMMITTED to Rutgers, June 8)
OL Eli Cox, 6-4, 295, West Jessamine HS, Nicholasville, Ky.: Other offers: Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ball State, Toledo, Western Michigan, Ohio, Marshall, Georgia State, Liberty (COMMITTED to Kentucky, May 7)
DE Braxten Croteau, 6-5, 240, Liberty HS, Peoria, Ariz.: Other offers – Air Force, California, Washington State, Oregon State, Memphis, Utah State (COMMITTED to California, April 15)
OL Dominick D’Antonio, 6-4, 285, Etowah HS, Woodstock, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Northwestern, Rutgers, South Florida, Western Kentucky, Troy, Arkansas State, Buffalo, East Carolina, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Liberty, Texas State, Tulane (COMMITTED to Northwestern, April 7)
CB Dorian Davis, 6-foot, 176, Shelby (N.C.) HS: Other offers – Kent State, Liberty (COMMITTED to James Madison, May 13)
WR Wayne Dennis, 6-4, 188, Armwood HS, Seffner, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Northwestern (COMMITTED to Northwestern, June 18)
CB Storm Duck, 6-1, 180, Boiling Springs HS, Spartanburg, S.C.: Other offers – North Carolina, West Virginia, Temple, Western Kentucky, Kent State, Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State, Georgia State, Liberty (COMMITTED to North Carolina, June 9)
LB Luke Dwyer, 6-2, 200, Lake Zurich (Ill.) HS: Other offers – Navy (COMMITTED to North Dakota State, June 8)
LB Michael Erhart, 6-2, 212, Chaminade Prep, West Hills, Calif.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Oregon State, Utah State (COMMITTED to Oregon State, June 10)
LB Luke Felton, 6-3, 210, Cardinal Mooney HS, Youngstown, Ohio: Other offers – Wisconsin, Michigan State, Nebraska, Iowa, West Virginia, California, Northwestern, Purdue, Minnesota, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Duke, Syracuse, Virginia, Rutgers, Boston College, Indiana, Kentucky, Temple, Cincinnati, Western Michigan, Akron, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Ohio, Toledo (COMMITTED to Michigan State, May 24)
DE Ryan Franke, 6-4, 210, Oaks Christian School, Westlake Village, Calif.: Other offers – Oregon State, Fresno State, New Mexico, San Jose State (COMMITTED, Oregon State, June 10)
LB-S Bryce Gallagher, 6-3, 210, St. Sebastian’s HS, Needham, Mass.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Duke, Boston College. (COMMITTED to Northwestern, Sept. 19)
CB Tyruss Gayden, 5-10, 165, West Jefferson HS, Harvey, La.: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED to Southern, June 11)
DL Jason Gold, 6-3, 260, Clear Springs HS, League City, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, Houston, Virginia Tech, Colorado, Missouri, Northwestern, Kansas State, Minnesota, Duke, Virginia, Boston College, Iowa State, Rice, UTEP, Memphis, Colorado State, Tulane, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio, Arkansas States, Louisana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe (COMMITTED to Northwestern, May 19)
CB Demarcus Governor, 6-1, 188, Durant HS, Plant City, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Bowling Green, Toledo, Buffalo, Southern Mississippi, Appalachian State, South Alabama, Liberty (COMMITTED to Central Michigan, June 20)
DL Aaron Hamilton, 6-3, 275, Johns Creek (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, South Alabama (COMMITTED to Eastern Michigan, June 21)
WR Rahmon Hart, 6-3, 205, Imani Christian Academy, Pittsburgh, Pa.: Other offers – Ball State (COMMITTED to Ball State, May 14)
CB Rod Heard, 5-11, 160, Harrison HS, Farmington Hills, Mich.: Other offers – Northwestern, Purdue, Syracuse, Temple, Akron. (COMMITTED to Northwestern)
S Zukudo Igwenagu, 6-4, 216, Worcester (Mass.) Academy: Other offers – Rutgers, Temple, Rice, Buffalo, Kent State, UMass (COMMITTED to Rutgers, June 20)
RB C.J. Jackson, 5-10, 190, Hermitage HS, Richmond, Va.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Purdue, East Carolina, Kent State, Marshall, Old Dominion (COMMITTED to James Madison, June 7)
WR Courtney Jackson, 5-11, 170, Gateway HS, Monroeville, Pa.: Other offers – Syracuse, West Virginia, Kentucky, Northwestern, Baylor, Boston College, Memphis, Temple, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Toledo (COMMITTED to Syracuse, April 27)
DE Christian James, 6-4, 245, Christian Brothers HS, Memphis, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Memphis, Cincinnati, Tulsa, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe (COMMITTED to Vanderbilt, June 18)
LB Tyler King, 6-foot, 220, Pine-Richland HS, Gibsonia, Pa.: Other offers – Navy, Old Dominion, Ball State, Kent State, Buffalo, Akron (COMMITTED to Navy, April 14)
RB-WR Brandon Legendre, 5-9, 178, E.D. White Catholic HS, Thibodaux, La.: Other offers – Air Force, Notre Dame, TCU, Central Florida, West Virginia, Arizona State, Utah, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Kansas, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, SMU, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, Arkansas State, Southern Mississippi, New Mexico State (COMMITTED to Louisiana-Lafayette, June 18)
LB Keith Maguire, 6-2, 215, Malvern Prep, Malvern, Pa.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, West Virginia, North Carolina, Baylor, Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Temple, UConn, Buffalo, Kent State, Toledo, Old Dominion (COMMITTED to Clemson, April 27)
TE Drew Martin, 6-4, 225, North Little Rock (Ark.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Memphis, Indiana, Tulane, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio, Bowling Green, South Alabama, Southern Mississippi, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe (COMMITTED to Memphis, June 5)
K Kolton McGhee, 6-foot, 170, Bishop Guilfoyle HS, Altoona, Pa.: (COMMITTED to West Virginia, July 22)
OL Taylor Miterko, 6-6, 270, Carlsbad (N.M.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Notre Dame, Okalhoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Oregon, Washington, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Baylor, Colorado, California, Washington State, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Virginia, Boise State, Colorado State, Texas State, Rice, New Mexico, UTEP (COMMITTED to Oklahoma State, June 20)
S Taylor Morin, 5-11, 170, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: Other offers – Wake Forest, Old Dominion, UMass (COMMITTED to Wake Forest, June 13)
DE R.J. Oben, 6-4, 240, St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J.: Son of former NFL lineman Roman Oben. Other offers – Duke, Louisville, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Boston College, Virginia, Temple, Ball State (COMMITTED to Duke, June 14)
WR Ryan O’Keefe, 5-10, 170, Round Rock (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Central Florida, Boston College, Tulsa, SMU, North Texas, UTEP, Bowling Green, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette, UMass (COMMITTED to Central Florida, May 9)
LB Alec Pell, 6-4, 215, Cherry Creek HS, Greenwood Village, Colo.: Other offers – Air Force, Boise State, California, Iowa State, Colorado State, North Texas, Wyoming (COMMITTED to Boise State, April 16)
CB Xavier Player, 6-foot, 180, Steele HS, Cibolo, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Rice, Texas-San Antonio, North Texas, Texas State, New Mexico, Bowling Green, Louisiana-Lafayette, South Alabama, Liberty (COMMITTED to Oklahoma State, June 8)
LB-S Ryan Puskas, 6-3, 205, Liberty HS, Peoria, Ariz.: Other offers – Air Force, California, Memphis, Utah State (COMMITTED to California, April 15)
TE Hayden Rucci, 6-5,  230, Warwick HS, Lititz, Pa.: Other offers – Wisconsin, West Virginia, Minnesota, Boston College, Duke, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest, Temple, Western Michigan, UConn (COMMITTED to Wisconsin)
T Blerim Rustemi, 6-4, 275, DePaul Catholic HS, Wayne, N.J.: Other offers – Navy, Boston College, Rutgers, Virginia, Temple, East Carolina, UConn, Western Michigan, Buffalo, Kent State (COMMITTED to Boston College, June 4)
LB Chad Soelle, 6-1, 195, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.: Other offers – Arizona State, Vanderbilt, SMU, Nevada, New Mexico State(COMMITTED to Arizona State, June 20)
RB-LB Chad Stephens, 6-1, 215, Southeast Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, East Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Charlotte, Liberty (COMMITTED to East Carolina, June 21)
DE-LB Sayyid Stevens, 6-2, 227, Calvary Day School, Savannah, Ga. Other offers – Navy, Cincinnati, Troy, Florida Atlantic, Miami (Ohio), East Carolina, Tulane, Kent State, UNLV, Middle Tennessee State, Old Dominion, Georgia State, Coastal Carolina, UMass (COMMITTED to Duke, June 11)
OL Jack Stewart, 6-5, 280, New Canaan (Conn.) HS: Other offers – Michigan, Auburn, TCU, Maryland, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Arizona, Arizona State, Kentucky, Baylor, Indiana, Rutgers, Boston College, Temple, Liberty (COMMITTED to Michigan, April 16)
OL Xavier Truss, 6-7, 330, Bishop Hendricken HS, Warwick, R.I.: Other offers – Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia, Auburn, Penn State, Michigan, Oklahoma, USC, LSU, Louisville, Florida State, Florida, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Oregon, Arkansas, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Missouri, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, Syracuse, Boston College, UConn (COMMITTED to Georgia, June 17)
S Solomon Turner, 6-1, 210, Prestonwood Christian HS, Plano, Texas: Other offers – Baylor, Illinois, Texas State, Colorado State, Toledo, Tulane, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico, New Mexico State, South Alabama (COMMITTED to Baylor, June 19)
QB Paul Tyson, 6-4, 215, Hewitt-Trussville HS, Trussville, Ala.: Other offers – Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, LSU, USC, Ole Miss, Wisconsin, Oregon, Arkansas, Tennessee, Duke, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Kentucky, UConn (COMMITTED to Alabama, April 5)

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Roster Update: Wisham

Slotback T.J. Wisham is one of several names removed from Army’s online roster since its Black-Gold spring game in April.

Wisham was listed as high as second on Army’s depth chart during his 2017 freshman season but was limited to two carries for 14 yards in three games.

Cornerback Richard Hanson, who contributed on special teams his sophomore season, is also no longer listed on the roster. Hanson played in four games, recording one tackle in 2017. He made two tackles in six games as a freshman.

Sean McNulty, a 2017 freshman who was competing for the starting kicking job in the spring, is also missing from the roster.

Among the other players, who are not listed on the roster are (note – 2017 class) – sophomore linebacker Hayden Haupt; sophomore offensive lineman Trey Neville, freshman kicker Camden Bauman, freshman defensive lineman Luke Blanton, freshman defensive lineman Rahmeel Cook, freshman linebacker Christian Gomez; freshman long snapper Caleb McKee; freshman defensive back Alex Rowe; freshman safety Taylor Vessel; freshman wide receiver Kevin Waites and freshman defensive lineman Demann Wilson.

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