Recruiting: Hawaii safety Kaiser Cambra-Cho joins 2020 class

St. Louis (Hawaii) safety Kaiser Cambra-Cho committed to Army during his second visit to West Point Saturday, choosing the Black Knights over Air Force.

Cambra-Cho grew up watching the Army-Navy game, cheering on Army. He didn’t seriously considering attending West Point until his sophomore year.

“It feels like a dream come true,” said Cambra-Cho, who is 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds. “I think that they have amazing coaches that know what they’re doing and they really made me feel at home. I also think the caliber of Army football just keeps going up.”

Cambra-Cho was attracted to West Point’s engineering program and the football team’s culture. He also visited West Point on Junior Day in January.

2020 commits (5)
TE-DE Bryant Burns, 6-3, 228, Ozark (Ark.) HS: Other offers – Appalachian State. (COMMITTED, April 22)
S Kaiser Cambra-Cho, 6-2, 195, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, May 25)
T David Hoyt, 6-6, 280, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic HS: Ranked 90th-best tackle of the 2020 class by 247 Sports. Other offers – Rutgers, Louisville, Illinois, Buffalo, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Tulane, Toledo, Ohio, Colorado State, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Mississippi, Liberty. (COMMITTED, March 30)
P-K Albert Jang, 6-2, 185, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga. Other offers – Air Force (May 6) (COMMITTED, March 1)
RB Dillan Monette, 5-7, 160, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La. (COMMITTED, May 2)

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Future schedules: Two-game series with UNLV

The Black Knights are heading to Vegas.

Army’s two-game series with UNLV was announced by the University of Nevada-Las Vegas earlier this week.

Army will travel to Las Vegas on Oct. 19, 2024 for the first meeting between the two schools. The Black Knights will host UNLV on Oct. 7, 2028.

2019
(All game times EST) 

August 30 RICE  (CBS Sports Network)
Sept. 7 at Michigan
Sept. 14 at Texas-San Antonio
Sept. 21 MORGAN STATE (CBS Sports Network)
Oct. 5 TULANE
Oct. 12 at Western Kentucky
Oct. 19 at Georgia State
Oct. 26 SAN JOSE STATE (CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 2 at Air Force, 3:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 9 UMASS (CBS Sports Network) 
Nov. 16 VMI (CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 30 at Hawaii, 12:30 a.m., Dec. 1 (CBS Sports Network)
Dec. 14 Navy at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia (CBS)

2020

Sept. 12 at Rice
Sept. 19 at Tulane
Sept. 26 OKLAHOMA
Oct. 3 at Miami (Ohio)
Oct. 17 EASTERN MICHIGAN
Oct. 24 BUFFALO
Nov. 21 at UMass
Dec. 12 Navy at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
TBD at San Jose State
TBD AIR FORCE

2021
Sept. 4 at Georgia State
Sept. 11 WESTERN KENTUCKY
Sept. 25 MIAMI (OHIO)
Oct. 2 at Ball State
Oct. 16 at Wisconsin
Oct. 23 WAKE FOREST
Nov. 20 UMASS
Nov. 27 at Liberty
Dec. 11 Navy at Met Life Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
TBD SAN JOSE STATE
TBD at Air Force

2022
Sept. 3 at Coastal Carolina
Sept. 17 at Tennessee
Sept. 24 DARTMOUTH
Oct. 1 GEORGIA STATE
Nov. 12 at UMass
Nov. 19 HAWAII
Dec. 10 Navy at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
TBD at Wake Forest
TBD AIR FORCE

2023
Sept. 23 at Syracuse
Oct. 21 at LSU
Oct. 28 UMASS
Nov. 18 COASTAL CAROLINA
TBD at Air Force
TBD Navy

2024
Sept. 7 at UMass
Sept. 21 SYRACUSE
Oct. 19 at UNLV
Nov. 30 at Hawaii
TBD WAKE FOREST
TBD AIR FORCE
TBD Navy

2025
Sept. 13 NORTH TEXAS
Sept. 20 LIBERTY
Sept. 27 at Syracuse
Nov. 22 UMASS
TBD at Wake Forest
TBD at Air Force
TBD Navy

2026
Sept. 26 SYRACUSE
Oct. 17 at Coastal Carolina
Nov. 21 at UMass
Nov. 28 at Liberty
TBD WAKE FOREST
TBD AIR FORCE
TBD Navy

2027
Oct. 23 COASTAL CAROLINA
Nov. 20 UMASS
TBD AIR FORCE
TBD Navy

2028
Oct. 9 UNLV (home)
Nov. 18 at UMass
TBD AIR FORCE
TBD Navy
TBD North Texas

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Recruiting: Louisiana RB Dillan Monette joins 2020 class

Acadiana (La.) running back Dillan Monette’s lifelong goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon.

The idea of becoming a future Army surgeon intrigued Monette when he received an offer from the Black Knights last month.

Monette didn’t wait long to make his college decision after the offer. He verbally committed Mike Viti on Thursday (May 2) when Army’s fullback coach Mike Viti visited Acadiana High School. Monette called Army coach Jeff Monken to confirm his commitment Friday (May 3).

“It’s a top football program,” Monette said. “It’s an honor to attend West Point. They would support me in medical school.”

Monette hopes to follow the path of senior linebacker Kenneth Brinson. Brinson has been named a Stanford University Knight-Hennessy Scholar and will an MD and PhD in engineering at Stanford.

Army is adding speed with Monette’s commitment. Monette said his best time in the 40-yard dash is 4.41 seconds. Army is recruiting the 5-foot-7, 170-pound Monette to play slotback.

2020 commits (3)
T David Hoyt, 6-6, 280, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic HS: Ranked 90th-best tackle of the 2020 class by 247 Sports. Other offers – Rutgers, Louisville, Illinois, Buffalo, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Tulane, Toledo, Ohio, Colorado State, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Mississippi, Liberty. (COMMITTED, March 30)
P-K Albert Jang, 6-2, 185, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga. Other offers – Air Force (May 6) (COMMITTED, March 1)
RB Dillan Monette, 5-7, 160, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La. (COMMITTED, May 2)

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Post-Spring Depth Chart

Jabari Laws is listed as No. 2 quarterback behind returning starter Kelvin Hopkins on Army’s recently-released post-spring depth chart.

Sophomore Tyhier Tyler, who had a strong spring, is No. 4 on the depth chart behind junior Christian Anderson. Anderson did not play in Spring Game due to injury.

Sophomore Arik Smith is listed as starting Will linebacker ahead of senior Ryan Parker.

Senior Jack Sides is expected to take over at center for three-year starter Bryce Holland. Sides impressed coach Jeff Monken and staff with his move from guard to center this spring.

Some players not listed on the 2-deep that could make an impact in 2019 are junior defensive end Edriece Patterson, senior wide receiver Glen Coates, senior linebacker Jack King, sophomore fullback Cade Barnard and senior fullback Rashaad Bolton.

Patterson, who started two games in 2018, was limited in the spring due to injury. He made 21 tackles and had two sacks.

Here’s the depth chart with players’ classes for 2019 season.

Offense

QB: Kelvin Hopkins, Sr.; Jabari Laws, Soph.; Christian Anderson, Jr.; Tyhier Tyler, Soph.

FB: Connor Slomka, Sr.; Sandon McCoy, Jr.

SB: Artice Hobbs, Jr.; Dom Distefano, Jr.

SB: Kell Walker, Sr.; Malik Hancock, Sr.

WR: Kjetil Cline, Sr.; Kevin Hamilton, Soph.

WR: Cam Harrison, Jr.; Chris Gregg, Jr.

TE: Zach Saum, Sr.; Chris Cameron, Soph.

LT: Alex Herndon, Sr.; Luke McCleery, Jr.

LG: Jaxson Deaton, Sr.; Noah Utley, Jr.

C: Jack Sides, Sr.; Noah Knapp, Soph.

RG: Peyton Reeder, Jr.; Mike Johnson, Jr.; Dean Powell, Soph.

RT JB Hunter, Jr.; Zack Ward, Soph.; Kam Holloway, Soph.

Defense

DE: Jake Ellington, Sr.; Nolan Cockrill, Soph.

NT: Rod Stoddard, Sr.; Connor Smith, Jr.; Nick Stokes, Jr.

DE: Jacob Covington, Sr.; Kwabena Bonsu, Soph.

SAM LB: Amadeo West, Sr.: Joe Stephenson, Jr.

MLB: Cole Christiansen, Sr.; Kemonte Yow, Soph.

Will LB: Arik Smith, Soph.; Ryan Parker, Sr.

Rush LB: Jeremiah Lowery, Jr.; Donovan Lynch, Sr.

CB: Elijah Riley, Sr.; Malkelm Morrison, Soph.

CB: Jahvari Bourdeau, Jr.; Akyah Miranda, Soph.

FS: Jaylon McClinton, Sr.; Michael Williams, Soph.

S: Cameron Jones, Sr.; Cedrick Cunningham, Soph.

Special teams

K: Landon Salyers, Jr.; David Cooper, Sr.

P: Zach Potter, Sr.; Zach Harding, Soph.

LS: Scott Flanick, Sr.; Paul Lawless, Jr.

KR: Kell Walker, Sr.; Sandon McCoy, Jr.

PR: Kell Walker, Sr.; Elijah Riley, Sr.

Holder: Zach Potter, Sr.


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Recruiting: Michigan LB Samih Beydoun switches from Wolverines to Army

A visit to West Point Friday swayed Catholic Central (Detroit) linebacker Samih Beydoun’s college decision.

Beydoun, who was committed to Michigan as a preferred walk-on, announced his pledge to Army Friday night.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity that I’ve always considered,” said Beydoun Friday night. “Going to West Point is definitely bigger than football and I fell in love with the staff today. I don’t think there is better fit out there for me. It is the highest of honors.”

Army is recruiting the 6-foot, 220-pound Beydoun to play rush linebacker. Beydoun said he could have waited until the winter to be on scholarship at Michigan. Army plays at Michigan on Sept. 7.

Beydoun will attend Army Prep in the fall.

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Christiansen, Hopkins, Riley 2019 captains

Senior linebacker Cole Christiansen, senior quarterback Kelvin Hopkins and senior cornerback Elijah Riley were voted as 2019 captains by their teammates

Christansen, a two-year starter, is the third Army player in the last 10 years to be named captain in his junior and senior seasons.

Hopkins enters his second season as starting quarterback. He helped Army to an academy-record 11 wins, becoming the first Army player to rush for 1,000 yards (1,017) and pass for 1,000 yards (1,026) in the same season.

Riley, a three-year starter, has 122 tackles and four interceptions in his career. He helped Army hold Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown, who is expected to be one of the top wide receivers in this month’s NFL draft, without catch last season.

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2019 recruiting class: Direct or Army Prep

Here’s a partial list of 2019 Army commits who will be attending West Point or Army Prep.

Commits, please message me on Twitter (@salinterdonato) if you have not been noted with your destination.

DIRECT
RB Anthony Adkins, 6-3, 225, LaRue County HS, Hodgenville, Ky.: Other offers – Louisville, Bowling Green, Western Kentucky, Georgia State. Former
Louisville commit. USA Today second-team, all-state linebacker.
LS Ryan Aguilar, 6-2, 215, Liberty HS, Bakersfield, Calif.
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.
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.
DB Tim Boone, 5-11, 175, Berkeley Prep, Tampa, Fla.:
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
DL Grady Chapman, 6-3, 255, Carlisle (Pa.) HS
RB Clayton Cribb, 5-10, 210, North Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.
RB Colton Dooley, 5-11, 190, Nolensville (Tenn.) HS: Rushed for 1,036 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior.
OL Darryl Fuller, 6-4, 265, Christ The King HS, Middle Village, N.Y.
LB Peyton Hampton, 6-2, 227, Davie HS, Mocksville, N.C.
OL Cade Hawley, 6-3, 250, Lexington (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force
T Lachlan Holt, 6-3, 270, Richmond Hill (Ga.) HS
DE Conor Hough, 6-4, 225, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Ill.: Other offers – Arizona State (preferred walk-on). Brother of Army junior defensive lineman Jack Hough.
WR Ryan Jackovic, 6-5, 205, Quaker Valley HS, Leetsdale, Pa.
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.
RB Justin Lescouflair, 5-10, 175, Freeport (N.Y.) HS: First offer – Army.
LB-S Cole Mabry, 6-2, 190, Iowa City West HS, Iowa City, Iowa: Other offers – Iowa State
S Daryan McDonald, 6-foot, 210, Choate Rosemary Hall HS, Wallingford, Conn.: First offer – Army.
CB Jabari Moore, 6-foot, 183, Hoover (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Troy, Liberty
LB JT Penick, 6-3, 210, St. Augustine HS, San Diego, Calif.: Made 144 tackles as a senior.
WR Ridge Polk, 5-10, 170, Cambridge HS, Milton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force.
OL Carson Shaffer, 6-3, 280, Prosper (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force.
LS Patrick Szczesniak, 6-2, 215, Mount Carmel HS, Chicago, Ill.: Other offers – Iowa State, Purdue
DB Kyle Terry, 6-1, 185, Mount Paran Christian HS, Kennesaw, Ga.: First offer – Army. Also played quarterback.
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
S Fabrice Voyne, 6-2, 195, Xavier Prep, Palm Desert, Calif.: Other offers – Utah State, BYU
WR Trenton Waggoner, 6-foot, 175, St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force. Committed to Army on Feb. 1-3 visit. Chose Army over Air Force.
DE/LB Noah West, 6-3, 220, Bixby (Okla.) HS: First offer – Army. Had 21.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks for state 6A champion Bixby.

ARMY PREP
OL Dayton Baugh, 6-3, 255, Beechwood HS, Fort Mitchell, Ky.
LB Samih Beydoun, 6-foot, 220, Catholic Central HS, Novi, Mich.: Former Michigan commit as walk-on. Other offers – Colorado State, UMass
QB Aaron Bibbins, 6-1, 175, Sprayberry HS, Marietta, Ga.
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
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.
DB Josh Doyle, 5-11, 175, Valencia (Calif.) HS: Other offers – San Jose State.
DL Isaiah Filisi, 6-3, 245, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii
DL Rashawn Gallaspy, 6-3, 265, Salmen HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Louisiana-Monroe.
RB Keiran Grant, 5-11, 175, Cuero (Texas) HS: Other offers – Texas State.
LB Keeron Henderson, 6-2, 210, Highland Springs (Va.) HS: First offer – Army
DT Gerald Irons, 6-2, 260, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas: Other offers – Air
Force, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Boston College, Kansas, North Texas, UTEP, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe.
LB Boomer Irvin, 6-2, 220, Kemp (Texas) HS
LB Jaylen Jacobs, 6-2, 180, Euclid (Ohio) HS
DL Johnny Johnson, 6-2, 260, St. Amant (La.) HS
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.
LB Spencer Jones, 6-1, 215, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
OL Boobie Law, 6-4, 275, Pike HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
TE Josh Lingenfelter, 6-4, 215, Mosley HS, Lynn Haven, Fla.
QB Beau Lombardi, 6-2, 220, Valley HS, West Des Moines, Iowa: Brother of Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi. 2019 Iowa state 220-pound champion. Lombardi isn’t sure what position he will be playing at Army Prep.
LB Skylar Mack, 6-foot, 215, Spring Valley HS, Columbia, S.C.
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.
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
LB Bryce Mullenix, 6-1, 236, Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville, Fla.: Preferred walk-on offer – Clemson. Committed to Army during Feb. 1-3 visit. Father, Scott, played on Alabama’s 1992 national championship team.
TE Paxton Nayman, 6-5, 235, Creekview HS, Canton, Ga.
CB Bo Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo.
LB Declan O’Leary, 6-4, 227, Pembroke Hill HS, Kansas City, Mo.: Other offers – Navy.
QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern.
DL Dylan Perez, 6-2, 275, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Miami, Fla. (preferred walk-on), Buffalo, Florida Atlantic.
CB Kolubah Pewee, 5-11, 160, Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y.: Former Fordham commit
QB Xavier Powell, 5-11, 170, Arlington HS, Freedom Plains, N.Y.
LB Jonzell Prudhomme, 6-2, 217, Davis HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, New Mexico.
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.
RB Shontez Simmons, 5-10, 185, Copperas Cove (Texas): Army official visit: Feb. 1-3.
LB Trey Stephens, 6-foot, 220, Coronado HS, Lubbock, Texas: Had more than 500 tackles in his four-year varsity career.
QB Jaylon West, 6-2, 170, Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga.: First offer – Army.
DB Maxwell Williams, 5-10, 180, Millbrook HS. Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Appalachian State
RB Shacori Williams, 5-10, 205, Many (La.) HS.
QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS: 2018 stats – 720 passing yards, 9 TDs, 170 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 120 receiving yards, TD
LB Davis Wofford, 6-foot, 225, Robinson HS, Little Rock, Ark.
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. Caught 36 passes for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games as a senior.

UNCONFIRMED
WR Isaiah Alston, 6-4, 180, Mater Dei HS, New Monmouth, N.J.
WR Trent Brown, 6-2, 200, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga.: Former Air Force commit. Flipped to Army on February Signing Day.
S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion.
TE Trace Dorminy, 6-4, 220, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga. (COMMITTED to Georgia Southern)
T David Hayward, 6-4, 235, Monte Vista HS, Danville, Calif.: Former Montana State commit.
OL Nate Mahoney, 6-3, 250, Lincoln-Way West HS, New Lenox, Ill.
DL Etuate Moala, 6-3, 270, JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
CB Malik Prioleau, 5-10, 165, Edgewater HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED to Wagner)
DE/LB Kaghen Roach, 6-5, 225, Celina (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force




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Cam Thomas transfers to Jacksonville University

Cam Thomas, Army’s No. 2 quarterback in 2018, will continue operating the triple option at his next college football home. Thomas, a sophomore, announced Wednesday that he will transfer to Division I-AA Jacksonville University in the fall. Thomas’ offensive coordinator at Jacksonville will be none other than Trent Steelman, Army’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (45) and rushing yards (3,320) for a quarterback. Ian Shields, Army’s offensive coordinator under Rich Ellerson from 2009-13, is Jacksonville’s head coach. Thomas proved to be a more than serviceable backup to Kelvin Hopkins in 2018. He rushed for 306 yards and three touchdowns in eight games for the Black Knights including a 31-30 double-overtime win over Miami (Ohio) in his only career start. Thomas rushed for a career-high 137 yards against Miami and threw his first career touchdown pass, 15 yards to Jordan Asberry in Army’s 70-14 Armed Forces Bowl victory over Houston. Thomas posted that he was leaving Army in January. Sophomore Christian Anderson and freshmen Jabari Laws and Tyhier Tyler continue to compete in spring practice for the vacancy left by Thomas. Jacksonville has become a destination for former Army coaches, players and commits. Tom Simi, Army’s offensive line coach in 2013 and the head coach at Army Prep from 2009-12, is Jacksonville’s offensive line coach. Wade Green, who coached defense at Army Prep from 2009-17, is Jacksonville’s defensive line coach. Former Army offensive lineman Lofi Tamasese is a graduate assistant. Fullback Garnett Nicolas and slotback Nasser Clark, who will be sophomores, were Army commits, who played at Army Prep in 2017.

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Recruiting: Florida tackle David Hoyt joins 2020 class

David Hoyt’s wish or dream of attending West Point started at an early age.

How early?

“I’ve been thinking about it since I was 5,” said Hoyt, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound junior tackle of out Tampa (Fla.) Catholic.

Hoyt’s dreams came true Saturday when he committed to Jeff Monken and his staff on a visit. ESPN recruiting list Hoyt as a three-star recruit. Hoyt is ranked a three-star recruit and the 90th-best tackle nationally in the 2020 class by 247 Sports.

“When I was around 13 and Pop Warner started coming to an end, I realized that, ‘My goal really is West Point,'” Hoyt said.

Hoyt left his recruiting open. He received offers from Rutgers and Illinois of the Big Ten Conference as well as Buffalo, Tulane, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Ohio, Toledo, Southern Mississippi and Liberty. But, Hoyt’s visit to West Point sealed his decision.

“After going around the school, I realized that this truly is where I want to be,” Hoyt said.

“Getting a top education, getting to be part of the Brotherhood with all of the players and coaches. The guys were awesome people and it really felt like home. Knowing I’m doing something more like being able to serve after is just awesome.”

Hoyt, the first offensive player to commit to Army’s 2020 class, grew up watching the Army-Navy football game. Now, he will be a part of one of college football’s best rivalries.

Hoyt’s uncle, Tim Leone, is a 2004 West Point graduate.

2020 commits (2)
T David Hoyt, 6-6, 280, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic HS: Ranked 90th-best tackle of the 2020 class by 247 Sports. Other offers – Rutgers, Illinois, Buffalo, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Tulane, Toledo, Ohio, Southern Mississippi, Liberty. (COMMITTED, March 30)
P-K Albert Jang, 6-2, 185, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga.

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2019 First Spring Practice Blog

“It’s supposed to be spring practice, not winter practice,” Army coach Jeff Monken said about halfway through the Black Knights’ first session since defeating Houston 70-14 in the Armed Forces Bowl and finishing with an 11-2 record and No. 19 Associated Press ranking.

Temperatures were in the mid-20s with a real feel in the teens Thursday afternoon into early evening. Monken gave his players a period to warm up inside the Foley Athletic Center at the midway point of practice.

Junior linebacker Ryan Parker, who is competing for the will linebacker position opened by the graduation of James Nachtigal, was impressed with the energy considering players were coming off Fourth Quarter Warriors drills, which start at 5:35 a.m. for an hour, earlier in the week.

“We’ve been going through that and everybody is beat down and leaning on each other to get back out,” Parker said. “We go out there today and I couldn’t say enough about how well we performed out there and how hard that we went even with being tired and worn out from school.”

Parker said the team got the most out of its only practice before spring break. Army returns to the field on March 19.

“I think that’s how we all feel,” Parker said. “This is the start. There’s a lot of guys getting a lot of reps and there’s a lot of opportunities out there (in the spring) and everybody felt that today and was able to get after it.”

Junior quarterback Kelvin Hopkins said Thursday was, “one of the best first practices of any period of camp that we’ve ever had – spring ball or fall camp – where everybody came in and was ready to work and the energy level was up there.”

“You can gauge how people are involved and how excited people are for the season,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins, who was running on the side, was one of the many players limited or not participating in practice due to muscle pulls or strains from Fourth Quarter Warrior drills.

“We had a bunch of guys pulled their hamstrings,” Monken said. “We got about eight or nine hamstring pulls right now on guys that we were expected to have practice.”

Monken said sophomore guard Peyton Reeder (shoulder), sophomore linebacker Gavin Bassett, sophomore tight end Jake Lauer (knee) and freshman tackle Kam Holloway are among the players that will participate in spring practice due to injury.

Reeder, who started 11 games at right guard last season, would have been one of the players getting snaps at center to replace three-year starter Bryce Holland.

Junior Jack Sides, who started the Armed Forces Bowl at right guard for an injured Reeder, opened spring as Army’s first-team center.

“He (Sides) has really, really grown as a player for us,” Monken said. “I’m really, really proud for him and I’m glad for him. He’s worked hard. He’s kind of like Austin Schuffert (a 2018 senior tackle). He’s paid his dues and he’s finally in position to do it.”

Monken said freshman Dean Powell and junior Will Huff will also get some work at center in the spring.

Army’s first-team offensive line was Sides, sophomore left tackle Luke McCleery, returning starting junior left guard Jaxson Deaton, Powell at right guard and sophomore right tackle Alex Herndon. Sophomore starting right tackle JB Hunter missed practice due to illness.

Sophomore Christian Anderson and freshmen Jabari Laws, Mike Mbony and Tyhier Tyler took reps at quarterback. Freshman Clay Czyzynski, a scout-team quarterback last season, has moved to fullback.

Freshman Cade Barnard was running with top fullbacks Connor Slomka and Sandon McCoy.

VIDEO: Junior cornerback Elijah Riley talks about first spring practice, mindset after 11-2 season, weight room gains and more

VIDEO: Black Knights are back.

VIDEO: Fourth Quarter Warriors drill Luke McCleery vs, Kwabena Bonsu

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