Recruiting: Arizona RB Lindholm caps big commitment Friday

Daxon Lindholm may live nearly 2,500 miles from West Point but it’s always been the Centennial (Ariz.) running back’s goal to play Army football.

Lindholm has watched every Army-Navy game since 2006, admiring one of college football’s most storied rivalries.

Now, Lindholm will be part of that rivalry. Lindholm was the sixth commit of a busy recruiting Friday for the Black Knights when he called Army offensive line coach Saga Tuitele with his decision.

“It’s (his commitment) feels phenomenal considering all of the American war heroes and presidents that set the foundation for this school,” Lindholm said. “It’s been a dream since I was a kid to play football at West Point. Coach (Jeff) Monken is a phenomenal coach, who I admire. He knows how to win. And, winning is a huge factor at the academy.

“I told (Tuitele) that his day will become a whole lot better. Then, I told him the environment, tradition and opportunity to protect liberties given to us Americans influenced my decision heavily.”

Lindholm, who is being recruited to play slot back, has run the Wildcat position for Centennial. He started high school as a 5-foot-6, 115-pound freshman. Lindholm is now 6-foot and 182 pounds. Arizona, Northwestern, Wake Forest and Colorado State were among the schools that recruited Lindholm. Army was Lindholm’s only offer.

“I run the option often and I’m also used at slot receiver so I fit into their offense very well,” Lindholm said. “Army is getting a very dedicated, selfless, hard-working player. I’ve been doubted my whole high school career and now, Army gave me a chance to prove myself.

“I’ve been doubted because of my size. Size has never been a factor in my mind. If you can play, then you can play. Football IQ comes in handy too and mine is very high.”

St. Paul’s Episcopal (Ala.) wide receiver Javonte Graves-Billips has only seen West Point from a virtual tour but he believes the adjustment to the campus and academy life will be smooth after living on military bases as a kid.

Graves-Billips’ father, Lacarno Billips, is a sergeant first class, who has served three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Graves-Billips has lived in Germany. Both of his grandfathers are Vietnam veterans and were sergeant and staff sergeant respectively.

“It feels great to be a part of the football brotherhood,” Graves-Billips said. “I like the program Army has there and I love the tradition they have and I feel like I’ll be a great fit over there.”

Graves-Billips led St. Paul’s in receiving as a sophomore and junior. St. Paul’s has produced Alabama players A.J. McCarron, Mark Barron and Jacob Coker. Graves-Billips plays in a run-heavy offense so blocking and making a catch when called upon in Army’s system will not be a big role adjustment. He also has the flexibility to play slot back.

“I believe I can add a little weight and run the ball if the offensive coordinator think I would do better there,” said the 5-foot-11, 178-pound Graves-Billips.

Wesleyan School (Ga.) offensive lineman Tanner Bivins got a chance to visit West Point before the coronavirus pandemic in March. When Bivins received an offer from the Black Knights, Army jumped to the top of his list.

“The coaches, academics, facilities, campus and family atmosphere made it feel like home,” said Bivins who announced his commitment Friday. He called Monken, Tuitele and offensive coordinator Brent Davis with his decision Tuesday.

Bivins was a first-team, all-state offensive line and a state wrestling finalist as a junior. He chose Army over an offer from Navy

Army’s coaching staff left an impression with Bivins, who is being recruited to play guard, after his visit.

“Their overall attitude towards the brotherhood of Army football, they are always excited about what they are doing within the program,” said the 6-foot-2, 300-pound Bivins.

Tift County tight end Cade Anders’ commitment gives Army eight members of its 2021 class from the Peach State. Anders, who is 6-4 and 242 pounds, picked Army over offers from Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Charlotte and Coastal Carolina.

“I feel very honored to have the opportunity to attend such a prestigious place,” Anders said. “I believe Army has a tremendous coaching staff, who did a great job in this whole recruiting process and brought to me a feeling of comfort and made West Point feel like home.

“Also, I felt Army was the right decision because of the big-time football I will be able to play. And on top of that, the honor and opportunity that comes with attending an institution such as West Point is unmatched.”

Anders attended Army’s prospect camp last summer and became more intrigued about the academy.

“I was always very interested in Army I just didn’t know much about it,” said Anders, who has two cousins that are recent West Point graduate. “When I did some research, came to visit, and talked with the coaches, Army rose to the top of my list.”

Linden (Ala.) safety Tim Thurman is expected to provide Army’s secondary flexibility in the future. Thurman, who committed Friday, is effective in coverage and blitzing. Navy offered Thurman.

“It feels great to join the brotherhood knowing I’m set for the future and I’ll play big-time football,” Thurman said. “The coaches and how they went about recruiting (was a big reason for his commitment. I talked to coach Greg Gasparato and coach Tank (Wright) on a daily basis just about and they made me feel like family.”

St. Joseph’s (N.J.) Academy is Army’s second commit from South Jersey. Army is recruiting Ross to play inside linebacker. He made 76 tackles in 11 games as a junior. Navy offered Ross first, followed by Army.

“Coach (Shiel) Wood really likes my versatility, I love their aggressive style of play,” Ross said. “West Point is an opportunity not everyone gets. By me making this decision, I’m going to change the generational wealth of my family.”

2021 commits (34)
RB Noah Alexander, 5-10, 188, Eufaula (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns as junior.
TE Cade Anders, 6-4, 242, Tift County HS, Tifton, Ga.: Other offers – Georgia Southern, Georgia State, South Alabama, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina
LB Josiah Banks, 6-1, 190, Mount Tabor HS, Winston-Salem, N.C.: Other offers – Air Force
OL Tanner Bivins, 6-2, 300, Wesleyan School, Norcross, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Eastern Michigan. First-team all-state lineman, state wrestling finalist as junior.
LB Steven Carter, 6-1, 220, Newnan (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Eastern Michigan, Coastal Carolina. Made 77 tackles as junior.
LB Brandon Castro, 6-foot, 190, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Syracuse, Louisville, Maryland, South Alabama
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
LB Kalib Fortner, 6-1, 205, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 119 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 10 sacks
WR Liam Fortner, 6-1, 185, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 48 catches, 640 yards, 6 TDs
WR Javonte Graves-Billips, 5-11, 178, St. Paul’s Episcopal HS, Mobile, Ala.: Has led St. Paul’s in receiving the last two seasons.
K Trey Gronotte, 6-foot, 160, Covington Catholic HS, Park Hills, Ky.: Other offers – Air Force, Miami (Ohio). Made 9-of-12 field goals, 68 of 71 extra points and booted 43 touchbacks as a junior.
DB Terrell Jackson, 6-1, 182, Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Recorded 42 tackles and three interceptions as junior.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
RB Darien Langley, 5-9, 160, St. Joseph HS, Santa Maria, Calif.
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
RB Daxon Lindholm, Centennial HS, Peoria, Ariz.: First offer – Army
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
QB Zach Mundell, 5-10, 170, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
RB Emmanuel Nda, 5-9, 172, Pittsfield (Mass.) HS
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
LB LucRichard Rameau, 6-2, 230, Episcopal HS, Alexandria, Va.: First offer – Army
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Illinois, Colorado State
LB Demarcious Robinson, Warner Robins (Ga.) HS
DL Charlie Rolenc, 6-1, 263, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Navy
LB Ahmad Ross, 6-2, 223, St. Joseph’s Academy, Hammonton, N.J.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army.
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
OL Jacob Smith, 6-3, 300, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Maryland, Akron, East Carolina, South Alabama, Charlotte,
TE Gabriel Thompson, 6-4, 240, Wiregrass Ranch HS, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
S Tim Thurman, 6-foot, 187, Linden (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
DL Jacob Tuioti, 6-2, 250, Long Beach (Calif) Poly HS: Other offers – Colorado State, Nevada, UNLV. Recorded 61 tackles, 22 for a loss and 10 sacks as junior.
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green
DB Leroy Watson, 5-10, 160, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan

Commitments by state: Georgia (8), Florida (5), Alabama (2), California (2), New Jersey (2), Oklahoma (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (2), Arizona (1), Indiana (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Virginia (1)

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2020 Army Prep football roster

Jesuit (Fla.) linebacker Brett Gerena was among the football players reporting for Army Prep R-Day earlier this week.

Gerena was joined by high school teammates Raleigh Oxendine, an offensive lineman, and cornerback Spencer Williams.

Gerena’s father, Joe, was an Army quarterback from 1998-2000.

Quincy Bonner (Meadowcreek, Ga.), Bryson Daily (Abernathy, Texas), Ahlon Mitchell (Detroit Country Day, Mich.) and RJ Rosales (Evangelical Christian, Fla.) are quarterbacks on the roster.

Defensive end Kevin Izquierdo (Western HS, Davie, Fla.) announced on August 7 that he’s leaving Army Prep and will be reopening his recruitment.

Here’s a list of Army Prep’s roster (If anyone is missing, please DM me on Twitter @salinterdonato):

ARMY PREP
DL David Adarkwah, 6-2, 215, Doherty Memorial HS, Worcester, Mass.
OL Matthew Adoghe, 6-4, 315, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga.
S Malik Birchett, 6-2, 200, Mooresville (N.C.) HS
CB CJ Barnes, 5-11, 175, Lake Gibson HS, Lakeland, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Florida Atlantic, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan
CB Donovan Blow, 5-11, 175, Copperas Cove (Texas) HS
QB Quincy Bonner, 6-2, 165, Meadowcreek HS, Norcross, Ga.
RB Jeremiah “Lucky” Brooks, 5-11, 205, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La.: First offer – Army
WR Logan Burks, 6-6, 195, Carmel (Ind.) HS
S Adam Cash, 6-foot, 200, Mansfield Timberview HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Charlie Cole, 6-2, 225, Daniel Boone HS, Gray, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy, Tulane.
DE David Crossan, 6-4, 235, Calvary Christian HS, Clearwater, Fla.
LB Kalvyn Crummie, 6-2, 221, Hillcrest HS, Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Other offers – Navy, Troy, South Alabama
QB Bryson Daily, 6-1, 205, Abernathy (Texas) HS: 2019 stats – 2,175 rushing yards, 39 TD, 1,355 passing yards, 18 TD, receiving TD, kickoff return TD, 78 tackles, 10 TFLs, interception return TD
RB Jarel Dickson, 6-foot, 215, Peabody HS, Trenton, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy, Miami (Ohio), Western Kentucky.
DE Rodney Faulk, 6-3, 230, Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Navy, Central Michigan.
WR Isaiah Gavin, 6-5, 195, Overland Park, Kan.
LB Brett Gerena, 6-1, 212, Jesuit HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Eastern Michigan
DL Gustavo Gallardo, 6-1, 290, El Paso, Texas
RB Kee Hawkins, 5-10, 220, Live Oak HS, Watson, La.: First offer – Army
DB Odarhi Hibberts, 5-10, 170, Needham (Mass.) HS: First offer – Army
OL David Hoyt, 6-8, 272, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic: Other offers – Rutgers, Illinois, Buffalo, Tulane, Ohio, Western Michigan, Western Kentucky, Southern Mississippi, Liberty.
OL Chris Hunter, 6-2, 260, Oceanside (Calif.) HS: Brother of Army senior center JB Hunter.
RB Isaac Hurtado, 6-3, 220, Cypress (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Washington State, Colorado, Oregon State. Rushed for 2,631 yards, 37 TDs and caught 6 TD passes as senior.
RB Jordan Jackson, 6-foot, 190, Mainland HS, Daytona Beach, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Liberty, Middle Tennessee State
DL Malik James, 6-2, 260, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: Other offers – Navy.
DB Kahleef Jimmison, 5-10, 170, Newport News, Va.SB Bishop Johnson, 5-8, 170, Jefferson HS, Lafayette, Ind.
RB Markel Johnson, 5-9, 170, Liberty County HS, Hinesville, Ga.
K Tyler Johnson, 5-10, 180, Mount Juliet (Tenn.) HS
DE Matthew Jordan, St. John Bosco (Calif.)WR-DB Cori Lewis, 5-8, 165, Bishop Kelley HS, Tulsa, Okla.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy.
LB Kyle Lewis, 6-3, 220, Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
OL Kaleb Luna, 6-2, 305, Ellison HS, Killeen, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Texas State, Louisiana-Lafayette. Named upperclassman offensive line MVP at 2019 Army prospect camp. Father, Robert, served 17.5 years in the Army.
K Rich McDermott, 5-11, 155, Rockwall (Texas) HS
DE Andre Miller, 6-3, 235, Savannah (Ga.) Country Day School: Army visit – June 14-16. Other offers – Navy, Colorado, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Akron, Appalachian State, Southern Mississippi, Liberty, Coastal Carolina.
DE Khalil Miller, 6-3, 235, Life Christian Academy, South Chesterfield, Va.: Other offers – Marshall, Southern Mississippi
QB Ahlon Mitchell, 5-11, 170, Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills, Mich.
RB Dillan Monette, 5-7, 160, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La.
DL Mason Nelson, 6-4, 305, Howell (Mich.) HS
DL Raleigh Oxendine, 6-2, 272, Jesuit HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force
DB Nick Redding, 6-foot, 180, Flagler Palm Coast HS, Palm Coast, Fla.
QB RJ Rosales, 5-10, 178, Evangelical Christian HS, Fort Myers, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
WR Sam Scaife, 6-2, 199, St. Augustine HS, San Diego, Calif.
WR Cam Schurr, 6-1, 175, South Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.: Caught 47 passes for 740 yards and 7 TDs and threw for 2 TDs as senior. Cousin of former Army quarterback A.J. Schurr
LS Sam Shienbaum, 6-1, 185, Birmingham Groves HS, Beverly Hills, Mich.
OL Cooper Smith, 6-2, 280, Bowdon (Ga.) HS
DL Trey Sofia, 6-5, 220, Lake Travis HS, Austin, Texas
SB Miles Stewart, 5-11, 185, Lusher (La.) Charter School
LB Harrison Thomas, 6-1, 223, Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic HS: Other
offers – Southern Mississippi.
S Laquan Veney, 5-11, 180, Highland Springs (Va.) HS
LB Camden Vining, 6-1, 226, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal HS, Bradenton, Fla.
CB Damon Washington, 6-1, 185, Blair Academy, Blairstown, N.J.
TE Russell Weeks, 6-4, 235, New Brockton (Ala.)
DE-LB Trevor Willard, Reagan HS, N.C.: Made 96 tackles, 21 for loss, as senior.
RB A.J. Williams, 6-1, 210, Aquinas HS, Augusta, Ga.: Army visit – June 14-16. Other offers – Navy.
CB Spencer Williams, 6-foot, 182, Jesuit HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Georgia State
OL Davis Wulf, 6-3, 265, Clinton-Massie HS, Clarksville, Ohio
S Tommy Zitiello, 6-2, 185, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy.

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Recruiting: Florida DL Rolenc joins Army 2021 class

Charlie Rolenc was still pumped about his Army commitment one day after the Bishop Moore (Fla.) defensive lineman joined the Black Knights’ 2021 class Thursday

“Fired up to be a Black Knight,” said the 6-foot-1, 263-pound Rolenc, who is being recruited to play nose tackle.

Rolenc received the same response from his Army recruiting coach Daryl Dixon and position coach Tank Wright when he made his college decision.

“Ultimately, I committed to Army because nothing makes me prouder than the opportunity to serve my country,” Rolenc said. “The careers in the Army really interest me and so do the majors at West Point. Coach Dixon and Coach Tank were both thrilled when I announced my commitment. The whole West Point football staff has been very welcoming.”

The decision was, “a very tough call,” Rolenc said. He chose Army over Navy and Brown.

“Overall, I felt like the best fit for me was West Point,” Rolenc said. “Army has the major I want. I want to pursue kinesiology. Also, I love everything about the football program. The coaches have the same mentality that I have. They want to work hard, play smash-mouth football and win football games.

“The facilities are top notch. The rich history and tradition are amazing. Even though I’ve only seen it through virtual tours, I was absolutely blown away by the whole campus.”

2021 commits (28)
RB Noah Alexander, 5-10, 188, Eufaula (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns as junior.
LB Josiah Banks, 6-1, 190, Mount Tabor HS, Winston-Salem, N.C.: Other offers – Air Force
LB Brandon Castro, 6-foot, 190, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Syracuse, Louisville, Maryland, South Alabama
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
LB Kalib Fortner, 6-1, 205, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 119 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 10 sacks
WR Liam Fortner, 6-1, 185, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 48 catches, 640 yards, 6 TDs
K Trey Gronotte, 6-foot, 160, Covington Catholic HS, Park Hills, Ky.: Other offers – Air Force, Miami (Ohio). Made 9-of-12 field goals, 68 of 71 extra points and booted 43 touchbacks as a junior.
DB Terrell Jackson, 6-1, 182, Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Recorded 42 tackles and three interceptions as junior.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
RB Darien Langley, 5-9, 160, St. Joseph HS, Santa Maria, Calif.
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
QB Zach Mundell, 5-10, 170, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
LB LucRichard Rameau, 6-2, 230, Episcopal HS, Alexandria, Va.: First offer – Army
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Illinois, Colorado State
LB Demarcious Robinson, Warner Robins (Ga.) HS
DL Charlie Rolenc, 6-1, 263, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Navy
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
OL Jacob Smith, 6-3, 300, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Maryland, Akron, East Carolina, South Alabama, Charlotte,
TE Gabriel Thompson, 6-4, 240, Wiregrass Ranch HS, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
DL Jacob Tuioti, 6-2, 250, Long Beach (Calif) Poly HS: Other offers – Colorado State, Nevada, UNLV. Recorded 61 tackles, 22 for a loss and 10 sacks as junior.
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green
DB Leroy Watson, 5-10, 160, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan

Commitments by state: Georgia (5), Florida (5), California (2), Oklahoma (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (2), Alabama (1), Indiana (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Virginia (1)

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Watch List: Stephenson Wuerffel Trophy candidate

Army football has its first player honored on a 2020 watch list and the recognition is for one of the selfless awards in college football.

Senior linebacker Joe Stephenson was one of 114 players named to the Danny Wuerffel Trophy watch list Thursday. The trophy honors college football players who serve others and have a positive impact on the field, classroom and community.

Stephenson’s volunteer efforts include In My Bag Tour Foundation, which provided pre-packaged book bags and gifts of appreciation to more than 500 students and 200 teachers in Danville, Va. and Philadelphia, Pa. The foundation raised more than $10,000 in three months of 2019.

A Dean’s List student, Stephenson, who has played in 25 career games, is a member of the Christian Athlete Society and served as a military development officer and diversity officer in his company.

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Recruiting: Army lands another Buford commit in LB Brandon Castro

Brandon Castro has caught himself watching recent Army-Navy football games more often lately.

The more that Castro watched, the more the Buford (Ga.) outside linebacker could envision himself playing for Jeff Monken and the Black Knights.

When Castro received an offer from Army last week, his interest level boosted. Just seven days later, Castro announced his commitment to Army Wednesday. Castro is the second Buford player in four days to commit to the Black Knights following offensive lineman Jacob Smith’s verbal Sunday.

“With everything going on right now, it made sense,” Castro said of his commitment. “With uncertainty of everything football related like my senior season and delays, I didn’t want to rely on the unknown factor of another school reaching out last minute.

“Army reached out to me consistently and had so much to offer for me. The service part was questionable for me at first but it seems worth it considering all the successful alumni and that real brotherhood.”

Castro played with Army freshman defensive end/lineman Jackson Powell along Buford’s defense in 2019. Dean Powell, Jackson’s brother, is a junior guard for Army. Buford’s connection with West Point weighed into Castro’s decision.

“It was pretty huge because those are people that really opened my eyes to the opportunity and they have been through the same situation that I’m in right now so to see them go through it gave me a lot of confidence,” Castro said. “The pipeline will grow stronger with time. I think Jacob and I gave it that even more recognition so future Buford players will be more interested.”

Army is recruiting the 6-foot, 190-pound Castro as a hybrid outside linebacker or Apache, a position that he currently plays for Buford. Castro had received offers from Syracuse, Louisville, Maryland and South Alabama.

2021 commits (27)
RB Noah Alexander, 5-10, 188, Eufaula (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns as junior.
LB Josiah Banks, 6-1, 190, Mount Tabor HS, Winston-Salem, N.C.: Other offers – Air Force
LB Brandon Castro, 6-foot, 190, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Syracuse, Louisville, Maryland, South Alabama
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
LB Kalib Fortner, 6-1, 205, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 119 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 10 sacks
WR Liam Fortner, 6-1, 185, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 48 catches, 640 yards, 6 TDs
K Trey Gronotte, 6-foot, 160, Covington Catholic HS, Park Hills, Ky.: Other offers – Air Force, Miami (Ohio). Made 9-of-12 field goals, 68 of 71 extra points and booted 43 touchbacks as a junior.
DB Terrell Jackson, 6-1, 182, Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, Fla.: Other offers – Navy. Recorded 42 tackles and three interceptions as junior.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
RB Darien Langley, 5-9, 160, St. Joseph HS, Santa Maria, Calif.
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
QB Zach Mundell, 5-10, 170, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
LB LucRichard Rameau, 6-2, 230, Episcopal HS, Alexandria, Va.: First offer – Army
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Illinois, Colorado State
LB Demarcious Robinson, Warner Robins (Ga.) HS
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
OL Jacob Smith, 6-3, 300, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Maryland, Akron, East Carolina, South Alabama, Charlotte,
TE Gabriel Thompson, 6-4, 240, Wiregrass Ranch HS, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
DL Jacob Tuioti, 6-2, 250, Long Beach (Calif) Poly HS: Other offers – Colorado State, Nevada, UNLV. Recorded 61 tackles, 22 for a loss and 10 sacks as junior.
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green
DB Leroy Watson, 5-10, 160, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan

Commitments by state: Florida (4), Georgia (4), California (2), Oklahoma (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (2), Alabama (1), Indiana (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Virginia (1)

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Recruiting: Black Knights add Kentucky kicker Gronotte to 2021 class

Covington Catholic (Ky.) kicker Trey Gronotte was so confident in his college football decision that he wanted to let three Army coaches know Wednesday morning.

Gronotte dialed up his recruiting coach Matt Drinkall, his position coach Sean Saturnio and head coach Jeff Monken with the news of his verbal commitment to the Black Knights.

“I’ve known for a while that this place would be a great fit and is a very special place,” Gronotte said. “West Point will provide me with a great opportunity to play football, get a great degree and skills to set me up for the rest of my life.

“Service has also been very important to me and I am excited to go to a school that is built on serving others.”

Gronotte volunteers time at his school, church and community. The COVID-19 outbreak motivated Gronotte toward future service.

“As I’ve grown and matured, the idea of service for others has extended to my country, particularly over the last couple of months as I have watched our nation face the pandemic and seeing the Army stepping up to lead,” Gronotte said.

Chris Sailer Kicking ranks Gronotte as the 32nd best kicker in the 2021 class. Gronotte made nine of 12 field goals (9-10 from inside 50 yards) and 68 of 71 extra points while adding 43 touchbacks as a junior. Air Force and Miami (Ohio) also offered Gronotte. He is the first kicking commit of Army’s 2021 class.

“I considered other offers and had other great options but in the end, West Point was by far the best fit for me,” Gronotte said. “The relationship with the coaches really sealed the deal for me.”

Gronotte received motivational quotes from Saturnio and consistent contact from Drinkall and Monken.

“We (he and Saturnio) had a great relationship and we learned a lot about each other,” Gronotte said. “Coach Drinkall really made me excited about West Point and was super easy to talk to and coach Monken would call or text me to keep in touch, which is pretty rare for a head coach.”

Gronotte grew up playing soccer and started kicking the summer before his freshman year under the guidance of Shane Popham, his neighbor and close family friend. Popham graduated from Covington Catholic in the mid-2000s and kicked and punter for Wake Forest.

Now, Gronotte will follow in his mentor’s footsteps, competing at the FBS level.

“I’m extremely excited to be a part of this brotherhood and I know special things are happening at West Point including this 2021 recruiting class,” Gronotte said.

2021 commits (26)
RB Noah Alexander, 5-10, 188, Eufaula (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns as junior.
LB Josiah Banks, 6-1, 190, Mount Tabor HS, Winston-Salem, N.C.: Other offers – Air Force
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
LB Kalib Fortner, 6-1, 205, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 119 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 10 sacks
WR Liam Fortner, 6-1, 185, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 48 catches, 640 yards, 6 TDs
K Trey Gronotte, 6-foot, 160, Covington Catholic HS, Park Hills, Ky.: Other offers – Air Force, Miami (Ohio). Made 9-of-12 field goals, 68 of 71 extra points and booted 43 touchbacks as a junior.
DB Terrell Jackson, 6-1, 182, Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, Fla.: Other offers – Navy. Recorded 42 tackles and three interceptions as junior.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
RB Darien Langley, 5-9, 160, St. Joseph HS, Santa Maria, Calif.
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
QB Zach Mundell, 5-10, 170, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
LB LucRichard Rameau, 6-2, 230, Episcopal HS, Alexandria, Va.: First offer – Army
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Illinois, Colorado State
LB Demarcious Robinson, Warner Robins (Ga.) HS
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
OL Jacob Smith, 6-3, 300, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Maryland, Akron, East Carolina, South Alabama, Charlotte,
TE Gabriel Thompson, 6-4, 240, Wiregrass Ranch HS, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
DL Jacob Tuioti, 6-2, 250, Long Beach (Calif) Poly HS: Other offers – Colorado State, Nevada, UNLV. Recorded 61 tackles, 22 for a loss and 10 sacks as junior.
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green
DB Leroy Watson, 5-10, 160, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan

Commitments by state: Florida (4), Georgia (4), California (2), Oklahoma (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (2), Alabama (1), Indiana (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Virginia (1)

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Recruiting: North Carolina LB Banks commits to Army

There wasn’t a specific moment when Josiah Banks knew Army was the school for the Mount Tabor (N.C.) linebacker but a collection of moments.

Banks built a strong relationship with Army’s coaching staff including his recruiter Keith Gaither and learned the benefits of playing Division I football with West Point’s education.

Army was in Banks’ Final Four with Air Force, Yale and Lafayette. He made the call Tuesday, giving the Black Knights his verbal commitment.

“I knew that Army was the right decision for me because of the principles of brotherhood and community that are instilled in the program as well as the school,” said Banks, who had 130 tackles as a junior. “Also, I want to challenge myself in the classroom and also on the football field and there is no better place to do such than West Point.”

Banks, who has a 4.1 grade-point average, was recruited by Ivy Schools Harvard, Penn and Dartmouth and also received interest from hometown Wake Forest and Georgia Southern.

Army is recruiting the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Banks as an outside linebacker.

“I love the program and what it’s stands for and can’t wait to see the excellence that they put out this year,” Banks said. “Also, I think the future is very bright as my 2021 recruiting class is filling up some great talent.”

Among the talent is Long Beach Poly (Calif.) defensive tackle Jacob Tuioti, who also announced his Army commitment Tuesday. Tuioti, who is 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, made 61 tackles, 22 for a loss and 10 sacks as a junior. He received offered from Colorado State, Nevada and UNLV.

Army’s pipeline to Buford (Ga.) High continued with the commitment of junior tackle Jacob Smith. Smith wasted little time in making his college decision. He announced an offer from Army on July 15 and revealed his commitment four days later. Smith’s first offer was from Maryland of the Big Ten. He was also offered by Akron, East Carolina, South Alabama and Charlotte.

2021 commits (25)
RB Noah Alexander, 5-10, 188, Eufaula (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns as junior.
LB Josiah Banks, 6-1, 190, Mount Tabor HS, Winston-Salem, N.C.: Other offers – Air Force
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
LB Kalib Fortner, 6-1, 205, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 119 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 10 sacks
WR Liam Fortner, 6-1, 185, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 48 catches, 640 yards, 6 TDs
DB Terrell Jackson, 6-1, 182, Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, Fla.: Other offers – Navy. Recorded 42 tackles and three interceptions as junior.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
RB Darien Langley, 5-9, 160, St. Joseph HS, Santa Maria, Calif.
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
QB Zach Mundell, 5-10, 170, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
LB LucRichard Rameau, 6-2, 230, Episcopal HS, Alexandria, Va.: First offer – Army
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Illinois, Colorado State
LB Demarcious Robinson, Warner Robins (Ga.) HS
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
OL Jacob Smith, 6-3, 300, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Maryland, Akron, East Carolina, South Alabama, Charlotte,
TE Gabriel Thompson, 6-4, 240, Wiregrass Ranch HS, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
DL Jacob Tuioti, 6-2, 250, Long Beach (Calif) Poly HS: Other offers – Colorado State, Nevada, UNLV. Recorded 61 tackles, 22 for a loss and 10 sacks as junior.
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green
DB Leroy Watson, 5-10, 160, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan

Commitments by state: Florida (4), Georgia (4), California (2), Oklahoma (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (2), Alabama (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Virginia (1)

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Recruiting: Florida DB Jackson selects Army

Cookouts on Army-Navy football day have become a tradition in Terrell Jackson’s family.

Jackson would enjoy the game and not pick a side with family members that are serving or have served on both side of the rivalry.

The Trinity Christian (Fla.) defensive back chose a side Thursday, committing to Army. Navy offered Jackson first.

“I always just thought that would be a great place to go,” Jackson said. Both of Jackson’s parents have a Navy background. “You get a top-notch education and also helping your career outside of sports.

“I talked to my family and my mom was all down for it. She loves the thought of me going to a school like that where I can get a great education and play football at the same time. I always keyed in on Army but I never chose to commit. But after talking to me mom and dad about it, it was like, “Yeah, it’s time.”

Jackson said Daryl Dixon, his recruiting coach and Army’s cornerback coach, played an important role in his decision. Dixon first reached out to Jackson in April and few days later offered the 6-foot-1, 182-pound versatile defender. Jackson played safety, cornerback and nickel corner in his first season at Trinity Christian as a junior.

“Coach Dixon was a family-friendly type of guy,” Jackson said. “He would talk to my parents and be open with things. He was just a cool guy to talk to. It’s not like you were talking to a coach. You were talking to a friend. That just made it easier.”

Jackson’s parents did not object to his college decision despite their ties to Navy.

“They just want me to feel comfortable and make sure I feel at home at a school that can better me as a person for the future,” said Jackson, who had 42 tackles and three interceptions in 2019.

2021 commits (22)
RB Noah Alexander, 5-10, 188, Eufaula (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns as junior.
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
LB Kalib Fortner, 6-1, 205, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 119 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 10 sacks
WR Liam Fortner, 6-1, 185, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 48 catches, 640 yards, 6 TDs
DB Terrell Jackson, 6-1, 182, Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, Fla.: Other offers – Navy. Recorded 42 tackles and three interceptions as junior.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
RB Darien Langley, 5-9, 160, St. Joseph HS, Santa Maria, Calif.
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
QB Zach Mundell, 5-10, 170, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
LB LucRichard Rameau, 6-2, 230, Episcopal HS, Alexandria, Va.: First offer – Army
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Illinois, Colorado State
LB Demarcious Robinson, Warner Robins (Ga.) HS
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
TE Gabriel Thompson, 6-4, 240, Wiregrass Ranch HS, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green
DB Leroy Watson, 5-10, 160, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan

Commitments by state: Florida (4), Georgia (3), Oklahoma (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (2), Alabama (1), California (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), Ohio (1), Virginia (1)

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Recruiting: Virginia LB Rameau commits to Army

LucRichard Rameau’s week started with some tough news after he learned his senior football season at Episcopal (Va.) High School was cancelled due to the coronavirus.

Rameau believes his decision Wednesday could make up for the loss.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker called Army assistant Keith Gaither with his verbal commitment to the Black Knights.

“There were a lot of schools that were recruiting me but I just wanted to commit to Army because of the way they’ve treated me throughout the recruiting process and the fact that I lost my senior season,” said Rameau, who announced his commitment Thursday. “Maybe, it (his season being cancelled) is for the best.”

Rameau played inside linebacker at Episcopal but has the flexibility to play outside linebacker or a stand-up defensive end for the Black Knights.

Army believes it has added a player with unlimited potential in Rameau. He’s played just two seasons of organized football. Basketball was Rameau’s main sport. His mother thought football was too dangerous to play. Rameau convinced his mother to play football due to the potential for scholarships.

“Army feels like my upside in through the roof,” said Rameau, who made 50 tackles as a junior.

Rameau committed to Army while sitting at a table with his parents around him. He will be the first member of his family to play Division I sports.

“I just felt a relief go off my back when I committed and I really felt like I was going to be a part of a family, the brotherhood,” Rameau said.

“I love all of the coaches and what they stand for and how they recruited me in the process. All the benefits I get after I serve is a lifetime opportunity.”

Darien Langley is the first California commit of Army’s 2021 class. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound St. Joseph’s (Santa Maria) rising senior could play running back and receiver at Army. Langley, one of the top sprinters in his area, also possesses the speed to return kicks.

“I loved the brotherhood they have going on there,” Langley said. “I also love the idea of being able to serve my country after I’m done with school. It was the right choice because it’s balance of big-time football and high-level education.”

Army was the first offer for Langley, who committed Monday.

2021 commits (21)
RB Noah Alexander, 5-10, 188, Eufaula (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns as junior.
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
LB Kalib Fortner, 6-1, 205, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 119 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 10 sacks
WR Liam Fortner, 6-1, 185, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS: 2019 stats – 48 catches, 640 yards, 6 TDs
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
RB Darien Langley, 5-9, 160, St. Joseph HS, Santa Maria, Calif.
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
QB Zach Mundell, 5-10, 170, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
LB LucRichard Rameau, 6-2, 230, Episcopal HS, Alexandria, Va.: First offer – Army
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Illinois, Colorado State
LB Demarcious Robinson, Warner Robins (Ga.) HS
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
TE Gabriel Thompson, 6-4, 240, Wiregrass Ranch HS, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green
DB Leroy Watson, 5-10, 160, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan

Commitments by state: Florida (3), Georgia (3), Oklahoma (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (2), Alabama (1), California (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), Ohio (1), Virginia (1)

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2020 Updated Army Football Freshmen Class

Army announces its official freshmen class on the third and final R-Day Tuesday.

The freshmen class features 76 players from 26 states. Georgia is most represented state with 14 players.

2019 Army Prep linebacker Jalen Brooks announced on July 31 that he will be continuing his college football career at North Carolina. Brooks, who starred at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C, will reunited with North Carolina defensive coordinator Jay Bateman, who first recruited him to West Point. He was originally listed as a member of Army’s 2020 freshmen class on the academy’s athletics website.

2019 Army Prep quarterback Alex Meredith reported for R-Day but has decided not to play football.

Plebe parents, if you would like R-Day photos posted on Twitter, please direct message the pictures to @salinterdonato

2020 Army football freshmen class
22 SB Aaron Adams, 5-9, 165, Suncoast HS, West Palm Beach, Fla.: First offer – Army
* 86 WR Isaiah Alston, 6-4, 190, Mater Dei HS, Carteret, N.J.
37 S Hamilton Baker, 6-1, 200, Daphne (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Troy, South Alabama, Central Michigan, Coastal Carolina.
54 LB Dominick Barbuto, 6-2, 225, Lynbrook HS, East Rockaway, N.Y.
* 73 OL Dayton Baugh, 6-3, 255, Beechwood HS, Walton, Ky.
* 25 S DeAnte Bernard, 5-11, 190, Sandia HS, Albuquerque, N.M.
*15 LB Samih Beydoun, 6-foot, 220, Catholic Central HS, Canton, Mich.: Former Michigan commit as walk-on. Other offers – Colorado State, UMass
*21 S Aaron Bibbins, 6-1, 175, Sprayberry HS, Kennesaw, Ga.
*97 P Billy Boehlke, Benedictine HS, Cleveland, Ohio
*28 S Tyler Brennan, 6-1, 180, North Hills HS, Pittsburgh, Pa.
*51 LB Trent Brown, 6-1, 235, Peachtree Ridge HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.
* 62 DL Nikai Butler, 6-2, 240, Byrd HS, Fayetteville, N.C.
46 LB Connor Butt, 6-1, 215, Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz.
*64 OL Cam Callaway, 6-2, 270, Aledo (Texas) HS: Former Harvard commit
* 10 S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-2, 205, St. Joseph’s Regional HS, Ringwood, N.J.
* 16 QB Alijah Curtis, 5-9, 180, McKinley HS, Canton, Ohio
33 CB Seth Daniels, 5-11, 168, Foundation Academy, Windermere, Fla.
*45 TE Simon Dellinger, 6-6, 225, Snider HS, New Haven, Ind.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio.
63 OL Jackson Filipowicz, 6-2, 245, Blessed Trinity HS, Alpharetta, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Three-year starting center.
*92 DL Isaiah Filisi, 6-3, 245, St. Louis HS, Waipahu, Hawaii
60 OL Connor Finucane, 6-4, 275, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – California, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette
* 86 DL Jordan Funk, Cheshire Academy, Gaithersburg, Md.
62 C Aidan Gaines, 6-1, 285, Rome (Ga.) HS: Two-year starter. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
70 DE Grayson Gilder, 6-3, 240, Blessed Trinity HS, Alpharetta, Ga.
*36 RB Keiran Grant, 5-11, 175, Cuero (Texas) HS: Other offers – Texas State.
*75 OL David Hayward, Monte Vista HS, Danville, Calif.
*22 LB Keeron Henderson, 6-2, 210, Highland Springs HS, Richmond, Va.
56 LB Austin Hill, 6-1, 225, Evangelical Christian HS, Memphis, Tenn.: Other offers – Southern Mississippi. Tennessee’s 2019 D-2 AA Mr. Football
*89 DT Gerald Irons, 6-2, 260, Klein Oak HS, Tomball, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Boston College, Kansas, North Texas, UTEP, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe.
34 LB Ben Jackson, 6-1, 220, West Greene HS, Waynesburg, Pa.: Rushed for 3,076 yards and 50 touchdowns.
*32 LB Jaylen Jacobs, 6-2, 180, Euclid (Ohio) HS
9 WR Brandon Jones, 6-2, 190, Catholic HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
*45 LB Spencer Jones, 6-1, 215, Vandegrift HS, Austin, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
*77 C Boobie Law, 6-4, 275, Pike HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
* 43 TE Josh Lingenfelter, 6-4, 215, Mosley HS, Panama City, Fla.
*54 OL Beau Lombardi, 6-2, 220, Valley HS, Clive, Iowa: Brother of Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi. 2019 Iowa state 220-pound champion.
23 S Leo Lowin, 6-1, 190, Westlake HS, Austin, Texas. Other offers – Air Force. Chose Army over Harvard.
43 S Dillon Lundberg, 6-foot, 200, Punahou School, Kapolei, Hawaii
84 DE Nate Lusk, 6-3, 235, State College (Pa.) HS
29 K Quinn Maretzki, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii
*20 RB Ay’Jaun Marshall, 5-10, 175, West York HS, York, Pa.: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,325 yards and scored 19 touchdowns as a senior
85 LS Cole McCutcheon, 6-foot, 180, Bishop O’Connor HS, Phoenix, Ariz.: First offer – Army
*44 FB Nick Mell, 6-foot, 212, Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.: Other offers – Navy
*36 LB Bryce Mullenix, 6-1, 236, Bishop Kenny HS, Ponte Vedra Beach, Jacksonville, Fla.: Preferred walk-on offer – Clemson. Father, Scott, played on Alabama’s 1992 national championship team.
5 CB Cam Nash, 5-10, 170, Saguaro HS, Chandler, Ariz.
*47 TE Paxton Nayman, 6-5, 235, Creekview HS, Woodstock, Ga.
*14 CB Bo Nicolas-Paul, 5-10, 175, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – Buffalo.
58 LB Camden O’Gara, 6-2, 230, Wyoming HS, Cincinnati, Ohio
*82 LB Declan O’Leary, 6-4, 227, Pembroke Hill HS, Overland Park, Kansas.: Other offers – Navy.
*8 QB Christian Parrish, 5-10, 200, Prince Avenue Christian HS, Conyers, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia Southern.
*98 DL Dylan Perez, 6-2, 275, Columbus HS, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Miami, Fla. (preferred walk-on), Buffalo, Florida Atlantic.
62 C Aidan Perkins, 6-2, 280, Brookwood HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Troy, Arkansas State, South Alabama.
* 7 CB Kolubah Pewee, 5-11, 160, Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y.
11 DE-LB Jackson Powell, 6-2, 220, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Troy, Liberty, Middle Tennessee State, Coastal Carolina.
*47 LB Jonzell Prudhomme, 6-2, 217, Davis HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, New Mexico.
13 QB Roman Purcell, 6-1, 210, Indian Creek HS, Noblesville, Ind.: Other offers – TCU, Kentucky, Louisville, Central Michigan. Father Rick played wide receiver and defensive back at Notre Dame.
*38 FB Tyson Riley, 6-3, 200, Springfield Catholic HS, Mount Vernon, Mo.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force.
81 DE Kaghen Roach, 6-6, 245, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, Celina, Texas
*37 RB Tyrell Robinson, 5-8, 165, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.: Rushed for 1,645 yards and 24 touchdowns as senior.
64 DL Spencer Roy, 6-3, 245, Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz.
1 CB Daelan Smith, 5-10, 180, Peach County HS, Fort Valley, Ga.LB-S Terrell Taylor, 6-foot, 190, Paramount (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Utah State
*55 LB Trey Stephens, 6-foot, 220, Coronado HS, Lubbock, Texas: Had more than 500 tackles in his four-year varsity career.
46 TE Shane Sunday, 6-2, 221, Pinnacle HS, Phoenix, Ariz.
57 LB Caleb Tomlin, 6-foot, 232, The Bullis School, Bowie, Md.
19 QB Delshawn Traylor, 5-10, 185, Helix HS, San Diego, Calif.
27 WR Bo Turner, 6-foot, 175, Naperville (Ill.) Central HS
*15 QB Jaylon West, 6-2, 170, Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga.: First offer – Army.
*26 S Max Williams, 5-10, 180, Millbrook HS. Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Appalachian State
*42 RB Shacori Williams, 5-10, 205, Many HS, Florien, La.
*58 LB Davis Wofford, 6-foot, 225, Robinson HS, Little Rock, Ark.
*48 TE Garrett Woodall, 6-5, 210, West Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga.
85 WR Andrew Young, 6-1, 180, Norman (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Air Force. Caught 140 passes for 2,555 yards, 20 TDs in his career.
* – Army Prep

By state: Georgia (13), Texas (8), Arizona (5), Florida (5), Indiana (4), Ohio (4), Pennsylvania (4), Hawaii (3), New Jersey (3), Virginia (3), California (2), Maryland (2), New York (2), North Carolina (2), Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), Illinois (1), Iowa (1), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Mexico (1), Oklahoma (1), Tennessee (1)

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