January 27, 2011

Army's 2011 Recruiting Class is Taking Form

ARMY 2011 RECRUITING CLASS

We are only 5 days away from National Signing Day and each day the Army Black Knights' 2011 Recruiting Class become clearer.

In an effort to simplify the final commitment lists, and even fairly compare the Black Knight’s recruiting class on the Rivals.com network, we will only list prospects who have signed a national letter of intent (albeit, Army prospect do not sign a LOI) by 8 PM on National Signing Day. All other prospects who do not sign a letter of intent, previous commitment or not, will not be listed as part of the recruiting class. Hence, some prospects will have to be taken off commitment lists.

Preferred walk-ons will NOT be listed as commitments or signees.

As you know with the Army Black Knights, many final commitments are made beyond national signing day. We will recalculate the team's 2011 recruiting class accordingly and as time goes on. GoBlackKnights.com will release our final 2011 Recruiting Class on June 28, 2010, which is "R" Day �" Reception Day for Class of 2014 reporting to West Point.

To date, here are the players who have verbally committing to play football for the Army Black Knights.

THE OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS

1. Deandre Bell, QB
2. Gino DeBartolo, QB
3. Jonathan Lehman, QB
4. Kelvin White, QB
5. AJ Schurr, QB

The staff has been able to assemble a very solid group of quarterback prospects. Honestly speaking, there is anything that initially notable that really separates them from one another. Each is very athletic and much will depend on how quickly they are able to assimilate to West Point or the USMAPS, along with running the triple option.

WIDE RECEIVERS

6. Justin Newman, WR

With Newman being the only receiver thus far, there is much that needs to happen here. Unlike moving a quarterback to safety or a defensive end to linebacker, what would benefit the program in this area is pulling in 2-3 experienced/quality receivers and of course, speed needs to be a prerequisite for whoever the staff brings in. There are clearly enough 6'3", 190 pound but not overly fast receivers on the roster.

RUNNING BACKS

7. Tony Giovannelli, RB
8. Ja'Quail Haskins, RB
9. Logan Pearce, RB
10. Jared Rogers, RB

This group is a combination of elusiveness, power and speed. And for the Black Knights' staff, they continue to bring in impact players at running back, which means that the competition is going to be fierce, especially with talent like Trenton Turrentine and Larry Dixon, just to name two who are coming up from the prep school. Haskins and Rogers are prep bound, while Giovannelli and Pearce will hit the ground running as direct admits.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

11. Bill Allen, OL
12. Nick Bennett, OL
13. David Evans, OL
14. Matt Hugenberg, OL

The Black Knights missed out on a couple of prospects who appeared to be heavy Army leans, but that's college recruiting for you. But the staff was able to pull in four quality players, lead by David Evans, who could be a star in a couple of years.

THE DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

1. Tala Atimalala, DT

Simply put, the staff reached for a couple of stars and came away empty with their attempt to lock down Danny Shelton (Washington) and Anthony Hayes (Stanford). Tala Atimalala was a nice pick-up, but is still not give Army the bulk that is desperately needed inside.

DEFENSIVE ENDS

2. Derek Sanchez, DE

Sanchez has the potential to be an impact player at the Quick defensive end position, or could get a look at linebacker. Defensive end is still a position where Ellerson and his staff are still shaking the tree for talent.

LINEBACKERS

3. Brent Stout, LB

There are a few linebacker prospects that are on the fence, so for now, Stout is the solo commitment at backer.

CORNERBACKS

4. Chris Carnegie, CB

Pulling in Carnegie meets an immediate need at cornerback. Although he was not highly recruited, he has solid upside and potential.

SAFETIES

5. Addison Holstein, Safety
6. Matt Semelsberger, Safety
7. Duran Workman, Safety
8. Alex Meier, Safety

If there is a position where the staff hit the jackpot, it is at safety. All four are vicous hitters and each has quality range. Semelberger, who is prep bound could project as Rover (linebacker). Holstein was a very nice pick-up, as he committed to Army over Stanford. Workman is in the same mode as Holstein, which makes for a very deep group of safeties coming on board.

ATHLETES

9. Collin Downs, Athlete
10. Matt Giachinta, Athlete
11. Marcus Poling, Athlete

Giachinta is prep bound and he will start his career on the offensive side of the ball. With regards to Downs, it will be interesting to see where the staff places him initially.

HOT 10 PROSPECTS
1. Bryson McKenzie, RB
2. Greg Rabb, RB
3. Jalen Rosales, DE
4. Tyrone Brown, DT
5. Mason Miller, LB
6. Jake Peterson, LB
7. Cody McCarthy, LB
8. Josh Trimble, Safety
9. Jimmy Britton, Athlete
10. Daniel Grochowski, K

McKenzie, Rabb, Brown, Miller and McCarthy will all be on campus this weekend for their official visit, which probably represent the Black Knights' biggest official visit weekend this winter.

Pulling in McKenzie would be huge for this staff. The 3-star running back is also sitting on an offer from BYU. It will be interesting to see how much of an impact his time on the West Point campus will impact McKenzie's final decision.

Seeing defensive tackle Tyrone Brown in an Army uniform would be exactly what the doctor ordered and Army fans are hoping that after his visit, he will become a Black Knight.

All signs point to Rosales, Britton and Peterson becoming Black Knights. For Peterson, it is just a matter of getting the word today that he has been accepted into West Point and he has indicated that his commitment will follow. At this point, it would be very difficult for any other school to draw Rosales' interest in the matter that Army has. It is almost like his official visit will be formality and that he already has envisioned himself becoming a Black Knight.

For Grochowski it's down to Army and Florida, while Trimble will decide between Army, Virginia Tech and Buffalo.

Rabb and Miller would be solid additions to the 2011 class and this weekend will the gauge on how interested they really are in Army.


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