WEST POINT, N.Y. Army head coach Stan Brock welcomed the newest members of the Black Knights' football program into the fold on Monday as he announced his club's 2008 recruiting class.
Thirty recently graduated high school student-athletes and 31 others that attended the U.S. Military Academy Prep School last year help comprise the football-playing members of West Point's Class of 2012 that arrived at the Military Academy for Reception Day activities.
"R-Day is always a very exciting time for those associated with the football program," Brock explained. "In general, we are very proud of this recruiting class. We have a great group of young men coming up from the prep school and the players coming in directly from high school are special.
"I believe several members of this class will have an immediate impact. Some will add depth to our program and others will play right away. A lot of people have heard about Paul McIntosh, who was Mr. Football' in the state Indiana last year. He has great upside at the quarterback position, and we are expecting great things from him. Defensively, we'll probably see Cory Laufasa and Steve Erzinger help out immediately at linebacker. Those guys will add some depth. We also have a group of defensive players from the prep school Andre Shinda at defensive back, Jason Rothamel and Derek Eling at defensive end, and Brogan Carnes at linebacker that could help immediately. We would expect some of them to see playing time this fall."
The group of signees includes 35 offensive standouts, 21 defensive players and five specialists. Heading the positional breakdown is offensive line where Brock and his staff injected 11 newcomers, followed by linebacker (9), quarterback (9), defensive line (7), defensive back (5), wide receiver (5), specialists (5) and fullback (4).
Twenty-eight different states are represented in the class. Texas, a longtime recruiting bastion for the Army football program, leads the way with nine Army newcomers, followed by California with six and Florida with five. Georgia, Pennsylvania and Virginia boast four new Black Knights each, while New Hampshire and New York feature three apiece.
"I believe the strength of this class is in its overall depth," Brock added. "We are bringing in a lot of quality individuals at almost every position and that will help fortify our football team across the board. We're very excited about the young men joining our program."
Also included in Army's Class of 2012 is Taylor Hall, son of the Black Knights' former record-setting quarterback Leamon Hall; Robert Kava, a native of Pago Pago, American Somoa and brother of current Army defensive lineman David Kava; John King, brother of current Black Knight defensive back Richard King; and Davyd Brooks, a native of nearby Newburgh, N.Y., and a graduate of Newburgh Free Academy. Brooks, a 6-3 wide receiver, spent last season at the USMA Prep School.
Army opens its 119th season of intercollegiate competition on Friday, Aug. 29 when the Black Knights host Temple at 7 p.m. on "Back to School Night." The first 5,000 fans (ages 14 and under) entering Michie Stadium that night will receive a special Army Football-themed lunch box. Army's undefeated 1958 football team that captured the Lambert Trophy will also be honored at halftime, as the Army Athletic Association commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Academy's last unbeaten squad. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN Classic and will mark the advent of a season-opening three-game homestand for the Black Knights.
Full season, mini-plan and single-game tickets for all Army home contests are currently on sale at the Army Ticket Office, by phone at 1-877-TIX-ARMY or online by clicking here. Full season ticket packages in a special section dubbed "Brock's Brigade," begin at just $99 for lower-deck seating locations in Michie Stadium. Fans purchasing tickets in that section also receive a special "Brock's Brigade" T-shirt.
Army Football Class of 2012
|Name ||Cl. ||Pos. ||Hgt. ||Wgt. ||Hometown/High School |
|Antuan Aaron ||Fr. ||CB ||5-9 ||192 ||Dallas, Texas/Crandall (USMAPS) |
|DC Adamic ||Fr. ||K ||5-11 ||240 ||Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser (USMAPS)|
|Jake Arbanas ||Fr. ||TE ||6-3 ||205 ||Leawood, Kan./Rockhurst |
|Matt Arent ||Fr. ||QB-P ||6-3 ||216 ||Nashville, Tenn./Hillsboro |
|Joe Bailey ||Fr. ||OT ||6-2 ||250 ||Marietta, Ga./Marist School |
|Tom Balough ||Fr. ||K ||5-10 ||170 ||Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Chadwick|
|Austin Barr ||Fr. ||WR ||6-4 ||190 ||Lake Oswego, Ore./Jesuit (USMAPS)|
|Tanner Boucher ||Fr. ||QB ||6-4 ||220 ||Keene, N.H./Keene |
|Sean Boyle ||Fr. ||WR ||6-0 ||180 ||Plymouth, N.H./Plymouth (USMAPS) |
|Davyd Brooks ||Fr. ||WR ||6-3 ||205 ||Newburgh, N.Y./Newburgh Free Academy (USMAPS) |
|Stephen Brown ||Fr. ||OL ||6-4 ||275 ||Houston, Texas/Klein Forest (USMAPS)|
|Jeff Caraccio ||Fr. ||P ||6-0 ||145 ||Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North (USMAPS)|
|Alex Carlton ||Fr. ||K ||6-0 ||170 ||Wilmington, Del./Newark|
|Broghan Carnes ||Fr. ||LB ||6-2 ||240 ||St. Petersburgh, Fla./Shorecrest Prep (USMAPS)|
|Jon Cohen ||Fr. ||DE ||6-4 ||220 ||Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield|
|Bruce Compton ||Fr. ||TE ||6-6 ||225 ||Boulder City, Nev./Boulder City (USMAPS) |
|Jean Pierre Cooper ||Fr. ||DB ||5-11 ||180 ||Papillion, Neb./Papillion-LaVista (USMAPS)|
|Chris Daniels ||Fr. ||QB ||6-1 ||209 ||Cannonsburg, Pa./Barbers Hill |
|Matt Dillon ||Fr. ||OT ||6-3 ||290 ||Ashburn, Va./Bishop O'Connell |
|Derek Eling ||Fr. ||DE ||6-2 ||262 ||Seminole, Fla./Seminole (USMAPS) |
|Steve Erzinger ||Fr. ||LB ||6-1 ||215 ||Houston, Texas/Lamar|
|Jack Finan ||Fr. ||LB ||6-1 ||195 ||Hinsdale, Ill./Fenwick (USMAPS) |
|George Fletcher ||Fr. ||RB ||5-9 ||188 ||West Covina, Calif./Bishop Amat (USMAPS)|
|David Ford ||Fr. ||LB ||6-1 ||225 ||Canyon Lake, Calif./Antonian College Prep|
|Johnny Franco IV ||Fr. ||DB ||5-8 ||170 ||Tyrone, Pa./Tyrone |
|Taylor Hall ||Fr. ||QB ||6-0 ||180 ||Alpharetta, Ga./Legacy Christian Academy (Texas)|
|Chris Hardee ||Fr. ||DE ||6-5 ||250 ||Pacific Grove, Calif./Pacific Grove (USMAPS)|
|Patrick Hastings ||Fr. ||OL ||6-2 ||220 ||Orland Hills, Ill./Leg. Chr. Academy (Texas) (USMAPS) |
|Daniel Hinkson ||Fr. ||QB ||6-1 ||185 ||Irvine, Calif./Irvine (USMAPS)|
|Max Jenkins ||Fr. ||QB ||6-2 ||197 ||Houston, Texas/Langham Creek|
|Josh Jones ||Fr. ||QB ||6-1 ||190 ||Baytown, Texas/Robert E. Lee |
|Eric Jones ||Fr. ||DB ||5-11 ||189 ||Springdale, Ark./Springdale|
|Robert Kava ||Fr. ||LB-DE ||6-0 ||237 ||Pago Pago, American Samoa/Tafuna|
|Jay Kazen ||Fr. ||DT ||6-2 ||250 ||Boerne, Texas/Boerne |
|Brad Kelly ||Fr. ||TE ||6-4 ||210 ||Exeter, N.H./Exeter Area |
|Chris Kenny ||Fr. ||OL ||6-2 ||275 ||Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland (USMAPS) |
|John King ||Fr. ||FB ||6-0 ||220 ||Houston, Texas/Klein Forest (USMAPS) |
|Zak Lankford ||Fr. ||OL ||6-4 ||260 ||Vinita, Okla./Vinita (USMAPS) |
|Corey Laufasa ||Fr. ||LB ||6-0 ||225 ||Seattle, Wash./Evergreen |
|Chad Littlejohn ||Fr. ||FB ||6-0 ||234 ||Houston, Texas/Deer Park |
|Jeremy Maness ||Fr. ||OL ||6-3 ||250 ||Norcross, Ga./Berkmar (USMAPS) |
|Mike McDermott ||Fr. ||OL ||6-7 ||245 ||Stewartsville, N.J./Bethlehem Catholic (Pa.)|
|Doug McFarland ||Fr. ||OL ||6-0 ||267 ||Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst |
|Paul McIntosh ||Fr. ||QB ||6-2 ||195 ||Evansville, Ind./Francis J. Reitz |
|Michael Meier ||Fr. ||FB ||6-0 ||207 ||Chantilly, Va./Robinson Sec. School (USMAPS) |
|Jordan Pleasants ||Fr. ||OL ||6-2 ||300 ||Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson (USMAPS) |
|Joe Poropatic ||Fr. ||LB ||6-1 ||225 ||Sharpsburg, Ga./Northgate |
|Bill Prosko ||Fr. ||LB ||6-2 ||210 ||Hanoverton, Ohio/United |
|Jimmy Reitter ||Fr. ||QB ||6-0 ||175 ||Follansbee, W.Va./Brooke (USMAPS) |
|Andrew Rodriguez ||Fr. ||LB ||6-3 ||215 ||Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton|
|Jason Rothamel ||Fr. ||DE ||6-3 ||266 ||Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge (USMAPS)|
|Justin Schaaf ||Fr. ||FB ||5-11 ||225 ||Erie, Pa./McDowell (USMAPS) |
|Andre Shinda ||Fr. ||DB ||6-0 ||195 ||Fontana, Calif./A.B. Miller (USMAPS) |
|Christopher Swain ||Fr. ||DT ||6-3 ||240 ||Oswego, N.Y./Hannibal Central (USMAPS) |
|Kyle Sweetser ||Fr. ||DE ||6-1 ||220 ||Mobile, Ala./Baker (USMAPS) |
|Daniel Tucker ||Fr. ||OL ||6-3 ||260 ||Palmyra, Va./Fluvanna County |
|Justin Volk ||Fr. ||RB ||6-0 ||205 ||Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius |
|Kolin Walk ||Fr. ||P ||6-0 ||180 ||McPherson, Kan./McPherson |
|Robert Wells ||Fr. ||WR ||6-2 ||190 ||Prairieville, La./Saint Amant (USMAPS) |
|CeDarius Williams ||Fr. ||RB ||5-11 ||195 ||Cocoa, Fla./Merritt Island (USMAPS)|
|Samuel Zelinskas ||Fr. ||WR ||6-0 ||180 ||Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Fort Walton Beach (USMAPS) |
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