Stan Brock Announces 2008 Football Recruiting Class

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. 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. 6-0 145 Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North (USMAPS)
Alex Carlton Fr. 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. 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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