Stan Brock Announces 2007 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 2007 recruiting class.

Fourteen recently graduated high school student-athletes and 37 others that attended the U.S. Military Academy Prep School last year help comprise the football-playing members of USMA's Class of 2011 that arrived at West Point for Reception Day activities.

Following a recent pattern of adding valued size and strength to he Army program, Brock and his staff have assembled a group of freshmen that includes 15 players standing 6-3 or better and seven new plebes weighing at least 275 pounds.

"This is a very exciting time for everyone associated with our football program," Brock states. "We have 14 young men entering West Point directly out of high school and 37 others that are coming out of our prep school following a very successful season.

"We feel like we have players at every position that will come in and make an impact by either their freshman or sophomore year. Some of those players are direct-admits and some are coming from the prep school."

The group of signees includes 30 defensive standouts and 19 defensive players. Heading the positional breakdown is offensive line where Brock and his staff injected 13 newcomers, followed by defensive back (9), defensive line (7), wide receiver (6), running back (6) and linebacker (3).

Eighteen different states are represented in the class. Florida, Texas and Virginia, longtime recruiting bastions for the Army program, collectively lead the way with eight new Black Knights, followed by Maryland with four, New York and Georgia with three, and California, Colorado, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania with two each. Arizona, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington are represented by one player each.

"I believe the strength of this class could be in the offensive line," Brock adds. "We've got some kids that I think are going to fit in and do some great things. We've brought in some players with excellent size. The class also has great potential at running back and at the skill positions on defense, as well as at linebacker. I think it's just a real solid class.

"There will probably be a handful of players that have an immediate impact on our program. Some of them will see a lot of playing time on either offense or defense, and some of them will see a lot of playing time on special teams. That type of balance is what you're looking for as you build a program."

Army opens its 118th season of intercollegiate competition on Saturday, Sept. 1 when the Black Knights travel to Cleveland, Ohio, to battle Akron in the inaugural FirstMerit Patriot Bowl at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Army opens its home campaign the following week (Sept. 8), hosting Rhode Island at Michie Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN Classic with kickoff slated for 1 p.m.

Season ticket packages and single-game tickets to all Army home football contests for the 2007 campaign are currently on sale at the Army Ticket Office or online at Fans wishing to purchase tickets over the phone by credit card can do so by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY.


Army Football Class of 2011

Name Cl. Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Hometown/High School
Mark Allen Fr. WR 6-1 170 St. Cloud, Fla./ Harmony (USMAPS) 
Stephen Anderson Fr. LB 5-11 215 Ijamsville, Md./Damascus (USMAPS)
Callaway Ashby  Fr. OL 6-4 323 Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson 
Chip Bowden Fr. QB  6-0 204 Plant City, Fla./Durant (USMAPS) 
David Bowen  Fr. WR  6-4 185 Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland (USMAPS) 
Lawrence Brown Fr. DB  5-7 162 Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown (USMAPS)
Cody Buck  Fr. LB  6-3 210 Niwot, Colo./Niwot (USMAPS)
Jonathan Bulls Fr. 6-2 215 Fairfax, Va./Hayfield (New Mexico Military Institute) 
Matthew Campbell Fr. 5-9 185 Lothian, Md./Hyattsville (USMAPS) 
Jameson Carter Fr. WR  5-11 185 Matthews, N.C./Butler 
Vincent Coppola Fr. RB  6-0 190 Springfield, Va./West Springfield (USMAPS)
Devin Cox  Fr. DL 6-2 267 Springdale, Pa./Springdale (USMAPS)
Daniel Cunningham Fr. OL  6-3 275 Reston, Va./South Lakes (USMAPS)
Donald Dixon Fr. DB 6-0 178 Destin, Fla./Fort Walton Beach (USMAPS)
Kingsley Ehie  Fr. RB 5-10 205 Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest (USMAPS) 
Thomas Hagan  Fr. OL  6-2 275 Miller Place, N.Y./St. Anthony's
Marcus Hilton  Fr. DL 6-2 225 Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes (USMAPS) 
Carson Homme Fr. DL  6-4 225 Kennewick, Wash./South Ridge (USMAPS) 
Robert Hufstetler  Fr. LB  6-1 206 Lucas, Texas/Allen (USMAPS)
Zachary Joanos  Fr. OL  6-0 240 Tallahassee, Fla./Godby
Richard King  Fr. DB  6-0 175 Houston, Texas/Klein Forest (USMAPS) 
Josh Kornmann Fr. WR  6-2 180 Littleton, Colo./Dakota
Kurtis Kostan Fr. WR  5-10 181 New Braunfels, Texas/New Braunfels
Andrew Krumwied  Fr. OL  6-4 246 Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point 
Desmond Lamb Fr. QB 6-3 190 Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock (USMAPS)
Charles Mathews Fr. TE  6-1 227 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla./Fort Walton Beach (USMAPS)
Tyler Mattox Fr. OL  6-5 285 Endwell, N.Y./Maine-Endwell (USMAPS)
Robert McClary Fr. FB  5-11 238 Tyler, Texas/Sandalwood (Fla.) (USMAPS)
Andrew McDonald Fr. DL 6-5 240 Chagrin Falls, Ohio/West Geauga
Joshua McNary Fr. DL  6-1 220 Houston, Texas/Cypress Christian (USMAPS) 
Patrick Mealy Fr. RB 5-10 203 Scottsville, Va./DeMatha (Md.) (USMAPS)
Anees Merzi  Fr. OL 6-3 260 Oceanside, Calif./St. Augustine (USMAPS)
Todd Miller  Fr. TE  6-2 195 Sugar Land, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep 
Rod Murray  Fr. DB  5-11 200 Tallahassee, Fla./Godby (USMAPS)
Mark Myers Fr. DB 6-1 180 Waldorf, Md./Westlake (USMAPS) 
Zachary Peterson Fr. OL  6-2 236 Sharpsburg, Ga./Northgate (USMAPS) 
Edwin Pitts  Fr. DL  6-0 257 Springfield, Va./Bishop Ireton (USMAPS) 
Ray Quintanilla  Fr. OL 6-3 314 San Benito, Texas/San Benito (USMAPS)
Cameron Reed  Fr. OL  6-6 228 Stone Mountain, Ga./Tucker (USMAPS) 
Seth Reed  Fr. DL 6-1 260 Dover, Pa./Dover (USMAPS)
Nelson Simmons  Fr. RB  5-10 180 Baltimore, Md./Cypress Christian (Texas) (USMAPS) 
Richard Stucky  Fr. OL  6-0 252 Litchfield Park, Ariz./Agua Fria Union (USMAPS)
Ethan Thies  Fr. OL 6-4 298 Sewell, N.J./Washington Township
Donovan Travis  Fr. DB 6-2 170 Converse, Texas/Judson (USMAPS)
Jordan Trimble Fr. DB  5-10 180 Ashburn, Va./Bishop O'Connell 
Matt Vane  Fr. WR  6-5 190 Fairfax, Va./South County 
Melvin Walker  Fr. RB  6-0 180 Anaheim, Calif./Cypress Christian (Texas) (USMAPS) 
John Wasniewski  Fr. DB 6-2 200 Central Point, Ore./Crater (USMAPS)
Mikel Weich  Fr. OL  6-3 280 Livingston, N.J./Livingston (USMAPS) 
Sean Westphal  Fr. DB 6-1 190 Windermere, Fla./Olympia 
Reginald Williams  Fr. LB 6-0 215 Lawton, Okla./Eisenhower (USMAPS)

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