Army head coach Rich Ellerson welcomed the newest members of the Black Knights' football program into the fold on Monday as he announced his club's 2009 recruiting class.
About Speidel: Upperclassman in Army secondary ... finished spring practice session as reserve at "sam."
2010: Did not see any varsity action.
2009: Played in one game ... made collegiate debut at North Texas ... did not figure statistically.
High School: Lettered three times at Cretin Derham Hall High School ... played strong safety ... all-state honorable mention accolades as a senior ... named All-Suburban East Conference ... racked up 107 tackles in final scholastic season ... accounted for three interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... played safety, cornerback and slotback in one season at U.S. Military Academy Prep School.
Personal: Born Oct. 17, 1989 ... given name is Robert John Speidel ... parents' names are James and Sue Speidel ... comes from military family ... uncle, William Merritt, retired from U.S. Army with rank of sergeant first class ... uncle, Kevin Kropfield, served in U.S. Navy ... grandfather, John Speidel, served in U.S. Air Force ... great uncle, Claude Merritt, retired from U.S. Army ... great uncle, Howard Merritt, served in U.S. Marine Corps ... enjoys road trops to Lambeau Field to watch Green Bay Packers ... majoring in Management.