Rich Ellerson Announces 2010 Football Recruiting Class




WEST POINT, N.Y.  -- 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 2010 recruiting class.

Twenty-eight recently graduated high school student-athletes and 27 others that attended the U.S. Military Academy Prep School last year help comprise the football-playing members of West Point's Class of 2014 that arrived at the Military Academy for Reception Day activities on Monday.

"It's great to have these young men here at West Point," said Ellerson. "You bring this group up from the Prep School and then you blend a really gifted group of direct guys that are relative strangers to each other. They are all going to become closer than brothers in the next couple of years. It's an exciting moment. It is a talented group. I think we were able to complement what was coming from the Prep School with a very gifted direct group that filled in some of the gaps.

"We've put a lot into the recruiting process as coaches, but that really dims when you realize how momentous this moment is for the families of our recruits. It is one of those days, one of those moments, that you remember for the rest of your life, both as a parent and a young man. This is an iconic day for the young men and their families, and the path they've chosen."

The group of signees includes 29 offensive standouts, 25 defensive players and one specialist. Heading the positional breakdown is offensive line where Ellerson and his staff have imported 11 newcomers, followed by linebacker (9), wide receiver (9), defensive back (8), running back (5) and defensive end (5).

Twenty different states are represented in the class. California leads the way with 10 newcomers, followed by Florida with six and Texas with five. The states of New York and Illinois boast four new Black Knights each, while Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Indiana feature three apiece.

"We can't say whether we believe this class is stronger on either offense or defense, because we  don't even know that. In most cases, we recruit guys who we think have a chance to play on both sides of the ball. That really remains to be seen. We try not to `pigeon-hole' guys too early. Clearly, we have an expectation for them, but we do as coaches what we encourage them to do as players and that is relax and believe what we see as we get going.

"It will be exciting to see how they handle all of this as the summer progresses and how they are when we get them on the field. Inevitably there will be a handful of freshmen that have a chance to get in the middle of things immediately. Some of that depends on their particular position and how well they handle the trials and tribulations that Cadet Basic Training present. That of course you can't anticipate. You just have to believe what happens once you get them."

Included in Army's Class of 2014 are a trio of local products in Patrick Laird, Jared McFarlin Mitch McKearn. Laird and McFarlin were teammates on the local powerhouse Monroe-Woodbury High School squad, which ranked among New York state's elite gridiron teams throughout their respective prep careers. Both are wide receivers. McKearn, a defensive line candidate, is a product of  O'Neill High School in Highland Falls, N.Y. That trio joins sophomore Ben Jebb and junior Davyd Brooks as Orange County natives owning spots on Army's football roster. Jebb graduated from Cornwall High School last June, and is in his second year with Army's football program. He is listed as a backup offensive lineman on the Black Knights' most-recent depth chart. Brooks is a 2007 graduate of Newburgh Free Academy and is projected to start at wide receiver for Army this fall.

Army opens its 121st season of intercollegiate competition on Saturday, Sept. 4 when the Black Knights visit Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. Army begins its home slate the following week, hosting Hawai'i (Sept. 11).

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 "Coach E's Army," begin at just $89 for lower-deck seating locations in Michie Stadium. Fans purchasing tickets in that section also receive a special "Coach E's Army" T-shirt. A limited number of tickets remain available to Army's game against Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium. In order to purchase Army-Notre Dame tickets, fans must hold membership in the Army "A" Club and purchase 2010 Army football season tickets.

2010 ARMY FOOTBALL PLEBE ROSTER

Name Class    Position    Height   
Weight  
Hometown/High School
Davonte Anderson  Fr. DB 5-8 160 Corona, Calif./Lutheran (USMAPS)
Lyle Beloney Fr. DB 5-11 180 Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes (USMAPS)
Casey Brewer Fr. LB 6-2 210 McAlpin, Fla./Lafayette (USMAPS)
Zachary Carrasco-Burge  Fr. OT 6-5 280 Whittier, Calif./Servite (USMAPS)
Cameron Carter Fr. RB 5-10 195 Dakota Dunes, S.D./Dakota Valley
Jordan Crockett Fr. DB 5-6 160 Wesley Chapel, Fla./Berkeley Prep (USMAPS)
Julian Crockett Fr. RB 5-8 168 Wesley Chapel, Fla./Berkeley Prep (USMAPS)
Jonathan Crucitti Fr. DB 5-11 185 Salisbury, N.C./West Rowan
Tyler Dickson Fr. DB 6-0 189 Mansfield, Ohio/Lexington (USMAPS)
Kyle Dravis Fr. DB 5-9 175 Orange, Calif./Orange (USMAPS)
Alfred Fields Fr. LB 6-0 195 West Palm Beach, Fla./Suncoast (USMAPS)
William Fisher Fr. K 6-1 170 Canfield, Ohio/Canfield
James Holland Fr. WR 6-1 200 Renton, Wash./Hazen
John Hughes Fr. WR 6-1 165 Reading, Pa./Governor Mifflin (USMAPS)
Cody Jackson Fr. QB 6-0 200 San Lorenzo, Calif./Junipero Serra (USMAPS)
Shelby Jackson Fr. OL 6-2 270 Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge (USMAPS)
Scott Jones Fr. RB 5-10 184 St. Augustine, Fla./St. Joseph Academy
Shane Jones Fr. OL 6-1 270 Van Alstyne, Texas/Van Alstyne
Colin Joy Fr. OL 6-3 230 West Islip, N.Y./St. John Baptist
Ryan Kalnins Fr. DE 6-1 210 Watertown, Conn./Holy Cross
Quentin Kantaris Fr. DE 6-2 205 Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark
Clayton Keller Fr. LB 6-2 220 Lakeville, Conn./Salisbury School (USMAPS)
Michael Kime Fr. OL 6-2 230 Zionsville, Ind./Culver Academies
Robert Kough Fr. DE 6-3 220 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Colony (USMAPS)
Patrick Laird Fr. WR 6-3 195 Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury
Matthew Luetjen Fr. QB 6-1 205 Hennessey, Okla./Hennessey
Raymond Maples Fr. RB 6-1 200 Philadelphia, Pa./West Philadelphia Catholic (USMAPS)
Ryan McCollum Fr. OLB 6-1 224 Cortland, Ohio/Kennedy
Jared McFarlin Fr. WR 6-5 195 Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury
Marcus McInerney Fr. RB 5-11 190 Stamford, Conn./Stamford (USMAPS)
Mitch McKearn Fr. DL 6-3 215 West Point, N.Y./O'Neill
Keegan Merrigan Fr. DE 6-3 235 Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton
Colby Miller Fr. LB 6-1 205 Phenix City, Ala./Smiths Station (USMAPS)
Dylan Mohamed Fr. WR 5-10 175 Brawley, Calif./Brawley Union
Reggie Nesbit Fr. QB 6-2 190 Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor
Brandon Porter Fr. DB 5-7 160 Laplace, La./John Curtis Christian (USMAPS)
Richard Rainey Fr. OL 6-4 240 Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge
Zachary Reichert Fr. OL 6-2 270 Quincy, Ill./Quincy Notre Dame
Victor Ripley Fr. DE 6-4 230 Glen Allen, Va./Henrico
James Rutherford Fr. LB 6-2 210 Marietta, Ga./Kell (USMAPS)
Luke Shumacher Fr. WR 6-3 170 Indianapolis, Ind./Culver Academies
Michael Sikorski Fr. DT 6-0 230 Temecula, Calif./Chaparral (USMAPS)
Matthew Strack Fr. OL 6-4 285 Champaign, Ill./Centennial
John Szott Fr. OT 6-3 265 Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley
Hayden Tippett Fr. LB 5-11 215 Tempe, Ariz./McClintock
Charles Tobin Fr. DL 6-3 225 Hope Mills, N.C./South View
Justin Trimble Fr. WR 6-0 185 Ashburn, Va./O'Connell (USMAPS)
Earnest Tucker Fr. DB 5-11 205 Morganville, N.J./Marlboro (USMAPS)
James Tully Fr. LB 6-1 205 Park City, Utah/Battle Ground Academy (USMAPS)
Corey Watts Fr. LB 5-11 220 Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny (USMAPS)
Daniel Whitaker Fr. OT 6-3 250 San Ramon, Calif./California (USMAPS)
Scott Williams Fr. WR 5-8 160 Villa Park, Calif./Lutheran (USMAPS)
Zachary Williams Fr. QB 5-11 210 Van Alstyne, Texas/Melissa (USMAPS)
James Woodward Fr. WR 6-4 185 Anna, Ill./Anna-Jonesboro
Brian Zalneraitis Fr. OL 6-2 220 Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock
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