Army Welcomes Class of 2017

Rich Ellerson welcomed 47 members of the Class of 2017 to West Point Monday.

Rich Ellerson welcomed 47 members of the Class of 2017 to West Point Monday.

July 1, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army head football coach Rich Ellerson welcomed the newest members of the Army football program on Monday as the Academy’s Class of 2017reported to West Point for Reception Day.

Of the 47 new Black Knights that began their West Point experience on Monday, 14 are directly from the high school ranks while 33 played football at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS) in 2012.

Nearly half of the states are represented by the Class of 2017. Army’s 47 plebes hail from a total of 23 states, including one each from Alaska and Hawai’i. California is the most represented state among the group with seven newcomers, followed by Texas (6) and New York (5). Arizona (2), Connecticut (2), Illinois (2), Ohio (3), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (3) and Wisconsin (2) all have multiple members of the Class of 2017, while Minnesota, Oklahoma, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Louisiana, Florida, Washington, Michigan, New Jersey and Georgia each boast one player from within its borders.

The incoming players are split almost equally between offense and defense. Twenty-four players are slated for the defensive side of the ball, 21 are currently assigned to the offense and two players are listed as specialists. The offensive and defensive lines were the most recruited areas with 10 players currently listed as members of the offensive front and nine among the defensive down linemen. On offense, this year’s class also includes three quarterbacks, three running backs, two fullbacks and three wide receivers. In addition to the linemen, the defense has six outside linebackers (Army’s whips and quicks), four linebackers (mikes and rovers) and nine defensive backs.

The Black Knights begin their 124th season at Michie Stadium on Friday, Aug. 30 versus Morgan State. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Army also hosts games versus Stanford (Sept. 14), Wake Forest (Sept. 21), Eastern Michigan (Oct. 12) and Western Kentucky (Nov. 9).

Season, mini-plan, group and individual tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets online at goARMYsports.com/tickets, by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY or by visiting the Army Athletic Ticket Office located near Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.

Season ticket packages start as low as $105 for the "Spirit Zone" section, located in the northwest and southwest corners of Michie Stadium, while sideline season tickets are priced at $170, and West Point faculty and staff tickets are $145. Flexible three game mini plans range from $80-$100, depending on the games selected. Groups of 20 or more may purchase single game tickets in the endzone or upper level at a discounted rate.

In addition to a discount for purchasing 20-or-more tickets, Army also offers a sales representative for the seamless organization of group outings. With plenty of tailgating opportunities and a full day of events unlike any other sporting event in the country, a visit to West Point is about more than just the game. Contact your Army group sales representative at 845-446-2375 or odiamktg@usma.edu to book your day on the banks of the Hudson and experience the West Point tradition.
Individual game tickets for the Morgan State game are priced at $30, while the contests versus Wake Forest and Western Kentucky are $35 each. Admission to the Stanford and Eastern Michigan games is $39 per ticket.

The Black Knights return seven starters from last season’s offense that led the nation in rushing. Army set Academy records for rushing yards (4,438), rushing yards per game (369.8), total offense (5,235) and first downs (283). Senior RB Raymond Maples is back and will attempt to become Army’s first three-time 1,000-yard rusher since Mike Mayweather (1988-90). Defensively, Army returns seven starters, including leading tackler Geoffery Bacon (136). Juniors Robert Kough and Richard Glover are back in uniform after combining for 17 tackles for loss in 2012.

2013 Army Plebe Roster

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
Tyler Anderson DB 6-1 205 Magnolia, Texas/Magnolia West
Lance Baggett OL 6-0 245 Chicago, Ill./Chicago Academy (USMAPS)
Chasen Brown OLB 5-10 195 Milwaukee, Wis./Germantown (USMAPS)
Adam Bungum DB 6-2 218 Sargeant, Minn./Triton (USMAPS)

Brandon Carletti-Silva

QB 5-11 210 Duncan, Okla./Duncan (USMAPS)

Alex Cauley    

OL 6-6 245 West Seneca, N.Y./St. Francis (USMAPS)

Seth Combs

LB 6-0 210 New Albany, Ind./St. Xavier (Ky.)

Colby Enegren

OL 6-3 265 Franklin, Mass./Xavierian Brothers (USMAPS)

Luke Fetla                  

OLB 6-1 230 West End, N.C./Pinecrest

Ralph Freibert

P 5-11 185 New Orleans, La./Jesuit (USMAPS)

O.J. Hall 

OL 6-4 260 Eagle River, Alaska/Eagle River (USMAPS)

Mitchell Howard  

K 6-1 175 Walnut Creek, Calif./Los Lomas

Malcolm Hudson

DL 5-10 230 Brooksville, Fla./Hernando (USMAPS)

Josh Jenkins  

DB 6-0 175 Pittsburg, Calif./De La Salle (USMAPS)

Robert Jenkins 

DL 5-11 205 Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola (USMAPS)

Steven Johnson

DB 6-0 190 Newburgh, N.Y./Newburgh Free Academy (USMAPS)

Matthew Kaufmann

QB 5-10 195 McAllen, Texas/McAllen Memorial (USMAPS)

Aaron Kemper  

FB 5-6 205 Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods (USMAPS)

Andrew King

OLB 6-0 225 Queens Village, N.Y./Flushing (USMAPS)

Dylan Leeming

OLB 6-4 212 New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan (USMAPS)

Shawn Lemoto  

DL 6-2 240 Northridge, Calif./Crespi Caramelite (USMAPS)

Tevin Long

QB 5-10 170 Richmond, Texas/Royal  (USMAPS)

Steven Makowicki

OL 6-3 240 Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Academy       

Sean McBryde

LB 6-2 200 Salado, Texas/C.E. Ellison (USMAPS)

Stefan Moreau

OL 6-3 270 Homer City, Pa./United (USMAPS)

Xavier Moss

WR 6-2 175 Houston, Texas/Westside (USMAPS)

Jack Mueller   

DB 6-2 215 Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington

Caleb Newman

OLB 6-3 230 Lynden, Wash./Lynden

Jalen Noble

DB 5-11 195 Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis De Sales

Jack Plunkett

OL 6-4 285 Hamburg, N.Y./Canisius (USMAPS)

Edgar Poe        

WR 6-3 185 Tucson, Ariz./Cienega (USMAPS)

PaulAndrew Rhoden

RB 6-0 212 Ewa Beach, Hawai’i/Campbell

Jay Roberson    

WR 6-2 195 Belleville, Mich./Belleville (USMAPS)

Eddy Ruzga

OLB 6-2 220 Lake Geneva, Wis./Badger (USMAPS)

Gervon Simon

DB 5-10 200 Johnstown, Pa./Greater Johnstown (USMAPS)

Jordan Smith        

DL 6-3 235 Oceanside, Calif./Oceanside (USMAPS)

Richie Smith 

FB 6-0 210 Summit Hill, Pa./Panther Valley

Elijah St. Hilaire   

RB 5-10 185 Fort Lee, N.J./Palisades Park (USMAPS)

Blair Swanner 

LB 6-2 215 Frisco, Texas/Centennial

Adam Szott   

OL 6-1 265 Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley (USMAPS)          

Lofi Tamasese

OL 6-2 280 Daly City, Calif./Jefferson (USMAPS)

Jeremy Timpf 

LB 6-3 210 Tucson, Ariz./Sabino (USMAPS)

Ammon Tuimaunei 

DL 6-1 275 Wilsonville, Ore./Wilsonville (USMAPS)

Jared Vallner

DB 6-1 190 Los Altos Hills, Calif./Bellarmine Prep

Joe Walker

RB 5-10 181 Fayetteville, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy (USMAPS)

Matt Whitcomb

OL 6-6 280 Massena, N.Y./Phillips Exeter Academy

Jeff Williams

DB 6-2 200 Sherwood, Ore./Tualatin
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