Army Football Class of 2018 Released

Head Coach Jeff Monken

Head Coach Jeff Monken

July 2, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – With athletes from 21 different states, first-year Army football coach Jeff Monken unveiled its 60 freshman who entered West Point as part of Reception Day on Wednesday.

Monken, hired on Dec. 24, 2013, brought in a host of athletes, some of whom were admitted directly and 29 from the United States Military Academy Prep School.

While positions are subject to change and some players competed on both sides of the ball, Monken welcomed 44 offensive players, 11 defensive and five that will contribute on special teams.

“There are challenges with when we started and not having an entire staff to go out and evaluate,” said Monken. “I really give credit to the guys who were here when I started, coach (Todd) Spencer and coach (Tucker) Waugh.  As well as coach (Brent) Davis, coach (Sean) Saturnio, coach (Lamont) Seward and coach (Mitch) Ware who came in from Georgia Southern and really did the bulk of recruiting, especially early on. That was tough on them. They were all over the country and had to evaluate a lot of film on both sides of the ball.”

The West Point Class of 2018 officially began summer training on Wednesday, a six-week journey referred to as Cadet Basic Training.

Monken guided Army through spring drills and will have his entire team together in early August to continue preparations for the 2014 season.

“I am anxious to see how this class develops,” said Monken. “I am sure we will find that we have really good players that we will be excited about in a couple of years down the road when they are able to mature and develop. It’s tough. Everything is under the gun. You have to get guys identified. You have to get the admission files started. You have to set up an official visit. You have to get them here to campus. Because it’s late and because you are scrambling you are hoping your evaluations are right. You don’t get to do as thorough an evaluation of guys.”

New York is the most represented state in Army’s Class of 2018, with eight players.  Seven of the newcomers are from Texas, six from North Carolina, five from California, four from Illinois and South Carolina and three from Ohio, Missouri and Arizona. There are two players from Florida and Georgia and one each hailing from Indiana, Michigan, Arkansas, Virginia, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Colorado, Wisconsin, Alabama, Iowa, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Hawai’i.

“We will always place a real value on guys who can run well, guys who are fast,” said Monken. “Big guys who can run are hard to find. When you find them, you are often in a lot of competition because everyone is looking for big guys who can run. I knew that after meeting our team that we needed to get bigger. The guys we have needed to develop physically and get bigger we needed to recruit guys who have the kinds of frames that can carry more weight. That could be bigger. We’re going to play teams that are going to be a lot bigger than us physically and I know that. We’ll try to get closer to some of those major five conference teams and we are going to have to face a number of them. We are going to have to match up physically as close as we can to those teams to have a chance. We don’t want to sacrifice athleticism and speed just to have a bigger football team. Really it’s a combination we are looking for. We tried to find guys who are athletic enough, guys who are fast enough that are maybe a little bit of a project in terms of their physical stature. We tried to find guys who are longer, taller, broader who we felt we could put some weight on. That’s really what we targeted. We targeted those kinds of guys from the start.”

Army opens the 2014 season, the first under Monken on Sept. 6 at Michie Stadium against Buffalo.

Single-game and season tickets are now on sale. Army will welcome Buffalo, Ball State, Rice, Air Force and Fordham to historic Michie Stadium this year. The Black Knights will also play Connecticut at Yankee Stadium.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here, by calling the Army Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY or in person at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.

Single game tickets are available for just $32 for the Buffalo contest. The Rice game is priced at $35, while Ball State and Fordham tickets are $49. Air Force tickets start at $50. Tickets for the game at Yankee Stadium start at $30.

Season tickets are also available with prices beginning at $116 for the spirit zone. Sideline, end zone and upper level seats are available for just $187.

Three-game mini plans are also offered with prices ranging from $91-$113 depending on which games fans select.

Fans will also have the option to purchase parking in advance for $15. Parking is $20 on gameday.

2014 Army Freshmen Football Roster

Name Cl. Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Hometown/High School
Jermaine Adams Fr. K 6-1 195 Universal City, Texas/Judson/USMAPS
Alex Aukerman Fr. RB 6-1 205

Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove

Sage Baltrusaitis Fr. OL 6-0 260 Royal Oak, Mi./Brother Rice
Brandon Barnes Fr. QB 6-1 185 Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville/USMAPS
Clay Barton Fr. LS 5-10 190 Cumming, Ga./North Forsyth
Joshua Boylan Fr. DL 6-1 244 Tyler, Texas/Grace Community
Ahmad Bradshaw Fr. QB 5-11 190 Chicago, Ill./Gwendolyn Brooks/USMAPS
Kado Brown Fr. RB 5-11 180 Ventura, Calif./Rio Mesa
Myles Brown Fr. DB 6-1 223 Wake Forest, N.C./Woodberry Forest
Nehemiah Brown Fr. RB 5-9 180 Lemon Grove, Calif./Valhalla/USMAPS
Justin Byers Fr. RB 6-0 205 Cary, N.C./Panther Creek
Dan Carlone Fr. OL 6-3 230 Jericho, N.Y./Saint Anthony's/USMAPS
Marchelino Christie  Fr. RB 5-10 180 Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa Central
Dan Davis Fr. LB 6-0 234 Vestal, N.Y./Union-Endicott Central
Dylan Eddy Fr. WR 6-3 180 White Plains, N.Y./Woodlands/USMAPS
Jeff Ejekam Fr. WR 6-3 200 Houston, Texas/Bellaire
Jordan Elliott Fr. LB 6-1 215 Camden, Ark./Camden-Fairview
Rhyan England Fr. RB 5-11 180 Suwanee, Ga./Collins Hill
Tim Garner Fr. P 6-3 220 Falls Church, Va./George C. Marshall
Quay Gilmore Fr. RB 5-8 175 Charlotte, N.C./Ardery Kell/USMAPS
Blake Goddard Fr. QB 5-11 206 Frontenac, Mo./Kirkwood
Seth Gonzales Fr. QB 6-1 190 El Paso, Texas/Chapin
Kahill Harper Fr. RB 5-10 178 Tulsa, Okla./Tulsa Union/USMAPS
Bryce Holland Fr. OL 6-2 260 Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton
Mike Houghton Fr. OL 6-3 218 Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect/USMAPS
Patrick Joseph Fr. OL 6-3 275 Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton/USMAPS
Jonathan Kim Fr. K 5-11 170 Gardena, Calif./Bishop Montgomery/USMAPS
Grant Kramer Fr. OL 6-4 252 Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury
Tyler L'Hommendieu Fr. RB 5-11 185 Salisbury, N.C./East Rowan/USMAPS
Andrew McLean Fr. OL 6-3 240 Louisville, Colo./Broomfield Senior/USMAPS
Jason Nix Fr. OL 6-1 225 Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst/USMAPS
Mark Nordhausen Fr. RB 6-4 245 Lakewood Ranch, Fla./Cardinal Mooney/USMAPS
Egbezien Obiomon Fr. OL 5-11 195 Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/USMAPS
Trey Ratliff Fr. OL 6-4 275 Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage
Christian Reed Fr. RB 5-7 160 Lexington, S.C./Columbia/USMAPS
Dionte Reed Fr. LB 6-0 200 Shorewood, Ill./Minooka/USMAPS
Brennan Richmond Fr. DL 6-2 230 Milwaukee, Wis./Riverside University/USMAPS
Matt Sannella Fr. RB 6-1 215 Maineville, Ohio/Kings
Nick Schebler Fr. RB 6-1 205 Davenport, Iowa/Assumption/USMAPS
Nick Shiver Fr. RB 5-11 200 Mount Pleasant, S.C./Bishop England
Tim Shover Fr. OL 6-2 275 Prospect Heights, Ill./Wheeling
Garrett Sweetser Fr. LB 6-1 215 Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza
Jake Taylor Fr. RB 6-0 170 Blue Jay, Calif./Rim of the World/USMAPS
Aaron Thompson Fr. LB 6-2 205 Mobile, Ala./Mobile Christian
Brett Toth Fr. OL 6-6 265 Charleston, S.C./West Ashley
John Trainor Fr. RB 5-10 175 Harrington Park, N.J./North Valley/USMAPS
Zach Trainor Fr. RB 5-9 180 West Point, N.Y./James O'Neill/USMAPS
Alex Turner Fr. RB 5-8 170 Tucson, Ariz./Sabino
Joe Tustin Fr. DL 6-1 285 Glen Head, N.Y./Saint Anthony's/USMAPS
Jake Vaughn Fr. DL 6-2 230 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Etiwanda/USMAPS
Jaryn Villegas Fr. OL 6-0 275 Wahiawa, Hawai'i/Leilehua/USMAPS
John Voit Fr. OL 6-2 215 Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette/USMAPS
Jack Ward Fr. OL 6-3 230 North Hampton, N.H./Phillips Andover
Dennis Washington Fr. RB 6-0 205 Charleston, S.C./James Island
Scott Washle Fr. RB 6-1 215 Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons/USMAPS
Corey Wilkinson Fr. RB 5-11 220 Port Byron, N.Y./Bishop Ludden/USMAPS
Morgan Wilcox Fr. RB 5-10 227 Cincinnati, Ohio/La Salle
Blake Wilson Fr. K 5-9 140 Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton Community
Bayle Wolf Fr. LB 6-0 200 Wilmington, Ohio/Clinton Massie
Chris Zook Fr. RB 6-0 180 Houston, Texas/Saint Thomas
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