Sprint Football Welcomes Class of 2017 To West Point

Lt. Col. Mark West

Lt. Col. Mark West

July 1, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Incoming Army freshmen reported to West Point for Reception Day on Monday with 18 of the newcomers being expected members of the Army sprint football team. The reigning College Sprint Football League champions will look to fill a number of holes left from this past May’s graduation.

Head coach Lt. Col. Mark West, whose top-ranked offense lost seven starters due to graduation, has high hopes for the Class of 2017. “This is his biggest and best recruiting class yet,” said West. “The talent level of this year’s class is stronger than ever. We have several all-state players as well as a number who have played for state championship teams. I expect them all to come in and compete right away for playing time. They will definitely give us depth across the team like we have never seen before.”

Offensive Additions:
•         Mitch Wear, QB, McAuley High School, Joplin, Mo.
•         Luke O'Neill, QB, Scottsdale Christian Academy, Phoenix, Ariz.
•         Nick Brickous, RB, Perry High School, Chandler, Ariz.
•         Hardin Cosner, RB, Marshall County High School, Benton, Ky.
•         Austin Breed, WR, Subiaco Academy, Paris, Ark.
•         Jon Smith, WR, Trenton High School, Gainesville, Fla.
•         Joe Presti, WR, Kinnelon High School, Kinnelon, N.J.
•         Matt McCarthy, WR, U.S. Military Academy Prep School/James I. O’Neill High School, West Point, N.Y.
•         Lane Holmes, WR, Park Hill Senior High School, Kansas City, Mo.
•         Mike Mooradian, WR, South Western High School, Hanover, Pa.
•         James Reese Staley, OL, Knoxville Catholic High School, Knoxville, Tenn.
•         Clayton Vermeesch, OL, Kansas University/James I. O’Neill High School, West Point, N.Y.

Defensive Additions:
•         Mitch Boylan, LB, Walker School, Marietta, Ga.
•         Joe Cotton, LB, Washington Township High School, Sewell, N.J.
•         Matt Tamburri, LB, Marlboro High School, Marlboro, N.Y.
•         LeRoy Dunkelberger, LB, Union High School, Tulsa, Okla.
•         Ted Gallagher, DB, Pembroke Hill School, Kansas City, Mo.
•         Sam O’Ferrall, DB, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, Va.

Army finished the 2012 season undefeated (7-0) following a 21-18 victory at Navy to capture its 32nd CSFL Title in program history. The Black Knights’ flawless record was their first since 1994 and 18th overall since the program began in 1957. Army ranked atop the conference in total offense, averaging 500 yards per game, while the defense stood at No. 2, allowing just 201 yards per contest.

Five of the Black Knights’ seven All-CSFL first-team selections graduated in May, while a total of 11 of Army’s 21 award winners were members of the West Point Class of 2013, including league MVP Javier Sustaita.

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