March 20, 2011

GBK: ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS 2011 RECRUITING CLASS

ARMY 2011 RECRUITING CLASS

It's been approximately 40 days since National Signing Day went into the record books and as the Black Knights recently concluded their spring practice sessions … they can begin to prepare for the arrival of the 2011 recruiting class.

Fifty -four student-athletes have committed to play football for the Army Black Knights starting the summer-fall of 2011.

Of the 61 commits, the 2011 recruiting class features 6 players from the state of Illinois, followed by 5 prospects out the Sunshine state of Florida. This was after that California, Wisconsin, that produced starting fullback Jared Hassin, New York and Texas, whereby each added 4 to the Army roster.

The Black Knights secured the commitment 26 players who will be direct admits and 35 other prospects who will be headed to the USMAPS, bringing the 2011 class total to 61. Of course with West Point as the destination, there is always the attrition component that must be factored in as the soon to be new cadets make their way to the infamous, R-Day.

But until then, GBK presents our anticipated 2011 Army recruiting class, starting with Part I, those who are coming in direct and lead by 3-star defensive end Ryan Alexander.

DIRECT BOUND - THE OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS

1. Gino DeBartolo
2. Jonathan Lehman

With the combination of direct and prep, staff has been able to assemble a very solid group of quarterback prospects. For direct bound DeBartolo and Lehman, this is the year where will have a chance to transition as first year cadets and get a grasp of the Black Knights' triple option, along with the speed of the game.

WIDE RECEIVERS

1. Justin Newman

With Newman being the only receiver coming in direct, he will have an opportunity to show what he can do. There are clearly enough 6'3", 190 pound but not overly fast receivers on the roster and it will be interesting to see which category Newman fits into.

RUNNING BACKS

1. Terrence Baggett
2. Tony Giovannelli
3. Ross McDonald
4. Logan Pearce
5. Lawrence Scott

This group is a combination of elusiveness, power and speed. And for the Black Knights' staff, they continue to bring in impact players at running back, which means that the competition is going to be fierce.

Unfortunately for Baggett, Giovannelli, McDonald, Pearce and Scott, running back is one the deepest and most talented corp of any group on the roster. We give the nod to Baggett, as the most likely to make an initial impact as a freshman, but the door will be wide open for any one of this players to breakout this summer and add depth to an already impressive group of backs.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

1. Bill Allen
2. Nick Bennett
3. David Evans

The Black Knights' staff was able to pull in three quality players on the offensive line, lead by David Evans, who could be a star in a couple of years.

THE DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

Simply put, the staff reached for a couple of stars and came away empty with their attempt to lock down Danny Shelton (Washington) and Anthony Hayes (Stanford).

Although there could be a player or two that end up at tackle sooner than later, but as of now, there is a true designated tackle coming in direct.

DEFENSIVE ENDS

1. Ryan Alexander
2. Derek Hasanoglu
3. Derek Sanchez

Where the class was lacking on the interior, they fared well at defensive end. Alexander has tremendous upside and could add immediate depth at strong side defensive end spot, where the Black Knights are still looking for someone to separate themselves from the pack. Sanchez has the potential to be an impact player at the Quick defensive end position, or could get a look at linebacker.

LINEBACKERS

1. Tyler McLees
2. Brent Stout

McLees and Stout are the two commitments at backer for this year's class. Both come into the program with Division I size and only time will tell how adjust with other aspects of the game at the next level.

CORNERBACKS

Like defensive tackle, the cornerback talent will jump start their Black Knights' career at the USMAPS. That is unfortunate because also like at DT, there is a need to get new talent into the pipeline yesterday, as both Richard King and Antuan Aaron will be graduating in 2011.
SAFETIES

1. Addison Holstein
2. Duran Workman

If there is a position where the staff hit the jackpot, it is at safety. Both Holstein and Workman (great football name) are viscous hitters and each has quality range. Holstein was a very nice pick-up, as he committed to Army over Stanford. Workman is in the same mode as Holstein, which makes for a very deep group of safeties coming on board.

ATHLETES

1. Collin Downs
With regards to Downs, it will be interesting to see where the staff places him initially.

KICKER

2. Daniel Grochowski

Picking up Grochowski was huge for Army. For the Florida native, his decision game down to the Black Knights and the Gators, who offered the strong leg kicker an opportunity as a preferred walk-on.

OTHERS

1. Joe Drummond
2. Ryan Gibely
3. Brian Houp
4. Richard Kaiser
5. Colin Linkul
6. Tyler Peterson


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