Army Recruiting 2011: The Offense

The first Wednesday in February, National Signing Day, is when most high school football recruits make their college commitments official. For the service academies it just marks the halfway point of filling the 2011 direct and prep rosters. After completing their most successful football season since 1996 the Black Knights winning ways have continued on the recruiting trail.

At quarterback Rich Ellerson has already secured commitments from five quarterbacks. This quarterback class is potentially the deepest and most skilled group of quarterbacks to sign with Army in the last decade. A.J. Schurr is a six-foot, 185 pound quarterback from Libertyville, Ill., whose game film is eerily reminiscence of current starter Trent Steelman's. Schurr passed for 21 touchdowns and scored another 11 rushing as a senior. Like Steelman he will attend the prep school.

Another prep bound quarterback is Deandre Bell a 6-2, 205 quarterback from Waller, Texas. Bell was named academic all-state at quarterback.

Two quarterbacks from Wisconsin, Gino DeBartolo and Jonathan Lehman, will join the Black Knights. DeBartolo, a 6-2 205 pounder, led one of the state's best offenses. DeBartolo rushed for 1,120 yards and 14 touchdowns with a 9.9 yards average per carry. Gino completed 45-of-77 passes for 907 yards with 8 touchdowns.

Bradford high school head coach Jed Kennedy said, "Gino is a great football player and an even better kid. He is excited about his opportunity."

The other Wisconsin quarterback is Jonathan Lehman who played for Brookfield, East. Lehman chose Army over schools such as Brown, Dartmouth, Carnegie Mellon and Navy. Tom Swittel, Brookfield East High School head football coach, told "Jonathan is the whole package. He is 6-2, 175 and runs a 4.58 40-yard dash and 4.13 20-yard shuttle. He is the fastest quarterback that I have ever coached in over 30 years of coaching, and his work ethic has set new standards here at East." Lehman, who passed for 1,581 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for 435 yards and 12 scores, led his team to the playoffs.

Kelvin White is the biggest quarterback at 6-3, 210 pounds to commit to Army. White is from Enola, Pa., and this year threw for 18 touchdowns while rushing for another 9 scores.

Ellerson has mentioned that he was looking for running backs with a little magic once they have the ball in his hands. This recruiting season he may have found it. Ja'Quail Haskins is a 5-6 170 running back from Killeen, Texas and is roadrunner fast. Haskins is the son of Army veteran and is expected to attend the prep school.

Jared Rogers is 5-9, 170 and has the speed, cutting ability and elusiveness to excel at C back. Rogers scored 21 touchdowns last year and chose Army over offers from Navy and Central Arkansas.

Florida native Miles Bennett committed and rushed for 562 yards and 7 touchdowns last year. Bennett runs a legit 4.47 forty yard dash and set his school's 100-meter dash record held by former Army wide receiver/kick returner Corey Anderson.

Tony Giovannelli, 6-0, 185, is a native of Chatham, Ill., who signed on signing day. Giovannelli was recruited by Joe Ross and is a direct admit.

Logan Pearce is a 6-1, 195 running back from North Royalton, Ohio who was one of this year's first players to commit. Pearce's sister attends West Point and Pearce, who rushed for over 1,400 yards as a senior, knew he wanted to be a cadet.

Marcus Poling is six-foot, 185 pound running back from Idaho who chose Army over an offer from Idaho State. Poling played a number of positions in high school and was recruited as a slotback and will attend the prep school this fall.

Greg Rabb is a six-foot, 217 pound future B back. Rabb, much like former Army team captain, Mike Viti, was highly recruited until a knee injury ended his high school career. Rabb was offered by Clarence Holmes and will attend USMAPS this fall.

Dwayne Randall is a 6-1, 205 pound running back with 4.5 forty speed. Randall was noticed last year by the Army staff when they were recruiting another player on his high school team (Ross McDonald).

Ross McDonald is a 6-3, 205 running back from Avon, Conn., who scored 55 touchdowns the last two years.

Lawrence Scott played running back for Parkway south in St. Louis, Mo., who scored 11 touchdowns running, passing and receiving. Scott is one of the fastest football players in Missouri. He finished second in the 100-meter dash (10.89 seconds) and third in the 200 (21.91).

At wide receiver Army signed Justin Newman at 6-3, 180 pound tight end from Arizona. Newman possesses the size offensive coordinator Ian Shields likes in his receivers. Newman possesses 4.48 speed.

Recently signed Taylor Andrews is a 6-2, 210 pound receiver from Illinois who played both offense and defense.

The Black Knights currently have four offensive linemen that have committed. David Evans is a 6-3, 270 pound offensive tackle from New York who was one of the first players to commit to this class.

Garden City, N.Y., lineman Bill Allen (6-1, 270) knew West Point was the place for him. Allen said he had three goals in life, "Get a great education, serve my country and play college football."

Nick Bennett is a physical guard with good size (6-2, 278 pounds) from Louisville, Kentucky.

Matt Hugenberg is an appropriately named "mountain of a player". The 6-foot-5 Hugenberg was another commit secured by Joe Ross who has been an effective recruiter. Matt will attend the prep school this fall and don't expect him to be quite so "huge" the following season as the staff put him on notice to work to drop twenty pounds so he could be more explosive.

As always this list will not be complete until R-day. Next will look at the Black Knight's 2011 defensive recruits that plan to join the program. Top Stories