Army Incoming: Quarterbacks

Now that the new cadets have officially taken the oath on R-day, will discuss this year's incoming football freshman class by position. The upgrade in the talent is noticeable in both the speed of the recruits and the results on the field last season by the prep team. The United States Military Prep School team finished the year with a 7-3 record.

More importantly, the Prep School produced possibly as many as ten players that could impact the Black Knights' depth chart as freshman. will start by reviewing the new Army quarterbacks.

Angel Santiago (5-11, 175) is a quarterback from Etiwanda, California who was the starting quarterback at the prep school last year. At Etiwanda high school Santiago was a three year starter in a wide open shotgun spread passing offense. Angel threw for 6,900 yards and 57 touchdowns in his high school career. It was his quick feet that attracted the Army staff in 2010. In his three year career at Etiwanda he averaged 5.6 yards a carry while running for 2,167 yards and scoring 27 touchdowns. Santiago joins the Black Knights after leading the United State Military Academy prep team to 36.5 points per game last year. Santiago did an outstanding job transitioning from a spread shotgun quarterback to running the option and playing under center last season. Santiago's development was assisted by USMAPS graduate assistant and former Army quarterback Carson Williams.

Once Angel steps foot on Earl Blaik Field he will be the fastest quarterback in the program. Santiago is a very quick, explosive runner with surprising leg strength for his size. Considering that it was his first year running the triple option, Santiago did an excellent job in his reads and distributing the ball. Angel showed his speed against Valley Forge when he made an explosive cut and raced 49 yards for a touchdown. Santiago benefited from his year at the prep school as he gained weight. The R-Day announcement listed him at his prep school weight of 175 but he's gained at least ten pounds since last year. From the stands Angel looks smaller than his listed size but don't be fooled. I've seen him break tackles of larger players like against Navy prep when he scored two rushing touchdowns near the goal line.

While he compiled excellent passing numbers in high school, Santiago possesses only a decent arm. Like Steelman, Angel's high school records were assisted by the fact he was throwing to a receiver who earned a Division I scholarship. At times Santiago's ball will float and he struggles throwing outside the hash marks. His size limits him occasionally and against Navy prep's huge defensive line he had two passes batted down. That said, he showed at the prep school he can pass effectively if he sets his feet.

Against Milford Academy, a prep team that featured 21 scholarship players, Santiago threw two touchdown passes including a perfect 42-yard post pattern to Chevaughn Lawrence in an upset win. He showed a nice touch on a deep ball to receiver Jami Adullah in the comeback win over Hudson Valley CC. Angel's proved to be a natural leader last season. He is a tough, gritty player who played through pain at times. He's very accountable and always takes responsibility. Santiago chose Army over offers from Idaho State and Cal Poly.

Santiago's backup at the prep school was walk-on Aaron Kilner. For Kilner R-day was more like homecoming. Kilmer's father is an instructor at West Point. He saw limited action for the prep school last year. Against FDU's JV team he threw a perfect fade route to Eric Oliver for his only touchdown of the year. His football future lies with the football sprint team.

The two direct admit quarterbacks are interestingly both from Wisconsin. Gino DeBartolo is a 6-2, 205 pound quarterback who led one of the state's best offenses. DeBartolo rushed for 1,120 yards and 14 touchdowns while averaged 9.9 yards per carry. Gino completed 45-of-77 passes for 907 yards with 8 touchdowns. His head coach at Bradford, Jed Kennedy, said, "Gino is a great football player and an even better kid. He is excited about his opportunity." DeBartolo chose Army over offers from North Dakota and North Dakota State.

The other Wisconsin quarterback is Jonathan Lehman (6-1, 175) who played for Brookfield East. Lehman chose Army over other 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 last year. Lehman, a 2nd Team All-Greater Metro Conference quarterback and High Honorable Mention All-Suburban quarterback, was voted co-captain and co-MVP by his teammates. Lehman will probably be tried initially at wide receiver. The staff might like him more as a receiver or running back than as a quarterback.

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