Army Incoming: Nose Guard and Bandit Tackle

ArmySports.com continues to review this year's incoming freshman class by position. The interior defensive line returns no starters to a unit that ranked 29th in the nation in total defense. Jarrett Mackey last year's bandit tackle technically returns but he has been moved to quick defensive end. Without nose guard Mike Gann the Black Knights have a huge hole in the middle to replace.

The current group of defensive interior line recruits offers a number of recruits that should develop over the next few years.

Richard Glover from Katy, Texas was an offensive lineman in high school who won the starting nose guard job last year at United States Military Academy Prep School. Glover was a two time unanimous first team all-district offensives tackle his junior and senior year. Richard was a finalist for the Houston Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year Award. Glover was switched from offensive line to defensive line at the prep school.

Glover played well at his new position. In the opener against Hudson Valley CC he had two tackles behind the line of scrimmage. In the win over Valley Forge he dominated their center in Army's prep victory. Against Air Force prep, the Huskies struggled to block Richard as he made four tackles including two behind the line of scrimmage. In the battle for the Reasoner Trophy against Navy prep Glover had two tackles for a loss and forced a fumble.

Glover's only opportunity to play FBS football was with Army since offensive tackles that stand barely six feet tall and weigh 265 aren't in high demand. The move to defense to take advantage of Richard's quickness by prep coach Tom Simi was inspired. It played to Glover's strengths. Richard possesses a stout blocky build. He is powerful and possesses a short explosive leg drive. Glover is hard to move at the point of attack. His shorter wing span doesn't limit him as much at nose guard where he can play low and fast. Glover is tenacious and will get under and into a center. He shows good initial quickness off the snap. While he needs more seasoning and developing, Glover is probably the closest to being varsity game ready among the defensive line recruits in my opinion.

Mike Ugenyi is the younger brother of former Army defensive line standout Victor Ugenyi (2006-2009). Ugenyi, like his brother, plays bandit tackle in the double eagle flex. The 6-3, 230 pound Ugenyi hails from Fairburn, Georgia. Mike was captain of the North Springs High School team his senior year. As a high school senior Ugenyi posted 65 tackles, five sacks, forced two fumbles and knocked down six passes.

For the United State Military Prep school Ugenyi played well against Kings College JV. Against Valley Forge Mike created interior pressure all day. Ugenyi had a huge stop inside the 10-yard-line against Stevens Tech. Ugenyi flashed a lot of potential last season; similar to his brother he has good quickness and added weight, nearly forty pounds, since his senior year. Ugenyi has started to fill out his rangy frame. He is a hard worker who has improved his size and strength in weight room over the past year. He still needs to upgrade his core strength and develop his lower body. Ugenyi is still learning how to play three technique tackle. He needs to improve his fundamentals and remember to watch his pad level.

Chris Outing is a 6-5, 250 defensive lineman from the prep school who didn't have far to go when he committed to Army. Outing played his high school football locally at James I. O'Neill near West Point. As a high school senior Outing made 27 tackles with 4 1/2 sacks and one fumble recovery. Outing recorded a sack for USMAPS against FDU 's JV team. He is tall but needs to add weight and muscle. Chris hustles but is not a gifted athlete and possesses only average movement skills. Outing needs to continue to work on his physical development if he wants to emerge as a factor down the road.

Army landed some excellent interior defensive linemen recruits this year but most of those players will attend the prep school this fall. One direct admit is Mark Van Kopp who is a 6-3, 230 pound lineman from Bakersfield, California. Van Kopp was a two way lineman who earned First Team All-Area honors as a senior. In high school Mark is a two-sport athlete in swimming and football and served as football team captain. Mark has a brother who graduated from West Point last year.

Next: A look at the incoming Defensive Ends

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