Army Incoming: Defensive Ends continues to review this year's incoming freshman class by position. The defensive end position returns only one starter. Jarrett Mackey moves from bandit tackle to his more natural quick end position. The quick end is the primary pass rusher in the double eagle flex defense.

With the loss of impact quick end Josh McNary and solid strong side defensive end Marcus Hilton, this is an area of concern for the Black Knights. The current group of defensive line recruits probably has one or two players that could push for playing time as plebes. However there are a number of good players with the talent to help down the road.

Jacob Drozd was the starting strong side defensive end at the United States Military Academy Prep school last year. Drozd is a 6-3, 215 pound lineman from Seymour, Connecticut. As a defensive end he led the state with 18 sacks during his junior year. Jacob's senior year his coach moved him to middle linebacker where he averaged ten tackles a game. Drozd also played running back his senior year rushing for 507 yards, scoring four touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards a carry. The Seymour coaching staff played Drozd wherever he was needed. He played running back, linebacker, defensive end, quarterback and offensive tackle. Like many Army recruits under Ellerson, Drozd was an outstanding track athlete. Drozd set the state record in the high jump at 6 feet, 9 inches and won the Connecticut state's decathlon.

Drozd earned the starting defensive end job at the USMAPS last year. He showed his athleticism in the opener against Hudson Valley CC generating pressure a number of times and recording a tackle for a loss. In the loss to a talented Nassau Community College team, Jacob produced four tackles, half a sack and a quarterback hurry. In the King College JV game he was in the backfield all day. Drozd had an outstanding game against Air Force prep when he made five tackles and had a quarterback hurry.

Drozd is a tremendous athlete. He is a physical talent with a very explosive first step. Drozd runs a 4.6 forty yard dash and plays just as fast. He needs a year in strength coach Brett Gerch's weight room to add some muscle to his frame. Drozd's size and speed suggest in the future he'll be used as a quick end or flex player.

Julian Holloway was the quick end at USMAPS this past season. Holloway is 6-2, 200 pound undersized defensive end from Auburn, Alabama. Julian played defensive end and was team captain at Auburn High. He posted 39 total tackles as a senior, 17 behind the line a scrimmage for a loss of 78 yards. He also had 3.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, four pass breakups and three quarterback hurries. Holloway was named second team All-Area in 2009.

Holloway won the starting quick end position last year at the prep school and seemed to improve every game. He made three tackles including one for a loss in the game versus Nassau CC. Against FDU JV Julian had a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and forced a fumble. Holloway had a terrific game against Air Force prep recording six tackles, a sack and two quarterback hurries. In the finale versus Navy he posted another six tackles and a tackle for a loss.

Holloway is a pure speed rusher. He has quickness, above average speed and athletic ability. He flies around, plays all out, and can pursue. He can rush off the edge. Holloway has a narrow frame that makes him look taller than his listed size. However, he isn't very big and can get engulfed at the point of attack at times. Holloway, like Drozd, needs to fill out his frame and add muscle to move up the depth chart. Julian chose Army over an offer to be a preferred walk-on at Georgia Tech. There are a number of direct defensive end recruits right now dealing with Beast Barracks. Army took a player right out of Air Force's backyard when they landed Colorado native James Kelly (photo at right). Kelly chose the Black Knights over an offer from his home state Falcons. James is a 6-3, 220 pound player who was a four year starter at outside linebacker for Mountain Range high school. Kelly, who was named All-State both his junior and senior years, projects to quick end in Army's Double Eagle flex defense.

Derek Sanchez has the potential to be an impact player at the quick defensive end position or play any linebacker spot. Sanchez looks to be a tremendous pickup by the staff. He is from Nevada and stands 6-3 and weighs 215 pounds. Sanchez demonstrated side line to side line range in recording 112 tackles and two sacks his senior year at Bishop Manogue high school

Sanchez, like many Army recruits, was a productive track athlete. He runs very well and read plays quickly as a linebacker. He plays smart and fast. Derek has the frame to add weight in the future. Sanchez has a great initial acceleration and made many tackles in backfield. His athleticism gives him position flexibility as a quick end, linebacker or maybe a flex player.

Joe Drummond is another direct admit who was listed as a fullback recruit by most recruiting services but will probably play quick end or whip linebacker at West Point. Drummond is a 6-3, 215 pound all-around athlete from a small school, Charles Finney High, in Penfield, NY. Drummond is a young man with well-rounded talents. He was captain of the football and basketball teams, a top notch golfer, school senior class president and even a competitive Irish dancer. Just don't expect to see him stepping his way after ball carriers. Drummond is a top competitor and a very tough, physical player. Joe offers good size, average speed and has good quickness off the mark. He played both fullback and linebacker in high school. Drummond was named All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention his junior and senior years. He was named Charles Finney High Most Valuable Player his senior season.

R.J. Kaiser of Jack Britt high school in North Carolina was a late addition to this year direct recruits. Kaiser (6-2, 211) recorded 52 tackles and posted five sacks last season. Kaiser was named to second team Mid Southern Conference as a senior.

Another direct admit is undersized defensive end Jacob Watts from Mesa, Arizona. Watts is a pure speed rusher who is intense and demonstrated excellent quickness off the edge. Watts is a good tackler and forced a lot of negative plays in the backfield. Jacob is still just a developmental prospect at this point because he is just 6-1 and 189 pounds. Watts needs to spent a lot of time in the weight room if he hopes to eventually compete at the FBS level.

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