Army Signing Day Recap: QUARTERBACKS

Great players are one of the keys to solid, winning football teams. The 2013 Army football signing class is full of players who can help Army win more in the future. In this segment discusses the newly signed Black Knight quarterbacks.

College football's national signing day concluded on February 6. now takes a look at the projected offensive players from the Black Knights' 2012 recruiting class. While national signing day tends to be the be-all and end-all for BCS programs, the service academies will continue to fill their 2013 direct and prep school rosters. This isn't the final commitment list and a number of impact players can still sign. For example the last year few years Larry Dixon, Hayden Pierce, Brandon Fusilier-Jeffires and Terry Baggett all committed well after signing day then attended the prep school that fall.

Now that record setting quarterback Trent Steelman has completed his four year career the Black Knights quarterback position needs to be restocked. Rich Ellerson's staff missed on their top quarterback recruit Ty Griffin who seriously considered Army after a visit to West Point. Griffin signed with Georgia Tech when a late offer came in late January. Army did land almost all their other key quarterback recruits as they added depth to the position. Ahmad Bradshaw (5-10, 185) from Brooks Prep in Chicago, Illinois looks to be the most prolific of the new quarterbacks. Bradshaw was a four year starter who earned all-conference every year as he passed for over 6,500 yards and 84 touchdowns during his high school career. After his senior year Bradshaw was named to the All-City team. He threw 24 touchdowns and ran for over one-thousand yards and 19 scores. Bradshaw is very quick, shifty runner with good speed and seems to have an above average arm for an option quarterback.

The first quarterback to commit this recruiting season was Ben Okun from Newbury Park high school in California. Okun is a 6-1, 190 pound lefty quarterback who was named his league's Player of the Year and Ventura County Defensive Back of the Year. As a senior Okun completed 112-of-187 (60%) for 1,341 yards with 12 touchdown passes and five interceptions. Ben is a physical runner who carried the ball 136 times for 828 yards (6.1 avg.) and scored eight touchdowns. He ran a spread offense in high school and chose Army over interest from Air Force and a number of Ivy league schools. While Okun will be initially looked at quarterback, the two-star recruit received more interest as a defensive back.

Ellerson's staff continued its success in California on the recruiting trail when it added another quarterback Kado Brown. Brown is a 6-0, 183 pound quarterback who ran a spread offense at Rio Mesa high school. Brown completed 59.7 percent of his passes as he threw for eight touchdowns. Brown rushed for 940 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. Brown is quick with a reported 4.67 time in the forty yard dash. Top Stories