Edgar Allan Poe was the other starting wide receiver last fall at the United States Military Academy Prep School. Hopefully he'll have better success at West Point than the famous poet with the same name who was separated from the Academy. Poe is a 6-3, 185 pound wide receiver from Vail, Arizona. Edgar caught 42 passes for 764 yards and scored 12 touchdowns during his senior year in high school. In his first start last fall against King College JV he caught a 32-yard touchdown pass. The next game, in the victory over RPI JV, Poe showed great concentration as he made an amazing leaping 33-yard touchdown catch despite being interfered with on the play. In the blowout win over Gattaca Academy Poe caught a short pass and showed his run-after-the-catch ability as he turned it into a 63-yard touchdown reception. He had a tough game in the win over Milford Academy when he dropped two potential touchdown passes and finished the game with just a single reception for twelve yards. Poe, despite his rare off game, still made one of the game's most memorable plays when, blocking on a screen pass, he planted a Milford Academy cornerback like it was Arbor day. His booming block de-cleated the cornerback and put him flat on his back. Poe rebounded with an excellent all round game versus Valley Forge as he caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matthew Kaufman. Poe made what initially looked to be the game winning 6-yard touchdown pass with three seconds left against Navy Prep.
Edgar Poe is a terrific all-around athlete that seems to do everything pretty well. He is a big, physical wide receiver, an excellent special teams cover guy and a tremendous blocker on the perimeter. Poe even filled in as the punter and field goal kicker and hit all his attempts when kicker and punter Ralph Freibert struggled with his consistency after nagging injury. Poe is a big target with deceptive speed and a long stride. He will make the tough catch in traffic. He can adjust to the ball and, other than a rough game against Milford Academy Prep, usually caught the ball cleanly. He is a big target in the red zone. Poe already looks to be an accomplished blocker. He may be ready to play early if given the chance. Edgar chose Army over offers from Air Force, Western Kentucky and South Dakota State.
Jay Roberson was converted to wide receiver at the United States Military Academy Prep School last season. He had previously been a running back at Belleville high school in Michigan. During his season year he carried the ball 86 times for 819 rushing yards, a 9.5 average, and scored 14 rushing touchdowns. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. He was recruited by the Black Knights as a running back but was moved early in the USMAPS season and was a backup receiver behind Moss and Poe.
Roberson (6-2, 195) was one of the more highly recruited Army athletes in the 2011 class. He had offers from Central Michigan and New Mexico. He has pretty good speed and size for an Army wide receiver. Roberson is still a work in progress as a wideout. He caught only three balls his senior year playing running back and didn't make much of an impact in the passing game at USMAPS. He's a good athlete who played basketball and ran track in high school. Jay's was a member of the Belleville track team that was one of the fastest 4x100 relay teams in the state. Roberson is a pure projection and a development prospect as a wide receiver at this point. He didn't receive many opportunities to catch the ball last season. He has some ability but it is hard to judge him fairly right now. His athleticism can potentially translate to wide receiver, running back or defensive back.
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