Lance Baggett is the younger brother of talented Army running back Terry Baggett. He was a reserve tackle and center last fall at the United States Military Prep School. Lance is a 6-0, 245 pound player from Chicago Military Academy. Baggett played middle linebacker and center on offense. He recorded 47 tackles and was named to the All-City team as a senior. Baggett was a multiple sport star and was projected by other scouting services as a potential Army impact defensive end. He is a solid player but was shorter than and not quite as athletic as advertised. He was moved to the offensive line. He served in a reserve role after O.J. Hall beat him out at tackle. Baggett did see plenty of playing time at both tackle and center due to the fact Army prep dominated most of its opponents and the reserves saw playing time.
Alex Cauley is an upstate New York recruit from St. Francis high school in Depew. Last year at USMAPS he started the season as a backup at offensive tackle and ended the year as a reserve defensive tackle. Cauley made 78 tackles and four sacks at defensive end during his senior year in high school. He earned second team All-league honors and played in the New York State Upstate Downstate postseason All-Star game. The 6-6, 245 pound Cauley was a backup at offensive tackle last fall but was injured and missed a few games. When he returned he was moved and saw time as a reserve defensive lineman for USMAPS. Alex is a very tall, lanky and lean lineman. He needs to spend plenty of time in the weight room to add some weight and strength. Cauley has to keep on developing athletically and play faster and lower. In my opinion Alex actually played better as a defensive tackle for the prep team last season. Right now the plan is to have him compete at offensive tackle.
Another reserve offensive lineman at USMAPS, Jack Plunkett, also made it to R-day. He also played his high school football at Canisus high school in upstate New York. Plunkett offers nice size at 6-4, 285 pounds for an Army guard. He needs to continue to work hard in the weight room to maximize his ability. He a big kid but needs to get stronger, faster and a little leaner to move up the depth chart. Plunkett had a chance to be a preferred walk-on at a couple of FBS schools such as Syracuse but chose Army.
Not so direct admit Matthew Whitcomb (6-6, 280) is an offensive guard who is the personification of persistence. Whitcomb is from Messena, New York and was a co-captain at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He played both offensive and defensive line for Phillips Exeter. As a senior he initially had a number of football offers from the Ivy League and Buffalo, however, Matthew's dream was to attend West Point. He chose to attend Buffalo after he failed to earn a nomination and offer in 2012. He did not play football to preserve his four years of eligibility. He spent last year training with Buffalo's ROTC Army Ranger Team five days a week. He finally received his long desired offer during this past recruiting season. Whitcomb is a big, strong and tough player. He's not very athletic and must improve his footwork. Whitcomb is very mature for his age and looks ten years older than his listed age. I wouldn't have been shocked if someone told me he had a wife and a mortgage. At this point he is very raw and has been away from the game for a year. He'll need time to develop but at least he made it.
Direct admit Steven Makowicki is a 6-3, 240 pound player from Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut. Makowicki was a middle linebacker as a senior for NFA which lost in the state finals last year. He is a decent athlete, a good football player and a hard worker. Steven has added over fifty pounds the past two years. Makowicki played mostly linebacker and saw some time at fullback as an underclassmen. The R-day list projects him as an offensive lineman but he never played the position. If the staff keeps with its plan to play Makowicki on the offensive line, he will need time on the practice field to develop his skills.
Next: A look at the incoming defensive tackles.
Army Incoming: Offensive Line, pt 2
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