Army Incoming: Linebackers pt II

ArmySports.com continues its introduction of the 2013 incoming Black Knight freshman. In part II of our discussion of the plebe linebackers we look at Seth Combs, Sean McBryde and Blair Swanner.

Direct admit Seth Combs (photo at right) decided to follow his older brother, last year's Army football captain Nate Combs, and joined the Long Gray line on R-day. Combs is a six foot, two hundred and ten pounds who played middle linebacker in a 4-2-5 defense for St. Xavier's high school in Kentucky. Combs (6-0", 210) led St. Xavier in tackles, broke up six passes and had one interception. Combs has average speed but does a nice job getting depth in pass drops. He projects to either Mike linebacker or the same Whip linebacker spot his brother excelled at playing. He'll need some time to mature and fill out to move up the depth chart.

Sean McBryde played at Rover for the United States Military Academy Prep School team last year. He missed some time with some minor injuries. McBryde is a 6-2, 200 player who was a safety, linebacker and running back playing for his father at C.E. Ellison high school in Texas. McBryde was a three-year starter at C.E.Ellison. His senior season he recorded 115 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and two fumbles recoveries. McBryde is the son of a football coach and he understands the game and defensive coverages. He does a nice job in run support and had a number of big hits on kickoff coverage especially against Milford Academy. He isn't the fastest player and he can struggle at times in pass coverage. He played most of the USMAPS season behind Gabe Humphers who didn't make it to R-day. McBryde grew up near Fort Hood and was the first commit of the 2012 recruiting class. Sean chose Army over offers from Air Force, North Texas and Rice.

Blair Swanner is an athletic direct admit inside linebacker Centennial high school in Texas. Last year he recorded 58 tackles, made three sacks and picked off four passes and recovered two fumbles. The two star recruit is an active linebacker with good range. Swanner (6-2, 215) has quick feet, can drop in coverage and is very active and aggressive. His tackling needs to become more consistent. Swanner athleticism drew some interest from Texas programs like SMU and TCU but he wasn't that imposing physically to pass the eye ball test to earn an offer. Blair has worked hard in the weight room and has added ten pounds since his senior season. He'll probably need at least another year in the weight room before he has the chance to be in the mix at Rover or one of the linebacker spots.

There were some questions sent to us at ArmySports.com regarding the listing of a number of plebes on the R-day list at outside linebacker. The Army sports information department seemed to list some of the potential quick ends, Rovers and those who played outside linebacker in high school in this position that doesn't exist in the Double Eagle flex defense. We chose to list, for example, Chasen Brown who was used as a situational pass rusher on defense with the defensive ends because that's were he played at USMAPS. Brown is more of a quick rather than big player so he could end up at Rover, linebacker or SAM. The Army staff emphasizes position flexibility in recruiting. We'll discuss where the players actually played at the prep school and will leave it in the Army coaches' capable hands to sort it out on the depth chart.

Next: A look at the incoming defensive backs

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