College football's national signing day concluded last week. ArmySports.com now takes a look at the projected offensive players from the Black Knights' 2014 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 2014 direct and prep rosters. This isn't the final commitment list and Jeff Monken will look to sign more players who can make an impact.
The strength of this year's offensive recruiting class on paper definitely looks to be the offensive line. The former staff had secured two three-star offensive line recruits which Monken was able to retain. In addition, the Monken staff landed a number of big, athletic linemen.
Former coach Andy Guyader was able to secure Isaiah Holland (6-4, 320) commitment before he was replaced on the new staff. The three star offensive right tackle from Colorado is the son of former NFL veteran defensive tackle Darius Holland. He had offers from Colorado, Arizona State, Oregon State, San Diego State, New Mexico State, Washington State and Wyoming. He was the most highly sought recruit to commit with Ellerson's staff. Jeff Monken was able to keep the big road-grader despite the coaching change and intense interest from schools out west. The big right tackle is surprisingly quick off the snap but needs to work on his technique and spend more time in the weight room. Holland lived in Germany for a few years and didn't play high school football in America until his junior year.
Bryce Holland, no relation to Isiah, is another three star recruit from Chandler, Arizona. Holland (6-3, 270) was widely considered one of the best centers in Arizona last year. Scout.com ranked him third among all the center recruits out West. It was the second year in a row that Ellerson's staff landed a three star offensive line recruit from Hamilton high school. Holland is very quick off the ball and has the lower body strength and quickness you want in a option center. Holland chose Army over offers from Navy, Air Force, Pennsylvania and Yale. He would have received more offers but committed back in May of 2013 and remained firm despite the coaching change.
Trey Ratliff (6-5, 275) was a three year starter for Heritage high school in North Carolina. Ratliff, whose father also played for the Black Knights, committed last October. Ratliff was tempted by a late offer from UConn but his family ties to West Point proved too strong. Ratliff received offers from UTEP, UConn, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Penn, Citadel, Gardner-Webb and Richmond.
Brett Toth is a long, lean 6-foot-7, 260 pound offensive tackle from West Ashley high school in Charleston, South Carolina. Toth offers excellent speed and quickness but needs to fill out his frame in the weight room. Toth had impressed the former staff in last year's summer camp at West Point. Toth chose the Black Knights over offers from Citadel, Western Carolina, Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb.
Britt Lee (6-3, 295) from Norcross, Georgia was a nice late pickup by new offensive coordinator Brent Davis. Lee is a physical guard who was leaning toward Air Force until Davis convinced him to attend West Point. Lee had offers from Air Force, Citadel, UAB, Jacksonville State, Keenesaw State, Mercer and Presbyterian. Sheldon Johnson is a 6-3, 260 pound two-way player from the Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland. Army recruited him as an offensive lineman but he is athletic enough to potentially play defensive line. Johnson is one of the few recruits who chose Army over Navy after visiting both schools. Rick Kurz was a two year starter from St. Xavier in Ohio. Kurz (6-2, 272) was his team's captain. Kurtz chose Army over Indiana State.
Grant Kramer is a 6-foot, 3-inch, 255 pound lineman who was the team captain of his Duxbury, Massachusetts team. His brother Aaron Kramer is an offensive tackle for Boston College. He chose Army over offers from Coastal Carolina and Villanova. Sage Baltrusaitis (6-1, 260) was a three year starter at center for Brother Rice High School in Detroit, Michigan. Baltrusaitis selected Army over Air Force. He made First Team All-League as a senior.
Tim Gant is a 6-2, 260 pound guard from Christian Brothers high school in St. Louis, Missouri who was recruited by Ellerson's staff but committed after Monken was hired. Gant is a champion wrestler who is strong and understands leverage. He chose Army over an offer from Drake. Victor Nieves is a huge 6-4, 330 pound guard from Dothan, Alabama. Nieves originally committed to Jacksonville State but Army's new offensive coordinator Brent Davis convinced Nieves that West Point was the place for him. Kaveinga Tuitahi is a 6-3, 300 pound two -way lineman from California. He played at Lutheran for current Army offensive line coach Todd Spencer in 2012 and is expected to start his career at the prep school.
Army Recruiting Crop 2014: Offensive Line
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