ArmySports.com looks at the projected defensive players from the Black Knights 2014 recruiting class. This list will not be completed until R-day as the Army staff will continue to fill out their direct roster and add players for the prep school.
Defensive line has been an area of concern. The Black Knights are expecting some help from USMAPS this fall but with all four returning starters graduating after this coming season this is an area of need. The Black Knights lost their three-star defensive end recruit Jarvis Polu to Navy after the coaching change. It was the only Ellerson recruit who committed that Monken lost but it was a costly one. There wasn't a lot of interior in size in this class so it will be interesting to see if the staff moves a few of the large offensive linemen class to this side of the ball.
Emmanuel Aka (6-2, 215) is defensive end and tight end. Aka originally committed to Georgia Southern and followed Jeff Monken to West Point. Aka is an outstanding blocking tight end. On defense he made 44 tackles last year.
Matt Allgor is a 6-foot-2, 225 pound defensive end from Mason, Ohio. Allogor is an athletic defensive end who needs to fill out his frame in the weight room. Cordarrell Davis is a 6-foot, 238 pound defensive end from Summer Creek high school in Texas. Last year he made 41 tackles, with 12 tackles for a loss, and two sacks. Davis earned first team 4A football All District team honors.
Defensive tackle Morgan Faughnan (6-2, 235) of Binghamton high school was an all-state selection in both his junior and senior seasons. In 2013 Faughnan had 44 tackles with a sack, an interception and three passes blocked. Jack Ward (6-3, 230) is a defensive end and defensive tackle from Phillips Academy in Massachusetts. Ward was a team captain and very active defender. In seven games he recorded 69 tackles and a sack.
Defensive end Austin Weaver (6-2, 250) helped captain Salpointe high school in Arizona to the state title in 2013. He recorded 37 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks.
Juwan Griffith-James (6-2, 201) is a quick, undersized defensive end who played locally in Bergenfield, New Jersey. As a senior Griffith-James made 74 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss and five sacks.
Zach Maxwell (6-1, 205) from Southington, Connecticut was another productive undersized defensive end commitment. He was an impact player in leading his team to the state championship. Maxwell was a defensive end and running back who was named 2013 Hartford Courant Defensive Player of the Year and to the Walter Camp All-Connecticut defensive team. Last year Maxwell had 86 tackles, 32 tackles for a loss, 17 sacks, three pass defensed and three forced fumbles. He started two years and had 28 sacks in his high school career. As a running back he ran for 452 yards, a 10.2 average and seven touchdowns in 2013. He also caught five passes for 93 yards and had a fifty yard touchdown reception. Maxwell is a natural pass rusher who is fast off the mark and has a non-stop motor.
Army Recruiting Crop 2014: Defensive Line
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