Army Recruiting Crop 2014: Linebacker

National Signing Day has come and gone. At this point Army has about 60 "signees". will now review all the known future Black Knights. In this segment we introduce the linebackers.

The linebacker position looks to be probably the weakest returning position for Army. This recruiting season they landed some promising athletes to potentially shore up this area. Demetro Stephens is a 6-1, 220 pound outside linebacker/defensive end from Arabia Mountain high school in Georgia. Stephens is a physical, hard hitting linebacker who plays much faster than his 40-yard dash time. Demetro can make plays all over the field and really brings the lumber when he arrives. He performed well in a number of high school combines. At the 2013 U.S. Army National Combine he was selected to the honorable mention All-Defense Team. He'll start his career at the United States Military Academy Prep School.

Justin Byers is a 6-1, 205 pound direct admit recruit from Panther Creek high school in North Carolina. He played both outside and inside linebacker at Panther Creek. Byers earned honorable mention Southwestern Wake Athletic Conference.

Nika Davis is a 6-0, 190 pound undersized but very active inside linebacker. Davis has nice range, can read inside out but is a wrap up tackler at this point and needs to spend time in the weight room to get stronger. As a senior, Davis made 141 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss and five sacks. He was a two year starter and made 241 tackles and 13 sacks during high school. Davis earned First Team all-district and Honorable mention All-State honors.

Jaquan Frazier is another small, athletic linebacker. The 6-foot, 194 pound Frazier recorded 158 tackles, 6 sacks, 3 interceptions, 9 passes defensed and forced a fumble during the 2013 season. Frazier originally committed to Georgia Southern but followed Monken to West Point. He also had an offer from UT-Chattanooga.

Blake Goddard was a 5-foot-11, 201 pound two-way player at Kirkwood high school in Missouri. The four year starter was named first team all-State and first team all-Region at linebacker. Blake also earned all-conference honors at quarterback and wide receiver. There is a possibility he could play quarterback but his best position has been linebacker. Goddard may be a direct admit this fall.

Calen Holt (6-1, 205) is an outside linebacker from Kamehameha, Hawaii who was a First Team All-Hawaii selection. Last year he produced 94 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions, scored a defensive touchdown and led his team to a 9-2 season. He earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. He will play at USMAPS this fall.

Sam Johnson (6-2, 220) was the inside linebacker and team captain at Riverview High school in Florida. Johnson was a three year varsity starter. Last year he made 83 tackles and had ten tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Johnson lacks speed but is physical and does a nice job filling holes to shut down the run. Johnson is strong and was the County Weightlifting Champion. Johnson chose Army over an offer from Stetson.

Jarrod Jones is a 5-10, 205 pound linebacker from Prattville high school in Alabama. Jones is a tackling machine who recorded 209 tackles and nine tackles for loss his senior year. He earned First Team All-Metro honors. He will start his career at the prep school.

Cole Macek is a two-way player from Montour high school in Pennsylvania. Macek played linebacker and running back. Last year he had 88 tackles and 8 ½ tackles for loss, with an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery. He ran for 602 yards and scored a total of seven touchdowns. He projects to Mike linebacker and will start at the United States Military Academy Prep School.

James Nachtigal (6-1, 205) is a two way athlete with 4.6 speed who played linebacker at Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Nachtigal received all conference honors as a wide receiver and linebacker. As a wide receiver Nachtigal had 45 receptions for 840 receiving yards, 18.7 average and eight touchdowns. He earned honorable mention recognition as a wide receiver. He performed well at combine camps. At the Under Armor camp he was ranked as the thirteenth best linebacker. Tucker Waugh, one of two Army coaches retained from Ellerson staff, landed the linebacker. Nachtigal chose Army over a chance to be a preferred walk-on at Northern Illinois.

Chandler Ramirez is a 6-foot, 210 pound recruit from Archbishop Mitty high school in California. He played both ways. Ellerson's staff was recruiting him as fullback but Jeff Monken's staff expects to use him at linebacker. Ramirez was First team all-league and WCAL league Player of the year. He was named Mercury News defensive player of the year last season.

Garrett Sweetser is another undersized 6-foot, 201 pound linebacker from Esperanza high school in California. Sweetser is a decent athlete with average speed. He was named First team All-league and third team All-County. Dennis Washington is a 6-foot, 205 pound middle linebacker from James Island high school in Charleston, South Carolina. He's expected to be a direct admit this fall. Top Stories