Army Incoming: Slotbacks continues to look at this year’s incoming freshman class by position. The Black Knights saw a large influx of slotbacks to improve their depth on R-day. The new Jeff Monken staff will need to develop some of these players by 2015. Six of the top eight slotbacks on the current Army depth chart are seniors scheduled to graduate and be commissioned after this coming year.

Egbezien Obiomon was a starting running back last fall for the United States Military Academy Prep School. Obiomon is a 5-11, 195 pound running back from a strong Cypress Woods high school program in Texas. He averaged 7.5 yards per carry and scored eight touchdowns on just 65 carries his senior year. Obiomon was a team leader at USMAPS. He had touchdown runs against Gattaca and Valley Forge before missing time with the hamstring injury. Obiomon is a tough, physical runner with the ability to bounce off would be tacklers. He offers some quickness and decent speed. He is not a burner but is able to burst through a running lane and into the open field. He runs very hard, is strong and does a nice job finishing his runs. He has good hands and is a willing blocker. While not the fastest slotback he definitely looks the part of a FBS running back and should develop into a contributor.
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Nehemiah Brown (5-9, 180) was a starting running back last fall for the United States Military Academy Prep School last season. The speedy San Diego native averaged 10.2 yards per carry and scored 12 rushing touchdowns on just 55 carries as a high school senior in 2012. Brown added five touchdowns as a receiver on just eight receptions. Nehemiah scored four touchdowns on kickoff returns and one on a punt return. At the prep school he showed the ability to turn the corner and get to the edge. He had touchdown runs against Gattaca, Valley Forge and the Delaware Gamecocks. Brown didn't score but had a huge game in a 42-40 victory against prep powerhouse Milford Academy. He ran the ball 11 times for 134 yards with eight of his eleven runs going for at least nine yards against a Milford Academy's defense that was loaded with future FBS talent.

Brown impressed me with his play last season at the prep school. He is quick, has good speed and excellent acceleration. He can juke and elude defenders. Brown isn't very big but he is strong for his size and did a nice job as a blocker despite his diminutive frame. Brown has legit speed. He ran a 10.8 100-meters at USMAPS and sports a personal best 10.68 time. He has the ability to be a big play threat, contribute from scrimmage early and could help the Black Knights anemic kick return game. Brown chose the Black Knights over offers from Colorado State and Weber State.
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Jake Taylor (5-11, 175) is a slotback who attended the United States Military Academy Prep School last fall but didn't play due to an injury sustained over last off-season. He is healthy now and has the ability to be an impact player. Taylor was an incredibly productive, shifty running back from Rim of the World high school in California. In 2012 Taylor became just the seventh back in high school history to rush for over four thousand yards in a single season. Taylor ran for an amazing 4,032 rushing yards on 416 attempts and scored an incredible 57 rushing touchdowns in 2012 alone. In his junior season as a first year starter he rushed for a “paltry” 2,546 yards and 27 touchdowns. He actually played both ways and picked off two passes as a defensive back.

There were three direct admit slotbacks from what I could gather from the official R-day list that had a few direct admit high school and USMAPS linebackers listed as running backs. I decided to discuss these players with the linebackers since those mentioned had no statistics or playing time at running back. Obviously they could always be moved to running back or different positions but the official list had a number of obvious discrepancies.

Rhyan England (5-11, 205) from Collins Hill high school in Georgia originally committed to play at Georgia Southern. He followed Jeff Monken to West Point and was accepted as a direct admit. England played wide receiver and was a defensive back at Collins Hill high school. He had a very impressive senior season on defense with nine interceptions. Rhyan was named first team All-State defensive back in 2013. As a wide receiver he made 36 receptions for 633 receiving yards and had nine touchdowns his senior season. He runs a 4.63 forty-yard dash and has filled out his frame. He's matured and has added over twenty pounds over the last year. England is quick and his athletic ability should allow him to transition to playing slotback.
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Nick Shiver (5-11, 200) is a direct admit recruit from Bishop England high school in South Carolina. The 5-foot 11-inch running back was a two year starter playing both sides of the ball as a running back and defensive back. He had a huge senior season rushing for over 1,500 yards and 28 touchdowns. He'll be tried at slotback but could be moved to B-back or safety. Alex Turner (5-8, 170) is a direct admit from Sabino high school in Arizona. Turner offers 4.64 speed and played running back, wide receiver and was return specialist. Turner produced 1,664 total yards and 15 touchdowns in 13 games last year. As a running back he had 792 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
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There were four backup running backs that were on the United States Military Academy Prep School roster last fall that are on the R-day list. Quay Gilmore (5-8, 175) was an Army sprint football running back recruit who attended USMAPS but saw very limited playing time. Gilmore attended Ardery Kell high school in North Carolina where as a senior he averaged over 125 rushing yards per game. As a junior he ran for 936 yards on 171 carries and scored ten touchdowns. Quay has decided to play with the Army varsity rather than the sprint team after experiencing a “growth” spurt last year. He has smooth stride, good quickness, solid speed and can get to the edge but he has a small frame. I'm not sure how well he will hold up on the FBS level.
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Marcelino Christie (5-10, 180) was not noted as a USMAPS alumni on the R-day list but did see some playing time at C-back last fall for the United States Military Academy Prep School. Christie is a local upstate product from Clifton Park, New York. He ran for 613 rushing yards on 96 carries, 6.4 yard per carry average, and scored 11 touchdowns in 2012 for Shenendehowa Central high school. He has a nice burst and has run a personal best 10.9 one hundred meter dash. Christie offers good speed and chose the opportunity to play football at Army over track scholarships offers from other schools.

Christian Reed (5-7, 160) is an undersized slotback originally from South Carolina. He initially attended a Division II school and decided to join the military and attended USMAPS. He walked on to the football team. He was a solid special team contributor but actually played mostly at wide receiver. After a number of players were suspended before the NAPS game he saw significant reps from scrimmage in that final game. Due to his size he'll probably be tried at slotback.

Nick Schebler was a backup USMAPS player from Iowa who was listed as a running back on R-day. Schebler (6-1, 205) played wide receiver in high school and was a cornerback with average speed based on his tape. Nick made 28 receptions for 383 yards and seven touchdowns while adding 48 tackles during an injury-plagued 2012 senior season. He could be tried at running back but could possibly be moved to wide receiver or safety.

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