Army Incoming: Wide Receivers

In our continuing series, is looking at Army football incoming freshman class by position. Army has improved the quality of their wide receivers the last two classes. Jeff Monken still has to work to improve the speed, athleticism and consistency in catching the ball at wide receiver. will now take a look at the new Black Knights wide receivers and tight ends.

John Trainor (5-10, 175) was a starting wide receiver, kick and punt returner last year at the United States Military Academy Prep School. He played locally at Old Tappan, New Jersey. Trainor was used as both a wide receiver and running back at Old Tappan high school. John ran for 1,050 yards and nine touchdowns in 2012. He also caught 26 passes for 550 receiving yards and scored eight touchdowns. He returned two punts for touchdowns giving him a total of 19 total touchdowns his senior season. Trainor earned First Team All-Group Four and Second Team All-Bergen County for his efforts.

Trainor proved to be a playmaker last year at USMAPS. In the opener at RPI JV he caught two touchdown passes from Kado Brown. He had his best game the following week against Gattaca at West Point. The Gattaca defense was selling out against the run and their cornerbacks simply could not cover Trainor. He posted a season high three touchdown receptions in that game. Trainor caught a game winning 65-yard touchdown option pass from fellow wide out Jermaine Adams very late in the fourth quarter in Army Prep 44-32 comeback victory over Valley Forge. In the win against prep powerhouse Milford Academy he had only one catch for twelve yards but flashed his return skills with five kickoff returns for 153 yards and a 30.6 average per return.

Trainor won't impress initially if you see him get off the team bus because he is so thin but, make no mistake, he is a talented player. He has excellent quickness and is faster than one would think. He matched up well against the more talented prep teams on the schedule. In reviewing the game against Milford Prep he caught only one ball but was open all day. The Army quarterbacks didn't have time to throw the ball. Trainor has great hands and catches everything. I didn't see him drop a ball all season. He possesses outstanding ball skills and will lay out and make the difficult catch. As a kick and punt returner he is decisive, quick and very productive. Trainor is a solid blocker. He has the ability to help early as a receiver, in the return game and even as a slotback if the staff moves him. He chose Army over offers from Navy and Colgate.

Jermaine Adams (6-1, 195) was the other starting wide receiver last fall at the United States Military Academy Prep School. He also served as the punter. He was on the official R-day list as a kicker but he is actually a left footed punter who averaged over forty yards per punt. He has never kicked field goals. Adams was a two time All-District wide receiver and punter after being converted from quarterback at Judson high school in Texas.

Adams had a solid debut last fall with a few receptions against RPI JV. He had four receptions against an over-matched Gattaca team. He caught his first touchdown pass on a throw from Ahmad Bradshaw in the victory over Bridgeton Academy. He helped USMAPS win the field position battle in a 14-12 close win over Globe JC with his punting. Adams showed his old quarterback skills when he threw a 65-yard touchdown bomb on the money to fellow wide receiver John Trainor late in the fourth quarter in USMAPS's come from behind 44-32 victory over Valley Forge. In the Milford Academy game he caught one ball for six yards as Army prep offensive line struggled with their pass protection. He did help as a punter averaging over 39 yards on five punts. He had great hang time on a 46-yard punt that wasn't returned. He had a busy day punting and averaged over 42-yards in the blowout loss against Navy Prep.

Adams is a versatile all round athlete. He is a big target for an Army wide receiver but with below average FBS speed and solid hands. He is a tough aggressive runner after the catch and doesn't want to go down. He is a tenacious blocker who is quick into his blocks and looks to finish them. He blocks hard and competes. Adams is very strong and seemed to play even bigger than his listed weight of 195- pounds. Jermaine is the type of physical player who can help in an option system as a blocker.

I believe he is a better punter than he is a wide receiver. However, wide receivers who can block are always prized commodities in an option system. Adams had originally committed to West Texas A &M before choosing Army.

Dylan Eddy (6-3, 180) was a local product who saw playing time as a wide receiver at the United States Military Academy Prep School last year. At Woodlands high school in New York he was honorable mention All-State and was named to All-County, All-Section and All-League teams as a senior. In 2012 he had 18 receptions for 527 receiving yards, an impressive 29.3 average per catch and five touchdowns. Eddy was also an All-League center fielder and earned All-County indoor track honors. He ran a personal best 6.76 in the 55-Meter dash.

Eddy was in the wide receiver rotation as a backup last year at USMAPS. His play was inconsistent at times. He caught a touchdown pass against RPI JV. He made a very nice catch against Valley Forge for a first down but against Milford Academy he had a costly drop that stopped a drive. Eddy offers nice size for an Army wide receiver. He is still a work in progress at this time. Eddy is a long striding receiver and is not very explosive in and out of his breaks despite possessing decent speed. Dylan needs to get stronger, improve his blocking and fill out his frame. He could emerge as a contributor down the road but his game needs to develop.

The only direct admit wide receiver this season is Jeff Ejekam (6-3, 200) from Bellaire, Texas high school. He was a two-way player at wide receiver and a free safety. Jeff had originally committed to play at Florida Tech before new assistant coach Orlando Mitjans Jr. convinced him to attend West Point. He posted some impressive workout numbers with a 4.69 forty yard dash, a 4.39 20 yard shuttle and a huge 39.6 vertical leap. His overall SPARQ Rating was 94.62. Ejekam is a big, physical wide receiver who looks to have a nice upside to his game once he learns the system. He also had offers from the Ivy league.

Jeff Monken recruited some tight ends for the new offensive scheme but they will attend the United States Military Academy Prep School this fall. A few players may be moved to tight end. One candidate could be Dan Carlone. He was a 6-3, 230 pound defensive end last year at the United States Academy Prep School. With the move to the 3-4 defense he's more a pure defensive end than defensive tackle and lacks a clear position in the front seven in the new defensive scheme. The athletic Carlone could possibly help at tight end as an inline blocker or he just may stay on defense and look to add weight.

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