Army comes in with late offer to land Sheff

Spencer Sheff was a late addition to the Army Class of 2015. The 5-foot-11, 202-pound running back out of Elk Grove (Calif.) High School in Sacramento County was extended an Army offer just a little over a month prior to National Signing Day.

Even though Sheff has yet to step foot on the New York campus, he felt confident enough in what he learned about West Point since early January to give his commitment to Army coaches on Friday, January 30th, selecting the Black Knights over offers from Air Force, Cal Poly, San Diego State, and Southern Oregon.

"West Point was just too good to pass on," Spencer Sheff told "The education is insane. It's ranked higher than Harvard by Forbes magazine. I'll have a guaranteed job out of college, plus a head start on a career. It's just a really good opportunity, one I couldn't pass up.

"I get to play big-time D-1 football for a great coach. Coach Monken flew out here to meet with me and my head coach. He's an awesome guy. I can't wait to play for him. My recruiters, Coach John Loose and Coach (Jovan) Dewitt, both said they love the physicality I exhibit as a runner. They told me that I run angry. We ran the Wing T (at Elk Grove), and did a lot of off-tackle stuff, so I think I'll be right at home in the Triple Option."

Sheff was a three-year starter and team captain in high school. As a senior, he averaged seven yards-per-carry amassing 1013 yards on the season with 14 touchdowns. He also made 87 stops at middle linebacker on the Thundering Herd defense which took his total to 330 tackles for his high school career. He was a three-time All-League, All-Conference, and All-State selection.

Having received a direct appointment to West Point, Sheff will be going the Black Knight program in the summer months.

"I'm honestly not looking to go in and start right away at running back, but contribute in some way to help the team be successful," he said. "I don't have any exceptions or goals in mind other than to go in and work hard.

"My family's all excited but a little nervous about me being so far away in New York. It's not like a can just drive home on the weekends."

Sheff is one of five players from The Golden State who signed with Army on Signing Day, joining Hayden Haupt (Fresno), Christian Hayes (La Jolla), Jacquese Steen (Oakland), and Amadeo West (Oceanside). Top Stories