Army Signing Day Review: Offensive Line

Jeff Monken has signed one of the top Army recruiting classes in years. Armysports.com will now review that class, position by position. In this segment we discuss the offensive linemen.

Jeff Monken's offensive line recruiting class illustrated the focus of on recruiting bigger interior offensive linemen. Jake Baumert (6-3", 290) from Lovejoy high school in Texas was the earliest commits. Baumert committed after being offered at last summer's Black Knights summer camp. He played tackle in high school but will play inside at guard for the Black Knights. Baumert is a physical player who bends his knees and can come off the ball. He was first team All-District the past two seasons.

Jaxson Deaton is a 6-foot-5 and 295 pound wide body from Frisco high school in Texas. He was rated as one of the Top 30 high school offensive linemen in Texas by Dave Campbell magazine. He earned a solid SPARQ Rating of 71.55 finishing in upper third of his ESPN combine group. Jaxson Deaton showed excellent strength and was listed in the top twenty percent in the strength testing at the same ESPN combine. Deaton originally committed to Central Arkansas before changing to Army. Jaxson was also offered by Air Force.

Rowan Godwin (6-4", 265) played offensive guard at Providence Christian School in Alabama. He was a four-year letterman in football and a three-year starter on the offensive line. As a senior he served as team captain. Rowan's father Joe was a linebacker for Alabama in his playing days. Godwin was offered by Columbia, Jacksonville State, South Dakota State, West Florida and had two preferred walk-on invitations from Auburn and Troy but decided on the Black Knights who offered first.

Radson Jang is a 6-foot-2, 265 pound lineman who played offensive tackle and center in Hawaii at Kamehameha high school. Jang isn't that big but he is strong, can bench press 385 pounds and moves well. Jang was named to the First team on ILH All Star team. Michael Johnson is a 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive lineman from the Hinsdale Central in Illinois. Johnson played both tackle and guard last year and earned All-Area honorable mention. Johnson was a team captain. His grandfather and uncle both served in the military. Johnson will start his career at the United States Military Academy Prep school.

Eric McAllister (6-1", 270) is a center from Central Catholic in Pennsylvania. Eric was a four-year letterman at Central Catholic. McAllister was a two-time All-(Northern Eight) Conference selection, first team All-State, and a member of the Fabulous 22 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. McAllister is mobile, athletic and plays through the whistle. McAllister was offered by New Mexico State and attracted a ton of interest from FCS schools like Albany, James Madison, Wagner, New Hampshire, Wofford, Delaware, Duquense, Montana, Rhode Island, Idaho State and Central Connecticut State. McAllister received early interest from some FBS programs but was bypassed mostly because of his height. Height isn't an issue for option offensive lineman since they don't have to pass block as much where shorter arms puts the lineman at a disadvantage.

Michael Owens (6-4", 270) was a three year starter on the offensive line for Nazareth Academy in Illinois. Owens is a team captain and was named the best offensive lineman in his conference. In addition to earning All-Conference honors he was named to the All-State team. Owens is strong and likes to maul. He's not the fastest lineman but posted a solid SPARQ Rating of 73.86 at an ESPN combine where he did well in the strength tests. Owens chose Army over Georgia State. He played tackle in high school.

Ethan Palelei is a 6-1, 290 offensive guard from Las Vegas, Nevada. Palelei is a two-star Scout.com prospect who started for National and State high school champion Bishop Gorman. Palelei father, Lonnie Palelei, spent seven years in the National Football League. Ethan's brother Evan was a two year starter and a good defensive end at Navy. Palelei chose West Point over his brother's Alma mater Navy. Tyler Young is a 6-foot 2 inch, 255 pound offensive lineman from Warren Central high school in Indiana. He committed just before signing day. Young's tape shows he's a lineman with good movement skills and the ability to get to the second level

This list will not be complete until R day. Next up Armysports.com will look at the Black Knight's 2015 defensive recruits that plan to join the program.

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