Army Signing Day Review: Specialists

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 specialists.

On special teams the Black Knights added three specialists. Nick Schrage (6-1", 170) was a late bloomer who had a huge prep year at Fork Union Military Academy. Schrage made all eleven of his field goals, hit all 21 extra points and averaged 50 yards per punt at Fork Union in 2014. He didn't start kicking and punting until his junior year at Patriot High school in Virginia. Schrage played JV ball as a junior and was only a kickoff specialist as a senior. He didn’t attempt a field goal during his varsity career. Schrage is a Miami native who chose Army over being a preferred walk-on at Miami.

Zach Potter is a 5-foot-10, 185-pound kicker/punter out of North Vigo High School in Indiana. Potter was a four year varsity letterman. As a senior he hit eight out of 13 field goals and 29-of-32 extra points. He averaged 38.7 yards per punt. Zach had 22 touchbacks on 50 kickoffs. In 2014 he earned All-Conference and All-State honors as a punter. As a junior he hit 9-of-14 field goals and 64-of-66 extra points. Potter averaged 36.9 yards per game on 47 punts (as a junior). Potter produced 25 touchbacks on 86 kickoffs. Army coach Tucker Waugh saw Potter at the Northwestern camp. He liked his leg strength and versatility as a a punter, placekicker and on kickoffs. His father was a kicker/punter at Southern Illinois and Indiana State. Potter selected Army over an offer from Eastern Michigan.

Punter J.D. Mote (6-5", 215) starred last season in a post prep year at Georgia Military College. Mote had a 41.5 average on 32 punts in 10 games which would have ranked him in a tie for second nationally National Junior College Athletic Association but he lacked enough attempts to qualify. Mote played his high school football for the Georgia Force. The team was made up of home schooled students. Mote is a big punter and he actually played defensive end and left tackle in high school. Mote became the fifth home school student to play football for the Army.

Follow Armysports.com for continuing coverage of Army football recruiting and look for spring practice updates. We will discuss the entire Army plebe football recruiting class in more detail, including the incoming prep players, after R-day in our yearly “Incoming” by position feature.

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