ARMYSPORTS.com will discuss this year’s incoming football freshman class by position. 79 new Army plebe football players officially took the oath on R-Day. Thirty players are direct admits while 49 spent last year at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School. The recruiting efforts of Army head coach Jeff Monken's staff are noticeable with much better results in the South, Texas and Northeast.
There are three quarterbacks joining the program this year to add much needed depth. Two of the quarterbacks were from the United States Military Academy Prep School. New USMAPS head coach Andy Wolfrum, a West Point graduate, rotated three quarterbacks last year. Chris Carter and Luke Langdon were the prep quarterbacks that made it to R-day
Quarterback Chris Carter (5-11”, 170) was in the quarterback rotation at USMAPS. Carter was a four year starter at Imperial high school in California. Chris served as the team captain and was the school's all-time passing leader. He ran for 1,420 rushing yards and passed for 1,149 yards out of a spread offense during his 2013 senior season. Chris graduated with Imperial high school records for career passing yards with 3,510 yards, 229 pass completions and 45 career passing touchdowns. Carter also started at cornerback. In addition he played basketball and excelled as a track athlete competing at a high level in both the sprints and jumps. Chris was named his league's 2013 Track Athlete of the Year. He ran a personal best but wind aided 10.64 100- meter dash as a junior. Chris averaged 11.59 in the 100 meters his senior year with a best of 11.20. Chris's junior time was an outlier but he has legit speed and it plays well on the field.
Chris Carter was the most explosive of the three quarterbacks running the option at the prep school last fall. His play improved as the season progressed. He scored a key touchdown in USMAPS come from behind 31-28 victory over Valley Forge. Carter helped lead USMAPS to more than 500 yards of total offense against Valley Forge. His best game was in the hard fought 27-21 victory over East Coast Prep when he dominated and ran for over 200 yards.
Carter may possess the best pure run skills of any Army quarterback that has made it to R-day since Trent Steelman. Chris was one of the fastest straight line players at the USMAPS. Carter has fantastic feet with the ability to change direction, cut, juke and accelerate past defenders. He can make most defenders miss in the open field. Chris quickly adapted to playing under center and running an option offense for a quarterback that operated a shotgun spread offense in high school. He possesses just an average, at best, passing arm for an option quarterback. Carter is fairly accurate but lacks a lot of zip
on his throws and his deep ball can float at times. Chris is an excellent athlete. He is athletic enough
to help the team at slotback, defensive back or by returning kicks if Jeff Monken ever decides to move
him from quarterback.
Luke Langdon is a 5-10”, 170- pound quarterback who played at the United States Military Academy Prep School last season. Langdon played his high school ball for Lutheran in California. Lutheran is a good high school program that has produced a number of Army players over the last five years due to the former staff's California roots. Luke played for current Army offensive line coach Todd Spencer during his junior season when Todd was the head coach. Langdon completed 57-of-96 passes (59.4%) for 1,072 with 10 touchdown passes against four interceptions as a senior. He added over 800 rushing yards and scored 13 touchdowns. Langdon earned First-team All-Trinity League honors as a senior in 2013.
Langdon played well at quarterback last season for the United States Military Academy Prep school. Luke understands the system, his option reads and did a nice job managing the offense and distributing the ball. He is an excellent decision maker. As a runner he has quick feet, moves well and does a nice job getting up the field. Langdon isn't nearly as fast as Carter and lacks a top end breakaway gear. Luke excelled as a passer and was often called upon at USMAPS in obvious passing situations. He has a strong arm, a very quick release, throws a nice tight spiral and can really drive the ball. He's shown a feathery deep touch throwing post and go patterns. He does a nice job on play action passes, is mobile in the pocket and can throw on the move. Langdon is a natural leader who gets the most out of his teammates. He was praised for his leadership skills by his former high school head coach Chuck Petersen. Luke was selected one of the team captains at USMAPS. Langdon’s brother-in-law is former USC and current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley.
William James is a direct admit quarterback from Morgan Park high school in Illinois. James is the biggest of the quarterback recruits at 6-2" and 206 pounds. He played for three different high schools.
He spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Nicholas Senn high school. James transferred to Hales Franciscan where he played his junior season and finished up his high school career at Morgan Park.
It almost seemed during his recruiting process that he's already played at different service academies. James changed his mind repeatedly during recruiting season as he switched back and forth between Army and Air Force before finally settling on West Point. It was a nice win for Jeff Monken's staff after watching the previous Ellerson regime consistently lose recruits to Air Force. James played on both sides of the ball during his career in multiple positions. William completed 144 of his 269 passes (53.5%) for 947 yards as a senior. He ran for 1,008 rushing yards. On defense he posted 21 tackles, eight for loss and picked off one pass. James is big and athletic but is a raw quarterback. He showed his natural ability when he was named quarterback MVP last year at the NUC high school combine. James was listed on the Army football R-day roster as a tight end but Jeff Monken will initially try him at quarterback. He has the talent to play on either side of the ball if they move him from quarterback. James had offers from Valparaiso, Lincoln University, and Concordia in St. Paul, Minnesota in addition to the service academies.
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