ARMYSPORTS.com continues our review of this year’s incoming freshman class by position. The fullback, or B-Back, position in the Army offense will miss last year's captain Larry Dixon. Dixon ended his career in fourth place on the Army all-time list with 3,188 career yards. He earned First team All-FBS Independent honors last season. Thanks to the recruiting efforts of Jeff Monken's staff the fullback position received some needed talent and depth with this year's Incoming fullback class.
Darnell Woolfolk is a 5-9", 220 pound recruit who had an outstanding season last year as the B-back at the United States Military Academy Prep School. Darnell was an All-State flexbone fullback and a Mike linebacker at Maine-Endwell high school in New York. He was named Class B MVP as he helped Maine Endwell win three straight state championships. Woolfolk ran for 1,643 yards his senior season. Darnell's Maine-Endwell high school team closed his high school career with 38 straight wins.
Woolfolk was the starting fullback at USMAPS. In last year opener he helped USMAPS rally to defeat Army JV 15-10 by scoring a fourth quarter touchdown. He scored a touchdown in the 35-0 blowout victory over Gattaca Academy. He ran for 102 yards and a score in the victory over Lackawanna College. In the win over Valley Forge he led USMAPS in rushing and scored two touchdowns to spark another come from behind victory.
The best way to describe Woolfolk is that he is a battering ram wearing a football helmet. He is a true fullback and a real workhorse. Woolfolk is very physical and easily runs through arm tackles. He has a tremendously powerful lower body with impressive leg drive. There was usually at least one moment
in every prep game where Woolfolk would run into a pile and somehow push it back dragging four or five defenders for extra yards. Darnell was very effective in short yardage situations and running between the tackles. He possesses a nice burst through the line and can slide his feet. It is difficult for one man to tackle him. Woolfolk has good hands, can catch the fullback option, will block and did a nice job adjusting to playing B-back in a triple option system. Woolfolk lacks the overall run skills and speed that Larry Dixon possessed but he can rip off some nice runs. He doesn't have a second gear to break really long runs that flip the field. That said, once Darnell has his shoulders square he is a very effective downhill runner. Woolfolk has the talent to compete for playing time as a plebe. He has a chance to contribute early in his career.
Jeff Monken's staff landed Drue Harris, a talented 6-foot, 220 pound direct admit fullback, from Fountain-Fort Carson High school in Colorado. Harris ran for 1,216 yards and 11 touchdowns last year during his senior season. He originally committed to Colorado State but the hard-charging fullback lost his offer when new head coach Mike Bobo took over for Jim McElwain who departed to become the coach at Florida. It left Harris, who originally also had offers from Air Force, Northern Colorado and Wyoming, without a Division I offer late in the process. Army's strong late recruiting push helped land Harris. Harris played outside linebacker as well but was recruited as a fullback. He is a legit Division I athlete with good speed, power and quickness. Drue looks like the fastest of the new incoming B-backs on film.
Teran Barnitz (5-11”, 220) attended the United States Military Academy Prep School but suffered a broken arm in preseason camp and didn't play at all last year. He was initially recruited by John Loose for Lafayette College in 2014 before Loose took the linebacker coaching job at Army. After Loose joined the Black Knights he extended an offer to Barnitz who accepted. Teran attended Cabell-Midland high school in West Virginia. He ran for 1,106 yards on 157 carries, a 7.0 average and scored 15 touchdowns his senior year. Barnitz earned second team All- State honors in 2013. Barnitz is a bulky fullback who has thick powerful legs. He was a physical runner in high school with surprising speed. He is now healthy and will be ready for summer practice.
Kendall Tu’ua, (5-11”, 220) was the backup fullback at the United States Military Academy Prep School last fall. Tu’ua played at Timpview high school in Utah. He ran for more than 1,400 yards and scored 15 touchdowns his senior season. Tu'ua is a good athlete and was ranked third out of 41 athletes who participated in the All Poly junior camp. Tu’ua was used as a change of pace back at USMAPS. Kendall was often employed as the offset gun back when USMAPS used the shotgun formation. Tu’ua runs hard and has a quick short area burst. Tu’ua is a quicker runner than a fast one. He lacks breakaway speed but has been a productive runner.
Next: A look at the incoming slotbacks.
2015 Army Incoming - Fullbacks
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