Army Incoming - Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

A total of 79 freshman joined the Army West Point football team on R-Day.'s Jim Lawler will now introduce the new Cadet wide receivers including Eliezer Hernandez, Jalen Sharp, Zachary Saum, Luke Peterman, Christian Poe, Malik Sanders, Shafer Swann, Jamal Tookes and Tyler Lampe.

In our continuing series, is looking at this year’s Army football's incoming freshman class by position. The Black Knights look like they have improved the talent level and competition on the depth chart. The wide receivers and tight ends from Jeff Monken’s initial recruiting class that attended the prep school last fall and just joined the program appear to have brought some size and speed to the program. will now take a look at the new Army wide receivers and tight ends.

Eliezer Hernandez is a six-foot-3, 245 pound tight end who started last year at the United States Military Academy Prep School. Hernandez is from Lake Worth Community high school in Florida. Hernandez originally committed to Georgia Southern but followed Jeff Monken to West Point in 2014. Hernandez wasn't the most highly touted tight end recruit in 2014 class but like what so often happens he proved to be the best once they started played at USMAPS. Hernandez play was very impressive until he was sidelined by a knee injury that limited him the rest of the season.

Eliezer Hernandez looks like a legit FBS tight end in every way. He is a big target and an excellent blocker. Hernandez runs well for such a big tight end and uses his body well to seal off defenders. Hernandez possesses good hands and has great body control and coordination. It’s rare to see a tight end this big adjust so well to the ball and make the tough catch in traffic. He's healthy now. Hernandez has the talent to possibly start as a plebe and help immediately.

USMAPS head coach Andy Wolfrum and his staff were kept busy rotating in an unusually large group of wide receivers at the prep school last season. Jalen Sharp was a starting wide receiver last fall at the United States Military Academy Prep School. Sharp (6-1", 165) is from Texas and served as his high school team captain while playing both receiver and cornerback. He was twice named to All Conference teams. Sharp led Greenhill high school in 2013 with 31 catches for 516 yards and seven touchdowns. He finished his career at Greenhill with 75 catches for 908 yards and 14 touchdowns. Sharp was named team MVP and was the school's leader in receptions and interceptions.

Jalen Sharp was the smallest and the fastest of the wide receivers at USMAPS. He showed his speed on a touchdown against Gattaca Academy. Sharp was an all-conference track performer. He has run a 10.82 personal best for the 100-meters. Coach Wolfrum liked to use Sharp on reverses and end around plays because of his quickness and acceleration. Jalen has the speed to separate from defenders, get deep and has reliable hands. Of all the incoming receivers he looks to possess the best run-after- the-catch ability. Sharp chose Army over offers from Indiana State and James Madison.

Zachary Saum was a tight end at the United States Military Academy Prep School. Saum is a 6-4”, 215 pound tight end from Cathedral high school in Indiana. He originally committed to Ball State but once Army offered he switched to West Point. His senior year Saum posted 36 receptions for 560 yards and five touchdowns. As a junior Zach had 21 receptions for 314 yards and a touchdown. Saum's Cathedral high school team won four state championships during his high school career.

Zachary Saum is a big, physical hybrid type of tight end /H-back receiver. Saum is an athletic pass catching tight end who the prep staff often split him out wide to take advantage of his receiving skills. A shoulder injury midway through the campaign limited him later in the year. He is a natural receiver with great hands and fine ball skills. Saum should provide at the minimum quality depth at tight end early in his career.

Luke Peterman was a starting wide receiver last fall at the United States Military Academy Prep School. Peterman (6-4”, 190) was the first wide receiver to commit in 2013. As a senior for Vandegrift high school in Texas he made 38 receptions for 791 yards, a 20.8 average and 10 touchdowns. Luke is a nice tall target with good hands. He catches the ball cleanly and can adjust to the ball in the air. Luke is a courageous receiver who will go over the middle and catch the ball in traffic. Peterman runs good routes but he is not a burner. He did manage to get open deep a few times for some big plays. He was an excellent blocker on the perimeter for USMAPS last year.

Christian Poe (6-4”,200) was a back-up wide receiver and the punt returner last year at the United States Military Academy Prep School. Christian is the brother of Army starting wide receiver Edgar Poe He played wide receiver and linebacker at Cienega high school in Arizona. Poe's senior year he caught three touchdown passes, ran for two scores, and returned a kickoff for a touchdown. In addition he picked off three passes and had two defensive returns for touchdowns. He earned second team All-State Division II as a kick returner Poe was an accomplished track athlete who had personal bests in the high jump of 6-9", ran a 23.11 200 meters, triple jumped 43'11 and posted a 23.14 long jump. He blocked two kicks his senior season with his leaping ability. He committed to Army in January of 2014 just before Jeff Monken was hired.

Christian Poe is built a lot like his brother Edgar but is thinner. He is a tall, long and lean player that can really run and has surprising speed. Poe had two key long punt returns that set up USMAPS game winning scores in come from behind fourth quarter victories over Army JV and Milford Academy. Poe offers a sure handed tall target with good speed. As a punt returner he has a knack of making people miss in the open field. He is a very good blocker and a big effort player. He may be able to make an early impact on the return teams.

Malik Sanders (6-5”, 200) was a backup wide receiver last fall at the United States Military Academy Prep School. Sanders is a wide receiver from Harlan Community high school in Illinois. He ran a 4.98 forty yard dash at an ESPN junior combine. Sanders earned Academic All-State honors his senior year. Malik is a tall, lanky receiver with average speed who was very raw but has talent. He looks to be still filling out his frame. Sanders worked hard and improved as the season progressed. Malik is a very interesting size/speed option wide receiver development prospect who has a real nice upside once he matures and understands the system.

Wide receiver Shafer Swann (6-2”, 175) was a backup wide receiver last year at USMAPS. Swann played at from Central Catholic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Pittsburgh Steelers NFL legend Lynn Swann. Shafer played in a run based offense that rarely threw the ball in high school. He showed some big play ability his senior year with eleven receptions for 353 yards, an amazing 32.1 average per catch and four touchdowns despite limited opportunities.

Swann was in the rotation at the prep school but lost in the shuffle a bit. He is inexperienced and raw but he has ability. He didn't play football all four years in high school as he focused on track so his route running and blocking techniques need to be refined. Swann isn't his father but has good speed and reliable hands. Shafer needs to get stronger, improve his blocking and fill out his frame. He could emerge as a contributor down the road but his game needs to develop.

Jamal Tookes (6-4', 185) was used as a wide receiver and tight end at times last year at the United States Military Academy Prep School. Jamal is a Georgia product recruited from a wining Eagles Landing Christian Academy program that has produced a few Army football players in recent years. Tookes made 32 receptions for 444 receiving yards, a 13.9 average and six scores as a senior at Eagles Landing Christian Academy in 2013. Tookes offers excellent size for an Army receiver. He has a long stride and is a gliding type runner. He's not a big play threat but will catch the ball in traffic.

Tyler Lampe is the only direct admit wide receiver in this year's class. Lampe is a 6 foot-4 inch 190-pound possession wide receiver from Gettysburg high school in Pennsylvania. Tyler was a productive and versatile player on offense his senior year. He produced 365 receiving yards, 268 rushing yards and scored six touchdowns. Tyler also played defensive back and lead Gettysburg in interceptions. He earned YAIAA Division II football all-stars first team honors at wide receiver and honorable mention as a defensive back. Lampe is a good athlete who was an all-conference basketball player and played varsity tennis. He's lacks FBS type deep speed but has good hands and was fearless in high school going over the middle.

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