Army West Point Football Incoming: Offensive Line

The Army Black Knights welcome a dozen new offensive lineman. The players will bring more size and strength to the West Point O-line. Here is a look at each new freshmen offensive lineman.
Alex Herndon is a 6-foot-2, 240 lineman from Calvary Baptist Day high school in Savannah, Ga. Rated a 2-star prospect by, who selected Army over Mercer University. He was a 2-way starter on both the offensive and defensive line during his junior and senior seasons. Herndon was selected all All-Savannah Morning News first-team selection as a defensive lineman this year, and a first-team pick as an offensive lineman as a junior. He has the size and quickness to help the Black Knights.
 Kyle Wilkins is a 6-foot-3 lineman from Hinsdale, Ill., who is unrated on He was an outstanding wrestler in high school and ranked No. 2 in the wrestling heavyweight class by the Washington Post. He played on both the offensive and defensive lines for his high school. Wilkins claims a 4.98 forty speed, which is if true, is very impressive. Many of the bigger wrestlers do well on the lines because of great knowledge of the use of leverage.
Michael Johnson is a 6-foot-3, 280 pound lineman from Hinsdale, Ill. who was rated a 2-star prospect on Last season he attended the West Point Prep School (USMAPS). In addition to Army, he was also offered by Drake and Western Illinois. He looks fairly lean, without a lot of fat. He claims 4.9 forty speed. That's pretty good for a guy his size. He's a player who has the potential to help Army in his first year or two.

Jake Baumert  is a 6-foot-3, 301 pound lineman from Lovejoy high school in Texas. He was rated a 2-star prospect by As a senior, he was recognized as a unanimous choice for first team All-District (Texas 5A Region II District 10) for the second straight season. He looks like a good fit at guard.

Michael Owens is at 6-foot-4, 250 pound player from Nazareth Academy in Clarendon Hills, Ill. Rated a 2-star prospect by, he chose Army over an offer from Georgia State and Western Michigan. Last season he played at USMAPS. He helped lead his team to a state championship as a senior while earning First Team All-State honors.
Liam McCarthy is a 6-2, 277 pound lineman who last season was a postgraduate at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut. In 2014 he played for Hingham high school in Massachusetts where he earned defensive MVP after recording 70 tackles and 9.5 sacks. Other schools that offered him include Bentley, Bryant, and Central Connecticut State. McCarthy was rated a 2-star propect by
Grant Kerstens is a 6-2, 280 pound lineman from Parkview Baptist high school in Louisiana. Rated a 2-star prospect by, Kerstens was also offered by Navy, Grambling and Dartmouth.
Noah Utley is a 6-foot-4, 250 pound player from Loyola high school in Southern California. An unrated prospect by, he earned All-Mission League honors as a lineman. Watching his video below, he appears to very good footwork which is important for a lineman.
Jack Sides is a 6-foot-2, 273 pound lineman from powerhouse program Highland Park high school in Dallas. He is unrated by Sides earned All-District and All-State honors last season while playing center and guard. He also played on the Highland Park baseball team.
Jaxson Deaton is a 6-4, 304 pound lineman from Frisco high school in Texas. Rated a 2-star prospect by, 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 the upper third of his ESPN combine group.
Cooper Simpson  is a 6-foot, 260 pound fire hydrant built lineman from Buford, Ga. Rated a 2-star prospect by, Simpson chose West Point over offers from Air Force and Navy. He has the build for a center, the position he was recruited for by Army. Simpson earned First Team 4A All-State honors as a senior.
Nick Dabbelt is a 6-foot-1, 260 pound lineman from Centerville, Ohio. He was an unrated prospect on who earned honorable mention All-State honors in 2014. He attended USMAPS last season. In high school he played tackle and center. He's another that could end up at center for Army.

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