If you are a recruiting fan, this is the time of year that you can get really excited about the "potential" that a recruit can bring to your program. Quality recruiting and then developing that talent is what makes a program either a success or failure. As a recruiter, Todd Berry wasn't bad, but even with quality talent, over the past 2 to 3 years, the Army football program has been easily deemed a failure.
Berry is gone and there is a new sheriff in town. Unless you have been in a deep sleep, his name is Coach Bobby Ross...coaching and recruiting is his game.
We will look at the recruiting aspect in upcoming articles, but Coach Ross has some talent on board. He and his staff are evaluating as we speak. The youngest of that lot, are the present freshmen who are soon to be sophomores.
Here's a "brief" review of the talent on hand.
an asset (6-foot-4 220 pounds). Good arm
off injury season, fully recovered & will press for playing time. Will
benefit from off-season training.Should tip the scales by the season @ 180
& extremely athletic QB, with a strong arm.Should get a serious look by coaching
staff during the spring.
challenge for quality playing time & push veterans.Will benefit fromadditional weight (off season
smart athlete. May start off the season on special teams.Adds depth & speed to the RB
benefit from off-season speed workouts and will push for starting role.Timeat fullback may be a possibility. Will
benefit immensely with the addition of Ross as RB Coach.
to add on weight & should come into spring practice @ 215-220. Will push for
athletic. Has the size for a free safety, however not overly physical, but has
an incredible nose for where the ball is.Look for him to come into spring @ 195-200
size but moved from ILB (DE in high school). Will benefit from working under
from ILB to Strong Safety.Brings
size and physical presence to the position.Will need grace period to learn new
aggressive player, but "tweener" (perhaps too small of OLB & maybe not fast
enough for SS). His toughness will get him some reps somewhere.
strong leg on kickoffs.Needs to
work on accuracy relative to field goals. Kicker of the future.
add immediate depth at the center position. Extremely dedicated
definite strength and quickness to the Army offensive
potential and will add depth to OL.
depth to the OL, and will push for quality playing
size, needs to work on technique and play meaner.Will be counted on to add
Connon, has the size, but must mature as a player immediately.Will be counted on to add
hands and knack for going after the ball. Needs to work on speed.Will be part of the WR
size, now needs to add the speed. If not, could see him at OG or
potential. Could play TE or DE.Will press for starting job at either
causing havoc from DE spot over the next 3 years.Will benefit from off-season training,
relative to off the ball explosion.Look for him to put on an additional 10-15
Bold:Sophomores to watch.Although the door will be open for "all" sophs to use the spring to make
their presence known to the new coaching staff.