Six potential impact Army freshmen

Army's incoming plebe football players have more than three weeks remaining learning basic military skills at Beast Barracks. Sure, some may not make it but lets take a look at some of the top incoming players that can make an impact. Here's an unscientific look at six players that I think could possibly see playing time as freshmen.

Trent Steelman QB (6-0, 185) Bowling Green, Ky.; Bowling Green H.S. (USMAPS)
Probably the most celebrated incoming Army freshman quarterback since Paul McIntosh (yikes!). During his career at Bowling Green high school he accounted for over 7,300 yards and 82 career touchdowns both through the air and on the ground. At the prep school he was named the team's MVP for the 2008 season, Steelman finished the year at USMAPS with over 1000 yards rushing and 800 yards passing.

Parker Whitten LB-DE (6-2, 225) Fyffe, Ala.; Fyffe H.S. (USMAPS)
Army's defense looks much better off than the Black Knight defense but there nothing wrong with giving a capable young player some playing time. As a senior at Fyffe Whitten was selected to Alabama's First Team All-State team. Senior stats for Whitten included 83 tackles, five sacks and three caused fumbles. Whitten was also a finalist for 2A Lineman of the Year.

Eric Osteen K (6-1, 165) Augusta, Ga.; Richmond Academy
Osteen, a kicker, is one of the few incoming Army freshmen that didn't attend the prep school. The Black Knights have a reliable kicker in Matthew Campbell coming back, however, if you have someone that has kicked a 57-yard field goal before, you have to give him a look. Osteen kicked that 57-yarder in high school and earned All-State honors because of his talented toe.

Kelechi Odocha RB (5-7, 175) Columbia, Md.; Atholton H.S. (USMAPS)
A speedster, Odocha rushed for over 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns, his longest run going for over 70 yards. The speedster also caught receptions for over 150 yards. If you are running an option offense you have to take a look at this kid.


George Jordan WR (6-3, 206) Marlborough, Mass.; Marlborough H.S. (USMAPS)
Jordan brings an interesting story to West Point. Jordan went to the prep school to play basketball but ended up on the gridiron after the hoops roster was unexpectedly filled up. Jordan adds great speed and more size to the wide receiver position for Army. When you consider that he had over 1,000 rebounds and 400 blocked shots (leaping ability) at Marlborough and add in his 4.5 forty speed you have the basic ingredients for a pretty good football player. But then when you also realize that he was also the leading receiver on the Marlborough football team you get really excited.

Frank Allen OT (6-4, 275) Palmyra, N.J.; Holy Cross H.S. (USMAPS)
Army's offensive line is one of the chief concerns of everyone that follows the program. Allen has good size, strength and speed for an offensive lineman. He benches over 340 pounds and squats more than 450. Allen also reportedly possesses a 4.85 forty speed, which is quite impressive for a player his size. He's got a shot at playing time this season.

Of course, some on this list may never play a down at Army and there will likely be other plebes not listed here that contribute during games in the fall. Hopefully they'll all make it through Beast Barracks and get a chance to show their capabilities to head coach Rich Ellerson in a few weeks.

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