Army Incoming - the Quarterbacks

Now that the new Cadets have taken the oath on R-day will look at this year's incoming freshman class by position. This is Army head coach Rich Ellerson's first full recruiting class. Today we'll check out the new Black Knight quarterbacks.

In 2009 a mixture of the previous staff and the incoming coaches from Cal Poly with west coast connections recruited his recruits. This year the staff seemed to do a nice job in upgrading the speed and athleticism in this class compared to the efforts of the last decade. And now a look at the quarterbacks.

Cody Jackson from San Mateo was one of the California recruits that Ellerson was able to convince to commit after he was hired. Jackson joins the Black Knights after leading the United State Military Academy prep team to 23 points per game last year. The 6-foot tall, 200 pound signal-caller did a solid job running the option. Jackson fits the profile that coach Ellerson looks for in a quarterback; an athletic player that can manage the game. At San Mateo in 2008, Jackson passed for 1,327 yards and rushed for 832 yards.

Jackson has above average quickness, which he illustrated with a 41-yard touchdown run against Navy prep. The lefty Jackson will not remind anyone of Steve Young throwing the ball but he has decent arm for an option quarterback. Jackson did passed for three touchdown passes against Hudson Valley Junior College but overall needs to improve his accuracy. On a few occasions where he didn't set his feet he under threw his receivers.

Matt Luetjen is a direct admit who chose Army over offers from Air Force and four Ivy league schools. Luetjen, a native of Hennessey, Oklahoma, has quick feet and good speed. He ran a 4.48 forty-yard dash at the Tulsa camp. Luetjen is a solid 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds and is built like an option quarterback. He rushed for 1,366 yards last year and showed the ability to turn the corner.

Luetjen ran a spread offense in high school. Matt passed for 1,260 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. While Luetjen doesn't possess a big arm and has a slow delivery, he showed a nice, feathery touch on deep passes in high school. Luetjen also played defense picking off two passes as a defensive back.

Another direct admit who will get a look at quarterback is J.R. Woodward from Illinois. Woodward (6-4, 185) ran a triple option offense in high school at Anna Jonesboro. His senior year Woodward ran for 1,000 yards and threw for over 700. Woodward, like Luetjen, also had the athleticism to play defensive back.

It's unclear whether Zach Williams another USMAPS product will compete at quarterback or be moved to another position. Williams played quarterback but was hurt early in USMAPS 2009 camp and missed most of the year. He did appear at linebacker once healthy.

The 5-foot-11, 210 pound Williams had a prolific four-year career as a quarterback starter in high school. Williams passed for 7,198 yards and 69 touchdowns and ran for 4,631 and 65 touchdowns. His senior year at Melissa high school (Texas), Zach completed 167 of 272 passes for 2,505 yards, 24 touchdowns with just 5 interceptions and rushed 142 times for 1,099 yards and 19 touchdowns. Williams has 4.7 forty speed and could also project to linebacker or safety.

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