Army Incoming - Wide Receivers

In its continuing series will look at this year's incoming freshman class by position. The new wide receiver class will have to fill the shoes of the tallest wide receiver in football history. While there won't be a 6-foot-10 receiver at Army this season there are some capable pass catchers headed to West Point. will now take a look at the new Cadet wide receivers.

Army should thank Mr. and Mrs. Trimble for producing so many football players. Justin Trimble joins his brother Jordan at West Point. Their eldest brother Jeremy Trimble was the most productive wide receiver in Army history with 176 catches for 2,330 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Justin Trimble was a running back in high school in Virginia. The 6-foot-0, 185-pound Trimble was switched to wide receiver at USMAPS and looks like the second coming of his older brother Jeremy right down to the No. 5 jersey he wore at the prep school. Against Milford Academy Justin recorded 5 catches for 62 yards. Against South Alabama he had a 66-yard catch and run. He hauled in a 37-yard touchdown pass with a terrific leaping catch against Valley Forge.

Justin, similar to his brother, is a good athlete with a strong running back type build. He has good quickness in and out of his cuts and can run after the catch. He can snatch the ball with his hands and will make the tough catch in the crowd. Justin has 4.6 speed and possesses a 32-inch vertical leap. He has terrific body control and had a number of catches where he out-leaped defenders. True to his running back heritage he is a physical blocker and did a terrific job blocking on the perimeter.

The other starter at USMAPS was Casey Hughes from Shillington, Pennsylvania. Hughes is a long, striding 6-foot-1, 165-pound possession receiver somewhat reminiscent of Jameson Carter. He has good hands and runs solid routes. Against Stevens Tech Hughes had two receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown. Against Hudson Valley Hughes caught an 18-yard scoring pass and he posted three catches against South Alabama. When it comes to blocking Casey needs to be reminded he plays in an option offense. Too often last year Hughes was caught watching the play when it was run away from him instead of going all out to block the backside pursuit.

Scott Williams was one of three Orange Lutheran recruits from the California high school in 2009. Williams had a few multiple catch games last year at USMAPS. He also served as the punt returner. Williams, who ran an 11.4 second 100-meter dash in high school, is more of a possession receiver. During his 2008 senior year he had 71 receptions for 860 yards and seven touchdowns. Williams recorded over 1,300 all-purpose yards as a senior. He can lay out and make the difficult catch and has excellent hands. Two of the direct admits at wide receiver are two local players from the same team. Patrick Laird and Jared McFarlin played at Monroe-Woodbury in New York. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Laird was the team big play receiver with 32 catches for 786 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. Laird also served as the team's place kicker. Laird uses his size well, will catch in traffic and has excellent hands. McFarlin, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound receiver, possesses the type of size offensive coordinator Ian Shields likes in his receivers. McFarlin recorded 12 catches for 186 yards and scored two touchdowns last year. An interesting fact was that the two teammates appeared in the June Upstate/Downstate New York All-Star game and both caught touchdown passes and were named Co-MVPs.

A late addition to this year's class is direct recruit James Holland. Holland is a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder from Renton, Washington. Holland was an all league performer as a running back in high school but will be tried at wide receiver this fall. As a senior he ran 145 times for 1,026 yards and 13 touchdowns. Holland has the stride of a receiver. He is a good athlete with quickness and has the ability to a cut and break tackles.

Next: A look at the incoming offensive line.

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