Army Incoming - Offensive Lineman continues its review of this year's incoming freshman class by position. The offensive line struggled last year with the new scheme, missed cut blocks and never effectively established the fullback dive. This year's recruits, especially the eight direct admit linemen, reflect the staff's focus on smaller, quicker more athletic linemen who can execute and thrive in this system.

The best lineman at United States Military Academy Prep School last year was Shelby Jackson. Jackson was an unheralded defensive tackle from Rockledge, Florida when he signed with Army. He was converted to center and emerged as a prototypical option center that combines strength and quickness off the snap. It wasn't uncommon to see the 6-foot-2, 270 pound Jackson pancake the opposing lineman and then sprint down field to take out a safety. Jackson has a chance to make the top three on the depth chart as a freshman if he stays healthy.

Zach Burge played left tackle last year at USMAPS. The 6-foot-4, 280 pound native of Anaheim, California struggled with injuries and missed time midway through the season. Burge moves his feet well enough but needs to improve his cut blocking. In a number of games, especially early in the season, he used poor technique as he dove to the ground only to have a defensive end run around him.

Robert Panchisin who played left guard at USMAPS was one of the last commits of Stan Brock.

At 6-foot-2, 280 pounds Panchisin is a big, girthy traditional style lineman who tries to maul people inside. Panchisin isn't very athletic and will probably need to lose weight to improve his mobility. Beast Barracks may be a blessing in disguise for him. While his athleticism can be questioned his effort was consistently excellent. Against Hudson Valley Panchisin was able to knock two players out of the way on a play that produced a touchdown run.

USMAPS right tackle Daniel Whitaker is a hard worker who moves well and did a nice job getting to second level at the prep school. Whitaker is just 6-foot-3, 250 pounds and needs to get stronger and watch his pad level as at times he plays too high.

The offensive line produced the highest number of direct recruits in this year's class. Shane Jones is a 6-foot-1, 270 pound lineman from Van Alstyne, Texas. Jones was one of 53 athletes honored for academic performance by the National Football foundation gridiron club of Dallas. Michael Kime is following in his father's footsteps as an Army player. His father Bill played for Jim Young. Kime is 6-foot-1, 260 pound and hails from Culver, Indiana. He has played in a triple option offense.

Zach Reichert is a 6-foot-2, 270 pound guard who moves well and has solid technique. Reichert played at Quincy Notre Dame in Illinois. Richard Rainey was one of the first players to commit. Rainey is a 6-foot-4, 240 pound offensive lineman from Texas. He is a fairly athletic player who can position well and wall off defenders. He needs to spend more time in the weight room to fill out his rangy frame.

Matthew Strack is an athletic, very strong, physical lineman who will sustain his blocks. The 6-foot-4, 285 pound Starck is from Illinois where he played on both sides of the ball. Stark recently finished second in his state grouping in the shot put. John Szott is a 6-foot-3 265 pound lineman from Illinois who can play a number of positions. He has the frame to get bigger and has decent movement skills.

Colin Joy is a 6-foot-3, 230 pound lineman from Long Island who needs to get bigger and stronger. Brian Zalneraitis is another undersized (6-2, 220) lineman who played both ways. Zalneraitis is from Round Rock, Texas.

Next: A look at the incoming Defensive line

Talk Army football in the Black Knight's Alley FORUM. Top Stories