Army Incoming- Defensive Lineman continues to review this year's incoming freshman class by position. Last season Rich Ellerson and his staff installed the Double Eagle Flex defense that he made famous in Arizona. Today we take a look at the incoming Plebe defensive linemen.

With the talent Ellerson inherited in quick end Josh McNary, who led the team with 12.5 sacks, nose guard Mike Gann and the recently graduated Victor Ugenyi, the Black Knights finished 16th overall in total defense. However, McNary and Gann are entering their senior campaigns so Army will soon need to rebuild. Unfortunately when discussing the incoming 2010 defensive line the real story is who is not coming.

Army's top two defensive linemen at United State Military Academy Prep School, Julius Warmsley and Jamal Mtshali both decided that West Point was not for them. The athletic 6-foot-2, 260 pound Warmsley was Army's top rated three star-defensive recruit in 2009 after the defensive end recorded 13 sacks his senior year. He chose to attend Tulane just before USMAPS graduation. The powerful free spirited Mtshali might have been a bigger loss. Mtshali, who played out of position at nose tackle while at USMAPS, is extremely strong, explosive and quick and would have been an impact bandit tackle. He'll have a chance to beat Navy but it will be as a Delaware Fightin' Blue Hen in 2011. Army's disappointing defensive line recruiting trifecta was unfortunately completed when it was announced that their top defensive line recruit Joel Cox, who committed to attend West Point this year, would not be admitted after his physical. The powerful, 6-foot-1, 275 pound Cox, who was named Indiana's Mr. Football for defensive linemen, will attend Ball State instead of coming to West Point.

So after losing a future quick end, bandit-tackle and nose guard there is no way to sugarcoat the fact that this year's defensive line recruiting class took a major hit. USMAPS did produce a number of linemen who may contribute in the future. Bobby Keough from California played defensive end at the prep school but with his bulky body type and bull rush style he'll be moved inside to defensive tackle or nose tackle. Keough isn't the most athletic player but if he gets bigger and stronger he could be a run stopper inside.

Clayton Keller played both linebacker and quick end at USMAPS. He is 6-foot-2, 225 pounds from Salisbury, Connecticut and can play all-out. Keller can also pursue and is very physical. He had a sack and quarterback hurry against Hudson Valley Community College. Keller is a sure tackler and did a nice job against the run. With his athleticism he'll probably be looked at as a quick end this fall.

Another defensive lineman who played at USMAPS and took the oath recently was Mike Sikorski. Mike Sikorski played defensive tackle at USMAPS. The undersized Sikorski, 6-foot-1, 230, struggled at times at the point of attack but moves fairly well.

There are five direct recruits that are right now dealing with Beast Barracks. One of the most promising is quick end recruit Quen Kantaris. The 6-foot-3, 220 pounds Kantaris is a natural pass rusher from Moorpark, California. Kantaris was voted his league's defensive lineman of the year after he recorded 16 sacks. He looks like he was born to play quick end in this defense.

Two-way tackle Victor Ripley, 6-4, 230, of Henrico, Virginia is the type of athletic lineman that Rich Ellerson and his staff are targeting. Ripley had 24 sacks the past two years including 11 his senior year. Keegan Merrigan (6-3, 215) is another West Coast recruit of Rich Ellerson's staff. Merrigan played for one of Arizona's premier high school programs in Chandler Hamilton. Merrigan last year posted 57 tackles and 11 sacks. Merrigan can play either quick end or linebacker. Two other direct admits are Charles Tobin and. Ryan Kalnins. Tobin is a two way tackle from North Carolina. The 6-foot-3, 225 Tobin was an all-conference performer who chose the Black Knights over an offer from Air Force. Kalnins is a versatile athlete from Connecticut. He's a 6-foot-1, 210 defensive end who also played tight end. Additionally, Kalnins was an accomplished wrestler and track and field performer.

Next: A look at the incoming linebackers.

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