Army Incoming- Defensive Backs

ARMYSPORTS.com continues to review this year's incoming freshman class by position. Army's defensive backs helped the team rank third in the nation in pass defense last year. This unit's best player, Donovan Travis, will graduate along with the other safeties, Dixon and Trimble, after the season. This freshman class should help rebuild the secondary.

Davonte Anderson was the most impressive cornerback at the United State Military Academy Prep School last year. Anderson is an excellent athlete and was one of three members from Orange Lutheran in California to commit in 2009. Anderson posted two interceptions and thirty five tackles as a high school senior. He is a smooth, agile cover corner who can turn and run. He is a physical corner. Anderson plays the ball well in the air. Against Milford Academy he posted four tackles and jumped an out route to pick off a pass which he returned 37-yards for a touchdown. Against Hudson Valley CC Davonte intercepted another pass and ran it inside the twenty-yard-line with an impressive return.

Jordan Crockett, twin brother of slot back Julian, also played corner at USMAPS. Crockett hails from Tampa Florida. The 5-foot-7, 160 pound Crockett is quick, fluid and possesses 4.5 speed. Like his brother he is tough for his size, fearless and is very aggressive. Crockett showed excellent closing speed against Nassau CC when he ran across the field and then ran down a running back that had burst into the clear saving what looked like a sure touchdown. He reacts well to the ball in the air and despite his size battled and knocked down a number of pass attempts.

Tyler Dickson is a converted wide receiver who showed a lot of promise last year at free safety. Tyler is 6-foot-1, 189 pounds with 4.6 speed and hails from Lexington, Ohio. Against Army JV Dickson intercepted a pass and showed terrific moves and acceleration on the return. Another converted wide receiver who attended USMAPS is E-Jay Tucker from Marlboro, New Jersey. Tucker was recruited as a wide receiver but saw time as a linebacker and safety on the prep team. He also ran track. The former high school running back ran an 11.28 second 100-meter dash this spring.

Brandon Porter is a quick, small undersized 5-foot-7, 160 pound cornerback. Porter showed some man-on-man coverage skills. Porter moves well and can change direction, however he lacks pure speed. Porter's size limits his effectiveness against the run although he doesn't shy away from contact and competes. In the game against Army JV last year a few times he was beaten off the line of scrimmage playing bump and run and didn't demonstrate deep recovery speed.

Lyle Beloney is 5-foot-11, 181 pound strong safety from Katy, Texas. Beloney started at USMAPS and possesses solid 4.48 forty speed. Beloney chose Army over Air Force and had the opportunity to be a preferred walk on at Kansas. Beloney has speed, range, can cover and is quick to support against the run. Beloney was impressive against Nassau CC's huge offensive line in limiting their running game.

Army's 2010 defensive back class has three direct commits. Jon Crucitti is a 5-foot-11, 190 pound dual sport recruit. He chose Army over offers from Navy and Air Force. Crucitti will also play outfield for the Black Knights baseball team and while recruited as a safety he could move to wide receiver if the staff needs him there.

Dylan Mohamed is another California recruit that this staff added. The 5-foot-10, 190 pound Mohamed is a versatile player who can play corner back, safety, wide receiver and possibly slot back. Dylan's two brothers, Kyle and Marty, played for Rich Ellerson at Cal Poly and were productive players.

Luke Schumacher (6-2, 180, 4.68) is a safety from Indiana who missed most of his senior year with a back injury. Schumacher is very aggressive and was a force against the run in high school. Luke is a very physical tackler who recorded 101 stops his junior year. Schumacher needs to improve on his coverage technique and has only average speed and range. He can also play wide receiver. I wouldn't be surprised if Schumacher eventually moved to linebacker and ended up competing for the rover or whip linebacker position in a few years.

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