Surprises from "Beast Barracks" Part I

"Beast Barracks" is the nickname for West Point's six-week cadet basic training program designed to transition new recruits into military life. Army recently completed its 2010 Beast Barracks and there were 13 surprise names that emerged who Army fans should be excited about. Part I.

With "Beast" being conducted during this summer's brutal heat wave three football recruits decided that West Point wasn't for them. DaVonte Anderson and Kyle Dravis proved that misery likes company. Anderson and Dravis are friends and both started at the United States Military Academy last year. They also attended the same high school Orange Lutheran High school in California. Anderson quit but then had a change of heart for a few days before deciding not to move forward and attend West Point. Dravis was a solid all round slotback while Anderson was the best cornerback at USMAPS last year. This year's "Beast" also claimed one direct admit, Dylan Mohammed. Mohammed was a California defensive back recruit. Dylan, whose two brothers Kyle and Marty played for Rich Ellerson at Cal Poly, had a change of heart and decided to forgo a military career.

On the positive front thirteen new names emerged on the Black Knights freshman roster that weren't announced on R-day. will recap these thirteen late additions to this year's class.

Quarterback Chase Cresto from Las Vegas, Nevada has seen some limited snaps early in camp. Cresto (6-2, 215) is a drop back passer from a good high school program Bishop Gorman. Cresto spent last year at the Marion military institute prep school before earning his appointment. He is definitely not an ideal option quarterback because of his lack of speed. In 2008 Cresto completed 42-of-92 passes for 604 yards while throwing for ten touchdowns against three interceptions. He saw some time in Saturday's scrimmage.

At slot back Tyki Nelworth (5-10, 200) pound talented athlete from Los Angeles, California. Nelworth was president of his student body, captain of the football team, played baseball and ran track.

That is just part of the picture. Nelworth has lived a turbulent life where his family struggled constantly. He is the son of a deceased father and a mother who was addicted to drugs and is now in prison. He lived with different extended family members the last few years and overcame all that adversity to earn an appointment to West Point. "Beast" was probably a day in the park compared to the challenges Nelworth faced growing up. Tyki Nelworth is a study in perseverance, resilience and determination.

There are two new plebe wide receivers with ability, Anthony Stephens and Robert Wright, who now appear on the roster. Stephens is a 6-foot-2, 190 pound wide receiver from South Carolina. Stephens offers a tall, rangy big target at wide receiver. He is a smooth, fluid runner with the ability to adjust to the ball and has good hands. Stephens has good speed and also returned kickoffs in high school. During his senior year Stevens caught 25 balls for 523 yards averaging 20.9 yard per catch and scored three touchdowns. Stephen's father is a West Point graduate and he has impressed during practice. In Saturday's scrimmage Stephens was wide open for what should have been a sure touchdown but quarterback Max Jenkins line drive pass was way over his head.

Wright (6-2, 180) is a receiver from Tennessee who has average speed but served as his Greeneville high school team's home run threat averaging over twenty yards a catch. During his senior year Wright's 24 catches produced 487 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was named to the Tri City first team all-star list and played in the Tennessee state all-star game. In Saturday's scrimmage Wright caught a touchdown pass from Cody Jackson on a slant late when the backups were working on redzone offense. He also ran a reverse that went for no gain. Top Stories