Surprises from "Beast Barracks" Part II

"Beast Barracks" is the nickname for West Point's six week new cadet basic training program designed to transition new recruits into military life. A total of thirteen freshman players appeared on the Black Knights freshman roster that weren't announced on R-day. will discuss the rest of these late additions to this year's class.

On the offensive line we were glad to see Justin Godes, a 6-3 260 pound guard from Ramona California, will attend West Point. We heard that Godes had committed this spring and was slated to go direct but were surprised when he didn't appear on the R-day list. Godes has the potential to develop into a contributor in the future. He was overlooked by many recruiters after he tore his ACL which caused him to miss his entire junior year. Godes, like many athletes the year after recuperating from a major knee injury, was not completely recovered his senior year. He now is completely healthy. At the top of his game he is a strong, physical lineman and will sustain his blocks.

On the defensive side of the ball Shane Finnan was a late addition to the 2010 recruiting class. Finnan is an active, undersized 6-foot-0, 235 pound defensive tackle from Illinois. Finnan racked up 57 tackles and two sacks playing at defensive tackle as a junior. In his senior year Finnan was second on the team with 100 tackles. He posted two sacks, had one interception, knocked down seven passes and forced two fumbles. Finnan played well against the backups in Saturday's scrimmage and had a big hit.

Also up front is Kyle Maxwell. Maxwell is a 6-5, 220 player from Romeo, Michigan who projects to quick end or defensive end. Maxwell is a fine all round athlete who played football, basketball and track. Maxwell recorded ten catches for 179 yards and 3 touchdowns at tight end last year.. He was better known as a tight end recruit but recorded one sack in limited playing time on the defensive side of the ball. The Army coaches plan to play him there. Maxwell was a very good shot putter in high school and appeared at the Michigan track meet of champions for the best track performers in the state.

Three players from last year's United States Military Academy Prep school who were primarily backups also appeared on the updated roster from the Army athletic department. At linebacker Quetzalcoal Carrasco is a 5-10, 210 pound player who hails from Michigan. Also from the prep school are long snap specialist Randall Zeegers and Aubrey Newsome who is a 5-10, 180 pound defensive back

Rich Ellerson and his staff added three direct recruit defensive backs very late in the recruiting process that flew under the radar. Thomas Holloway is a 5-11, 190 pound defensive back who captained his Oak Mountain football team. The Alabama native Holloway originally committed to The Citadel before deciding to play FBS football instead with Army. Holloway is a fine athlete who is a smart, aware player with good range. Holloway was named his team's MVP and selected to the all-region team. He posted 61 tackles, had three sacks and broke up five passes last year.

Mike Hoffman is a 5-10, 170 pound defensive back from California. Hoffman played both ways in high school and received all league honors at wide receiver. Ahmad Nasir is a 6-0, 170 pounds player from Alaska who will be tried at cornerback. Nasir is a fine all-around athlete who played quarterback and was named to the all-Inlet conference team. Like many Rich Ellerson recruits he also ran track. Nasir was part of his AJ Diamond high school team's 4 x 100 meter relay that qualified for the state championships. Top Stories