January 31, 2012

GBK: Pre-Signing Day Notes

The Army coaching staff is less than 18 hours away from pulling together one of their more athletic and versatile classes since the arrival of Head Coach Rich Ellerson four years ago.

But there is still much work to be done, although relative to our projected numbers of incoming players for the 2012 Recruiting Class, things are starting to get closer signed, sealed and soon to be delivered.

The past two weeks have seen the commitment plate become increasingly full for the staff, especially the past several days.

GoBlackKnights.com is projecting that 18-20 prospect will be coming in Direct. This number does not include the 32 players that we see arriving from the USMAPS.

Then you have another 40 (approximate) prospects who will be making their way to the USMAPS for 2012.

The staff is hoping that some of the aforementioned totals of those coming in direct or to the prep school, will include the 17 recruits who will be on campus this weekend for what will be the final official visit weekend for the Black Knights in 2012.

As such and which is part of Army's method to the National Signing Day madness, there will be "late" additions to the new class of Black Knights.

One such player is defensive back, Tim Kamana out of Honolulu (Hi.) Punahou High School, who came away from his January 20th official visit to Army on fire for the Black Knights. That has not changed, but in the final days prior to NSD, Wyoming has stepped into the picture with an offer. Kamana plans on visiting Wyoming in two weeks, which of course extends beyond NSD. However, we are predicting that when the dust settles, the 5-foot-11, 175 safety prospect will be part of Army's 2012 class.

Unlike the 2011 recruiting class, look for this group not to have many direct players who will offer immediate impact. Of course come summer, each will be given the opportunity to show their worth. But the depth and talent on the roster makes it very challenging for an incoming frosh, especially enduring the transition into West Point relatively difficult.

However, there are a handful of players coming in from the USMAPS that have turned heads and could be thrown in the fire immediately.

Quarterback
AJ Schurr (5-11, 207)

Nose Tackle:
Tala Atlmalala (6-0, 270)

Defensive Tackle:
Jonas Niusulu (6-3, 225)

Defensive End:
Dalton Mendenhall (6-3, 230)

Cornerbacks:
Chris Carnegie (6-0, 185)
Cortland Fort (5-10, 170)

Keep it right here as we get closer to National Signing Day on GoBlackKnights.com.

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