WEST POINT – Army football has welcomed 75 new players for its Class of 2025, as released on Wednesday. Thirty-three of the freshmen are direct admits from high school; the remaining 42 are coming from the U.S. Military Academy Prep School.
“We are so excited to welcome these future leaders into the Army football brotherhood,” said head coach Jeff Monken. “The Class of 2025 will certainly add to our program’s success both this year and seasons to come.’’
The Black Knights are coming off a COVID-challenged 9-3 season. Nearly the entire 2020 original schedule was scrapped just ahead of the season opener due to opponents’ decisions based on the virus. A new slate was drawn up and Army went 8-0 at home, including service academy wins over Navy and Air Force.
Army graduated 21 players from last season, leaving some holes in the linebacker unit, but the Black Knights return a lot of experience, especially at the skill positions.
Of the new class, Monken said: “They are an extremely athletic group but are also high achievers in the classroom, and are committed to leadership and serving their nation as Army officers. Our staff did a tremendous job recruiting young men of high character from all across the country who are also high-level competitors and I am very proud to officially add them to this year’s team.”
Tyler Rafferty of Newburgh Free Academy is the only local player joining the squad and one of just three hailing from New York state. Florida is represented by 12 incoming players, Texas 11, Georgia nine, Virginia five, North Carolina and California four apiece. In all, 25 states are represented by the additions.
Monken has demonstrated during his tenure that the best players will play, and that includes freshmen. A good number of freshmen not only played but started last season.
If you put stock into Rivals.com ranking services, Army was No. 79 as a team recruiting rank and secured one three-star recruit: Jordan Burrell of Blythewood, South Carolina, who played quarterback and safety for the Bengals. Burrell was also offered by Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Marshall, Temple and Virginia Tech.
Rivals also listed 91 two-star recruits who gave verbal commitments, not all of whom signed or were accepted into school.
Army will open its 2021 season on Sept. 4 at Georgia State.
Army freshman class of 2025
Suwanee, Ga. / Peachtree Ridge H.S. / USMAPS
Lewisville, N.C. / Mount Tabor H.S.
Mooresville, N.C. / Moorsville H.S. / USMAPS
Katy, Texas / Katy H.S.
Lafayette, La. / Acadiana H.S. / USMAPS
Carmel, Ind. / Carmel H.S.
Tulare, Calif. / Tulare Weston H.S. / USMAPS
Philadelphia, Pa. / Midway H.S. / USMAPS
Arlington, Texas / Mansfield Timberview H.S. / USMAPS
Loganville, Ga. / Buford H.S.
Baton Rouge, La. / Catholic H.S.
Berwick, Pa. / Berwick Area H.S.
Clearwater, Fla. / Calvary Christian H.S. / USMAPS
Tuscaloosa, Ala. / Hillcrest H.S. / USMAPS
Abernathy, Texas / Abernathy H.S. / USMAPS
Trenton, TN / Peabody H.S. / USMAPS
Schertz, Texas / Samuel Clemens H.S.
Mansfield, Texas / Mansfield Timberview H.S.
El Paso, Texas / Andress Texas / USMAPS
Overland Park, Kan. / St. Thomas Aquinas / USMAPS
Valrico, Fla. / Jesuit H.S. / USMAPS
Crestview Hills, Ky. / Covington Catholic H.S.
Maitland, Fla. / Orangewood Christian School / USMAPS
Tampa, Fla. / Tampa Catholic H.S. / USMAPS
Oceanside, Calif. / Oceanside H.S. / USMAPS
Daytona, Fla. / Mainland H.S. / USMAPS
Richmond, Va. / Benedictine College Prep. / USMAPS
Pelion, S.C. / Pelion H.S.
Newport News, Va. / Woodside H.S. / USMAPS
Lafayette, Ind. / Jefferson H.S. / USMAPS
York, S.C. / Northwestern H.S.
Allenhurst, Ga. / Liberty County H.S. / USMAPS
Mount Juliet, Ten. / Mount Juliet Senior H.S. / USMAPS
Raymore, Mo. / North Kansas City H.S.
Kernersville, N.C. / Ronald Wilson Reagan H.S.
Gardena Calif. / St. John Bosco H.S. / USMAPS
Katy, Texas / Katy H.S.
Biloxi, Miss. / Biloxi H.S.
Glen Allen, Va. / Deep Run H.S.
Scottsdale Ariz. / Horizon H.S. / USMAPS
Killeen, Texas / Ellison H.S. / USMAPS
Virginia Beach, Va. / Life Christian Academy / USMAPS
Savannah, Ga. / Savannah Country Day / USMAPS
Beverly Hills, Mich. / Detroit Country Day / USMAPS
Greenwich, Conn. / Greenwich H.S.
San Antonio, Texas / Smithson Valley H.S.
Tulsa, Okla. / Bishop Kelley H.S.
Rochelle, Ga. / Wilcox County H.S.
Tampa, Fla. / Jesuit H.S. / USMAPS
Atlanta Ga. / Marist School
Allen, Texas / Allen H.S.
Van Buren, Ark. / Van Buren H.S.
Newburgh, N.Y. / Newburgh Free Academy
Rolesville, N.C. / Episcopal H.S.
Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. / Deerfield Academy
Auburn, Ala. / Auburn H.S.
Edmond, Okla. / Oklahoma Christian School
Kissimee, Fla. / Bishop Moore H.S.
Lebanon, Ohio / Moeller H.S.
Immokalee, Fla. / Immokalee H.S. / USMAPS
Cumming, Ga. / South Forsyth H.S. / USMAPS
Binghamton, N.Y. / Chenango Forks H.S.
Bowson, Ga. / Bowson H.S. / USMAPS
Austin, Texas / Lake Travis H.S. / USMAPS
New Orleans, La. / Lusher Charter School / USMAPS
Compton, Calif. / Paramount H.S. / USMAPS
Bellair, Fla. / Clearwater Central Catholic / USMAPS
Richmond, Va. / Highland Springs H.S. / USMAPS
Bradenton, Fla. / St. Stephens Episcopal / USMAPS
East Brunswick, N.J. / Blair Academy / USMAPS
Augusta, Ga. / Aquinas H.S. / USMAPS
Brandon, Fla. / Jesuit H.S. / USMAPS
Las Vegas, Nev. / Palo Verde H.S.
Wilmington, Ohio / Clinton-Massie H.S. / USMAPS
Ponte Vedra, Fla. / Ponte Vedra H.S.
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