April 8, 2008

Top 16 - Recruiting Class 2008

Signing Day has come and gone, and Coach Stan Brock and staff have signed a solid class. There are 85 recruits that have committed to play football for the Army Knights and represent the Class of 2008.

GoBlackKnights.com decided to take a deeper look and rank the Top 11 that we feel will be headlining this class and offer you our brief take on each incoming player.

For how much Army struggled on offense last season the Black Knights' staff didn't miss a beat on the recruiting trail when it came to quarterbacks, bringing in nine signal callers. Although it is clear that once the dust settles, some of their football careers for the Black Knights will most likely see them in other positions. However, there are three quarterbacks, along with others that made our Top 11 list … but rest assured that all commits from the incoming class of 2008 will come in with their guns blazing as well.

Black Knights' Recruiting Class 2008
Top 11

1. Derek Bisgard, DE; Saguaro HS (AZ) - Prep: Arguably the most important recruit in this class considering the Black Knights' need for a corner pass rusher. Bisgard could have had immediate impact had he gone direct, but the Arizona High School Defensive Lineman of the Year who has a motor and attitude that don't stop will fine tune his talents at USMAPS for the 2008 season. He is currently at 260 pounds and looking to come in at 265 pounds.

2. Paul McIntosh, QB; Reitz HS (IN) - Direct: Army beat out Ball State for McIntosh's commitment, landing the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year on December 7th. Of course with that title comes expectation and McIntosh has the maturity and talent to back it up. Look for him to compete for starting job as soon as he steps foot on campus.

3. Chris Ingram, MLB; Marbury HS (AL) - Prep: Simply put, this under the radar defender, Ingram was an outstanding get for Army and with Ingram, he's has the size and athleticism to play inside or outside.

4. Demetrius Richardson, QB; Cherokee HS (NJ) - Prep: Although raw, the talent is there and he already has tremendous size and athletic ability. The icing on the cake is his personality. He is a charismatic young man who has a pied-piper effect on his teammates and already seems to be the designated leader amongst his incoming peers. Richardson will benefit from a year at the prep school.

5. Steve Erzinger, MLB; Lamar HS (TX) - Direct: A tough - hard nose linebacker who should see some reps on special teams as a freshman. Could prove to be the most underrated player in the class.

6. Cory Myers, TE; Cactus HS (AZ) - Prep - Fits a need that the Black Knights haven't had since Tim Dunn (a tight-end who can block as well as catch).

7. Corey Laufasa, MLB Evergreen HS (WA) - Direct: He is a tough, find-the-football type linebacker who loves contact, roams the field and plays to the whistle. Laufasa will need to add strength & weight coming into the summer practices and the season to be effective this year, but is a solid backer nonetheless.

8. Lonnie Liggins, RB; Hereford HS (MD) - Prep - A speedy and shifty runner who is currently up to 185 pounds and is looking to come in at 190 pounds. Liggins may not have much competition for playing time at USMAPS, but still needs to raise his game to the next level as the top running back recruit for this class. I'm cautiously optimistic about his future.

9. Brad Kelly, TE; Exeter Area HS (NH) - Direct: Could move up the depth chart by the end of summer practice. Don't be surprised if Kelly doesn't get some looks at linebacker.

10. Dan McGue, FB; Benet Academy (IL) - Prep: Tough blocker and will only get bigger and better with a year at USMAPS. Like Erzinger … McGue could be the sleeper of this group.

11. Max Jenkins, QB; Langham Creek HS (TX) - Direct: Don't count Jenkins out of the QB competition. Jenkins will be looking to push his way up the depth chart.

Come the end of summer practices, there should be plenty of instant impact from this recruiting class around West Point & USMAPS next season. This should make for an exciting 2008 season and a bright future for Army Black Knights football.

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