The group chats started long before Cade Anders met his future football teammates in New York City this weekend.
Anders and members of Army Prep’s 2021 team started communicating during the recruiting and commitment processes. Now, they are moments away from three weeks of military training after reporting for R-Day Monday.
“It was great,” said Anders, a tight end from Tift County (Ga.) High School on hanging out with his teammates. “I had met a couple before around spring break but it was awesome to meet even more. I’m glad I got to meet some familiar faces before we start our training.”
Anders spent time with Omarrian Aigbedion, Tanner Bivins, Dwayne Coleman, Marcus Dickey, Taylor Saulsberry and Jabril Williams in New York prior to heading up to West Point.
Suffern running back Clev Lubin, the New York state Gatorade player of the year and Knoxville (Tenn.) Central twins Kalib Fortner and Liam Fortner are among players on 2021 Army Prep roster.
Here’s a working list of the team (If we are missing anyone, please DM us on Twitter @BKKnightNation)
OL Omarrian Aigbedion, 6-3, 280, Katy (Texas) HS: Other offers – New Mexico State
RB Kalei Akagi, 5-11, 180, Leilehua HS, Wahaiwa, Hawaii: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army.
RB Noah Alexander, 5-10, 188, Eufaula (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Navy
P Cooper Allan, 6-2, 205, Independence HS, Thompson’s Station, Tenn.
TE Cade Anders, 6-4, 242, Tift County HS, Tifton, Ga.: Other offers – Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, South Alabama, Charlotte
QB Jacob Azizi, 6-2, 180, Bishop Verot HS, Fort Myers, Fla.
OL Braden Bartosh, 6-3, 260, Park Hill South HS, Kansas City, Mo.: Other offers – Navy.
DB Marcus Bass, 5-10, 171, Lincoln College Prep, St. Louis, Mo.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
DL Matai Bell, 6-3 315, Campolindo HS, Moraga, Calif.: Other offers – Wyoming
OL Tanner Bivins, 6-2, 300, Wesleyan School, Norcross, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Eastern Michigan. First-team all-state lineman as junior. Three-time state wrestling finalist.
OL Cody Bradford, 6-3, 270, Flowery Branch (Ga,) HS: Preferred walk-on offer – Georgia State
TE Kenyatta Brannon, 6-4, 240, Chanhassan (Minn.) HS: First offer – Air Force. Second offer – Army.
QB Dwayne Coleman, Roosevelt HS, San Antonio, Texas: Former Texas A&M Kingsville commit. Rushed for 1,044 yards and 21 TDs as senior.
LB Kemari Copeland, 6-3, 225, Kellam HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: Other offers – Navy, Marshall. Former Navy commit.
DE Zac Daher, 6-4, 245, Northwest HS, Wichita, Kansas: Other offers – Air Force, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, New Mexico
RB Greg Daniel, 5-11, 188, Calvary Day HS, Savannah, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LB Tyler DeLeon, 6-3, 210, Los Alamitos (Calif.) HS: First offer – Army. Member of U.S. National football team
DE Marcus Dickey, 6-3, 230, Biloxi (Miss.) HS: Other offers – Akron, New Mexico, South Alabama
OL Jack Flowers, 6-2, 260, Upper Arlington HS, Columbus, Ohio: Other offers – Air Force, Toledo (preferred walk on)
LB Kalib Fortner, 6-1, 205, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS
WR Liam Fortner, 6-1, 185, Knoxville (Tenn.) Central HS
LB Jaden Genova, 6-foot, 200, JSerra Catholic, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.: Other offers – Oregon
S Jofranstar Graham, 6-foot, 190, Evans (Ga.) HS: First offer – Army
OL Turner Hillburn, 6-3, 270, Royse City (Texas) HS: Other offers – Navy, Wyoming, New Mexico, Louisiana-Monroe
WR Zion Jackson, 6-1, 180 Archer HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.
CB John Javis, 5-10, 170, Spring Valley HS, Columbia, S.C.
K Ewan Johnson, 5-11, 160, South Doyle HS, Knoxville, Tenn.
DB Keanu Kama, 6-2, 170, Santa Margarita Catholic HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
C Bill Katsigiannis, 6-1, 260, Katy (Texas) HS
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
RB Clev Lubin, 6-3, 212, Suffern (N.Y.) HS: Gatorade New York State Player of the Year rushed for 1,053 yards and 16 touchdowns in six games as a senior. First offer – Army. Other offers – Buffalo, Kent State, UMass
CB Walker Lyles, 6-2. 188, Pelham (Ala.) HS: First offer – Army
CB Jaydan Mayes, 5-11, 180, Fairfield (Ohio) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Marshall
DL T.J. McCormack, 6-2, 225, Lakeland HS, Wanaque, N.J.
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
QB Zach Mundell, 5-10, 170, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
CB Donavon Platt, 6-foot, 190, Ragsdale HS, Jamestown, N.C.: First offer – Navy
TE Mitch Raifsnider, 6-8, 245, Margaretta HS, Castalia, Ohio: Other offers – Akron, Eastern Michigan, Liberty
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Illinois, Colorado State
DL Kenny Reedy, 6-foot, 250, Salisbury (Conn.) School: Former HS teammate of 2020 Army commit Andre Miller.
LB Ahmad Ross, 6-2, 223, St. Joseph’s Academy, Hammonton, N.J.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army
WR Taylor Saulsberry, 6-4, 195, Katy (Texas) HS: Preferred walk-on offer: Houston
DE Josh Schell, 6-4, 225, Mount Pleasant (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Akron, Buffalo, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Toledo
RB Sabastian Shannon, 5-11, 190, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas, Nev.
S Noah Short, 6-foot, 170, The King’s Academy HS, Sunnyvale, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force
RB Casey Shorter, 5–11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas
OL Jacob Smith, 6-3, 300, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Maryland, Akron, East Carolina, South Alabama, Charlotte
S Tim Thurman, 6-foot, 187, Linden (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan. Made 105 tackles in 11 games as a senior
DL Jacob Tuioti, 6-2, 250, Long Beach (Calif) Poly HS: Other offers – Colorado State, Nevada, UNLV. Recorded 61 tackles, 22 for a loss and 10 sacks as junior.
CB Justin Weaver, 5-10, 170, Decatur (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy
DB Jabril Williams, 5-11, 175, Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy: Former Indiana State commit