Kanye Udoh may not lining up in Army’s backfield if it wasn’t for high school teammate Brady Small.
Udoh was undecided on where he was going to play college football during his senior year at St. Augustine Prep (N.J.). Small had committed to Army earlier in the recruiting process.
Through Small’s advice, Udoh decided to continue his career with the Black Knights.
“It’s definitely humbling because my senior year of high school, I was indecisive on where I wanted to go,” Udoh said. “Brady helped lead me to come here and I haven’t regretted the decision since.”
After a year together at Army Prep, Small and Udoh and Small have contributed early in their freshman season.
Small has started all four games at center. He’s the only freshman to earn first-team snaps. Small’s 244 snaps are third among Army’s offensive players behind senior lineman Connor Finucane (253) and junior quarterback Bryson Daily (245).
Udoh has worked his way into the running back rotation. He’s taken snaps in the first quarter of Army’s last two games against UTSA and Syracuse. Udoh scored his first career touchdown in Army’s 57-0 win over Delaware State in Week 2.
“At prep school, we (he and Small) would get extra work in the weight room and on the field,” Udoh said. “We always talked about it our rides that we can go there (Army) next season and we can make an impact. It’s nice to see us doing it now.”
Small and Udoh’s Army football careers are off to a pretty good start.
Back to the season’s snap count through four games, senior linebacker Leo Lowin leads the defense with 211 plays followed by senior linebacker/defensive back Jimmy Ciarlo and senior safety Quindrelin Hammonds with 206.