Future members of Army’s MOB (Malicious Offensive Line Brotherhood) are already forming connections before they begin their journey to West Point.
Braden Bartosh, Omarrian Aigbedion, Tanner Bivins and Cody Bradford started a group chat called, “West Point OL” after their 2021 commitments to the Black Knights. Whether it’s playing video games, including Madden, online or meeting on Spring Break vacations in Florida, the quartet’s bonds are growing.
Bivins, a three-time Georgia state wrestling finalist, was one of few Army’s 2021 class members to visit West Point in person in March 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic.
“When I stepped on campus, it was something different and something special,” Bivins said. “I pretty much knew I wanted to go there the second I stepped on campus.”
Bartosh, who played in tackle in spread offense at Park Hill South High School in Kansas City, Mo. said he’s looking forward to Army’s run-heavy scheme.
“I think if you commit to Army as an offensive lineman, you know what you are in for with the offense,” Bartosh said. “I love run blocking. I think it’s the best part. It’s you against another player. That’s where you usually get all of your pancakes and really physical blocks.”
Bradford, who built an Army mancave in his basement after committing, wishes he was up at West Point already.
“I’m ready to get to work,” Bradford said. “I miss football.”
Aigbedion is one of five Katy, Texas seniors in Army’s recruiting class. His interest for Army was sparked through conversations with recruiting coach Mike Viti.
“Everybody is really fond of each other,” said Aigbedion of the 2021 class. Aigbedion is the best Madden player among the offensive line group. “I’m really looking forward to meeting these guys. I’m looking forward to seeing those guys up there.”
Bivins, Bartosh and Bradford all received interest from Navy and Air Force,. Bivins and Bartosh were offered by Navy.
“The reason why I picked West Point was when I committed and I was finally able to meet the other commits, I was definitely like, ‘This is the right decision for sure,'” Bartosh said. “Meeting the o-linemen really sealed the deal for me.”
Bartosh, Aigbedion, Bivins, and Bradford will all attend Army Prep this fall.
Get to know the future Army offensive linemen with the podcast video below: