Sabastian Shannon stayed positive through the college football recruiting process.
Shannon received offers from Division II schools but wasn’t able to produce any new highlight films with Bishop Gorman’s football season being postponed.
Enter Army offensive line coach Saga Tuitele. Tuitele contacted Shannon earlier this week to discuss an opportunity with the Black Knights.
Two days later, Shannon, who scored double-digit touchdowns his junior season, announced his commitment to Army Friday.
“The recruiting process was real difficult for me,” Shannon said. “It was tough getting my name out there. But, I was still pushing through. My gut told me to stay patient.
“I always look for the brotherhood first in a team and that’s what I like the most about Army.”
Tuitele spoke with Shannon and his family about the program’s camaraderie.
“When coach Saga described it to me, I fell in love,” said Shannon, who will attend Army Prep. “He said that I’m going to meet kids just like me – smart, hard-working and determined. He also said that it’s going to be a new experience and I’m all for that.”
Shannon’s grandfather and great grandfather served in the Armed Forces.
Central Catholic (San Antonio, Texas) long snapper Thomas Erwin was among a group of seniors to announce their commitment this week. Erwin’s ties to service academies helped him make his college decision.
Erwin has two brothers that attend Air Force. One plays for the Falcons’ golf team. He was contacted by Army special teams coach Sean Saturnio a few weeks ago. Army was in need of direct commit long snapper.
“What drew me to Army the most is how after college I can serve my country,” said Erwin, who officially committed earlier in the week. “I know a lot about the academies and how great they are.”
Erwin added, “When I received an offer from Army, I knew it would be a great fit. They also have the ninth-best special teams unit in the country so I’m excited to be a part of that.”
Army added another San Antonio talent in Roosevelt quarterback Dwayne Coleman Thursday. Coleman was committed to Texas A&M Kingsville. Coleman rushed for 1,044 yards and 21 touchdowns, passed for 1,263 yards and nine scores and was named district offensive MVP as a senior.
Mount Vernon (Ga.) Presbyterian wide receiver-defensive back Andrew Douglas announced his commitment Monday. Douglas was previously offered by Air Force and Indiana.
Army’s 2021 commit list has topped 100. Here’s an updated list:
2021 commits (104)
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. Rushed for 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns as junior.
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 – Georgia Southern, Georgia State, South Alabama, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina
LB Josiah Banks, 6-1, 190, Mount Tabor HS, Winston-Salem, N.C.: Other offers – Air Force
S Xzavier Barnes, 6-foot, 190, Life Christian Academy, South Chesterfield, Va.
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, state wrestling finalist as junior.
LB Shepherd Bowling, 6-1, 210, Katy (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Texas-San Antonio, Louisiana-Monroe
TE Kenyatta Brannon, 6-4, 240, Chanhassan (Minn.) HS: First offer – Air Force. Second offer – Army.
DB Jordan Burrell, 6-foot, 190, Blythewood (S.C.) HS: Other offers – Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Coastal Carolina, Liberty, Appalachian State, Marshall, Georgia State, Temple, Florida Atlantic, Charlotte. Twin brother Josh signed with Florida State.
RB Joseph Carter, 6–1, 205, University Christian HS, Jacksonville, Fla.: Other offers – Marshall, Liberty, Troy, Western Michigan
LB Steven Carter, 6-1, 220, Newnan (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Eastern Michigan, Coastal Carolina. Made 77 tackles as junior.
LB Brandon Castro, 6-foot, 190, Buford (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Syracuse, Louisville, Maryland, South Alabama
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
LB Blane Cleaver, 6-3, 212, Berwick (Pa.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Central Michigan, Louisiana-Monroe
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.
RB Greg Daniel, 5-11, 188, Calvary Day HS, Savannah, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
DE Zac Daher, 6-4, 245, Northwest HS, Wichita, Kansas: Other offers – Air Force, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, New Mexico
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
S Max DiDomenico, 5-11, 190, Clemens HS, Schertz, Texas: Three-year starting QB returns to defensive side. Rushed for 14 TDs and passed for 14 TDs as senior. Originally committed to Tyler Junior College.
WR-DB Andrew Douglas, 5-11, 175, Mount Vernon Presbyterian HS, Atlanta, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Indiana
LS Thomas Erwin, 6-2, 195, Central Catholic HS, San Antonio, Texas
QB Simeon Evans, 5–11, 175, Bishop Dunne HS, Dallas, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Liberty, Louisiana-Monroe, Coastal Carolina
OL Jack Flowers, 6-2, 260, Upper Arlington HS, Columbus, Ohio: Other offers – Air Force, Toledo (preferred walk on)
LB Eric Ford, 6-3, 205, Landon HS, Bethesda, Md.: Other offers – Navy, Syracuse, Virginia, West Virginia, Buffalo, East Carolina, Liberty, UMass
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
WR Deshontez Gray, 6-4, 220, Pelion (S.C.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, UConn, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State, Charlotte
K Trey Gronotte, 6-foot, 160, Covington Catholic HS, Park Hills, Ky.: Other offers – Air Force, Miami (Ohio). Made 9-of-12 field goals, 68 of 71 extra points and booted 43 touchbacks as a junior.
LB Walt Hawthrone, 5-8, 187, Central HS, Macon, Ga.
OL Turner Hillburn, 6-3, 270, Royse City (Texas) HS: Other offers – Navy, Wyoming, New Mexico, Louisiana-Monroe
DB Terrell Jackson, 6-1, 182, Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Recorded 42 tackles and three interceptions as junior.
WR Zion Jackson, 6-1, 180 Archer HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.
CB John Javis, 5-10, 170, Spring Valley HS, Columbia, S.C.
DL Will Jeffcoat, 6-2, 265, Pelion (S.C.) HS: First offer – Air Force. Second offer – Army. 2020 South Carolina state wrestling champion
RB Jayden Jenkins, 5-8, 160, Archbishop Stepinac HS, White Plains, N.Y.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy
K Ewan Johnson, 5-11, 160, South Doyle HS, Knoxville, Tenn.
LB Gregory Johnson, 5-11, 205, Northwestern HS, Rock Hill, S.C.: Johnson is the senior class president and maintains 4.3 grade-point average.
RB Phillip Johnson, 6-2, 214, Temple (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
CB Chris Joines, 6-2, 171, Reagan HS, Pfafftown, N.C.
DB Keanu Kama, 6-2, 170, Santa Margarita Catholic HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
C Bill Katsigiannis, 6-1, 260, Katy (Texas) HS
CB Chance Keith, 6-foot, 180, Biloxi (Miss.) HS
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
RB Daxon Lindholm, Centennial HS, Peoria, Ariz.: First offer – Army
RB Clev Lubin, 6-3, 212, Suffern (N.Y.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Buffalo, Kent State, UMass
WR-CB Walker Lyles, 6-2. 188, Pelham (Ala.) HS: First offer – Army
K-P Jake Marion, 5-11, 180, North Davidson HS, Lexington, N.C.: Had 52 touchbacks and long field goal of 49 yards as a junior.
CB Jaydan Mayes, 5-11, 180, Fairfield (Ohio) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Marshall
DE Bailey Meek, 6-5, 255, Ridgefield (Wash.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, UNLV
OL Nathan Mejia, 6-3, 275, Cathedral HS, Los Angeles, Calif.: Other offers – San Jose State, Nevada
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
TE-DE William Montesi, 6-3, 225, Greenwich (Conn.) HS: Football and lacrosse captain. Received a lacrosse offer from Air Force and football offer from Bowling Green.
DE Trey Moore, 6-2, 240, Smithson Valley HS, Spring Branch, Texas: Other offers – North Texas, Texas-SanAntonio, Hawaii
OL Collin Morrison, 6-7, 240, Bishop Kelly HS, Tulsa, Okla. Other offers – Navy, Texas State, Arkansas State
QB Zach Mundell, 5-10, 170, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
RB Emmanuel Nda, 5-9, 172, Pittsfield (Mass.) HS
LB-S Branson Owens, 6-foot, 200, Wilcox County HS, Rochelle, Ga.
RB Zach Ogbogu, 6-foot, 205, Denmark HS, Alpharetta, Ga.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
CB Cade Patton, 5-11, 165, Allen (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force
RB Dylan Peterson, 6-1, 210, Pelham (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
QB Gary Phillips, 6-1, 187, Van Buren (Ark.) HS: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army
WR-CB Donavon Platt, 6-foot, 190, Ragsdale HS, Jamestown, N.C.: First offer – Navy
LB Tyler Rafferty, 6-3, 205, Newburgh (N.Y.) Free Academy HS: First offer – Army
TE Mitch Raifsnider, 6-8, 245, Margaretta HS, Castalia, Ohio: Other offers – Akron, Eastern Michigan, Liberty
LB LucRichard Rameau, 6-2, 230, Episcopal HS, Alexandria, Va.: First offer – Army
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.
WR Casey Reynolds, 6-3, 200, Deerfield (Mass.) Academy: First offer – Army
P Matthew Rhodes, 6-5, 195, Auburn (Ala.) HS: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army
OL Matthew Robbins, 6-5, 230, Oklahoma Christian School, Edmond, Okla.: Other offers – Air Force. Father, Trey, is 1996 West Point graduate
LB Demarcious Robinson, Warner Robins (Ga.) HS
DL Charlie Rolenc, 6-1, 263, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla.: Other offers – Navy
LB Ahmad Ross, 6-2, 223, St. Joseph’s Academy, Hammonton, N.J.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army
RB T.J. Rotello, 5-11, 190, Archbishop Moeller HS, Cincinnati, Ohio
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019
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 Zaire Scotland, 5-11, 215, Walhalla (S.C.) HS
RB Lucas Scott, 6-4, 240, Chenango Forks HS, Binghamton, N.Y.: 2019 New York state Class B player of year, 2020 state 285-pound champion. Other offers – Air Force, UMass
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
QB Quindarius Sterling, 5-11, 170, Douglass HS, Atlanta, Ga.
TE Gabriel Thompson, 6-4, 240, Wiregrass Ranch HS, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
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 Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green
DB Leroy Watson, 5-10, 160, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan
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
QB Darius Wilson, 6-2, 162, Saint Laurence HS, Burbank, Ill.: Runs triple option. Threw for 1,144 yards and 12 TD and rushed for 923 yards and 10 TD as junior.
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