Kam Edge knew there would be plenty of college coaches watching his Georgia state football semifinal but he had no idea that Army defensive coordinator Nate Woody was in the crowd.
Woody was there to watch Holden Sapp, Edge’s Benedictine Military School teammate and Army commit, play North Oconee last month.
Edge ended up catching Woody’s attention, rushing for a touchdown and catching a touchdown pass in a 42-32 win. After the game, Woody spoke to Edge. He was on Army’s recruiting radar. Woody and assistant coach Tucker Waugh kept in touch with Edge for about a month before head coach Jeff Monken called with an offer to play for the Black Knights.
Edge’s college decision was still unclear until he took an official visit this past weekend. The visit sealed his commitment to Army. Edge met with Monken Sunday and said he, “was ready to become a Black Knight.”
“I wasn’t real sure before visiting how it was going to be, but after seeing it and talking to the players and coaches, it answered all of my questions and concerns about the program,” Edge said. ” What really stood out was how close and connected the players and coaches were and the facilities they had to offer.
Edge added, “I didn’t know much about West Point and had no idea what to expect. To say the least, the campus blew me away and the coaches and players made me feel like I was home.”
Edge, who is being recruited as a slotback, caught 53 passes for 720 yards and six touchdowns, rushed for 264 yards and a score and threw a 57-yard touchdown pass his senior season. He’s also a first-team, all-state shortstop.
Another factor in Edge’s commitment to Army was continuing to play with Sapp. Edge and Sapp have been football teammates since they were 10 years old.
“Having a close friend in college like West Point will be a real help to have someone you know will be there for you if things get tough,” Edge said.
Edge broke down film with Army’s quarterbacks coach Cody Worley comparing his skill set with current Army players during his visit.
“I feel like I will fit right in with their offense with the speed, ability to make plays on the ball and the toughness it requires to make blocks down field and at the line of scrimmage,” Edge said.
A couple of days at West Point is what Edge needed to determine his college future.
“West Point is an incredible program,” Edge said. One you have to see in person to really understand the brotherhood and why they are a top program right now. I’m really looking forward to continue my football and academic career there.”
2022 Army football commits (77)
DE Amir Ali, 6-2, 235, Holy Cross HS, San Antonio, Texas: First offer – Army
*OL Henry Appleton, 6-3, 275, Denton Ryan HS, Denton, Texas: Other offers – Air Force. Helped Denton Ryan to Texas 5A state title as junior.
*RB Donovan Baker, 5-10, 190, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS: Other offers – Navy.
*K Charlie Barnett, 6-2, 185, Westlake HS, Austin, Texas: First offer – Army
CB Josh Baskerville, 6-1, 170, Don Bosco Prep, West Point, N.Y.: Baskerville’s father, John is 1990 West Point graduate and the Deputy Head of the Department of Foreign Languages at the academy.
*DE Jack Bousum, 6-5, 225, St. Mary’s HS, Annapolis, Md.: First offer – Navy
*OL Ned Brady, 6-4, 245, New Canaan (Conn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Boston College, Rutgers, Syracuse, Buffalo
*K Anderson Britton, 5-10, 155, Heritage HS, Ringgold, Ga.
*OL CJ Brooks, 6-1, 277, Warner Robins (Ga.) HS: First offer – Army.
TE Maurice Brown, 6-4, 215, CH Flowers HS, Springdale, Md.: Other offers – Navy
*S Caden Brungard, 6-1, 190, Western Wayne HS, Lake Ariel, Pa.: Other offers – Air Force
*RB David Clerk, 5-9, 160, Centennial HS, Burleson, Texas
S Connor Clinton, 6-1, 190, Casteel HS, Queen Creek, Ariz.: Other offers – Navy, Arizona, Arizona State
QB Bryce Davis, 5-11, 175, Vidalia (Ga.) HS: First offer – Army.
S Christian Davis, 5-11, 185, American Christian Academy, Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Other offers – Southern Mississippi
*DL Mason Davis, 6-2, 260, Denton Ryan HS, Denton, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Hawaii, North Texas. Helped Denton Ryan to Texas state 5A championship
*WR Michael Davis, 6-1, 205, Denton Ryan HS, Denton, Texas: First offer – Army.
*OL Sam Dec, 6-4, 250, Nease HS, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Marshall, Appalachian State, Florida International, Georgia Southern, UConn, Western Kentucky, Georgia State, Colorado State, Troy, UMass.
*CB RJ DeMadet, 5-9, 160, Memorial HS, Frisco, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
DE-TE David Dunston, 6-3, 230, William Penn HS, New Castle, Del.
RB Kam Edge, 5-10, 170, Benedictine Military School, Savannah, Ga.
*RB Omari Embree, 5-8, 170, Warren Woods Tower HS, Detroit, Mich.: Other offers – Central Michigan. Ranked 58th best player in Michigan by 247 Sports
DT Dylan Faniel, 6-2, 260, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: Other offers – Navy.
OL Paolo Gennarelli, 6-3, 280, St. Charles North (Ill.) HS: Other offers – Wyoming
S-LB Esteban Guillory, 6-1, 195, Cornerstone Christian HS, San Antonio, Texas: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy.
DE Caden Harman, 6-3, 240, Sierra Canyon School, Chatsworth, Calif.
DL Kody Harris, 6-2, 295, Middletown (Del.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Visited Army, Navy and Air Force.
OT Elijah Haughawout, 6-4, 265, Lambert HS, Suwanee, Ga.: Other offers – Navy
*QB Cale Hellums, 5-11, 185, Tomball (Texas) HS: First offer – Army. Rushed for 1,796 yards junior year.
*DL Marc Hernandez, 6-4, 315, Bell HS, Hurst, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
CB DJ Hill-Smith, 6-2, 177, Little Rock (Ark.) Central HS: Other offers – Arkansas State
*DE Nate Holt, 6-6, 240, Unionville (Pa.) HS
*S Garren Huey, 5-10, 175, Memorial HS, Frisco, Texas: 2021 stats – 78 tackles, 3 INTs
QB Ja’Mar Jessie, 6-1, 195, Navasota (Texas) HS: First FBS offer – Army
OL Kendrick Kirby, 6-3, 270, Calhoun (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Memphis, Arkansas State, Marshall.
*DT Bridger Knee, 6-2, 250, Baylor School, Chattanooga, Tenn.: Other offers – Ball State, Utah State
DE Joey Knight, 6-3, 230, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Conn.: Played 2021 spring season at Wellesley (Mass.) before transferring to Choate Rosemary Hall
*OL Tyler Lee, 6-2, 285, Tomball (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulsa, Marshall, Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas State
WR Jaden Leonard, 6-foot, 170, Stony Point HS, Round Rock, Texas
*OL James Maloney, 6-7, 260, Taft School, Watertown, Conn.: Other offers – UMass. Massachusetts resident.
*S Collin Matteson, 6-foot, 175, Oklahoma Christian School, Edmond, Okla.
OL Luke McCurdy, 6-3, 267, Park City (Utah) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Nevada
*WR Elo Modozie, 6-3, 195, Bartram Trail HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
*OL Nick Moore, 6-4, 275, Northwest HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Marshall
*DB Ryan Nolan, 5-10, 170, Gainesville (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy
*WR Tobi Olawole, 6-1, 185, Buford (Ga.) HS: Former Furman commit.
*OL Lane Parks, 6-5, 275, Yukon (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, New Mexico, Texas State. Ranked No. 29 in The Oklahoman’s Super 30 for 2022 season.
*LS Jack Pirinelli, 6-1, 240, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: First offer – Army
*DE-LB Donovan Poe, 6-2, 230, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly HS
WR Kavon Pointer, 6-3, 185, Jonesboro (Ark.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Arkansas State
*LB Steven Powers, 6-foot, 200, Franklin HS, El Paso, Texas: First offer – Army. Second offer – Navy.
FB Jake Rendina, 6-foot, 238, Glacier HS, Kalispell, Wyoming: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
*QB Larry Robinson, 6-foot, 175, Saline (Mich.) HS: Ranked the 81st best quarterback in 2022 class and top QB in Michigan by 247 Sports. Other offers – Navy, Central Michigan.
*FB Hunter Roddy, 6-foot, 220, Chaparral HS, Murrieta, Calif.: Other offers – Navy
LB Holden Sapp, 6-2, 215, Benedictine Military School, Savannah, Ga.: Other offers – Middle Tennessee State. 2020 Region III Class AAAA defensive player of year with 102 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.
OL Ryan Scott, 6-3, 250, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: First offer – Army
*DB Zion Sims, 6-foot, 180, Servite HS, Anaheim, Calif.
*DT Brady Small, 6-3, 285, St. Augustine Prep, Richland, N.J.: Other offers – Navy, Kent State
RB Corey Singleton, 5-11, 205, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
CB Joseph Stephens, 5-11, 175, Fleming Island (Fla.) HS: First offer – Army
*DE-LB Dillon Stowers, 6-4, 235, Liberty Christian Academy, Lynchburg, Va.: Other offers – Navy
C Maicah Talavou, 6-2, 280, St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif.: First offer – Navy
LB Andon Thomas, 6-1, 200, Liberty Hill (Texas) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force.
*TE Toby Thompson, 6-4, 240, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
K David Vaughn, 5-11, 160, Coffee HS, Douglas, Ga.
DE Maurice Veney, 6-4, 235, Roman Catholic HS, Philadelphia, Pa.
*WR Neo Vossschulte, 6-4, 190, Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, Pa.
WR Tyler Vroman, 6-3, 180, Lowell (Mich.) HS: First offer – Army
*P James Wagenseller, 6-3, 191, Poway (Calif.) HS
*RB Dakoda Wagner, 6-1, 210, Flagler Palm Coast (Fla.) HS
RB Isaiah West, 6-1, 204, Georgetown Prep, North Bethesda, Md.: Other offers – Navy
*RB Trent White, 5-11, 220, Monterey HS, Lubbock, Texas: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy.
CB Curtis Whiting, 5-11, 181, Hackensack (N.J.) HS
TE Cooper Wilkinson, 6-3, 235, New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) HS
S Davion Woolen, 6-3, 185, Wakeland HS, Frisco, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
*LB Christian Yousefzadeh, 6-4, 225, Creekside HS, St. John’s, Fla.: Other offers – Georgia Tech
OL Jonah Zimmerman, 6-3, 290, Oceanside (Calif.) HS
*Signed certificate of commitment during early signing period
Commits by state: Texas (18), Georgia (12), California (7), Florida (7), Pennsylvania (4), Maryland (3), Michigan (3), New Jersey (3), Virginia (3), Arkansas (2), Connecticut (2), Delaware (2), Oklahoma (2), Alabama (1), Arizona (1), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Ohio (1), Tennessee (1), Utah (1), Wyoming (1)
Commits offered by Navy: 23