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Recruiting: Montana OL Dalton Noble commits to Army

Dalton Noble always wanted to follow the path of his cousins and play college football.’

What path Noble would chose was in question. Army offered Noble in April. The Jefferson High offensive lineman had offers from in-state Montana and Montana State as well as Idaho, Columbia and Lehigh.

Army co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Drinkall’s trip to Big Sky Country would play a role in Noble’s final decision. Drinkall provided enough information on the academy and the football program that Noble on his father visited West Point in late July.

“I think you always want to go where you wanted and (coach) Drinkall coming out here really showed that,” said Noble, whose cousins played for Montana State and Montana Western.

A week ago, Noble made the call and committed to the Black Knights. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Noble is also an all-conference basketball player, setting a school record with eight blocks in a game and 65 blocks in a season his junior year. Noble earned all-state track honors as a shot put champion with a throw of 50 feet, 11 inches.

“I talked to my parents and coaches quite a bit, talked to coach Drinkall and coach (Jeff) Monken and couldn’t turn down the opportunity to play for Army and get a West Point degree,” Noble said.

Army is starting a bit of a recruiting “pipeline” to Montana. Noble is the second Montana commit over the last three years for the Black Knights. Freshman running back Jake Rendina, who played at Army Prep last year, starred at Glacier High School.

“I’m glad I have the opportunity to play for Army and be able to serve my country at the same time,” Noble said.

2024 Army commits (69)
S Jermaine Agee, 5-11, 180, Glenville HS, Cleveland, Ohio: Other offers – Temple, Buffalo, Akron, Miami (Ohio), Toledo, Kent State, Ohio, Marshall, UMass. Army official visit – June 22-25
RB-S Marley Alapati, 6-foot, 205, Junipero Serra HS, San Mateo, Calif.: Other offers – UNLV
DB Jaylen Archibald, 6-1, 185, Frisco (Texas) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Kent State
RB Dylan Armentrout, 5-9, 192, Bloom-Carroll HS, Carroll, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Air Force (first offer)
TE Grayson Baker, 6-7, 242, Wachsett HS, Holden, Mass.: Other offers – Air Force.
TE Conall Brannan, 6-5, 236, Gonzaga College HS, Washington, D.C.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Marshall, Charlotte, Central Michigan
DL Ben Britton, 6-3, 275, Oceanside Collegiate Academy, Mount Pleasant, S.C.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Liberty, James Madison, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Toledo, Old Dominion
DE-LB Will Brockmeier, 6-4, 215, Gulf Coast HS, Naples, Fla.: First offer – Army
DL Kyler Brunan, 6-4, 270, Traverse City (Mich.) West HS: Other offers – Central Michigan
EDGE Artemis Bryant,6-2, 240, Carmel (Ind.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Miami (Ohio)
DL Jadon Bumbaugh, 6-3, 285, Gonzaga College HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, West Virginia, Liberty, Marshall, Toledo, Kent State
DB Gabriel Cash, 6-2, 195, Coral Springs (Fla.) HS: First offer – Air Force. Second offer – Army. Third offer – Navy
OL Everett Champlin, 6-4, 285, The Woodlands (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Texas State. Army visit – Spring game. Home visit – Drew Thatcher
DL Jacob Cotterill, 6-4, 245, Summerville (S.C.) HS
DL Noah Daniels, 6-4, 240, Winter Park (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Tulane, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Arkansas State
QB Mikal Davis, 6-foot, 200, Imhotep Charter HS, Philadelphia, Pa.: First offer – Army
WR Anthony Diaz, 5-10, 170, East HS, Rochester, N.Y.: Other offers – Buffalo. Army visit – April 15.
QB Ashton Dickens, 6-1, 195, Lockhart (Texas) HS
OL Owen Draves, 6-5, 255, Mount Dora (Fla.) Christian Academy: Other offers – Air Force
TE Abram Edwards, 6-5, 212, Winfield-Mount Union HS, Winfield, Iowa
TE-DE Jake Furtney, 6-5, 245, St. Charles (Ill.) North HS: Other offers – Air Force, Northern Illinois, Akron, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ohio
OL Braeden Helmkamp, 6-5, 270, Trinity Area HS, Washington, Pa.
TE Bryce Jaworski, 6-4, 245, Wausau (Wisc.) West HS: Other offers – Air Force, Ohio
K-P Dawson Jones, Marvin Ridge HS, Waxhaw, N.C.
DB Jaylen Jones, 6-foot, 190, Hamilton HS, Queen Creek, Ariz.: Other offers – Indiana, Louisville, Western Kentucky, UNLV. Father, Herana-Daze spent six seasons in the NFL and led the Bengals in special teams tacklers in 2006 and 2007.
RB Jack Kayser, 5-8, 175, Westlake HS, Austin Texas: 2022 stats – 1,555 rushing yards, 27 TDs. First offer – Air Force. Other offers – Navy
TE Jack Kelly, 6-4, 240, North Oconee HS, Bogart, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Georgia State, Liberty, Florida Atlantic, UAB, Buffalo
WR Jakiel “Jak” Kendricks, 6-3, 170, Salesian HS, Los Angeles, Calif.:
QB Luke Knight, 5-10, 180, Wiregrass Ranch HS, Merritt Island, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Toledo
WR Cooper Leonard, 6-3, 180, Fossil Ridge HS, Keller, Texas: First offer – Army. Second offer – Air Force
WR Matthias Lighten, 6-1, 180, Moore Catholic HS, Staten Island, N.Y.: Other offers – Toledo, Buffalo, Temple, Bowling Green, UMass. Plainfield, N.J. resident.
TE Jeffson Locke, 6-4, 235, Dalton (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Army visit – April 1.
OL William Mack, 6-5, 280, Smithson Valley HS, Spring Branch, Texas
WR Davion Malloy, 6-foot, 180, Goose Creek (S.C.) HS
OL Josh Manecke, 6-7, 270, Downers Grove (Ill.) South HS: Other offers – Air Force, Ball State, Eastern Michigan
QB Harrison Mass, 5-11, 165, Cypress Springs HS, Cypress, Texas: First offer – Air Force. Second offer – Navy. Third offer – Army.
RB Evan McCracken, 5-9, 180, Richland HS, Johnstown, Pa.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy. Preferred walk-on offer – West Virginia
LB Nick McGlynn, 6-1, 215, St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy
DE Liam McKenna, 6-4, 230, Elder HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Other offers – Air Force, Pittsburgh, Ball State
OL-DL Greg Meidl, 6-4, 250, Mankato (Minn.) West HS
WR Josh Milhollin, 5-11, 165, Fellowship Christian School, Roswell, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Georgia Southern
S Ryland Mitchell, 6-1, 175, Summerville (S.C.) HS: Other offers – Navy
DB Daylan Moore, 5-10, 175, Calvary Christian HS, Clearwater, Fla.: Other offers – Charlotte
RB Trey Morris, 5-11, 195, Cypress Falls HS, Houston, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Utah State, Louisiana-Monroe
WR Nolan Munroe, 6-3, 180, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Navy. Other offers – Air Force. Class of 2024 wide receiver MVP at Army camp in June.
OL Dalton Noble, 6-5, 250, Jefferson HS, Boulder, Montana
DB Daniel Ogordi, 6-foot, 1901, Atholton HS, Columbia, Md.
DB Jed Olotu-Judah, 6-1, 187, Katy (Texas) HS: Other offers – Texas State, Marshall
QB Harrison Orr, 6-2, 210, Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) HS: First offer – Army
LB Kevin Pollock, 6-foot, 200, Vero Beach (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Liberty
WR Brian Ray, 6-1, 200, Folsom (Calif.) HS: Army visit – June 9
LB Amir Robinson, 6-foot, 195, BEST Academy HS, Atlanta, Ga.: Other offers – Appalachian State, Akron, Liberty, Eastern Michigan
WR Justin Ruffin, 5-9, 160, Christian Academy, Louisville, Ky.: Other offers – Air Force, Louisville, South Florida, Appalachian State, James Madison
LB Xavier Ryan, 6-1, 210, Houston County HS, Warner Robins, Ga.
OL Tim Savchuk, 6-4, 280, Oswego (Ill.) East HS: Other offers – Ball State
K Joey Scardina, Rock Bridge HS, Columbia, Mo.
OL Brady Stephenson, 6-5, 290, Lockhart (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force
LB-TE Luke Sutphen, 6-3, 220, Hun School, Princeton, N.J.: Other offers – Navy.
QB Zach Taylor, 6-4, 160, Yoakum (Texas) HS
RB Trey Tremba, 5-11, 195, Parkland HS, Allentown, Pa.: Underclassman RB MVP at Army’s June 2022 camp. Army Game Day visit – UConn (Nov.19). Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Temple
OL-DL Zach Tomosovich, 6-5, 320, Penn-Trafford HS, Harrison City, Pa.: Other offers – Temple, James Madison, Toledo, Miami (Ohio), Akron, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, UMass
QB Nehemiah Vann, 6-foot, 190, Seven Rivers Christian School, Lecanto, Fla.: Former Florida preferred, walk-on commit. Will play post-grad season at Fork Union Military Academy. Threw 60 touchdowns with only five interceptions his junior and senior seasons at Seven Rivers.
TE Ryan Vanscoy, 6-4, 230, American Heritage HS, Delray Beach, Fla.: Other offers – Navy
RB Jayden Walker, 5-10, 180, McKinney (Texas) HS: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Air Force. Third offer – Army
LB Elijah Walton, 6-1, 200, Harlan HS, San Antonio, Texas: First offer – Army.
LB Jackson Weingart, 6-1, 210, Cathedral HS, Indianapolis, Ind.
LB Jonathon Williams, 6-foot, 225, Mohave HS, Bullhead City, Ariz.: Other offers – Air Force, UNLV
LB LeJon Williams, 6-2, 210, Escambia HS, Pensacola, Fla.: Other offers – Florida Atlantic
LB Kai Woolfolk, 6-foot, 207, Mason (Ohio) HS: First offer – Army


OL Tyler Murray, 6-5, 280, Brandeis HS, San Antonio, Texas

Offered by Navy: 20

Offered by Air Force: 20

Offered by Navy and Air Force: 12

State breakdown – Texas (13), Florida (12), Pennsylvania (6), Georgia (5), Ohio (4), South Carolina (4), California (3), Illinois (3), Arizona (2), District of Columbia (2), Indiana (2), New York (2), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), Montana (1), New Jersey (1), North Carolina (1), Wisconsin (1),

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