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Recruiting notebook: 31 states represented in Army 2023 class

Army football stamped its standing as a national recruiting program with its current 2023 class.

The Black Knights’ recruiting class currently has commits from 31 states, including South Dakota (Updated with commitment of Nevada running back Will Stallings). Pennsylvania leads the way with 14 commits followed by Florida (12) and Georgia (12). Texas is tied with Ohio for fourth (7 commits).

Overall, Army has 110 2023 commits by our count as of Monday afternoon. The total number of commits is the most in recent history and could be partly the result of moving to a new shotgun offense.

Hazleton Area (Pa.) senior Matt Cusatis was originally recruited to play cornerback. Now, Army is looking at Cusatis as a slot receiver.

“I was a starting slot in my four years on varsity,” Cusatis said. “I spoke with (a) coach about the offense switch and I think it’s a good change for the program. Obviously for me as a wide receiver, it’s good. But in 2023 college football, I think this will be a good change.”

Though, the Black Knights picked up announced commitments from Lebanon (Tenn.) cornerback Anthony Crowell and Oak Mountain (Ala.) defensive back Devan Moss Thursday.

Potentially the class has 11 quarterbacks: Drew Allen (Trinity, Ky.), Kendell Anderson (Montgomery Blair, Md.), Mitchell Bolden (Lakota West, Ohio), Damarcus Creecy (Mainland, Fla.), Kenyon Goodin (Collins, Ky.), Hezekiah Harris (St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla.), Jacorey Martin (Southside Christian, S.C.), Hayden Oviatt (Wamego, Kansas), Will Smiley (Bay, Fla.), Ethan Washington (North Gwinnett, Ga.) and Eli Wisdom (Shiloh Christian, Ark.).

Briggs Bartosh (Park Hill South, Mo.) will start at running back but could move to quarterback or wide receiver. Bartosh’s senior season statistics were: 1,312 passing yards, 12 TDs, 1,263 rushing yards, 16 TDs, 202 receiving yards, 2 TDs. He’s the brother of Army freshman offensive lineman Braden Bartosh.

Nine commits had offers from Power Five schools.

2023 commits (109)

QB Drew Allen, 6-4, 205, Trinity HS, Louisville, Ky.: Other offers – Notre Dame (preferred walk on). Army `visit – Jan. 13-15 weekend.
DB Phineas Allen, 5-10, 180, Rockledge (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Florida Atlantic, Central Michigan, UMass
K Carlos Alvarado, 5-9, 155, Tomball (Texas) HS: First offer – Army
DB Brady Anderson, 6-2, 200, Edina (Minn.) HS: Other offers – Arkansas State, Georgia State. Army visit – Dec. 2
QB Kendell Anderson, 6-3, 181, Montgomery Blair HS, Silver Spring, Md.: Other offers – Navy. Threw for 2,277 yards and 21 touchdowns as junior. Army game visit – Sept. 17 (Villanova)
WR-CB Malcolm Anderson, 5-10, 185, Andress HS, El Paso, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Texas State, New Mexico State
RB TJ Andrews, 6-2, 200, Taft HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Texas-San Antonio, Rice
OL Xavier Archawski, 6-6, 285, Lower Merion HS, Ardmore, Pa.
RB Myles Arterberry, 5-9, 185, Klein (Texas) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Texas State. Army visit – April 16. Army game visit – Sept. 17 (Villanova)
DB BJ Atkins, 5-11, 180, Christ Church Episcopal School, Greenville, S.C.
RB Briggs Bartosh, 5-11, 190, Park Hill South HS, Kansas City, Mo.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Missouri, Miami (Fla.), Kansas, Arkansas State. Army visit – Sept. 19 (Villanova)
LB Rich Benenge, 6-2, 218, Harrisburg (S.D.) HS: Other offers – Arizona, San Jose State, Akron, UNLV
T Jacob Benjamin, 6-5, 265, Cherokee Bluff HS, Flowery Branch, Ga.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force
CB Isaiah Birl, 6-1, 185, Walnut Hills HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Akron, Miami (Ohio), Toledo
TE-DE Brayden Bockler, 6-4, 249, San Juan H-ills HS, Ladera Ranch, Calif.: Other offers – San Jose State
QB Mitchell Bolden, 6-1, 200, Lakota West HS, West Chester, Ohio: Other offers – Marshall, Western Michigan
WR Rodney Broadnax, 6-4, 195, Cleveland HS, Chattanooga, Tenn.
WR Timmy Brown 6-3, 190, Effingham County HS, Springfield, Ga.: First offer – Air Force. Second offer – Army
RB Ty Brown-Stauffer, 5-10, 205, Danville (Pa.) HS: All-state running back helped Danville to district title.
DE Nick Buchys, 6-3, 240, Neshaminy HS, Langhorne, Pa.: First offer – Army.
WR-DB Jackson Burnett, 5-11, 180, Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville, Fla.: First offer – Navy. Army visit – April 12
TE Aidan Casuccio, 6-4, 225, The Hun School, Princeton, N.J.
OL Ben Chaney, 6-6, 310, Hubbard (Ohio) HS
DB-RB Jaydun Colbert, 5-11, 175, Westgate HS, New Iberia, La.: Other offers – Mississippi State, Nebraska, Florida International. Army visit – Jan. 20-21
QB Damarcus Creecy, 6-2, 175, Mainland HS, Daytona Beach, Fla.
OL Cam Crocker, 6-5, 285, Oil City (Pa.) HS: Four-year starter. All-state offensive lineman. Started 42 straight games in high school career.
CB Anthony Crowell, 5-9, 170, Lebanon (Tenn.) HS: Other offers – Navy
WR Matt Cusatis, 5-11, 165, Hazleton (Pa.) HS
DL Caden Davis, 6-5, 230, Mason (Ohio) HS: Other offers – Navy
RB Travion Dickens, 5-10, 180, Prescott (Ark.) HS: First offer – Army. Defensive MVP at Army All-Academic camp in June.
DE Sean Donovan, 6-2, 230, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Conn.: First offer – Army
TE Brian Dyer, 6-5, 210, Plano (Texas) East HS: Other offers – Arkansas State
WR Brody Eaton, 6-5, 225, Conestoga HS, Berwyn, Pa.
WR Dominic Esposito, 5-9, 175, Higley HS, Gilbert, Ariz.: Other offers – Air Force
OL Cole Evans, 6-2, 300, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.: Other offers – Temple. Army visit – April 22.
P Matthew Faulk, 6-11, 170, Archbishop Murphy HS, Mill Creek, Wash.
RB Brennan Fisher, 5-11, 190, Pennridge HS, Perkasie, Pa.: Army visit – April 9. Army game visit – Sept. 17 (Villanova)
DL Eric Gardner, 6-2, 240, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.: Other offers – Penn State, Texas A&M, Northwestern, Cincinnati, Boston College, West Virginia, Maryland, Syracuse, Temple, Liberty, Bowling Green, Charlotte, UMass. Army visit – April 22.
RB Roy “Deuce” Gardner, 5-10, 155, Mountain House (Calif.) HS: First offer – Army. Second offer – Air Force.
DL Matt Gemma, 6-3, 285, Delbarton School, Morristown, N.J.: Other offers – Navy, Temple, Rice, Buffalo, Bowling Green, Kent State
RB Ben Gibbs, 5-10, 165, Maiden (N.C.) HS: First offer – Army
QB Kenyon Goodin, 6-3, 190, Collins HS, Shelbyville, Ky.
DL Caleb Graham, 6-2, 255, Maryville (Tenn.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers –Navy.
OL Alex Gray, 6-4, 270, Huntsville (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Kentucky. Preferred walk on – Alabama
DB Justin Green, 6-1, 175, Lakota East HS, Liberty Township, Ohio: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force, Bowling Green. Army visit – April 15.
S Carlos Griffin, 5-11, 180, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.: Other offers – Syracuse
CB LJ Hall, 5-10, 170, Ware County HS, Waycross, Ga.
CB Jaxon Hammond, 5-11, 160, Christian Brothers HS, Memphis, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Memphis, Marshall, Buffalo, Bowling Green, Arkansas State, UConn. Army visit – April 14
OL Andrew Hardwick, 6-3, 260, Boyle County HS, Danville, Ky.: Other offers – Navy. Army visit – April 2
*QB Hezekiah Harris, 6-2, 180, Edison HS, Miami, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Temple
RB Markell Holman, 6-foot, 200, Smyrna (Del.) HS.: First offer – Air Force. Other offers – Navy. Army visit – June 11.
DB Kason Hooks, 6-1, 170, Lee County HS, Leesburg, Ga.: Former Air Force commit
K Bryson Hosea, 6-foot, 160, Blessed Trinity HS. Roswell, Ga.
DB Robert Houston, 5-10, 175, St. Xavier HS, Cincinnati, Ohio
K Jake Hulstein, 6-2, 207, Cedar Falls (Iowa) HS
OL-DL Charlie Johnson, 6-4, 293, All Saints Episcopal HS, Fort Worth, Texas: Other offers – Texas State, Western Kentucky
OT Joseph Johnson, 6-5, 231, Glacier Peak HS, Snohomish, Wash.: First FBS offer – Army
DB Matt Joines, 6-2, 170, East Forsyth, Kernersville, N.C.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
DE Aiden Jones, 6-3, 225, Covington Catholic HS, Park Hills, Ky.: Army visit – March 26
FB Greigh Joseph, 6-1, 200, Starr’s Mill HS, Fayetteville, Ga.: First offer – Army  
DL Patrick Kendall, 6-5, 270, Cathedral HS, Indianapolis, Ind.: Other offers – Navy. Army game visit – Sept. 17 (Villanova)
OT Tyler Klambara, 6-4, 300, Springfield (Pa.) HS: Also offered by Army track. Other offers – Navy. Preferred walk-on – Temple
RB-LB Tim Kloska, 6-foot, 220, West Catholic HS, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Other offers – Air Force. Former Air Force commit.
WR Job Kralik, 6-foot, 165, Eatonville (Wash.) HS
DE-TE Landon Laskey, 6-4, 205, General McLane HS, Edinboro, Pa.
DE-LB Peyton Ledford, 6-3, 240, Franklin County HS, Frankfort (Ky.): First offer – Army. Army visit – April 16, Oct. 1 (Georgia State game)
S Jake Lindsey, 5-11, 190, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Air Force. Third offer – Navy
LB Madden Locke, 6-1, 210, Bloomsburg (Pa.) Area HS: First FBS offer – Army
OL-DL Carlos Lopez, 6-5, 270, Heritage HS, Saginaw, Mich.: First offer – Army
RB-LB Spencer Lyons, 6-2, 215, Detroit (Mich.) Central Catholic HS: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Army. Army visit – April 21
DB CJ Martin, 6-2, 170, Ironton (Ohio) HS: Other offers – Navy
QB Jacorey Martin, 6-foot, 180, Southside Christian HS, Simpsonville, S.C.: First offer – Navy. Second offer – Air Force. Third offer – Army. Army official visit – Sept. 11. Martin was 30-5 as a starter and led Southside Christian to two state title. He passed for 52 touchdowns and rushed for 50 TDs in his career.
RB Trey McGinnis, 5-11, 175, St. Joseph’s (Mich.) HS: First offer – Army. McGinnis also committed to run track at Army.
LB Caleb Moran, 6-2, 215, Milton (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Toledo
LB Ben Morrow, 6-2, 225, Satellite HS, Satellite Beach, Fla.: Army visit – April 9
DB Devan Moss, 5-10, 160, Oak Mountain HS, Birmingham, Ala.: First offer – Air Force. Other offers – Navy.
DE-TE Cael Newton, 6-6, 215, Charlotte HS, Punta Gorda, Fla.: First offer – Army
DL Mack O’Halloran, 6-4, 235, Downers Grove (Ill.) South HS: Other offers – UAB, Central Michigan. Preferred walk on – Wisconsin
LB Sam Oppenheimer, 6-1, 215, Johns Creek (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Eastern Michigan
QB Hayden Oviatt, 6-1, 200, Wamego (Kansas) HS: Other offers – Kansas, Colorado State, New Mexico State
FB Jordan Owens, East Coast Prep, Great Barrington, Mass.: Scored 10 touchdowns in two and half games his senior season at Maine-Endwell (N.Y.) before season-ending injury.
S Larry Pickett, 6-3, 168, Enloe HS, Raleigh, N.C.: Other offers – Navy. Former Navy commit.
TE Parker Poloskey, 6-4, 225, Olympic Heights HS, Boca Raton, Fla.: Army visit – July 29
DE-LB Zane Poulter, 6-3, 215, Chico Hills (Calif.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force
LS Drew Prieto, 6-foot, 210, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.: Army visit – April 22
DE Jake Rizzo, 6-4, 240, Dunham HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Air Force, Colorado
TE James Rothstein, 6-6, 235, Amador Valley HS, Pleasanton, Calif.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force, San Diego State, San Jose State
DE Campbell Sager, 6-5, 240, Westview HS, Portland, Ore.: First offer – Air Force
OL Wesley Shaw, 6-4, 280, Jesuit HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force, West Virginia, South Florida, Florida International, East Carolina, Middle Tennessee State
LS Ryan Snipes, 6-5, 215, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.
QB Will Smiley, 6-foot, 167, Bay HS, Panama City, Fla.: Other offers – Navy
RB Carson Smith, 6-1, 220, Middletown (Md.) HS
DE Javon Smith, 6-3, 240, Liberty North HS, Liberty, Mo.: Other offers – Navy.
OL Broden Sobolewski, 6-2, 260, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Army visit – April 22.
TE Max Stober, 6-6, 240, St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif.: Preferred walk on – Arizona
TE Nollenn Tabaska, 6-7, 230, Brookfield (Wisc.) East HS: Other offers – Central Michigan
CB Ish Taylor, 5-10, 175, Frisco (Texas) HS
OL Connor Tuk, 6-5, 290, Kennett HS, Kennett Square, Pa.: Other offers – UNLV. Army visit – Jan. 22.
LB Khaled Waliagha, 5-11, 205, Franklinton (La.) HS: 2021 stats – 123 tackles
QB Ethan Washington, 6-3, 190, North Gwinnett HS, Suwanee, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Georgia State, Miami (Ohio), Charlotte, UMass. Threw for 1,573 yards and 12 TDs, rushed for four TDs as junior. Has missed senior year with knee injury.
WR Tylon Webb, 6-3, 185, Frederick Douglass HS, Lexington, Ky.
RB Christopher Williams, 5-10, 170, Francis Parker HS, San Diego, Calif.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Hawaii. Earned overall MVP and wide receiver MVP honors at Army 2022 All-Academic camp. Rushed for 1,883 yards and 24 TDs, caught 3 TD passes, threw for 532 yards and 5TDs, intercepted five passes and forced three fumbles as a senior.
TE-DE Teddy Williams, 6-6, 230, Grand Ledge (Mich.) HS: Former Grand Valley State commit.
QB Eli Wisdom, 6-foot, 175, Shiloh Christian HS, Springdale, Ark.: Other offers -Tulane, Central Florida
DE Russ Woodward, 6-6, 245, Evergreen (Colo.) HS: Preferred walk-on offer – Colorado
OL Adam Wormuth, 6-5, 290, Lakeland HS, Jermyn, Pa.: First offer – Army
OL Brandon Wraalstad, 6-4, 225, Oconomowoc (Wisc.) HS
RB Bill Young, 5-10, 180, St. Andrew’s School, Boca Raton, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Central Michigan, UMass. Army visit – April 22
LB Sam Zagame, 6-2, 220, Foundation Academy, Winter Garden, Fla.

* Direct admit


LB-S Ali Abdul-Hakeem, 6-foot, 205, Riverdale (Ga.) HS: First offer – Army
RB Chad Alexander, 5-10, 170, Archer HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Rice, Western Kentucky. Attended Army-Navy game. (SIGNED with Georgia Tech)
LB Ray Coney, 6-3, 210, Fairfield (Ohio) HS] Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Bowling Green (SIGNED with East Tennessee State)
QB Justin Johnson, 6-foot, 185, Archer HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.
OL Christopher Luna, 6-3, 275, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic HS: First offer – Army. Army visit – April 22. (SIGNED with Furman)
DB Logan Mackey, 6-foot, 198, C.E. King HS, Houston, Texas (SIGNED with Weber State)
LB Javeon Miller, 6-1, 215, Creekside HS, Fairburn, Ga.: Other offers – Marshall, Toledo, Arkansas State, Charlotte, Middle Tennessee State (COMMITTED to Tuskegee University)
LB-S Kharles Ngansi, 6-3, 200, Oakland Mills HS, Columbia, Md.: Other offers – Akron. Army game visit – Sept. 17 (Villanova)
S Anton Pierce, 6-3, 202, Mills University HS, Little Rock, Ark.: Army visit – April 16. (COMMITTED to Arkansas)
RB Kyon Simonson, 6-1, 200, Hillside (N.J.) HS: Other offers – UMass

Commits by state (31 states) – Pennsylvania (14), Georgia (13), Florida (13), Ohio (7), Texas (7), Kentucky (6), California (6), Michigan (5), North Carolina (3), Louisiana (3), Tennessee (3); Washington (3), Alabama (2), Arizona (2), Arkansas (2), Maryland (2); Missouri (2), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (2), South Carolina, Wisconsin (2), Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, South Dakota

Offered by Navy: 27

Offered by Air Force: 26

Offered by Navy and Air Force: 11



  1. Fearless 6

    February 9, 2023 at 12:35 PM

    Have all these young men signed Letter of Intent?

    • Sal Interdonato

      February 9, 2023 at 1:33 PM

      Most have signed their certificate of commitment. Army doesn’t have letters of intent.

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