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Recruiting: Pa. TE Troy Collard switches commitment from Air Force to Army

Troy Collard has yet to take his official visit to West Point but the Cumberland Valley (Pa.) tight end is no stranger to the academy’s grounds.

Collard has visited his brother, Jack, a firstie, and his cousin, a West Point graduate, multiple times. He attended his brother’s Acceptance Day.

In four months, Collard will be headed to West Point to start his own journey and a change in his college decision.

Collard announced his decommitment from Air Force and commitment to Army Tuesday.

“I’ve always had the desire to serve my country and I think West Point is an amazing school with an amazing football program and it just made the most sense for me,” Collard said.

Collard will continue his family’s deep Army history. His father is an Army colonel. Collard’s grandparents served in the Army. He also has a brother, who is in the ROTC program at MIT.

“I want to serve my country and my entire family is Army,” Collard said.

Army offered Collard in December 2020. Collard originally committed to Air Force in June 2021. Navy also offered Collard. Ivy League schools Yale and UPenn also were interested in Collard.

The Black Knights have picked up commitments from Catholic (La.) running back-wide receiver Lloyd “Tre” Benson, Brandeis (Texas) punter Matt Gibbons, Northview (Ga.) tight end Patrick Hester and Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) wide receiver Kurt Thompson since Signing Day.

2022 Army football commits (95)
DE Amir Ali, 6-2, 235, Holy Cross HS, San Antonio, Texas: First offer – Army
RB-WR Jamil Anderson, 5-11, 185, Life Christian Academy, South Chesterfield, Va.: Other offers – Navy, Liberty, Old Dominion
WR Tay Andrews, 6-3, 190, Lockhart (Texas) HS: Other offers – Oklahoma State (preferred walk-on)
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 JaRay Austin, 5-9, 160, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Air Force offered Austin after he announced his commitment to Army in late January.
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.
SB-WR Lloyd “Tre” Benson, 5-10, 185, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.:
DE Jack Bousum, 6-5, 225, St. Mary’s HS, Annapolis, Md.: First offer – Navy
DE/LB C.J. Bowens, 6-4, 210, The Benjamin School, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.: Other offers – Navy. Senior stats – 58 tackles, 11 sacks.
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
QB Chris Calhoun, 6-2. 190, Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, UConn. Flipped his commitment from Navy to Army. Former UConn commit.
RB David Clerk, 5-9, 160, Centennial HS, Burleson, Texas
TE Troy Collard, 6-3, 230, Cumberland Valley HS, Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Former Air Force commit. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
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
P Matt Gibbons, 6-1, 170, Brandeis HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offers – Oklahoma State
#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|
TE Patrick Hester, 6-6, 235, Northview HS, Johns Creek, Ga.
DE Nate Holt, 6-6, 240, Unionville (Pa.) HS
RB Samari Howard, 5-8, 175, Temple (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force. Former Air Force commit. Scored 57 career touchdowns.
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
DE Jack Latore, 6-5, 245, Middletown (N.J.) South HS: Other offers – Tulane, Temple
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
DB Garrett McGriff, 6-1, 180, Jesuit HS, Carmichael, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force, Tulane
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
LB Major Newman, 6-3, 190, Alcoa (Tenn.) HS: Helped Alcoa to seven straight Tennessee state title, making eight tackles and blocking a punt.
RB-LB Baylor Newsom, 6-3, 220, Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville, Fla.: Other offers – Navy.
DB Ryan Nolan, 5-10, 170, Gainesville (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy
WR Ethan O’Brien, 6-2, 185, Daniel Hand HS, Madison, Conn.: First offer – Army
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 2021 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.
TE Seth Reece, 6-4, 215, Fannin County HS, Blue Ridge, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
FB Jake Rendina, 6-foot, 238, Glacier HS, Kalispell, Wyoming: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
#S Jamir Reyes, 6-foot, 175, Imhotep Institute, Philadelphia, Pa.
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.
DB Cosey Scarebrook, 6-2, 190, Bob Jones HS, Madison, Ala.
OL Ryan Scott, 6-3, 250, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: First offer – Army
DB Zion Sims, 6-foot, 180, Servite HS, Anaheim, Calif.
RB Corey Singleton, 5-11, 205, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
DT Brady Small, 6-3, 285, St. Augustine Prep, Richland, N.J.: Other offers – Navy, Kent State
S Nick Smith, 6-2, 195, Danbury (Conn.) HS: Other offers – Air Force
QB Tre Smith, 5-11, 171, Red River HS, Coushatta, La.: Other offers – Navy. Former Navy commit. Announced flipped commitment on Signing Day.
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.
WR Kurt Thompson, 6-4, 180, Archbishop Moeller HS, Cincinnati, Ohio:
TE Toby Thompson, 6-4, 240, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
OL-DL Joe Traylor, 6-2, 260, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, Ga.
RB Kanye Udoh, 6-foot, 205, Other offers – Rutgers, Nebraska, Syracuse, West Virginia, Boston College, Maryland, Temple, Buffalo, UConn, UMass. Rushed for 1,498 yards and 16 touchdowns senior year.
#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.
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.
TE Cooper Wilkinson, 6-3, 235, New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) HS
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

*Will be direct admit

#Will attend Army Prep

Commits by state: Texas (19), Georgia (15), Florida (10), California (8), Pennsylvania (5), Virginia (4), Connecticut (3), Maryland (3), New Jersey (3), Oklahoma (3), Alabama (2), Arkansas (2), Delaware (2), Louisiana (2), Michigan (2), Ohio (2), Tennessee (2), Illinois (1), Massachusetts (1), New York (1), Pennsylvania (1), Utah (1), Wyoming (1)

Commits offered by Navy: 28

Commits offered by Air Force: 17

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