Myles Arterberry’s football commitment was a decision that the running back weighed heavily.
Army, Navy and Air Force all showed strong interest in the Klein (Texas) senior. Air Force was Arterberry’s first offer followed by Army and Navy. Arterberry visited all three service academies.
It was Navy coach Ken Niumatololo that gave Arterberry some valuable advice during his trip to Annapolis. He told Arterberry “the best way to chose (a school) is to pray on it and trust you will make the right decision.”
After much thought and talk with his family, Arterberry called Army coach Jeff Monken on R-Day and told him, “I wanted to be a Black Knight.” Arterberry posted on social media “It’s BIGGER than me” about his commitment.
“This decision is not just for me,” Arterberry said. “It’s for my family and my future family and kids. This decision to attend Army West Point is a life-changing move that will forever alter the course of my life and others around me.”
Arterberry is the Army’s fifth commit of its 2023 class that also had offers from Navy and Air Force. Building a strong relationship with Monken and Army’s coaching staff was one of the deciding factors in his decision.
“Ever since (Army offered), I’ve been in constant contact with the team coaches and personnel of the college,” said Arterberry, who also considered SMU and Princeton. “They have always been by my side through life situations and curious questions. I even talked to coach Monken about McDonald’s fries. I mean the relationship we built was a special one. My goal was to go to a high academic institution and play a high level of ball so in the end West Point won over me.”
Arterberry also built a strong connection with current Army players including quarterback Tyhier Tyler, safety and two-year captain Marquel Broughton and slotback Tyrell Robinson.
“(They) really showed me that I was once in their shoes and that a person of my mindset would succeed and thrive at West Point,” Arterberry said. “It made a strong impression to me because I want to go somewhere where everyone had a common goal, a common purpose and mission and that spoke volumes to me.”
A National Honors Society student, Arterberry is also one of Klein’s top baseball players. Arterberry could bring dynamic play-making ability to Army’s future backfield.
“I’ll do my best to bring premium play at the slotback position,” Arterberry said. “This goal will be much easier to accomplish with the team around coach Monken is building.”
2023 Army commits (24)
WR-CB Malcolm Anderson, 5-10, 185, Andress HS, El Paso, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Texas State, New Mexico State
RB Myles Arterberry, 5-9, 185, Klein (Texas) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Texas State. Army visit – April 16
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
DE Nick Buchys, 6-3, 240, Neshaminy HS, Langhorne, Pa.: First offer – Army. Army visit – April 14
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
OL Cole Evans, 6-2, 300, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.: Other offers – Temple. Army visit – April 22.
RB Brennan Fisher, 5-11, 190, Pennridge HS, Perkasie, Pa.: Army visit – April 9
DL Matt Gemma, 6-3, 280, Delbarton School, Morristown, N.J.: Other offers – Navy, Temple, Buffalo, Bowling Green, Kent State, Rice
DL Caleb Graham, 6-2, 255, Maryville (Tenn.) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy.
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
DE Aiden Jones, 6-3, 225, Covington Catholic HS, Park Hills, Ky.: Army visit – March 26
DL Patrick Kendall, 6-5, 270, Cathedral HS, Indianapolis, Ind.: Other offers – Navy
S Jake Lindsey, 5-11, 190, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Air Force. Third offer – Navy
LB-S Kharles Ngansi, 6-3, 200, Oakland Mills HS, Columbia, Md.: Other offers – Akron (COMMITTED, July 1)
S Anton Pierce, 6-3, 202, Mills University HS, Little Rock, Ark.: Army visit – April 16
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
QB Will Smiley, 6-foot, 167, Bay HS, Panama City, Fla.
RB Carson Smith, 6-1, 220, Middletown (Md.) HS
OL Broden Sobolewski, 6-2, 260, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Army visit – April 22.
LB Khaled Waliagha, 5-11, 205, Franklinton (La.) HS: 2021 stats – 123 tackles
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