Tay Andrews felt a positive vibe from Army the first time that he spoke with assistant coach Mike Viti.
Conservations with Viti and other members of the Black Knights’ staff led to an offer for the Lockhart (Texas) wide receiver earlier this month.
Just a few weeks later, Andrews was ready to make his college decision ahead of a home visit from Viti. Andrews announced his commitment to the Black Knights Sunday. He called Viti Tuesday with the news. Viti stopped by Andrews’ home Wednesday.
“The opportunity to be a part of a great program led by a great coach with such genuine people and a chance to win big games was part of what led me to my decision,” Andrews said. “When he (Viti) spoke about West Point, I could tell that was the place for me and when he came to my house the other day, our back and forth was genuinely great.”
Andrews, who was recruited and offered as a preferred walk-on by Oklahoma State, led Lockhart with 40 catches, 580 yards and seven touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound receiver already seems to be embracing the role of his position in Army’s running offense.
“I think the barbaric style of offense is awesome and I think since there’s such a run-heavy approach, defenses will stack the box and I’ll be able to sneak over the top often being matched up 1-on-1,” Andrews said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”
Andrews is the 20th Texas commit in Army’s 2022 class to our count. He knows future teammates and fellow commits Charlie Barnett, Jaden Leonard and Trent White among others. Andrews plans on visiting West Point as soon as possible.
“I was considering (Oklahoma State) for sure along with William & Mary,” Andrews said. “But, I knew West Point was the place for me.”
2022 Army football commits (80)
DE Amir Ali, 6-2, 235, Holy Cross HS, San Antonio, Texas: First offer – Army
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 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
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 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.
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.
*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 (19), Georgia (12), California (7), Florida (7), Pennsylvania (4), Maryland (3), Michigan (3), New Jersey (3), Virginia (3), Alabama (2), Arkansas (2), Connecticut (2), Delaware (2), Oklahoma (2), Arizona (1), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Ohio (1), Tennessee (1), Utah (1), Wyoming (1)
Commits offered by Navy: 24