As Cale Hellums studied Army’s offense, the Tomball (Texas) quarterback’s excitement for potentially running the option-style scheme grew.
Hellums continued to learn more and more about the offense and the academy after an offer from Army in March.
A recent visit to West Point provided Hellums with the comfort to make his college decision before returning to Texas. Hellums verbally committed to fullbacks coach Mike Viti Monday night. He is the third Texas quarterback to join Army’s 2022 class following Lancaster’s Glenn Rice and Central Catholic’s Sylas Gomez.
“On my official visit, I fell in love with the place,” Hellums said. “Getting to meet the players helped my decision a lot. The whole time you’re surrounded by elite people. Having a West Point degree is extremely hard to beat if not impossible. By the end of my official visit, I knew this was home for me.”
Hellums will have a familiar face joining him at Army. Tomball teammate and offensive lineman Tyler Lee announced his Army commitment Tuesday.
“I think it’s awesome (that he and Lee are committed to the same school),” Hellums said. “It’s definitely a positive and will help both of us adapt.”
Hellums rushed for 1,796 yards out of a spread offense with plenty of designed quarterback runs his junior season. Having the offense in his control at Army intrigued Hellums.
“I like how many times the quarterback gets to run the ball in a game, running behind that big, strong, physical offensive line and also having the ability to make in game decisions with the reads,” Hellums said. “I fit this offense so well, my skill set will mesh perfectly with what Army wants to do on the offensive side.”
Hellums summed up his commitment: “It feels so good. This is truly a blessing. There’s no brotherhood stronger than Army football and it feels great to be now apart of it.”
2022 Army football commits (23)
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.
S Caden Brungard, 6-1, 190, Western Wayne HS, Lake Ariel, Pa.: Other offers – Air Force
DL Mason Davis, 6-2, 260, Denton Ryan HS, Denton, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Hawaii, North Texas. Helped Denton Ryan to Texas state 6A championship
WR Michael Davis, 6-1, 205, Denton Ryan HS, Denton, Texas: First offer – Army. Caught touchdown pass in Denton Ryan’s Texas 6A championship win.
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.
DE Chase Fambro, 6-3, 240, Spalding HS, Griffin, Ga.: Other offers – Coastal Carolina, Hawaii
QB Sylas Gomez, 6-2, 185, Central Catholic HS, San Antonio, Texas: First offer – Army.
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.
QB Cade Hellums, 5-11, 185, Tomball (Texas) HS: First offer – Army. Rushed for 1,796 yards junior year.
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
OL Tyler Lee, 6-2, 285, Tomball (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulsa, Marshall, Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas State
DB Ryan Nolan, 5-10, 170, Gainesville (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy
S Jamir Reyes, 6-1, 180, Imhotep Charter, Philadelphia, Pa.
QB Glenn Rice, 5-11, 180, Lancaster (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force.
FB Hunter Roddy, 6-foot, 220, Chaparral HS, Murrieta, Calif.: Other offers – Navy
OL Ryan Scott, 6-3, 250, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: First offer – Army
TE Toby Thompson, 6-4, 240, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
WR Neo Vossschulte, 6-4, 190, Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, Pa.
CB Curtis Whiting, 5-11, 181, Hackensack (N.J.) HS
TE Cooper Wilkinson, 6-3, 235, New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) HS: Committed during visit on June 6.
Commits by state: Texas (6), Georgia (5), Pennsylvania (3), Florida (3), California (2), Connecticut (1), Delaware (1), New Jersey (1), Tennessee (1)
Commits offered by Navy: 5
Commits offered by Air Force: 8