September 3, 2009
Army's future goes head to head at USMAPS.
There are many different roads to football stardom at the collegiate level, and for some of those players that will eventually wear the Black & Gold of Army, at times that road often leads to Fort Monmouth (NJ), home of the USMAPS (United States Military Academy Prep School), before it leads to West Point.
The current Army roster is a reflection of the path travel by many of tomorrow's starters against Eastern Michigan; such as co-captain and All-American Stephen Anderson, starting freshmen quarterback Trent Steelman, starting corners Antuan Aaron and Mario Hill, along with Josh McNary, Patrick Mealy, CeDarius Williams, Desmond Lamb, Damion Hunter, Donnie Dixon and Marcus Hilton. You could then add the names of others who will see plenty of time in the Army opener
Chris Swain, freshman cornerback Josh Jackson or Kingsley Ehie just to name a few.
Well, to say that this year's prep team is ready to show their stuff would be an understatement. They open their season tomorrow at home against non other than Army's JV team. Trust me when I say that the prepsters are taking the game very seriously and rightfully so
there is a lot a stake here.
FEW USMAPS NOTABLES
Reports are or as one observer stated, DE Julius Warmsley is just "a man" at the prep school.
No surprise here, but another player that will have Army fans drooling is Raymond Maples, who is a stud of a player. He can be equally as effective on either side of the ball. From the safety spot, he is guided missile, but is currently running as the "B" back at the prep school.
It took so doing to get him onboard, but Jamal Mtshali is a physical specimen. Although relatively raw, the battle today against the JV will allow coaches to see how far he has developed. As one observer noted, "he is physically impressive
like Josh McNary." Mtshali is put together and equally as impressive in his strength when it comes to his bench and squat lifting.
Quarterback Cody Jackson is playing well, along with slotback Julian Crocket who has speed to burn.
Currently, Bryce Flowers, who has also played well, is rotating between slot and "B" back.
"Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover"
That should be the motto cornerback Brandon Porter's for the 5-foot-6, 155 pound prepster. By all accounts, Porter might actually be the best defender on the team, but clearly may be the best defensive back. Of course, coming out of LaPlace (LA) John Curtis, which is one of better high school programs in the nation doesn't hurt.
JV & READY
For the "JV" squad, they have their own motivation and that is to stop playing "scout team" and really hit someone. Not to mention, this will serve as an opportunity to shine and perhaps make that jump to the "A" squad and suit up for the home opener versus Duke.
Starting at DT for the "B" squad will be Derek Bisgard and Loren Baker and rounding out the defensive line are ends Chad Littlejohn and Shola Mustapha .
At the linebacker spots, look for Zach Watts playing the Sam, C.J. Shelley at Will and Josh Powell will be at the Mike backer.
At corners you will have Sean Maag and Greg Cotton, with Ty Shrader at one safety and converted receiver Ryan Mumma fills the other safety spot.
On offense, the JV will have Jimmy Reitter will open up at quarterback, with freshman David Collins backing him up.
Former USMAPS product Kelechi Odocha and Jamal Olatunde will line-up at the slot positions.
At the B back spot you have two very hard nose backs in Brad Gallik and Dan McGue .
The event has all the making of traditional rivalry, as there will be a Big BBQ and the soldiers on post will there in full force.
These two teams will go at it again at Michie Stadium on October 2nd.
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