Army welcomes incoming class

Army welcomed its football class to West Point on Monday, with 55 Black Knights ready to embark on their careers.

Of those, 25 came directly from high school, while 30 played football at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School in 2010.

The signees are split almost equally on both sides of the ball: 26 on offense, 28 on defense and one special teams. Line is an area where Army needs help, so it bodes well that the Black Knights have 11 defensive linemen and 10 offensive linemen joining the team. Defensively, the group includes 10 defensive backs and seven linebackers, while on offense there are eight running backs, four quarterbacks and four wide receivers.

California and Texas lead the way with six players each, while New York and Wisconsin each produced five Army newcomers. Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois and Washington each have three members of this year’s incoming class.

Because of the appointment process, the service academies don't release the names of recruited student-athletes until they arrive on campus.