Army Signing Day Review: Quarterbacks

Matthew Kaufmann

The Army staff dipped into Texas, Pennsylvania, Washington State, Oklahoma, and Connecticut in their quest to find the future Army signal caller. Look inside to find out more about these outstanding players. NOTE: This is the first of a series of position-by-position reports on Army's 2012 signing class.

College football's national signing day concluded last week. ArmySports.com will take a look at the projected offensive players from the Black Knights' 2012 recruiting class. While national signing day tends to be the be-all and end-all for BCS programs, the service academies will continue to fill their 2012 direct and prep rosters. This isn't the final commitment list and a number of impact players can still sign. For example on last year team, freshman starters Larry Dixon, Lamar Johnson-Harris and Hayden Pierce all committed after signing day in 2010 then attended the prep school that fall.

With quarterback Trent Steelman entering his senior season and back-up Max Jenkins graduating, the quarterback position needed to improve its depth. Rich Ellerson's staff has so far landed six quarterbacks.

Tevin Long (5-10, 172) is a very quick lefty quarterback from Brookshire, Texas. He has the ability to make people miss in the open field. He could also play "A" or "C" back or defensive back. Long chose Army over offers from Wofford and Idaho State.



Gervon Simon (5-11,190) was a spread option quarterback at Johnstown, Pa. Simon threw for 1,752 passing yards and 19 touchdowns last season. He ran for 533 yards and scored 9 touchdowns. He is a fast, hard nose runner. Simon chose Army over an offer from Bucknell and a chance to be a preferred walk-on as a safety at Maryland. He is expected to begin his Army career at the United States Military Academy Prep school (USMAPS).



Blake McPherson is a 6-1, 200 pound dual threat quarterback from Arlington, Washington. McPherson is expected to also start his Army career at the prep school. His senior year he threw for 2,355 yards and 27 touchdowns while adding six rushing touchdowns.



McPherson a star QB at 8-years-old
Matthew Kaufmann (5-10, 175) is a triple option quarterback from McAllen Memorial High School in Texas. He was the All-Valley conference Player of the Year and district MVP. Last season Kaufmann ran for 2,107 yards, averaging 7.9 yards per carry, and scored 30 touchdowns. Matthew completed 84 of 149 passes (56.4%) for 1,280 yards. He threw 11 touchdowns against four interceptions. He led his team to a 12-1 record. Kaufmann made 48 starts at quarterback during his high school career.



Brandon Schmidt (5-11, 200) is another option quarterback who committed. Brandon was a three year starter who has rushed for more than 3,000 and passing for 1,500 yards at Bethel, Conn. He was All South-West conference selection and a team captain. Schmidt is as tough as they come. He broke three bones in his hand during a rivalry game last year and returned to a game to lead his team in the second half.

Brandon Carletti-Silva from Duncan, Oklahoma committed just after signing day. Carletti-Silva ( 6-0, 228) was a three-year starting quarterback at Duncan. He was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association Class 5A West All-State team.

In our next segment we'll take at the Army running back and fullback signees.

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