Army Signing Day Review: Running Backs

Jevon Elmore

ArmySports.com continues its review of the 2012 Black Knight signing class. Today we look at Army's fullback and slotback signees. Rich Ellerson and his staff attracted some super play-makers who should help the Black Knights continue to be one of the top rushing teams in the nation over the next few years. Look inside to find out more about them.

At fullback or B-back, Aaron Kemper (5-7, 208) from Winton Woods high school in Ohio is an exciting recruit. He saw the Showtime special a "Game of Honor" and was so impressed he committed before his official visit to West Point. Aaron was voted Ohio's best offensive player his junior year when he rushed for 1,606 yards and 28 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,541 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior. Kemper played for three years as a fullback in a triple option offense.



Andrew King (6-0, 200) will begin his career at the Prep school. King, a native of Queens, N.Y., rushed for 963 yards and 10 touchdowns last year. He played both fullback and linebacker.



Eddy Ruzga (6-3, 220) from Wisconsin is also experienced playing in a triple option offense. He played tailback and was a linebacker on defense. Ruzga is a punishing runner with some speed and will be looked at initially at B-Back.

Robert Jenkins is another fullback/linebacker prospect. Jenkins is 5-11 and weighs 215 pounds. He played on a very talented Loyola high school team in Los Angeles, California.



The running back recruits offer some of the more impressive athletes Rich Ellerson's staff has landed since he became head coach.

Jay Roberson (6-2, 195) from Michigan was one of the most highly recruited prospects to sign with the Black Knights. He had offers from Central Michigan and New Mexico. Roberson has excellent speed, acceleration, run skills and is elusive in the open field. Jay is a gifted athlete who also played basketball and ran track. His team was one of the fastest 4x100 relay teams in the state. He is expected to attend USMAPS.

Elijah St. Hilarie is expected to be a direct admit running back who was also sought after by other programs. St. Hilarie originally committed to Akron but the changed to Army late in the recruiting season. St. Hilaire is 5-11, 176 pounds and has been timed officially at 4.49 in the forty yard dash. He has good hands and possesses top end speed with a terrific burst. He can play C-back, wide receiver, defensive back and is an outstanding kick and punt returner. Elijah chose Army over offers from Akron, Colorado State, Bryant, Columbia and Towson.



John Sanford played at nearby St. Joseph's high school in Montvale, New Jersey. Sanford ran for over 800 all-purpose yards as a junior. Sanford was an All-Bergen track star last spring and was expected to be the starting halfback for a St. Joseph's this past season. He was injured in a car accident in August and then missed his entire senior season. Sanford is now healthy and expected to play this fall at USMAPS.



Another local tri-state recruit is Jevon Elmore (5-10, 171) a running back from New London, Connecticut high school. During his senior year Elmore scored 12 touchdowns including three on defense and two on kick returns. Jevon is an excellent defensive back who picked off seven passes last season. Elmore chose Army over offers from Central Connecticut State and Duquesne.

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