Army Signing Day Review: Linebackers

(Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE) continues its review of the 2012 Black Knights signing class. Today we look at Army's linebacker signees. Look inside to find out the complete details on the Black Knights future linebacker corps.

Greg Bender is an undersized, active linebacker who flies to the ball. The 6-1, 205 pound Bender has 4.6 speed and has surprising strike ability for his size. He's expected to be a direct admit. Bender will compete at rover and possibly strong safety. Greg was named second team All-State in Ohio at linebacker. He also played on offense rushing for 974 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

Kyle Fleming (6-1, 220) was a middle linebacker for Waimea High School in Hawaii. Fleming is a strong, aggressive middle linebacker who plays faster than his listed forty yard dash time. Fleming benched press over 300 pounds at a high school combine. On offense Kyle played tight end. He is athletic and can move despite not being stop watch fast. He chose Army over a host of offers from Colorado School of Mines, Montana Tech, University of Hawaii, Stetson University and Bentley University.

Another linebacker named Kyle is joining the Long Gray Line. Kyle Ricciardi (6-2, 220) is a First Team All New York state linebacker from Croton, New York. The local product played both linebacker and guard. He was a team captain and last season when he recorded 112 tackles and posted five sacks.

Gabe Humphers was a versatile jack-of-all-trades at a very good Nevada Union football program in California. He was a linebacker, running back, receiver and kick returner. He earned Second Team All- Sacramento area on offense as an athlete. Humphers (6-0, 190) rarely left the field and has above average speed. Gabe is the son of a football coach and is a tough, instinctive player. He chose Army over the opportunity to be a preferred walk-on at UCLA.

Jeremy Timpf is another undersized, fast linebacker who committed to Army. Timpf (6-2, 205) is from Sabino high school in Arizona. Timpf missed most of 2011 with an injury but still received all-state honors after making 37 tackles for his dominant defensive team. Jeremy also had offers from FCS national champion North Dakota State and South Dakota State.

Chasen Brown from Germantown high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the fastest of the Black Knights linebacker recruits. Brown (5-10, 197) played outside linebacker and running back. He's run the 100 meters in 10.9 seconds. Brown had a number of FCS offers but chose Army. He will report to USMAPS.

Sean McBryde is a 6-4, 210 safety from Ellison, Texas. McBryde was the first commit of this year's class back in July of last year. Sean chose Army over offers from Air Force, North Texas and Rice. McBryde projects to Rover or possibly whip linebacker if he can fill out his frame. He will also attend the prep school. Recommended Stories

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