Army Signing Day Review: Secondary

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ArmySports.com continues its review of the 2012 Black Knights signing class. Today we look at Army's defensive secondary signees. The Army staff worked hard to improve Army's speed and quickness in this critical team area. Look inside to find out the complete details on the Black Knights future cornerback and safeties.

In the secondary Josh Jenkins was a shutdown corner for De La Salle in California. De La Salle is one of the best high school football programs in the nation. With Jenkins (6-0, 185) at cornerback teams struggled to pass against De LaSalle because of his ability to take away an entire side of the field. He recorded two interceptions, defensed four passes, recovered three fumbles and made 39 tackles. Jenkins saw some time at receiver catching 14 passes for 256 (19.3 avg.) and scored two touchdowns. Josh was named to the First Team All-East Bay Defensive Team.



Cedrik Bell was one of the early commits to Army last year. Bell played safety at Marion High School in Indiana. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. Cedrik comes from a military family with an Army background. His goal was to attend West Point. Bell is a physical and aggressive safety but has enough speed to possibly play boundary cornerback.



Adam Bungun is a 6-2, 180 pound safety and wide receiver recruit from Triton high school in Minnesota. Bungum is a very good athlete who runs well with a 4.58 forty yard dash time. Adam chose Army over an offer from North Dakota and a chance to walk-on at Minnesota.



Another talented defensive back recruit is Nate Guidry. Guidry is a safety from Arlington Heights in Fort Worth Texas. He is 6-2, 185 pound safety with legit 4.5 speed. Guidry originally committed to Kansas State last summer but had a change of heart and decommitted. He decided on Army over offers from K-State, Colorado State and Louisiana Monroe. Nate was a three year starter at OLB and earned All-District honors every year. Guidry is very fast and can rush the passer or cover. He has the frame to gain weight and should project to strong safety or Rover in the Double Eagle flex scheme.

Another brother of a current Army player, Joey Giovannelli, a safety from Chatham, Illinois is joining the Corps of cadets. Giovannelli is the brother of Army plebe running back Tony, who played well on the JV team this year. Last season Gionvannelli averaged 10.5 yards per carry while rushing for 725 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively he intercepted two passes. Joey is quick and offers above average speed. He ran a 11.48 100 meters during his senior year track season.



Another player with a connection to West Point is Michael McFadden. He is the son of Brian McFadden who played linebacker at West Point. McFadden is a 6-1 180 pound safety with 4.65 speed from Huntsville, Alabama. He played both running back and safety last season. McFadden ran for 1,126 yards, 8.2 yards a carry, and eight touchdowns. On defense he made 75 tackles.



Alex Waugh is another recruit those father, Bill, attended West Point. Waugh is a safety from Leavenworth, Kansas. He recorded three interceptions and made 81 tackles last season. Alex was a key player in helping what was a hapless high school program make the state playoffs for the first time in 31 years. Waugh earned second team All-League for his efforts.

A real pleasant surprise was the commitment of talented safety Tim Kamana. He is from Hawaii and had originally committed to Wyoming but had not signed his letter of intent on signing day. Kamana (5-11, 180) changed his mind and decided to attend West Point instead. Tim possesses excellent speed and is a very physical player. Kamana also had an offer to be a preferred walk on at Michigan State where his father played. He's expected to attend the prep school this fall. A late local recruit, Steven Johnson is a diamond in the rough type of athlete. He was persuaded to play for his high school team by the head coach as a senior after not having played football for five years. Johnson was an instant star for the Newburgh Free Academy football team at defensive back. Steven picked off eight passes as his team won the state championship. He agreed to walk on at FCS Albany University and then New Hampshire started showing interest before Army offered. Johnson, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 175 pounds, is lighting quick and played very well last season despite his time away from the game. He will attend the prep school this fall.

Follow ArmySports.com for continuing coverage of Army football recruiting and look for spring practice updates. We will discuss the entire Army plebe football recruiting class in more detail, including the incoming prep players, after R-day in our yearly "Incoming" by position feature.

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