The fullback position received a huge hit when USMAPS star fullback, Jonathan Mixon
, was separated from the prep school and didn't graduate. The only other incoming option from last year’s Army
prep team at B-back is Corey Wilkerson
was recruited initially to play fullback for the Black Knights but was used mostly on defense at linebacker last season at the United States Military Academy Prep School. He had excelled as both a running back and linebacker at Bishop Ludden high school in upstate New York. Wilkerson (5-11, 220) ran for 1,028 yards and scored 13 touchdowns his senior season. Wilkerson saw time at linebacker at USMAPS rotating in as a Mike linebacker. He was moved to defense because of the talent of the since departed Mixon but is athletic enough to play fullback.
Wilkinson is a nice blend of speed and power. In high school he ran track as well as throwing the shot and discus. Corey is regarded as a workaholic in the weight room. He is a physical runner with surprising speed. He was ranked in the top six in shot put and discus in the state and still ran a very competitive 100-meter dash in high school. Wilkinson comes from a family with a military background. Both of his grandfathers served in the military as well as several uncles. If the staff doesn't use him at fullback then his likely position in the new defense is inside linebacker.
There are three direct admit potential fullbacks that were landed by Jeff Monken's staff after he was hired. All could possibly help either at fullback or on defense at linebacker. The most impressive was Bayle Wolf
(6-0, 200) from Clinton-Massie High school in Ohio. As a senior he ran for 1,958 yards and scored 31 rushing touchdowns. He earned Ohio’s Division IV player of the year and was named to one of the Max Prep All-American teams. Bayle had an even better junior season. He rushed for 2,059 yards and scored an amazing 41 touchdowns. During his high school career he ran for 5,473 yards and 102 touchdowns. He was also a very productive linebacker for Clinton-Massie which won back-to-back state titles.
Wolf offers good speed, is durable, cuts well, blocks hard and is a big effort player. He showed his athleticism at a summer Yale camp before his senior season when he ran a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash, a 4.1 shuttle, and benched pressed 225 pounds 27 times. Wolf isn't that big and played in a small high school conference so he didn't get a ton of interest despite his impressive production. He chose Army over interest from the Ivy League and a few MAC schools.
Army's new staff landed two similar style direct admit fullback recruits from Ohio in Morgan Willcox
and Matt Sannella. Willcox is a 5-foot-11 inch, 225 pound fullback from LaSalle high school in Ohio. He was used mostly as a blocker and short yardage runner and occasionally as a tight end. Wilcox is a very strong, aggressive player with good hands. He loves contact and can bench press over 365 pounds. The coaching staff at Army has recruited Willcox to play fullback. He was his team's captain and earned second team all-league recognition last season. Wilcox has good balance and leg drive after contact. He is more physical than fast and he has below average speed.
Matt Sannella (6-1, 215) is a fullback/linebacker prospect from Kings high school in Ohio. Sannella is a strong hardnosed, big effort runner. He has below average quickness and speed. Matt is an old style fullback who can move laterally, pick and slide down the line to find a hole. His strength as a runner lies primarily in running between the tackles. He prefers to run over defenders than trying to go around them. Sannella is a hard-nosed runner who keeps his pads low and takes on tacklers. Matt was more highly regarded as an all-conference linebacker and may end up on the defensive side of the ball.
Next: A look at the Incoming Slotbacks.
ArmySports.com continues our review of this year’s incoming freshman class by position. New Army offensive coordinator Brent Davis's option offense is oriented toward the fullback, or B-Back
and quarterbacks carrying the ball. With fullback Larry Dixon entering his senior year and last year's solid back up Hayden Tippett graduated this is suddenly a position of need for the Black Knights in 2015.