Paul McIntosh could be impact player for Army

Paul McIntosh could be impact player for Army

Back in August, Paul McIntosh's high school coach, John Hart, made a bold prediction about his quarterback. "I said that he was the best football player in the state of Indiana," Hart said. "A lot of people thought I was crazy for saying something like that in the newspapers."

As it turns out, McIntosh led Evansville Reitz High School to an undefeated season and the Class 4A state championship, earning Indiana's Mr. Football honors.

McIntosh committed to Army earlier this week and Hart has big plans for his signal caller at the Academy, too.

"I think he has All-American potential," Hart said. "I wouldn't put that label on anyone, in fact, I never have. He's a special kid. Every school in the country wanted him as an athlete, but Paul wanted to play quarterback. I respect that."

McIntosh verbally committed to Ball State, before Army coach Stan Brock plucked him from the Mid-American Conference school. Hart said McIntosh was expected to start for Ball State as a red-shirt freshman. He thinks McIntosh can start at Army this fall.

"He is the most equipped (incoming freshman) I have seen," Hart said. "Paul is just a smart kid and a great leader, on and off the field. He will fit right into Army's new scheme."

Hart said that Brock has told him and McIntosh that Army will run the spread option next year. That's the same scheme that McIntosh, who is 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, ran to perfection at Evansville Reitz last year. McIntosh completed 146 of 227 passes for 2,292 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. He ran 205 times for 1,621 yards and 34 scores in 15 games. Hart ran a spread option formation at Evansville Reitz similar to what Urban Meyer runs at Florida. There are multiple formations. McIntosh ran some straight option in what Hart called a flexbone similar to former Army coach Bob Sutton's schemes. He also ran a shotgun set like Florida.

Army quarterbacks have been cursed at Army since Ronnie McAda graduated after the glorious 1996 season. The latest signal caller under the spell is Carson Williams, who like McIntosh, came to West Point highly-touted. Williams is 2-12 as a starter and threw for 1,770 yards with 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season. So it appears that at the very least, Williams will get tested by McIntosh this summer.

Extra points: John Bond, Army's offensive coordinator from 2000-03, has not been retained in the same capacity by Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech. Bond spent just one year in Atlanta and worked as offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois from 2004-06 ... Army strong safety Caleb Campbell, an NFL hopeful, has retained John Persch as his agent. Persch works for agent Jimmy Sexton, whose clients include Bill Parcells and Nick Saban.

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