West Greene (Pa.) senior Ben Jackson set Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League rushing records this fall.
Jackson’s future appears to be on the defensive side of the ball after recently announcing his commitment to the Black Knights.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Jackson is being recruited to play linebacker at West Point. Jackson rushed for 3,076 yards and 50 touchdowns this season.
“I’ve always wanted to serve this nation,” Jackson said. “I feel as if it’s my duty to serve the greatest nation God put on this earth. That was a large deciding factor. But, I always wanted a great education and play football. West Point marks all of those boxes.”
Johnson, who gained more than 7,000 yards in his career, camped at Army over the summer entering his senior season and visited West Point during the UMass game on Nov. 9.
“There was something different about the atmosphere,” Jackson said. “It was a great day and a great game. I loved how exciting it felt.”
Military service runs in Jackson’s family. Both of his grandfathers and three uncles have served. His grandfather and uncle on his mother’s side served in the Army.
Jackson is looking forward to playing linebacker for the Black Knights.
“I love how aggressive they play and how they bring guys (blitz),” Jackson said. “I think it’ll be a great fit for me.”
Three recruits have recently decommited from the 2020 class: Indian Land (S.C.) cornerback A.J. Jefferson, Klein Oak (Texas) defensive back Dominic Morris and Lusher (La.) running back Miles Stewart.
2020 commits (58)
SB Aaron Adams, 5-9, 165, Suncoast HS, Riviera Beach, Fla.: First offer – Army.
QB Donovan Anthony, 6-1, 192, Washington Wilkes HS, Washington, Ga. (COMMITTED, June 22)
S Hamilton Baker, 6-1, 200, Daphne (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Troy, South Alabama, Central Michigan, Coastal Carolina. Army official visit – June 14-16.
LB Dominick Barbuto, 6-2, 225, Lynbrook (N.Y.) HS: (COMMITTED, July 15)
CB CJ Barnes, 5-11, 175, Lake Gibson HS, Lakeland, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Florida Atlantic, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan (COMMITTED, Oct. 28)
DB Malik Birchett, 6-2, 200, Mooresville (N.C.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Colorado State, Liberty (COMMITTED, Nov. 9)
QB Quincy Bonner, 6-2, 165, Meadowcreek HS, Norcross, Ga.
RB Jeremiah “Lucky” Brooks, 5-11, 205, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La.
WR Logan Burks, 6-6, 195, Carmel (Ind.) HS: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, August 15)
TE-DE Bryant Burns, 6-3, 228, Ozark (Ark.) HS: Other offers – Appalachian State. (COMMITTED, April 22)
LB Connor Butt, 6-1, 215, Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz.: Other offers – Navy. Army visit – June 11.
S Kaiser Cambra-Cho, 6-2, 195, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, May 25)
S Adam Cash, 6-foot, 200, Mansfield Timberview HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force (COMMITTED, July 30)
FB Charlie Cole, 6-2, 225, Daniel Boone HS, Gray, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy, Tulane.
QB Bryson Daily, 6-1, 205, Abernathy (Texas) HS: 2019 stats – 2,175 rushing yards, 39 TD, 1,355 passing yards, 18 TD, receiving TD, kickoff return TD, 78 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, interception TD return. (COMMITTED, Oct. 6)
RB Jarel Dickson, 6-foot, 215, Peabody HS, Trenton, Tenn.: 2018 stats – 1,260 rushing yards, 24 touchdowns. Other offers – Navy, Miami (Ohio), Western Kentucky. (COMMITTED, June 17)
DB Javon Ellis, 6-1, 180, Phillips HS, Chicago, Ill.: (COMMITTED, July 18)
DE Rodney Faulk, 6-3, 230, Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Navy, Central Michigan. Maryland resident. (COMMITTED, June 14)
OL Jackson Filipowicz, 6-2, 245, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Three-year starting center. (COMMITTED, August 6)
OL Connor Finucane, 6-4, 275, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – California, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette
C Aidan Gaines, 6-1, 285, Rome (Ga.) HS: Two-year starter. Other offers – Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED, June 16)
LB Brett Gerena, 6-1, 210, Jesuit HS, Tampa, Fla: First offer – Army. Other offers – Eastern Michigan. Gerena’s father, Joe, was Army quarterback from 1998-2000. (COMMITTED, Sept. 9)
QB Collin Guggenheim, 5-11, 205, John Curtis Christian HS, River Ridge, La.
FB Kee Hawkins, 5-11, 215, Live Oak HS, Watson, La.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, June 21)
LB Austin Hill, 6-1, 225, Evangelical Christian HS, Cordova, Tenn.: (COMMITTED, August 8)
T David Hoyt, 6-6, 280, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic HS: Ranked 90th-best tackle of the 2020 class by 247 Sports. Other offers – Rutgers, Louisville, Illinois, Buffalo, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Tulane, Toledo, Ohio, Colorado State, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Mississippi, Liberty. (COMMITTED, March 30)
LB Ben Jackson, 6-1, 220, West Greene HS, Pa.: Rushed for 3,076 yards and 50 touchdowns.
DL Malik James, 6-2, 260, Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, Oct. 31)
P-K Albert Jang, 6-2, 185, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga. Other offers – Air Force (May 6) (COMMITTED, March 1)
SB Bishop Johnson, 5-8, 170, Jefferson HS, Lafayette, Ind.: (COMMITTED, August 12)
WR Brandon Jones, 6-2, 190, Bishop Sullivan HS, Virginia Beach, Va.: Other offers – Navy, Liberty (COMMITTED, August 10)
CB Devin Lardge, 5-11, 180, Stafford HS, Falmouth, Va.: (COMMITTED, July 12)
WR-DB Cori Lewis, 5-8, 165, Bishop Kelley HS, Tulsa, Okla.: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, Oct. 6)
S Leo Lowin, 6-1, 190, Westlake HS, Austin, Texas: Other offers – Air Force. Chose Army over Harvard (COMMITTED, August 1)
OL Kaleb Luna, 6-2, 305, Ellison HS, Killeen, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Texas State, Louisiana-Lafayette. Named upperclassman offensive line MVP at 2019 Army prospect camp. Father, Robert, served 17.5 years in the Army. (COMMITTED, August 5)
K Quinn Maretzki, 5-10, 170, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii): First offer – Army (COMMITTED, Oct. 14)
LS Cole McCutcheon, 6-foot, 180, Bishop O’Connor HS, Phoenix, Ariz.: First offer – Army (COMMITTED, Oct. 5)
DE Andre Miller, 6-3, 235, Savannah (Ga.) Country Day School: Army visit – June 14-16. Other offers – Navy, Colorado, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Akron, Appalachian State, Southern Mississippi, Liberty, Coastal Carolina. (COMMITTED, June 16)
DE Khalil Miller, 6-3, 235, Life Christian Academy, South Chesterfield, Va.: Other offers – Marshall, Southern Mississippi (COMMITTED, Nov. 2)
DE-LB Jacob Mitchell, 6-4, 225, Centennial HS, Corona, Calif.: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, Nov. 10)
RB Dillan Monette, 5-7, 160, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La. (COMMITTED, May 2)
OL Raleigh Oxendine, 6-2, 272, Jesuit HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, June 28)
C Aidan Perkins, 6-2, 280, Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force, Troy, Arkansas State, South Alabama. Two-year starter at center moving to tackle his senior season. (COMMITTED, July 28)
LB Jackson Powell, 6-2, 220, Buford (Ga.) HS: Brother of Army sophomore offensive lineman Dean Powell. Other offers – Air Force, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Georgia Southern, Cincinnati, Memphis, Troy, Appalachian State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Liberty, Middle Tennessee State, Coastal Carolina
QB RJ Rosales, 5-10, 178, Evangelical Christian HS, Fort Myers, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Threw for 4,950 yards and 59 touchdowns in three seasons at Immokalee (Fla.) High. (COMMITTED, July 8)
DE Spencer Roy, 6-4, 245, Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz.: First offer – Army. Army visit – June 20. (COMMITTED, July 31)
OL Cooper Smith, 6-2, 280, Bowdon (Ga.) HS: (COMMITTED, Oct. 31)
CB Daelan Smith, 5-10, 180, Peach County HS, Fort Valley, Ga. (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
LB-S Terrell Taylor, 6-foot, 190, Paramount (Calif.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Utah State (COMMITTED, Oct. 23)
LB Harrison Thomas, 6-1, 223, Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic HS: Other offers – Southern Mississippi. Army visit – June 5. 2018 stats – 19 tackles for loss, 11 sacks.
QB Delshawn Traylor, 5-11, 180, Helix HS, La Mesa, Calif.: Unofficial visit – June 17. Recruited as a safety by Air Force but not offered. First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, June 17).
WR Bo Turner, 6-foot, 175, Naperville Central (Ill.): (COMMITTED, Nov. 5)
LB Camden Vining, 6-1, 226, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal HS, Bradenton, Fla.: (COMMITTED, July 26)
LB De’Andre Wilborn, Westinghouse HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – June 14-16. (COMMITTED, June 17)
RB-LB A.J. Williams, 6-1, 210, Aquinas HS, Augusta, Ga.: Army visit – June 14-16. Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, June 14-16).
DB CJ Williams, 5-10, 155, Demopolis (Ala.) HS: 2019 stats – 67 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, punt return TD (COMMITTED, Nov. 28)
DB Spencer Williams, 6-foot, 180, Jesuit HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Georgia State. Army visit – June 13-16 (COMMITTED, August 1)
S Tommy Zitiello, 6-2, 185, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, June 7)
2020 commitments by state – Georgia (11), Florida (10), Louisiana (5), Texas (4), Virginia (4), Arizona (3), California (3), Illinois (3), Tennessee (3), Alabama (2), Hawaii (2), Indiana (2), Arkansas (1), Maryland (1), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (1)