Information was attained through a number of sources and websites, most notably Scout.com, Rivals.com, 247sports.com and MaxPreps.com. Air Force is not permitted, by rule, to comment on any recruited athlete because its appointment process differs from other NCAA institutions. Many athletes will attend the prep school before entering the academy. Those athletes can accept offers from other institutions while at the prep school.
Measurable: 6-0/215, QB, Richmond Hills, Ga. (Richmond Hills HS)
Notable: Led a high school offense that averaged over 30 points per game. Dual-threat quarterback who competed 71 of 101 pass attempts for 983 yards and five touchdowns while also running for 687 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Quotable: "He's probably a great sprint out passer, as good as you can get. Even as a sophomore, he was recognized even by Georgia Tech as one of the best sprint out throwers they had seen, especially on the high school level." - Richmond Hills HS coach Lyman Guy as told to WTOC 11’s Rick Snow.
Measurable: 5-10/175, ATHL, Tulsa, Okla. (Union HS)
Notable: Completed 157 of his 259 pass attempts for 2,141 yards and 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Added 481 yards rushing on 99 carried and six touchdowns. Air Force will look at him as a wide receiver/athlete.
Quotable: "He definitely has that personality that a lot of people are drawn to and that is part of what makes him a good quarterback. People want to play with him and for him." - Union HS coach Kirk Fridrich as told to the Tulsa World.
Measurable: 6-1/285, C, DeSoto, Texas
Notable: Was a team captain for Team USA in the International Bowl. A three-sport athlete who also wrestles and throws the discus. Had offers from six schools, including Northern Colorado and Army.
Measurable: 6-4/265, OT, Katy, Texas (Seven Lakes HS)
Notable: Has played in five different offenses in high school; was moved to left tackle prior to his junior season and also served as the team’s long snapper.
Quotable: “I’ve always wanted to join the Air Force; I want to be a pilot. I also love the triple option, I think that really fits my style.” – Beard
Measurable: 6-3/210, LB, Mukwonago, Wis.
Notable: Class president; made local news for protesting recent changes in school lunches, saying the portion size was not large enough. Also a basketball standout.
Quotable: "Coaches have told me they like the way I find the ball, hustle to every play and make plays with my hands. I've been told that I would be playing either outside linebacker, inside linebacker or a pass-rushing defensive end depending on what school it was. Air Force is looking at me as an inside linebacker." – Blohm to WisconsinHigh.com
Measurable: 5-11/190, CB, Clovis, Calif. (Clovis HS)
Notable: Ranked No. 182 nationally by Scouts.com, recorded 68 tackles and an interception as a senior. His high school coach, Rich Hammond, said that Black is a versatile defender that can play corner or safety and excels in run support. Hammond also said that “he’s the best high school special teams player I’ve ever seen.”
Quotable: “He’s extremely fundamental and an extremely good tackler. I think his family military background is going to help him adjust to academy life and all that’s required with that.” – Clovis HS coach Rich Hammond.
Measurable: 6-3/220, TE, Chelsea, Mich. (Chelsea HS)
Notable: A quarterback in high school, he threw for over 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior. Also drew interest from Ivy League schools Harvard, Princeton, Pennsylvania, Brown and Columbia.
Measurable: 6-4/230, TE/OLB, Columbus, Ohio (Harvest Preparatory School)
Notable: An all-state selection as a tight end, he also played defensive end and wide receiver in high school. Harvest Prep coach Jack Johnson said the Air Force recruiters were eager to see Brown at outside linebacker, though. Had 70 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss and eight sacks as a senior. Before his senior season, Brown registered an electronically timed 4.95 40-yard dash, 4.50 20-yard shuttle and 28.2-inch vertical at a Nike Combine. Ranked No. 133 nationally at his position by Scouts.com
Quotable: “He’s certainly a quality kid. He’s a very coachable guy; he seems to want to get better every time he walks out onto the practice field. I think he’s going to make a fine officer one of these days. He’s a great leader.” – Harvest Prep coach Jack Johnson.
Measurable: 6-4/230, TE, Howell, Mich. (Howell HS)
Notable: Saw limited action as a senior with a meniscus injury. Ranked three stars by Scouts.com, he also had offers from Western Michigan and Bowling Green. Rivals.com has him listed as running the 40 in 4.68 seconds and having a 275-pound bench press. A three-sport star who also competes in basketball and is an all-state discus thrower in track. Scouts.com has him listed as No. 71 nationally at his position. Father, Rudy, was an officer in the marines and is now a middle school teacher. Sister Kaitlyn is on the rowing team at Michigan.
Quotable: “Pete’s a heck of a football athlete, but he’s a state placer in track also and a very good basketball player. He’s an intelligent kid. His father was a military officer and Pete feels that same pride in being in the armed forces.” – Howell HS coach Aaron Metz.
Measurable: 6-4/240, TE, Santa Fe, N.M. (St. Michaels)
Notable: Played tight end, linebacker, kicker and punter. Will begin college as a tight end, but Air Force coaches have told him he might add 20 pounds and switch to defensive end.
Quotable: “Nothing about (the recruiting process) was easy at all. I know (high school teammate Griffin Barth) and I, our parents, we sent film to practically every school in the Midwest and all over the east. It took a long time to get anyone to call back.” – Coppola to the Santa Fe New Mexican
Measurable: 6-1/200, OLB, Dodge City, Kan.
Notable: Runs a 4.53 40-yard dash, 4.18 shuttle and has a 33-inch vertical. Benches 270 pounds and squats 450. His SPARQ (composite) rating at the Nike Combine was 105.93, one of the highest among the 984 participants. Rushed for 855 yards on 144 carries and caught 22 passes for 131 yards as a senior. Defensively, he had 65 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss and an interception. Had a 4.2 GPA and a 26 on his ACT.
Quotable: “No. 1, it’s a great academic school. I’m looking to major in business, and it has one of the best business programs in the country. No. 2, they play in the Mountain West, and they schedule good out-of-conference opponents. No. 3, I’m able to play running back. A lot of schools were wanting me to play safety. Some even wanted me play outside linebacker. I wanted to play running back. It’s a running back’s dream playing in that offense.” – Davis to ESPN.com’s Damon Sayles on why he chose Air Force.
Measurable: 6-0/185, QB/ATHL, Aledo, Texas
Notable: Committed shortly before attending the Armed Forces Bowl. Passed for 2,138 yards with 24 TDs and 3 INTs. Also ran for 643 yards and eight TDs. Was named District 7-4A’s Player of the Year. Ranks ninth academically in his class.
Measurable: 5-11/180, WR/RB, Durant, Okla. (Durant HS)
Notable: Rushed for 827 yards and 14 touchdowns on 165 attempts as a senior. Also caught six touchdown passes. Posted 40 times of 4.45, 4.50 and 4.51 along with a 38-inch vertical and a 240-pound bench press.
Quotable: “He’s a fine young man. I’m proud of him. It takes a special person to enter into the service academy. It takes a mentally strong person to make it there and he has the mental strength to do it. I’m going to miss him, but I’m overjoyed that he made this choice.” – Durant HS coach Byron Cordell to the Durant Democrat.
Measurable: 5-9/185, RB, McKinney, Texas (McKinney Boyd HS)
Notable: Ranked No. 134 nationally at his position by Scouts.com. Rushed for 1,882 yards and 22 touchdowns on 247 carries (7.62 average) as a senior. Ran for nearly 5,300 yards and 61 TDs in his career. Posted a 4.48 40 time, a 3.97 in the shuttle and a 33-inch vertical.
Quotable: “It feels amazing. After all the hard work you put in over the years, and then being able to commit to the college you wanted to go to, it’s a good feeling. Knowing my parents won’t have to pay for college, it’s a huge blessing.” – Driskell to ESPN.com’s Damon Sayles.
Measurable: 6-0/215, LB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (University School of Nova Southeastern)
Notable: Had 45 tackles and 10.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks as a senior at University HS, which went 13-0 and won the Florida Class 3A state championship. Ran a 4.97 40.
Measurable: 6-4, 260, OT, Antelope, Calif. (Antelope HS)
Notable: Big lineman who was instrumental in his high school team averaging a robust 200.9 yards rushing and 33.7 points per game while posting a 10-2 record.
Measurable: 6-2/225, ILB, Anaheim, Calif. (Servite HS)
Notable: Scouts.com has him rated as the No. 99 linebacker in the country. His football role model is Ray Lewis. Went to the same high school as former Air Force linebacker Austin Niklas.
Quotable: “He’s going to get a lot better as he matures. He’s a two-year starter, very fast, very knowledgeable but his best playing days are ahead of him for sure. There are some kids who come out of high school and they’re very physically mature but I would say that Joel, in the next couple of years, is going to be a different guy. He’s got a great frame.” – Servite HS coach Troy Thomas
Measurable: 6-1/225, FB/OLB, Newnan, Ga. (Trinity Christian School)
Notable: Has recorded a 4.61 in the 40 and a 4.3 in the shuttle. Also posted a 33-inch vertical and 9-3 broad jump. Benches 350 and squats 500. Had 82 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior after missing his junior year with Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disorder where a healthy body begins attacking its own nervous system. Averaged 8.1 yards per carry as a fullback.
Quotable: “I’ve come a long way since when I was sick and I’ve been working very hard to get back. Getting that first offer (from Air Force) was a huge relief. My Faith is what’s kept me going. I owe a lot to God’s help. He paved a path for me to walk on. He definitely put the right people in my life and they were all able to be on the same page toward helping me get back.” – Gibson as told to Chris Goltermann of the Newnan Times-Herald in July.
Measurable: 5-10, 170, CB, Redlands, Calif. (Redlands East Valley HS)
Notable: Had five interceptions and 25 tackles as a senior. Also caught 15 passes for 146 years and four touchdowns. An outstanding athlete, he has been clocked as fast as 4.39 in the 40-yard dash and 4.11 in the shuttle. Has posted a 36-inch vertical and bench pressed 275 pounds.
Measurable: 6-3/235, TE, Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield HS)
Notable: Ranked No. 97 nationally among tight ends by Scouts.com. Has posted a time of 4.72 seconds in the 40. A blocking tight end in high school, Gow was also his team’s long snapper
Quotable: "It was the academy overall that sold me on committing. The coaches are all awesome and the education is one of the best you can receive. The campus and the city of Colorado Springs are both beautiful. I've looked into the military aspect and have heard nothing but positives from people in my church, Gary Davis, a former player at Mansfield, and other cadets I met on my visit. My grandfather on my father's side was in the Navy, so serving in the military is in our family." – Gow as told to Richard Stover of Falcons Report.
Measurable: 5-10/155, WR, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral HS)
Notable: Caught 38 passes for 550 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. As a cornerback, he had 14 tackles and an interception. Ranked as a three-star player by ESPN
Quotable: “He's explosive off the ball and has the quickness to avoid the jam. Gets in and out of his cuts with excellent agility and speed, exploding through his routes. Excels working across the middle and catching underneath passes and getting up field immediately. Finds soft spots in defenses and can settle in and make the tough intermediate catch. Has quick, strong hands and extends away from his frame to pluck and tuck before transitioning. Shows terrific open field ability with feet and balance. Can play in the slot or outside, and is a threat on reverses and gadget plays.” – ESPN.com scouting report.
Measurable: 6-4/270, OL, Fairfax, Va. (W.T. Woodson)
Notable: Two-way lineman; father is retired Air Force colonel; both grandfathers were in the Air Force as were several other relatives. Two-way lineman with 4.2 GPA and also plays basketball.
Quotable: “Pat is an outstanding young man in every way. He is a great leader and a great player, as well as an outstanding student. Patrick sets a great example for our younger players and has played a very valuable role in setting a standard of excellence, hard work, and sportsmanship in our program. He was our team captain this year, and also our MVP for two consecutive years. … We look forward to following his career at Air Force.” – Joe Dishun, W.T. Woodson HS coach
Measurable: 6-0/210, OLB, Denver (Mullen HS)
Notable: Ranked No. 174 at his position by Scouts.com. Had 57 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, five sacks and an interception as a senior. Showed good hands as a fullback, catching 17 passes for 264 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Had 85 tackles and nine sacks as a junior. Runs the 40 in 4.75 seconds.
Quotable: "There are many reasons (why I committed). They offer a great education and have a great football program. My brother (Connor) being up there was a big part of the decision. Being around the school really showed me no downside at all." – Healy to the Denver Post.
Measurable: 6-2/163, WR/S, Falcon
Notable: Averaged 18.75 on 12 catches with four TDS, adding three INTs and seven passes defended on defense. Also returned punts, including a 63-yard TD against Rampart. Averaged 5.8 ppg for the basketball team.
Quotable: “The reason why I chose the AFA was because all the long-term benefits, especially having a job right out of college. It's also one of the top academic institutions in the nation, and getting my degree is the first focus. I will be playing WR at the academy, and I hope to fit in by blocking play after play and then catch a deep ball for a TD but I know I'll have to show up and work every single day as hard as I can to get in the rotation.” – Hicks
Measurable: 5-11/185, S/CB, York, S.C. (York Comprehensive HS)
Notable: Anchored the defensive backfield of a York team that went 10-3 with four shutouts this past season. The Cougars had three other games in which the opponent scored seven or fewer. Has been clocked at 4.85 in the 40-yard dash.
Quotable: "Coach (Ron) Burton was in my house on Tuesday when I made my commitment. I saw how well (Air Force) takes care of their players after graduation. Coach Burton showed me the facilities and they look very nice, top-of-the-line. When you play at Air Force you're competing against the best of the best. I like how they schedule good teams every year. I just received the offer last weekend. They told me they liked my aggressiveness on the field, my footwork, and how I moved downhill. I'm being looked at for safety or possibly cornerback.” – Hill to Richard Stover of Falcons Report.
Measurable: 5-8/170, RB, Cypress, Texas (Cypress Woods HS)
Notable: Rushed for 549 yards and five touchdowns on 81 carries (6.78 per attempt). Also caught 29 passes for 216 yards. Has been clocked as fast as 4.53 in the 40 and 4.19 in the shuttle. Benches 315, squats 425 and has a 35-inch vertical.
Quotable: "I like Air Force a lot. It's going to set me up good for the future. I think I can see myself playing there." – Holmes to ESPN.com’s Sam Khan Jr.
“Holmes displays the quickness and playing speed needed to make defenders miss at the second level while also demonstrating the ability to change direction and make something out of nothing when seemingly corralled.” – ESPN.com scouting report.
Measurable: 6-6/210, TE, Longview, Texas (Longview HS)
Notable: Was listed as the No. 21 overall prospect and No. 2 among tight ends in East Texas by the East Texas Sports Network. Has maintained a 4.37 GPA and is ranked sixth in a class of over 400.
Quotable: “He’s been the most consistent up front. He has to do a lot. We ask him to block down in the C-gap on the power. We ask him to reach a defensive end. We use him in different motions in one-back sets. Then, of course, we run our passing game to our tight end. Lucky for us, Colin’s a very intelligent player who can handle his plate being full.” – Longview HS coach John King as told to the East Texas News-Journal.
Measurable: 6-5/250, OT, Peoria, Ariz. (Centennial HS)
Notable: Picked Falcons last week, turnover down offers from five other schools, including Navy.
Quotable: "I picked Air Force because of the post college opportunities. Plus I will be able to be closer to my family.” – Johnson, as told to Scout.com
Measurable: 6-3/270, DT, West Park, Ohio (St. Ignatius HS)
Notable: Helped team to an 11-2 record and a top-50 national ranking according to MaxPreps after contributing in a state title run as a junior. Reportedly had offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Kent State and Ohio. Might play nose tackle or defensive end.
Quotable: "It didn't matter to me what branch of the service it was, but when I visited the Air Force Academy, I just fell in love with the place.” – Katusha to the Cleveland Plain Dealer
Measurable: 6-3/275, OL, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Notable: Eagle Scout. Accepted an offer on Jan. 23. Was a second-team All-County pick. Max squat listed as 600 pounds.
Measurable: 6-3/255, OT, Redlands, Calif. (Redlands Senior HS)
Notable: Helped Terriers to an 8-4 record and an average of 240.5 rushing yards per game. Father is a police officer and grandfather served in the Navy. Would like to eventually join the FBI or CIA.
Quotable: “My playing style is mean and nasty. I’m the meanest player on the field. I want to get in your face and knock you on the ground. I play football the way it was meant to be played – physical.” – Layel to The Press-Enterprise
Measurable: 5-10/180, RB/DB, Cleveland (Saint Ignatius)
Notable: Ran for 1,699 yards and 39 touchdowns as a senior, capping a career that included 3,049 rushing yards and 61 touchdowns. Scored seven touchdowns in a playoff victory. Had initially committed to Buffalo.
Quotable: “He is the classic idea of what a high school football player should be. He is the kind of player you want to take to a bunch of young kids and say, 'This is the player you want to be, this is the player you want to pattern yourself after.' From his love of the game, to his running to his blocking and the way he plays the game. He has done everything we've asked of him.” – Saint Ignatius coach Chuck Kyle as told to the Cleveland Plain Dealer
Measurable: 6-4/245, DE, Plano, Texas (Prestonwood Christian)
Notable: A Division I TAPPS All-State selection as a defensive lineman as a senior; had one sack, two fumbled recoveries, one INT, one caused fumble and one blocked punt as a senior, adding five tackles for loss.
Quotable: “officially an Air Force Falcon!! proud to serve my country and play football for a division 1 program!” – Missimi announcing his decision in September via Twitter.
Measurable: 6-4/255, DE, Renton, Wash. (Hazen)
Notable: Had offer from Army, Eastern Washington and Wyoming. One of the last members of the class to commit. Named first-team all-league four times.
Quotable: “Really, I'd like to be in a program going in a positive direction. Obviously, the better relationship I have with the coaches will have a positive affect on my decision, but I like all of the coaches recruiting me.” – Moorhead to Scout.com during the recruiting process.
Measurable: 6-3/285, OL, Rockingham, N.C. (Richmond Senior HS)
Notable: Also had an offer from Navy; played tackle, guard and center in high school and will likely play center for Air Force. Member of the National Honor Society.
Quotable: “The main thing that made me want to commit is after you graduate, you’re pretty much set for life because of the opportunities you get after you get a degree from there.” -Norton to 247sports.com
Measurable: 6-3/212, OLB, Minerva, Ohio
Notable: Older sister was an Air Force graduate; 31-inch vertical leap; 4.65 40; according to Riley, he ranks No. 1 academically in his class and scored a 29 on the ACT. Played QB and RB on offense, totaling 1,158 yards and 15 TDs through the first six games during his senior year before a concussion sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
Quotable: “I have always been interested in engineering and flying, and they have both. Not only is it a great academic school, but there is no doubt that I’ll be playing big time football, facing the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and other big-name programs.” - Riley to Scout.com
Measurable: 6-0/195, QB, Upland, Calif.
Notable: Led Upland to a 12-1 record as a senior and a 24-2 overall mark as a starter, never losing a game in the regular season. As a senior passed for 2,728 yards with 22 TDs and 10 INT; also ran for 1,039 yards and 13 TDs on 132 carries.
Quotable: “He's the most dynamic dual threat guy I've ever had. I've never seen one of my players do what he did in that capacity." – Upland HS coach Tim Salter to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Measurable: 6-2/270, OL, Indianapolis (Cathedral HS)
Notable: Helped Cathedral to its ninth state title during his junior season; ranked by Scout.com as the No. 33 center in the nation.
Quotable: “The facilities out there are top of the line. Amazing facilities. It’s in the mountains. The campus is amazing. The whole school, it’s a great education. It’s top of the line everything. It’s something anyone would want in a college.” – Sandor as told to 247sports.com
Measurable: 6-4/255, OL, Henderson, Texas
Notable: Committed after a visit to Air Force in August. High school coach Dickey Meeks said he sees growth potential in Siler’s frame that mixes with an aggressive, physical nature.
Quotable: “The quality of the people at Air Force, they’re top-notch. They’re the best. It’ll just make me more disciplined and help me out in life. I love their program and what they’ve got going for them.
Measurable: 6-1/200, MLB, Cedar Hill, Texas
Notable: An accomplished long snapper, but brings additional abilities that could help. A 110- and 300-meter hurdler in track, runs a 4.6 40, can bench 265 and bench 380. Also saw time at tight end.
Quotable: “He’s a guy who has spent a lot of time to become a long snapper, he’s gone to a ton of camps and really developed himself. He has a chance to snap for Air Force and then snap in the NFL. He’s also a heck of an athlete and a really smart kid.” – Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire
Measurable: 6-4/250, OL, Denver (Mullen HS)
Notable: Also plays hockey; played defense as well, forcing and recovering two fumbles and adding two sacks for Mullen.
Measurable: 6-2/292, OG, Raleigh, N.C. (Panther Creek HS)
Notable: Could be looked at as a center. GPA is listed at 3.82. Played at more than 300 pounds as a senior before dropping weight for wrestling. Bench max is 350 pounds, squat is 500.
Quotable: “Mike is a high energy, tough-nosed player that loves contact and loves to mix it up. He is very physical. Mike is an intelligent player who makes good decisions on the fly while on the field. He will be a fine addition to Air Force football.” -
Measurable: 6-1/175, WR/DB, Cincinnati (Northwest)
Notable: Caught 38 passes for 704 yards and seven TDs as a senior; had interest from Miami (Ohio) to run track, where he was fifth in the 300-meter hurdles last year and could vie for a state title this season. His coach says he runs a “legit 4.5 40.” He also recently jumped 6-5 at an indoor track meet.
Quotable: “Jamiel is a tremendous football player and an even better person that comes from a great family. … He has unlimited potential and versatile enough to play mutliple positions at the collegiate level.” – Chad Murphy, Northwest football coach
Measurable: 6-0/173, S, Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview HS)
Notable: Made 86 tackles and had two INT in leading Parkview to the 6A quarterfinals. Carries a 3.7 GPA. Joins teammate Kyle Williams in committing to Air Force.
Measurable: 6-7/235, TE, Plano, Texas (Plano East)
Notable: Verhulst hauled in 11 catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns during his time on varsity. Three of Verhulst's first four receptions were for touchdowns.
Quotable: “Great student, person, and player.” – Plano East coach Johnny Ringo
Measurable: 6-5/260, TE, Arlington, Texas (Kennedale)
Notable: Had committed to Colorado State but had his scholarship offer rescinded just a few days before signing day because of an official visit to Air Force. Has an 81-inch wing span and a 29-inch vertical leap.
Measurable: 6-1/190, S, Shreveport, La. (Byrd, C E, HS)
Notable: Offered from Louisiana Monroe; first-team all-district
Quotable: “(The Falcons) love my versatility. I can play inside the box, man up on somebody and lock them down, or come off the dge and get in the backfield to make a play behind the line of scrimmage.” - Williams to Scout.com
Measurable: 6-2/220, LB, Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview HS)
Notable: As a senior 116 tackles, six sacks; had offers from Ball State, CSU, Troy and Indiana.
Measurable: 5-10/165, CB, Tucson, Ariz. (Ironwood Ridge HS)
Notable: Dual-threat HS QB, 1,354 pass yards, 1,143 rushing yards with 32 combined touchdowns for Arizona Division II state champs; but listed as a cornerback.
Quotable: "The Air Force Academy is getting one of the finest young men I have ever coached. Besides obvious physical skills, Tyler is a thoughtful young man who understands leadership, compassion, and courage." – Matt Johnson, Ironwood Ridge coach
Measurable: 6-3/275, OL, Rochester, Minn. (John Marshall Sr. High)
Notable: Also had an offer from Northern Colorado. Scout.com profile lists 40 time of 5.43, bench max of 300, squat max of 400, 26-inch vertical and a 3.6 GPA.
Quotable: “He brings the physical attributes and the drive necessary to be a great contributor to the Air Force Academy for the next five years.” John Marshall coach John Drews