It was a great opening weekend for the Air Force Falcons football team. Not only did they easily win their season opener against the Morgan State Bears 63-7, they received verbal commits from two players over the weekend.
Sunday evening, senior running back Ashton Barnes from Lanier High School in Buford, Georgia announced that he is choosing to attend the Air Force Academy over the other two military institutes, Army and Navy, and Ivy League members Harvard, Yale and Cornell. Barnes is a versatile, multi-purpose back who is coming off a 1,000 total yard season in 2014. The senior season for Barnes has gotten off to a great start as well, with 196 total yards of offense and one touchdown in his first two games of the season. Barnes has also had a 88-yard kick return touchdown called back, or his numbers would be even larger in this young season. Barnes was thrilled with his decision to commit to the Falcons, saying that "The Air Force Academy presents an opportunity that will have a positive impact on my life for the next 40 years."
The second verbal commitment came on Labor Day night from South Jordan, Utah linebacker Parker Workman. Workman, a senior for Bingham High School, is a two-star player according to the rankings of Rival, and had offers from conference rival Nevada and military rival Army. The 6'3, 210 lb. playmaker is coming off a 85 tackle, 15 sack, five forced fumbles junior season, and is hoping to improve on those numbers for his senior year. Workman made his announcement on Twitter, stating that he was "Very happy and blessed to announce my commitment to the Air Force Academy."
With the two announcements over the weekend, the Falcons now stand with six verbal commitments for the 2016 recruiting cycle.