Preface: Signing day is much different for the service academies. Don’t expect the whole fax machine, national LOI thing to happen. It doesn’t. They actually don’t publicly announce the class until the summer and bring in between 80-90 freshman. With that said, both schools do have some hard commits that we will feature here. We’ve already done Army. Here’s Navy.
There aren’t a lot of programs in the country that reloads as well as Navy does for their style of football. The Middies have dominated their main rival Army in the past decade and played for the American title in consecutive years while having only one losing season under Coach Ken, back in 2011.
Navy is losing a lot of starters on O and D, but did a good job recruiting to fill those holes. Let’s take a look at their 2017 recruiting class.
Jackson Perkins - 6’6 225 - 3* - Illinois
You can’t talk Navy recruiting without bringing up their top rated 3-star Defensive End Jackson Perkins. Jackson is a long, rangy kid that will wind up a 2-point DE for Navy and their rush end of the future. He just needs to fill out his frame in the weight room.
Dual - Tyger Golsin - 5’11 190 - 3* - California.
Tyger played in a shotgun option offense and shows speed and burst from his slight frame. He ran a 4.57 in the 40 and has been a star in high school both throwing and running the football. He was injured during his senior campaign but still led his team to the playoffs and had a decent post-season run.
Pro - Ben Glass 6’1 185 - 2* - Tennessee
Glass was in a spread option system in high school where he threw for 2850 yards and 30 TDs, while rushing for 500 yards and 11 TDs. He's an athletic kid that shows escapability and quickness. He's a good athlete but not quite at the level of Golsin. It’s intriguing the Middies would sign a pro style kid.
Dual - Mykol Brooks - 2* - 6’0 190 - Ohio
Brooks is a well built speedster that clocked a 4.48 in the 40. Brooks is from Ohio and was also a spread option QB, but he would fit nice in the Navy offense. Navy loves to bring in a nice group of freshman QB’s and guys will switch positions or leave the academy if they can’t handle the triple option.
Ahmir Lee - 5’11 230 - 3* - Georgia
Lee boasts a 4.7 40 (11.2 100) and at his size that’s pretty amazing. While he took most of his carries as a shotgun tailback he looks the part of a Navy B-Back, broad shoulders, big legs, and he isn’t afraid of contact. Lee is the 3rd highest rated Middie recruit per 247 sports. He’s the only true B-Back they’ve recruited in at a high importance position that says a lot about Lee’s potential.
Christian Pearson - 6’3 315 - 2* - New Jersey
I like him. He’s a 1 gap shooter that plays low and makes plays. You have to love a big boy that can get up and block a field goal.
Jeff Marx 6’1 290 - 2* - Ohio
Marx played at Ursuline which is known for putting out talent, especially on the OL/DL. He fights off blocks although he doesn’t have much of a first step to avoid them in the first place. Uses his hands well. Finishes tackles.
Pete Nestrowitz - 6’3 270 - 3* - New Jersey
Pete is a grad from Paramus Catholic in Jersey, a perennial power. He uses his hands for a nice punch and plays low. He drives his feet on contact and uses his hips for explosion.
Antwione Sims 5’11 195 3* Florida
Sims is a RB/S from Zephyrhills High in Florida. I love 2-way players because they understand the game better knowing both sides. He has had some dominant rushing stats over the past two years, and has played well at the safety position. Navy needs to get more athletic in the defensive backfield and this 3-star can do that.