Bill Wagner talks about Navy’s prep school-bound recruits, including Kevin Eckel, here:
It’s a great write-up on some of our future Mids, and Wags’ list includes several players that we didn’t have on our big board.
Billy Coates LS 6-5, 220 Pebble Beach, CA
Jake Delvento K/P 6-0, 180 Toms River, NJ
Kenson Dera LB 5-11, 205 Naples, FL– We had mentioned Dera, but all I could find on him came from signing day last year. I’m not sure what his story is, but I’m going to take Wagner’s word for it.
John Kelly DL 6-5, 225 Norcross, GA
Trey Reed SB 5-10, 185 Texarkana, TX
Nick Ryan OL 6-3, 270 Tucson, AZ
Kavon Seaton QB 5-10, 180 Vista Murrieta, CA
Jordan Spriggs DB 5-11, 155 Renton, WA
Siu Tafuna DB 6-0, 180 Kahuku, HI (highlights)
Kyle Widhalm OL 6-2, 250 Carrollton, TX
Will Wied LB 5-11, 210 Lafayette, LA
Is it just me, or did Navy recruit the west coast harder than ever? I can’t remember seeing so many players from California, Arizona, Hawaii, Washington, etc. Maybe Steve Johns is a recruiting juggernaut, maybe it’s a result of Ken Niumatalolo’s influence… Or maybe that’s just the way things happened to shake out this year.
Speaking of Hawaii, there is no doubt in my mind that thanks to Coach Niumatalolo, Navy is on the radar of a lot more island recruits. There’s a real us vs. them attitude there, and the locals take tremendous pride in their heritage. It was a remarkable sight at the Poinsettia Bowl luncheon, where many of Utah’s Polynesian players took the time to go to Coach Niumat, shake his hand, and have their picture taken with the nation’s first and only head coach of Polynesian descent. It definitely makes a difference when a Navy coach sits down in a Hawaiian kid’s living room.
This should be it for recruiting news until I-Day.