Navy 2011 Recruiting Review: DEFENSE

Ken Niumatalolo has not only kept Navy successful on the field but has seemingly lifted the recruiting bar the last few years. In past years Navy would sign half of its players after the big conferences filled their scholarship allotments. This year Navy built off their success and had most of their class committed by signing day. will look at this year's defensive recruits.

Allen Caldwell was recruited my most schools as a tight end prospect. Caldwell, at 6-5, 247 pounds, projects to defensive end at Navy. Caldwell chose Navy over offers from Florida International and Eastern Michigan. Caldwell, a native of Crestview, Fla., was recruited by defensive line coach Justin Davis

Ryan Smith, a 6-1, 295 pound defensive tackle from Lexington, Ky., runs a 4.9 forty yard dash and chose Navy over three other offers. He felt Navy was the right place for him.

Isaiah McElrath (6-2, 276) recorded 54 tackles and had five sacks during his senior year as a defensive lineman in Florida.

Bernie Sarra is a three star recruit from Pennsylvania. Sarra is 6-2, 305 and had an impressive showing in last year's Nike Camp at Penn State. Sean Reaver, a local product from Maryland, is a 6-4, 225 pound defensive end.

Pete Igras was named his region's defensive player of the year after posting 113 tackles and 11.5 sacks last year. The 6-3, 235 pound Igras played defensive end at his school in Scottsdale, Arizona.

T.J. Dougherty is a six-foot, 237 pound defensive lineman. Dougherty, whose high school colors were appropriately Navy and Vegas gold, had 7 sacks this past season.

Sean Kamela (6-2, 240) posted 14.5 sacks the last two years at defensive end in Arizona. Kamela has good speed and a burst off the ball.

Florida recruit William Anthony is a 6-2, 240 defensive end. Anthony played both ways at Trinity Christian and is very mobile and runs well.

Jude Akpunku is an undersized (6-3, 220) defensive end from Texas. Akpunku has to add muscle but he has excellent speed and has been timed at 4.59 in the forty yard dash.

Direct admit defensive end Dan Ring chose Navy over an offer from Air Force. Ring (6-2, 270) played both sides of the ball and posted 63 tackles and 8 sacks last year.

Inside linebacker Grant Clifton (6-0, 225) is a hard hitting inside linebacker from Katy, Texas. Clifton has the ability to read and shed blockers.

Another Texas product joining Navy is linebacker Brandon Boyd (6-0, 200) who attended the same high school as current Mid Jonathan Wev. Boyd chose Navy over an offer from Army.

Trevor Smyth is a 6-foot, 225 inside linebacker from California. Smyth drew interest after a solid showing in the Los Angeles Nike Summer camp.

Jordan Drake, who is a 6-4, 210 outside linebacker, is from Ricky Dobbs' home town of Douglasville, Georgia.

Anthony Lewis, an outside linebacker from Utah, is a 6-foot and 205 pounds. Lewis recorded 68 tackles, 4 forced fumbles and an intercepted a pass last year for Cottonwood High school.

Obinna Uzoma is a very fast outside linebacker from North Carolina who stands 6-3 and weighs 215 pounds. Uzoma ran the second fastest linebacker time last summer in Duke's camp. He chose Navy over offers from Duke, East Carolina, Wofford, Brown and Holy Cross.

Jimmy Britton is a big (6-1, 220) safety from Arkansas who will probably compete at linebacker. Britton was an early Navy commit and despite being wooed by Army late stayed with his Navy commitment.

Florida native Chris Johnson is a 6-1, 205 outside linebacker. Johnson was a linebacker on his Cape Coral team that went 10-2 and made the state semi-finals. Tyler Lehrke played safety and linebacker at his San Diego, Calif., school. Lehrke was an All-League performer who chose Navy over offers from Air Force and Harvard.

Marcus Mack is a small (6-2, 205) but very athletic outside linebacker with 4.67 speed from Georgia. Mack was looked at by a number of ACC and SEC schools but not offered due to his size. He was a very productive player on tape with an excellent closing burst.

Nick Martinez (6-2, 230) played both defensive end and tight end at Reicher Catholic High School. Martinez will probably play linebacker at Navy.

Navy landed two recruits from Northeast High school in Clarksville, Tenn., in outside linebacker Joseph Mbuyamba (6-1, 215) and cornerback J.J. Rutledge (5-10, 180). Both players come from military families.

Outside linebacker Micah Pescaia from Hawaii will join his brother Kahikola on the Navy team.

D.J. Beard is a direct admit cornerback from Georgia. Beard was also recruited by Army, Elon and William and Mary.

Demari Boswell, a 5-9, 167 pound cornerback with 4.47 speed, Boswell committed last summer. Boswell had a tremendous junior year when he earned All-Conference and honorable mention All-Area honors. Boswell made 108 tackles, blocked seven kicks, had three interceptions and scored twice.

Evan Kendrick (5-10,180) is a cornerback from Ohio who was named on his division's all state team.

Shelley White from Maryland decided to stay close to home and play for Navy. The Capital's Bill Wagner reported that Smith is the son of DeDe Duncan-White who is Navy's assistant athletic director for academic support services. White, a 5-10, 190 pound cornerback, grew up a Navy fan and appeared in the Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star game. White had been offered by Wake Forest, Syracuse, Maine and Delaware.

Cornerback Brendan Dudeck committed in October last year. Dudeck (6-1, 188) played both sides of the ball but the New Jersey native is expected to play cornerback or safety for the Mids. Dudeck and chose Navy over offers from Army, Tulane, Lafayette and Holy Cross. New Navy coach Napoleon Sykes landed another recruit in defensive back Eddie Robinson (5-11, 190) from Virginia.

William Beaird is a six-foot, 186 pound safety with 4.5 speed. Beaird chose Navy over an offer from Harvard.

Myer Krah played safety at Hillside high school in Durham, North Carolina. Krah stands at 5-11, 186 pounds and has a listed 4.72 forty yard dash time but claims he is faster than that posted time.

Ken Niumatalolo's Nevada and Samoan connections once again paid off when Navy landed safety Togasli Peko (5-11, 186).

Shakir Robinson is a direct admit safety from Brunswick, Georgia. The charismatic Robinson is 5-9 and weighs 174 pounds. Brandon Williams played safety at Hargrave Military Academy. Williams (6-2, 220) was very physical in run support, runs well and is a lot bigger than most Mid safeties.

Michael Mey appeared on most recruiting boards as a wide receiver from Richmond, Virginia. Mey played wide receiver but also was a defensive back. According to Mey, the Navy coaches will try him at free safety initially. Mey (6-5, 190) is expected to attend NAPS this fall.

On special teams, with kicker Joe Buckley graduating Navy landed kicker Nick Sloan from San Diego, California. Sloan is a smooth and accurate kicker who was a three year starter and was named All-Conference last season. Top Stories