Meet the New Mids: Wide Receivers

In its continuing series will look at this year's incoming Navy freshman football class by position. Ken Niumatalolo has done a remarkable job recruiting and has mostly avoided the attrition problems that had plagued NAPS classes in the past. While the majority of this year's new Mid class survived NAPS the wide receiver position did take a hit.

Jeremy Retzsch was the hero in the Naval Academy Prep school comeback win over Army Prep. Shortly after catching the game winning touchdown pass and making a number of big plays in the final drive Retzsch decided to leave the Prep school. Two other recruited wide receivers with ability didn't make the I-Day list either.

The only wide receiver from last season's Naval Academy Prep school team to make it to I-Day was James King. King was a two way player in high school at Miramonte High School in Orinda, California. King played both wide receiver and defensive back as a junior. His senior year he played wide receiver and linebacker. As a senior he was named First Team All-Diablo League for both positions. King's most productive season at wide receiver was his junior year when he caught 69 receptions for 1,161 yards and 12 touchdowns.

King started at wide receiver last season for the Naval Academy Prep school when healthy. He missed time last year due to a hamstring injury. King is an all-around Navy type of receiver who does everything the right way. At 6-2, 195 pounds he presents a tall, big target for quarterbacks. He is very fundamentally sound and an excellent route runner. King has terrific hands and catches the ball very cleanly. He is more of a possession receiver who uses his size well to get open and position himself in front of smaller cornerbacks. James possesses excellent body control and adjusts well to the ball in the air.

King has average speed for a FBS wide receiver having run a 11.1 second 100-meter dash in high school. He did a nice job as a blocker and is a physical player. Missing game time and practice reps did hurt his development as an option wide receiver. This past spring he did extra speed work with the track team and improved his speed. If he remains healthy King has a chance to be a very good player for the program. King chose Navy over offers from Army, Sacramento State, UNLV and UC-Davis.

Ken Niumatalolo and the Navy staff did land a number of talented wide receiver that will be attending NAPS this year. The one direct admit who took the oath on I-Day was Sam Holguin. Holguin is a 6-3, 195 pound player from Santa Monica, California. Last season for Santa Monica Catholic, Holguin made 37 receptions for 722 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver. He rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Holguin demonstrated his athleticism when he started two games at quarterback, completing 24 of 42 passes for 304 yards and one touchdown. As a defensive back, he had 13 solo tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. As a receiver Holguin has average speed, good hands and will catch the ball inside. He needs to learn how to play in an option offense and will see time with the JV team this year.

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