The Midshipmen have already landed their first verbal commit for next year's class, as White Knoll (SC) High School defensive end Alex Brown recently gave his pledge to the Naval Academy.
"I visited Navy during the course of the season," Brown told GoMids.com. "When I got home from my visit, I knew it was where I wanted to go, but I wanted to pray about it first and put it in God's hands. After praying about it, I just felt that I was led by God and that Navy was the place that I needed to go."
Before committing to the Midshipmen, Brown was also being recruited by Duke, North Carolina, Coastal Carolina and The Citadel. Brown visited a couple of those schools this season, but says that there is just something special about the Naval Academy.
"I was kind of hesitant about Navy at first because they are a service academy and all that stuff, but when I went to the game, they just carried themselves different than any other team I've seen. Just the control and the brotherhood and the unity they have is different than anybody else. Everyone at the Naval Academy, they are just brothers on the field. They just have one solid purpose and that is to play together and to win football games. They just play so unselfish for their team and I just fell in love with that. The next day after the game, their defensive coordinator took me on a tour of the campus and it is just beautiful. Their campus is amazing and there is so much honor that goes into serving your country that I have no hesitation whatsoever to serve my country. Plus, a Navy degree can get me places because it is an Ivy level degree, but it also gives you the advantages of the qualities it takes to be a Navy officer."
While it is unusual to see a prospect commit to a service academy so early in the process, Brown has no hesitation abut his decision and says that it will take something extraordinary to get him to change is mind.
"If a big SEC school or someone like that called me up and wanted me to take one of my official visits to them next year, then I would contemplate going on the visit there. I get five official visits, so I might as well take them, but I am very strongly committed to Navy and it would take a strong visit to make me commit somewhere else."
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