Head coach Ken Niumatalolo and his Navy football staff have put the finishing touches on this year's Midshipmen recruiting class. GoMids.com will now take a look at the projected defensive players from the Mids' 2012 football recruiting class.
With the graduation of superstar defensive end Jabaree Tuani and starting nose guard Jared Marks the staff looked to replenish its defensive line depth with NINE new recruits. Alex Washington is a 6-2, 280 pound nose guard from St. Francis de Sales in Columbus, Ohio. Washington was a two-year starter on the defensive line and made the All-district team last fall. His father, Alvin Washington played for Ohio State, while his older brother Al Washington Jr. played for Boston College. He chose Navy over offers from Air Force and Elon.
Todd-Jamal "TJ" Waters is a 6-4, 225-pound linebacker from West Catholic High. It's the same school that produced current Navy offensive lineman Jake Zuzek. Waters played middle linebacker in high school but projects to defensive end at Navy. He chose Navy over the Virginia Military Institute.
Navy offensive line coach Chris Culton who recruits Florida feels that in Southwest Florida is generally under recruited. Culton flatly stated the quality of the football played is "phenomenal". Culton landed two Naval Academy Prep bound players from this area in defensive linemen Cole Wright and Charles Bell.
Cole Wright is a 6-6, 245 pound defensive end recruit from Fort Myers, Florida. Wright is a good athlete who was recruited more as a tight end by some schools than a defensive end. He is a good athlete with long arms and strength to shed blocks. Wright recorded 66 tackles, 18 for loss and 8.5 sacks his senior season. He had an offer from Bryant University and interest from Appalachian State before committing to Navy.
Charles Bell (6-3, 240) was a three year varsity starter and served as team captain his senior year. Bell played both left tackle on offense and defensive end. During Bell's senior year he made 26 tackles, three sacks and blocked a punt.
Navy has taken advantage of the biases of many college football coaches who don't like shorter defensive linemen. Most college coaching staffs don't offer linemen that are less than 6-2 because they feel their shorter arms allow them to be more easily neutralized by offensive linemen. Last year's Navy senior captain Jabaree Tuani proved that theory can be wrong when he dominated as a four year starter. A new Navy recruit who also hopes to prove his skeptics wrong is Robert Dusz from Scottsdale, Arizona. Dusz stands six feet tall and weighs 280 pounds. He is very powerful, with a thick build and great strength at the point of attack. Dusz played both defensive line and offensive line for Saguaro high school in Arizona. Last season he made 20 tackles and posted five sacks. Robert chose Navy over an offer from Air Force.
John Ferguson (6-3, 240) is a two way defensive lineman from Denton, Texas. Ferguson is a little undersized but quick off the snap with good strength. Ferguson chose the Mids over Air Force and Oregon State.
Garrett Gandy is a 6-3, 260 pound lineman who played both sides of the ball at Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas. Garrett is an avid history buff and both of his grandfathers were Marines. Gandy always planned a military career but after a terrific junior season where he made 30 tackles, recorded five sacks and produced 20 quarterback hurries both Oklahoma State and Baylor expressed interest. Garrett earned first team All-District honors. However, before they offered, Gandy was injured early his senior season and Oklahoma State and Baylor lost interest. Navy continued to recruit him and it didn't take long for him to commit. Gandy is strong and moves well.
Camaran Henson (6-3, 250) is a two way lineman from Brookwood high school in Georgia. Henson is being looked at as a defensive tackle. Henson has 4.8 speed and can bench press over 350 pounds.
Rex Montes (6-5, 230) is a defensive lineman from Colleyville, Texas. Montes father played football at Arkansas State. During his junior year he split time at defensive tackle and recorded 58 tackles and two sacks. Rex's senior year he was moved to his more natural defensive end position. He made 76 tackles and three sacks last season. Montes originally committed to Air Force before switching to Navy. Montes also drew an offer from Arkansas State. Rex has gained 15 pounds over the last year and he runs well.
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