C.J. Williams (6-1, 210) is a local product from Calvert Hall high school in Maryland. Last season Williams made 85 tackles, two interceptions, four sacks and forced three fumbles. In addition he produced another 1,000 yards on offense. Williams was named All-Metro linebacker and can play safety or outside linebacker. Williams had offers from Lehigh, Bucknell and Monmouth.
No player reflects the impact of Navy joining the Big East than three star cornerback Jalen Boyd (6-1, 200) from Louisville, Kentucky. Boyd originally planned to attend Illinois until head coach Ron Zook was fired. He had been offered by all the service academies and committed verbally to Air Force in December but still visited West Point and Annapolis. Boyd said Navy's decision to join the Big East with the opportunity to eventually play in front of family and friends at his father's alma mater Louisville made him choose the Midshipmen. Boyd possesses great size, good speed, strength and hitting ability for a Navy cornerback. He can play either cornerback or safety. Last season he posted 64 tackles, intercepted 7 passes and forced four fumbles. Besides offers from the service academies and Illinois, Jalen also had offers from Hawaii and Western Kentucky. Boyd will attend the prep school this fall.
Cameron Bryant is a 5-10, 175 pound safety from Mesa Mira high school in California. Bryant recorded 103 tackles, 12 sacks, two interceptions and defensed eight passes. Bryant is surprisingly strong for his size and has 4.6 speed.
Brandon Clements (5-11, 185) was a cornerback, running back and kick returner at Coral Reef high school in Florida. Clements made 25 tackles last year while intercepting two passes and knocking down another ten. He earned honorable mention All-Dade County honors.
Amari Ross was a four year starter for Centennial high school in Georgia. Ross is a six foot, 190 pound cornerback, was the team captain but hurt his knee during the preseason before his senior year. He rebounded from the injury to once again be the team's best defensive player. Ross earned First team All-Region honors.
Lorentez Barbour is a direct admit safety from Male high school in Kentucky. The 6-1, 180-pound Barbour was a First-Team All-District defensive back selection last fall. Barbour made 66 tackles, broke up five passes and had an interception last season. Lorentez, who is very active and aggressive in run support, also played quarterback which helped him read plays on defense. He demonstrates a terrific feel for coverage and has excellent range. Barbour chose Navy over Air Force.
Earnest Talford was a two way player for Great Falls high school in South Carolina. As a running back he carried 113 times for 1,258 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. He caught nine passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Talford has 4.6 speed and intercepted two passes. He's projected to be a direct admit.
Daiquan Thomasson is a safety from North Carolina. As a junior, he played the whole season with a broken hand, mainly in the secondary at free safety. The following spring at the areas Schuman's National Underclassmen Combine he was named defensive back MVP. Thomasson started his senior year at quarterback but moved where the team needed him. He spent time at running back but most of his season was spent in the secondary at safety. Thomasson made the All-Conference team and was his team's Most Valuable Player this past season. Daiquan isn't stopwatch fast but he was a very productive player. Thomasson, who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs around 190 pounds, chose Navy over Fayetteville State.
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