Navy 2012 Recruiting Class Finalized

After many months worth of work, campus visits, and recruiting pitches, the Naval Academy announced the 2012 recruiting class on Thursday night. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo and his staff are excited and quietly optimistic about the footballing prospects of the group who went through the traditional induction ceremonies and set about their first duties as they began plebe summer.

"We are excited about the group we brought in this year," said Niumatalolo. "If they work hard and do the things they are supposed to do in Bancroft Hall, in the classroom, in the weight room and on the practice field they will have a chance to contribute."

The incoming group of 58 players will bring an eclectic mix of backgrounds and personalities into the academy when practices start over the summer. There are a total of 19 states represented in the incoming class coming from as far away as Hawai'i and California.

With their footballing hotbed labels it is no real shock that Texas and California tied for the most new blood with each state having eight new prospective Midshipmen. Florida and Maryland produced six prospects apiece, Georgia has five, and Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky each send three players to the academy.

The class is headlined by Tyler Goble, a 6-1, 200 pound linebacker who is coming to the academy from Canton, Michigan. Goble is ranked as a three star recruit on and is the 44th overall ranked MLB in the 2012 class. The one time Bowling Green commit is known for his heady and smart play on the field, as well as a willingness to take on blockers at the point of attack. Already a strong player, Goble will be able to add muscle in the weight room and potentially become one of the better MLBs the Academy has seen.

With the ability to control the ball being paramount for Navy's preferred option attack the class is, unsurprisingly, heavy on linemen. The linemen themselves however are not heavy (the biggest is 300 pound OL Greg Eason) as mobile and smart play remains more important than brute strength. The slot backs are also well represented with Birmingham, Alabama native Bradley Bostick being a name to keep an eye out for in the future.

NOTE: will have more on the new Midshipmen in the coming days and weeks.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
Quincy Adams DB 5-11 195 San Antonio, Texas / Brandeis
Jude Akpunku DL 6-3 225 Cedar Hill, Texas / Cedar Hill
William Anthony DL 6-1 245 Jacksonville, Fla. / Trinity Christian
Lorentez Barbour DB 6-1 180 Louisville, Ky. / Male
Blake Benjamin OL 6-3 250 Diamond Ranch, Calif. / Diamond Ranch
Kwazel Bertrand DB 5-10 163 Antioch, Tenn. / Brentwood Academy
Ikechukwu Binns OL 6-3 287 Cape Coral, Fla. / Island Coast
Bradley Bostick SB 5-6 155 Birmingham, Ala. / Oak Mountain
Brandon Boyd DB 5-11 190 La Marque, Texas / La Marque
Demond Brown SB 5-9 202 Annapolis, Md. / Old Mill
Devin Crayton WR 6-2 170 Helotes, Texas / Brandeis
Greg Eason OL 6-2 300 Atlanta, Ga. / Mays
Quentin Ezell FB 6-1 210 Walkersville, Md. / Walkersville
David Ferchette WR 6-0 185 Jacksonville, Fla. / Bolles
Bryson Garcia WR 6-5 200 Ramona, Calif. / Ramona
Joey Gaston OT 6-5 250 Knoxville, Tenn. / Knoxville Catholic
Tyler Goble LB 6-1 220 Canton, Mich. / Plymouth
David Gordeuk DE 6-3 215 Port Matilda, Pa. / State College
Austin Grebe K 6-0 180 Stafford, Va. / North Stafford
Brandon Greene OL 6-3 268 Highland, Calif. / Redlands East Valley
Zach Hester LB 6-2 217 Danville, Ky. / Boyle County
Will Huntsman FB 5-10 185 Salt Lake City, Utah / Judge Memorial
Peter Igras DL 6-3 240 Scottsdale, Ariz. / Notre Dame Prep
Gavin Jernigan K 6-3 195 Manhattan Beach, Calif. / Mira Costa Sean Kamela DE 6-2 250 Scottsdale, Ariz. / Chaparrel
Myer Krah DB 5-11 175 Durham, N.C. / Hillside
Zach Laniewski OL 6-2 275 Englewood, Fla. / Lemon Bay
Tyler Lehrke LB 6-1 190 San Diego, Calif. / Mira Mesa
Marcus Mack OLB 6-2 210 Atlanta, Ga. / North Atlanta
Mike Markovsky DB 6-1 185 Costa Mesa, Calif. / Orange Lutheran
Nick Martinez OLB 6-2 230 Waco, Texas / Reicher Catholic
Nick McCrory LB 6-0 215 Port LaVaca, Texas / Calhoun
Marc Meier SB 5-10 180 Chesapeake, Va. / Great Bridge
Jude Merkel OLB 6-2 200 Walkersville, Md. / Urbana
Bradford Mills OL 6-3 245 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / St. Thomas Aquinas
Rafi Montalvo QB 6-0 195 Coral Gables, Fla. / LaSalle
Rex Montes DL 6-5 230 Colleyville, Texas / Colleyville Heritage
Colin Osborne SB 5-9 185 Sykesville, Md. / Glenelg
Don Pearson WR 6-3 205 Las Vegas, Nev. / Faith Lutheran
Micah Pescaia OLB 5-11 195 Honolulu, Hawai'I / Kamehameha
Sean Reaver DL 6-3 245 Thurmont, Md. / Catoctin
David Reisner K/P 6-0 185 Elgin, Ill. / South Elgin
Roddy Reyna DB 5-10 190 San Antonio, Texas / Brandeis
Keenan Reynolds QB 5-9 170 Madison, Tenn. / Goodpasture Christian
Eddie Robinson DB 5-11 190 Chesapeake, Va. / Hickory
Ed Royds SB 5-10 197 Mount Laurel, N.J. / Shawnee
Blaze Ryder OL 5-11 265 Honolulu, Hawai'i / Kamehameha
DeBrandon Sanders SB 5-7 160 Itta Bena, Miss. / Leflore County
Bernie Sarra OL 6-1 290 Monessen, Pa. /Greensburg Central Catholic
Jordan Sartor WR 6-0 185 Fayetteville, Ga. / Our Lady Of Mercy
Nick Sloan K 6-0 180 San Diego, Calif. / Scripps Ranch
Trevor Smyth LB 6-2 225 Valencia, Calif. / Valencia
Chris Swain FB 5-11 220 Macon, Ga. / Mt. deSales
Ben Tamburello OL 6-2 275 Hoover, Ala. / Spain Park
Shelley White DB 5-10 190 Annapolis, Md. / Archbishop Spalding
Jamaal Williams SB 5-9 180 Durham, N.C. / Hillside
Thomas Wilson QB 6-0 180 Brandenburg, Ky. / Meade County
Zander Yost 5-9 190 Atlanta, Ga. / Wesleyan Top Stories