Meet the New Mids: Wide Receivers

In our continuing series continues to look at this year's incoming Navy freshman football class by position. For Navy wide receivers playing in a triple option offense the key skill remains their ability to block on the perimeter. Current Navy assistant coach, and former wide receiver, Mick Yokitis coined the phrase "wide tackles" when he played at Navy.

The last few years with the emergence of Mid quarterbacks that could throw the ball down the field there have been more big plays in the passing game. will now review the new Mid wide receivers.

Don Pearson was a starting wide receiver at the Naval Academy Prep school last season. Pearson is a 6-3, 205 pound receiver from Faith Lutheran high school in Las Vegas Nevada. As a senior Pearson caught 72 passes for 1,027 yards and scored nine touchdowns. During his high school career Pearson caught 26 touchdown passes. Pearson was a very physical receiver who also played defense at Faith Lutheran. Last season at NAPS he was viewed as a proficient route runner with excellent hands. In the game against Gattaca at Nimitz Field, he caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Rafi Montavlo on The Opening drive in a blowout win. He had a number of other touchdown catches despite the fact that NAPS rarely threw the ball last year. NAPS head coach J.P. Shevory stated that the Navy staff likes Don's athleticism, size and speed. He's still listed as a wide receiver but the Navy staff may move him to defense and look at him at linebacker this summer. Pearson chose Navy over offers from Stanford, San Diego State and UNLV.

David Frechette was a wide receiver and the punt returner last season at the Naval Academy Prep School. Frechette is 6-0, 185 pound athlete who was a three sport star at the Bolles high school in Florida. At Bolles David was a jack-of-all-trades playing quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back and serving as punter. A very solid athlete, Frechette ran a 4.62 as a junior in an Under Armor Combine workout. Frechette, who can bench press over 300 pounds, has solid straight line speed and very good run vision as a returner. He doesn't cut or get out of his break that quickly but he has reliable hands. As a punt returner last year for NAPS he had a number of nice returns.

Bryson Garcia played wide receiver at NAPS last fall. Garcia, who is 6-foot-5 and weighs 200 pounds, played at Ramona high school in California. As a senior in 2010 he posted 37 receptions for 547 yards (14.8 avg.) and scored nine touchdowns. Garcia lettered all four years in basketball and ran the 400 meters for the track team. Bryson offers excellent size for a Navy wide receiver. He is physical, strong and was one of the best blocking wide receivers at NAPS. Garcia has good hands and uses his size to ward off defensive backs for position. While Garcia presents a huge target but he is not very fast. He lacks the quickness and ability to separate from faster cornerbacks. Garcia looks to be a big possession type of receiver. Despite his lack of speed he surprisingly showed some run after the catch ability at NAPS by breaking the tackle attempts of smaller defensive backs.

Devin Crayton is a wide receiver is who played last season at NAPS. Crayton is from Brandeis high school in Texas the same school that produced Noah Copeland. As a senior Crayton was named to the third team 5A All-Texas squad on offense and was a unanimous All-District performer. Crayton made 39 catches for 815 yards (20.9 avg.) and scored 13 touchdowns. His junior year he wasn't a top target as Crayton made 16 receptions for 232 yards (13.9 avg.) and scored two touchdowns.

Crayton is an all-round Navy type of receiver who does everything the right way. At 6-2, 170 pounds he presents a tall, big target for quarterbacks. He is very fundamentally sound and an excellent route runner. Crayton has good hands and 4.65 speed in the forty yard dash. Devin possesses excellent body control and adjusts well to the ball in the air. He did a nice job as a blocker last fall and is a physical player.

Jordan Sartor is a six foot, 185 pound direct admit wide receiver from Georgia. Sartor ran a blazing legitimate 4.44 forty yard dash time at a combine. Sartor possesses top end speed and has run a 10.99 in the 100 meters. He was the Georgia 200 meter state champion at Our Lady of Mercy high school. He didn't record huge stats in high school because he played in a triple option offense. He played both wide receiver and defensive back as a senior but missed most of the year with a shoulder injury. Sartor plays to his track speed in full gear. He has speed, instant acceleration and can run after the catch. Jordan has long arms and a 6-5 wingspan that allows him to play taller than his listed height. Sartor will need to improve as a route runner and learn to block on the perimeter as he is very raw and unpolished at this time. He originally committed to Air Force but later changed to Navy. Georgia Tech also expressed interest in the local product. He intends to run track at Navy in addition to playing football.

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