Navy Signing Day Recap: RUNNING BACKS II

The 2013 Navy football signing class is full of players who can help Navy continue its service academy dominance. In this segment GoMids.com discusses the newly signed Mid running backs (part II).

Running back Kendrick Mouton is the younger brother of 2012 Navy commit Kenny Mouton. Kenny had an outstanding season last year as the quarterback for the Naval Academy Prep team. Kendrick led St. John Neumann in Florida with 787 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns last season. Mouton (6-0, 205 pounds) was named to the Class 2A All-State second team as a defensive back but he's expected to be a slotback for Navy.



Another player with Navy ties is Elijah Merchant (5-10, 185) from Humble, Texas who chose Navy over an offer from Army. His brother Emmett Merchant was an outstanding safety for the Mids before a concussion ended his career during his senior season.



Christopher High is a bruising runner from Douglass high school in Oklahoma. High (6-0, 185) played both running back and linebacker. He rushed 132 times for over 1,700 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. High earned MVP of the 4A classification and was named first team All-State at running back. High selected Navy over offers from Missouri State, Morgan State, and Central Oklahoma.

Running back Will McKamey was named Mr. Tennessee after his senior season. McKamey rushed for 1,429 yards and 23 touchdowns. He had 610 receiving yards for six touchdowns. As a defensive back he made 71 tackles and 3 interceptions. McKamey suffered a ruptured blood vessel in his brain late in the season and passed out on the sidelines. He missed the rest of the year but did not require surgery.



Justin Artis is a 6-1, 195 pound slotback from Texas. Artis ran 136 times for 1,461 yards, averaged 10.8 yards per carry, and scored 15 touchdowns last year.



Another slotback is Darryl Bonner (5-7, 165) from Terry Sanford high school in North Carolina. Bonner carried the ball 153 times for 627 yards, averaged 4.1 yard per carry and scored eight touchdowns.a



Nick Theos (5-7, 180) from South Carolina is a quick running back who missed most of the season with an injury. He will attend the Naval Academy Prep School this fall and is expected to play slotback.



Diquon Woodhouse (5-11, 190) is a commit from Oklahoma who rebounded from an injury plagued junior year. Last year he rushed for 1,047 yards on 150 carries. As a receiver, he hauled in 13 catches for 191 yards. On defense, as a defensive back, he made 48 tackles and picked off two passes. Woodhouse chose Navy over offers from New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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