Ken Niumatalolo and his staff have put together a very good defensive recruiting class. Navy secured early commitments that allowed them to land a number of highly regarded recruits. GoMids.com will now take a look at the projected defensive players from Navy's 2013 football recruiting class.
Austin Kurke (6-5, 225) from El Segundo high school in California was widely recruited as both a tight end and defensive end. Navy offered Kurke early then gained and held his commitment despite an onslaught of offers from Arizona State, Cal, Utah, Hawaii, Army, Air Force, UC Davis and South Dakota State.
Sean Spencer was a three star recruit from Georgia who originally committed to SEC Vanderbilt. Spencer had the most quality offers of any recent Navy recruit. He was also offered by LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Indiana, South Florida, UCF, Air Force and Army. The 6-foot- 4, 255 pound Spencer is a defensive lineman who has a great first step and plays with leverage.
Michael Raiford (6-7, 282) is a huge, physically imposing nose tackle. Navy was able land him because of Raiford's life long goal to join the Marines. Raiford was originally in the high school band before the football coach convinced him to play for the team. He played both sides of the line in high school and received offers from Kentucky and Duke.
Defensive end Reggie Miles, from Virginia, also signed because his life-long ambition was to become a member of the Marine Corps. Last season he recorded eleven sacks. Miles (6-5, 240) chose Navy over offers from Cincinnati, Northwestern, Purdue, Connecticut and Ohio.
Shane Artim (6-3, 225) is a defensive tackle out of St. Francis-Mountain View high school in California. Artim was named the 2012 Area Defensive Player of the Year. He will play at the Naval Academy prep school this fall.
Winston Chastang is a 6-3, 232 pound defensive end from West Orange in Florida. Chastang is very athletic. He benches 300 pounds, squats 425 and has been clocked at a 4.7 in the forty-yard dash with a 4.4 shuttle at a combine. Winston chose Navy over Memphis and will attend NAPS this fall.
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