Myles Swain (5-11, 190) was another A-back who saw plenty of playing time and started some games at NAPS last fall. Swain, who is from Macon, Georgia, is the little brother of Navy fullback Chris Swain. Myles isn't very big like Chris but he is a physical runner with speed. He was a three year varsity starter at Mount De Sales Academy. His senior year he rushed for 958 yards, averaged nearly ten yards a carry, and scored 14 touchdowns. He earned first team All-State honors during his high school career. Swain had his best game for NAPS last fall against Bridgton Academy when he ran for over 150 yards and ripped off a 73-yard touchdown run.
Myles Swain is an athletic, physical A-back, who appears to be a lot bigger than the other slotbacks despite the fact their measurables are very similar. Swain is quick, runs hard, has good balance and showed a good burst in the hole. Swain had a number of very long runs despite lacking pure top end speed according to the stopwatch. He has the talent to compete for a spot on the three deep depth chart.
Derek Mann also played at NAPS in 2012 but he isn't nearly as talented as Gulley, Smith or Swain. Mann is a 5-foot-11, 180 pound running back from John Paul Stevens high school in Texas. He was a key running back for a team that made it to the state finals. Derek ran for over 1,000 yards his junior season. Mann's team graduated his entire offensive line and his rushing numbers declined as he produced 578 rushing yards as a senior. Mann is a solid blocker who has some raw ability but will probably need some time on the JV team to improve his overall game and mature. Mann chose Navy over Air Force.
There were a large number of direct admits in this year's slotback class. Calvin Cass Jr. had a huge senior season at St. Augustine Prep in Sicklerville, New Jersey. Cass (5-10, 200) ran for 2,001 yards and scored 37 touchdowns in 2012. His father, Calvin Cass Sr., was a very good halfback for Jim Young at West Point. Cass actually chose Navy over an offer from Army, William & Mary, Lafayette, Holy Cross, Monmouth and Albany also expressed interest in Cass.
Direct admit A-back Kendrick Mouton is the younger brother of freshman quarterback Kenny Mouton. Kenny had an outstanding season last year as the quarterback for the Naval Academy Prep School. Kendrick led St. John Neumann in Florida with 787 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns last season. Mouton (6-0, 195 pounds) was named to the Class 2A All-State second team as a defensive back but he's expected to play as a slotback for Navy.
Dishan Romine (5-11, 185) is an impressive looking direct admit slotback from Louisville, Kentucky. Last season he rushed for 1,542 yards, averaged 6.8 yards per carry, and scored 15 touchdowns in ten games. The speedy Romine originally committed to Western Kentucky before changing his mind to join Navy. Romine also had offers from Ball State, Toledo, Harvard and Wofford.
Running back Will
McKamey was named Mr. Tennessee Football after his senior football season. McKamey (5-10, 190) rushed for 1,429 yards and 23 touchdowns for Grace Christian Academy. He had an additional 610 receiving yards and caught
six touchdown passes. As a defensive back he made 71
tackles and picked off three passes. He earned All-State honors his junior and senior years and was recently named one of Knoxville's High School Athletes of the Year by the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. McKamey suffered a scary injury near the end of last season when he was hit in the head. Will ruptured blood vessel in his brain and passed out on the sidelines. He was hospitalized and missed the rest of the year but made a full recovery. He did not require surgery.
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