GoMids.com continues to look at this year's incoming Navy freshman football class by position. The new Navy wide receivers class was impacted by the attrition of last season's Naval Academy Prep School class. Only one wide receiver made it from NAPS. We'll review the three new Mid wide receivers joining the program.
The only wide receiver from last season's Naval Academy Prep School team to make it to I-Day was starter Julian Turner. He is a 6-2, 190 pound wide receiver from Ohio. Turner was a three year starter and played wide receiver, defensive back and returned punts at Orange high school. He led the team in receptions his last two years at Orange high. During his senior year Turner made 32 receptions for 462 receiving yards, a 14.4 average and scored six touchdowns. Julian had his best year as a junior in 2010. He hauled in 42 receptions for 703 receiving yards, He averaged 16.7 yards-per-catch and scored eight touchdowns. Turner produced 17 touchdowns during his high school career. He caught 14 touchdown passes as a receiver, scored two on punt returns and had one interception return for a touchdown. As a safety he intercepted 12 passes during in his career.
Turner was a very strong, tough and physical wide receiver at NAPS. He reminds me of a shorter version of Brandon Turner. He is quick off the line with rather deceptive speed. Julian is a hardnosed competitor who does a nice job fighting for the ball. He can track the ball in the air and has very good hands. He returned a fumble for a touchdown against the United States Military Academy Prep team. Later in the same game he set up a touchdown, in NAPS comeback win, with a tremendous 37-yard over the shoulder catch on a post pattern. Turner is an excellent blocker on the perimeter.
The Mids added two direct admit wide receivers. Jamir Tillman is one of those players from Bishop Gorman, a powerhouse high school program, in Las Vegas. Bishop Gorman has sent a few players to Annapolis in recent years. Tillman is the son of former Denver Bronco receiver Cedric Tillman. His senior season he made 58 receptions for 958 receiving yards, a 16.5 average, and 13 touchdowns. As a junior he caught 45 passes for 574 receiving yards, a 12.8 average and had 10 touchdown receptions. Tillman had 32 touchdown receptions during his high school career.
Tillman is a big receiver at 6-3, 190 pounds with 4.63 speed in the forty yard dash. He runs solid routes and has soft hands. Jamir is physical off the line of scrimmage. His size allows him to be productive in the red zone. Tillman can adjust to the ball, make the tough catch and was very productive. He's not a speed demon but does a nice job of getting into his routes and out of his breaks. He was recruited by some schools as a safety. Tillman chose the Mids over offers from Southern Utah and Georgetown.
Bobby Marshburn is a direct admit wide receiver from Georgia. He played tight end and defensive end for Athens Academy. Marshburn is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound player. Last season he caught 15 passes for 299 yards, a 19.9 average, and scored three touchdowns as a tight end. As a defensive end he produced 47 tackles including six for a loss.
Marshburn is a big target with below average speed and solid hands. He is a tough aggressive runner after the catch and doesn't want to go down. He is a tenacious blocker who is quick into his blocks and looks to finish them. As a wide receiver he fits the mold of what current Navy assistant coach, and former wide receiver, Mick Yokitis refers to as "wide tackles" due to Navy's emphasis on wide receivers blocking. He's more a pure tight end than a wide receiver. After watching Marshburn's film, I actually was more impressed with him as a defensive end. On defense Marshburn moved well and had a pretty good first step off the snap. It will be interesting to see where he ends up playing.
Next: Meet the new Mids offensive line
Meet the New Mids: Wide Receivers
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