Meet the New Mids: Offensive Line pt II

GoMids.com continues its look at this year's new freshman class by position. In our part II of our offensive linemen introduction we will discuss incoming players Maurice Morris, Patrick Hoffman, Harrison Louden, Blake Copeland and Corin Cline.

Direct admit Maurice Morris is a 6-3, 310 pound road grader offensive lineman from LaPorte, Texas. He was a three year starter at LaPorte high school. He started out as a center but moved to right tackle the past two seasons. Morris may have ended up at Navy because he fractured his foot during his senior year which caused him missing the first six games. As a result some of the football factories backed away recruiting him. When he returned he played in some pain but still was productive. Morris earned second team All-Houston for the second year in a row, first team All-District for the second year in a row, first team All-Region for Harris County, and All-Academic for the state. Morris is huge for a Navy plebe and that is after trimming down from his high weight of 355. He is big girthy, wide body who gets after opposing linemen. He is surprisingly quick off the ball and finishes his blocks. He is physical and at the high school level was able to dominate many opponents. Morris chose Navy over offers from Colorado State, Texas State, Grambling and McNeese State.



Patrick Hoffman is a direct admit from La Salle high school in Pennsylvania. He is following in his father's, also named Patrick, footsteps. His dad was an offensive guard at Navy in the eighties. Hoffman (6-4, 265) was a two year starter for LaSalle and played both ways. He saw time as a guard and tackle on offense and was a defensive end. Hoffman is quick off the mark. He has the movement skills and athleticism to be a good option tackle. Hoffman chose Navy over several Ivy League offers.



The Midshipmen have added two direct admit offensive linemen from Alabama. Harrison Louden (6-4, 275) was a three-year starter at offensive tackle for McGill-Toolen Catholic High school. He earned First-team All-Region and All-State honors last season. Louden coaches graded his performance last season at 96 percent as McGill went 11-1 his senior year. He played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Montgomery last December. Louden was often asked to block in space and he did an excellent job. He is an aggressive player who understands blocking angles and positioning. He had the chance to play close to home but decided on a military career. He chose Navy over South Alabama, Arkansas State, Memphis, UAB and Louisiana Lafayette

When you hear the town Muscle Shoals, Alabama most music fans will think of it influence on music in the sixties. For Navy football fans it's the home of direct admit offensive lineman Blake Copeland. Copeland was a First team All-State offensive lineman for Muscle Shoals in the Class 5A division. He is a 6-3, 258 offensive lineman. He is an average athlete but has good functional football strength. Copeland has worked hard over the past year as he's added over thirty pounds to his frame. He'll need some time in the weight room to develop.

Corin Cline (6-3, 260) was a reserve offensive lineman last season at the Naval Academy Prep School. Cline missed the last two seasons after he went on a Mormon mission. Cline had played for South Garland high school in Texas. Cline is a strong player with good feet but needs to work on his game after missing two seasons. He will probably need at least two years at Navy to get in the mix. He's a development prospect at this point.



Next: Meet the new Mids defensive linemen.

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