The Mids landed a nice group of six direct admit linebackers to offset the NAPS losses. One of the most highly regarded was direct admit recruit Alex Brown from South Carolina. Brown (6-3, 239) was offered early and committed way back in December of 2011. Brown has demonstrated excellent 4.7 forty-yard dash speed for his size and surprised many by committing so early. He was highly regarded as both a tight end or a defensive end at White Knoll high school but like many Navy recruits he was downgraded two a two-star recruit after he committed. Brown will likely be used as a striker linebacker in the Mids defensive scheme but with his size he could end up at inside linebacker or on the defensive line. Brown chose Navy over offers from Marshall, Duke, Air Force and Harvard. He would have received many more offers but he was a firm commit so early in the process.
Ted Colburn is a strong athletic linebacker from Tuscaloosa County high school in Alabama. Last year he made 118 tackles, forced three fumbles and posted two sacks. He was also used as a short yardage back and scored five touchdowns. His junior season he made 121 tackles and recorded three sacks. Colburn is an all round athlete. He was a first baseman on the baseball team and earned All-State honors. He hit .336 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs. Colburn (6-2, 225) is strong and athletic. He can slip and slide off blocks and deliver a hit. Ted can bench press over 300 pounds and ran a reported 4.77 in the forty yard dash at a junior combine.
Among the other four linebacker direct admits are Mike Kelly (6-1, 220) from Lakota West high school in Ohio. Kelly is a very active, physical outside linebacker who has added nearly ten pounds since his senior season. He was second on his team in tackles with 10 ½ tackles recorded for a loss including two sacks. He earned all conference honors. Kelly chose the Mids over offers from Army, Yale, Indiana State, Lafayette, Princeton, Brown and Villanova.
Amos Mason is a 6-1, 230 pound direct admit player from Brentwood Academy in Tennessee. Mason was a two-way lineman who made 56 tackles and had nine tackles for losses. He projects to inside linebacker for the Midshipmen. Mason won three straight state wrestling championships. Amos set the Tennessee state record for the most consecutive wrestling wins.
William Tuider is a fast, undersized highly recruited outside linebacker from Mountain View high school in Georgia. Tuider (6-2, 205) had 65 tackles with six tackles behind the line of scrimmage and three interceptions last season. The direct admit attracted plenty of interest and had offers from Cincinnati, Ohio, Buffalo, Utah, Florida International and the Ivy League but chose the Midshipmen.
Jalen Wade is another possible Striker linebacker recruit. The six-foot, 208 pound Wade played both linebacker and running back for Independence high school in Tennessee. Jalen recorded 63 tackles, had four tackles for a loss and made 3 ½ sacks his senior year. On offense he ran for 1,150 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Wade has good speed and was a member of Independence's high school 4 x 400 meter relay team that earned a silver medal in the state championships. He is quick and can pressure the passer off the edge and run down running plays from the backside.
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