Amari Ross was a four year starter at cornerback for Centennial high school in Georgia. Amari was the team captain and he hurt his knee during the preseason before his senior year. He rebounded from the injury to once again be Centennial's best defensive player. Ross earned First team All-Region honors. The six-foot, 190 pound Ross started at cornerback last season for the Naval Academy Prep School. He is a big, physical cornerback. Ross looks to jam and muscle receivers. He is very aggressive and tough in run support. Ross throws his body around like a SAM safety. He has some ability but lacks coverage skills. Ross may lack the ideal top end speed for an FBS cornerback. He'll need some time to develop and he could eventually end up at safety with his physical style of play.
Cameron Bryant was in the cornerback rotation last year at the Naval Academy Prep School and saw plenty of playing time. Cameron is a 5-10, 175 pound safety from Mesa Mira high school in California. Bryant recorded 103 tackles, 12 sacks, two interceptions and knocked down eight passes during his senior season. He was an aggressive and very physical cornerback at NAPS. He is a very good tackler who can punish an opposing wide receiver and provide quality run support. Cameron was one of the defensive players who never backed down in the NAPS blowout loss to prep powerhouse Nassau Community College as he made seven tackles and hit everything that moved. Bryant is surprisingly strong for his size and has 4.6 speed in the forty yard dash. He is solid in coverage but he needs to work on his backpedal and become more fluid and less stiff. If he refines his cornerback technique he could become a factor down the road.
The lone direct admit defensive back was cornerback Kyle Battle from the Lone Star state. Battle was a three year starting cornerback from Belton, Texas. The rangy Battle had 57 tackles and four interceptions last season including one returned for a touchdown. Kyle was named All-District for the second straight season, All-State honorable mention, and Academic All-State. Battle offers nice size for a Navy cornerback and has been timed in the 4.6-4.8 range at high school combines. His physical play and size (6-1, 190) gives the Navy staff position flexibility to use Kyle at either cornerback or safety. Battle chose the Mids over offers from Air Force, Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin.
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