Meet the New Mids: Offensive Line

GoMids.com continues its review of this year’s incoming freshman class by position. Last year the Mids offensive line helped Navy rank second in the nation in team rushing at 325.4 yards per game. It was their best output since 2007. GoMids.com will look at the incoming offensive linemen.

The bigger concern moving forward is with three seniors offensive line starters entering their final year, that the Naval Academy Prep School offensive line took another major attrition hit for the second consecutive season. Only one NAPS starter and another NAPS recruit made it to I-day. While that trend is a concern, the Navy staff did rebound and add five talented direct admit offensive linemen to bolster this year’s plebe class.

Offensive tackle Robert Lindsey was a starting offensive tackle last year at the Naval Academy Prep School. The 6-4, 260 pound Lindsey was the only starting NAPS offensive lineman to make it to I-day. Lindsey played at Bayside high school in Florida. He was ranked by the Orlando Sentinel as the 17th best recruit in their 2013 MIDEAST Florida top sixty recruits poll. Lindsey played both on the offensive and defensive lines in high school. He is the ideal option offensive tackle in terms of athleticism. He is very explosive and quick off the ball. Lindsey is not an overly dominating lineman physically but has the ability to easily get to the second level and maintain his blocks. He had a tremendous game in NAPS dominating 48-11 blow out victory over a previously unbeaten Army prep team. His blocking helped the NAPS offense post 457 total yards of offense. Lindsey is not a finished product. He'll need time in coach Mike Brass's weight room to improve his strength. He has a nice upside to his game once he matures and gets stronger. Lindsey' chose Navy over an offer from FIU.

Lindsey Highlights

Dexter McGriff (6-2, 260) attended the Naval Academy Prep School last year but was injured during preseason camp and missed the regular season. McGriff attended Muskogee high school in Oklahoma where he played left tackle. He had originally committed to Central Oklahoma before he accepted an offer from Navy. When healthy McGriff is a big, mobile athletic offensive lineman. He can move his feet and is quick off the ball. He is fundamentally sound. And can play either tackle or guard. The major question with McGriff is his health. He missed most of the off season workouts and last season so he'll probably will need at least this year to fully recover and get in the mix.

McGriff Highlights

There were five direct admits in this year's plebe class. The most highly regarded was Scout.com three star center recruit Trenton Noller. He played for Windsor high school in Colorado and was ranked by Scout.com as the fifth best center out West. Noller is called “Tiny” but he doesn't resemble his nickname. The massive Noller (6-4, 310) is a huge physical wide body who can block out the sun. He earned All-State honors last season and was named the Denver Post All-Colorado team. He played center most of his high school career but split time between center and left tackle his senior season. He is a very big, girthy, but quick wide body who is very aggressive off the ball and looks to finish players every play. He dominated in the running game on his level. For such a large player he is mobile enough to get to the second level and punishes linebackers and defensive backs. Noller is very good technically but will need to learn option blocking techniques and probably slim down a bit. He is naturally strong and can bench press well over 325 pounds and squats 530 pounds. He'll benefit from some time in the weight room to reach his full potential. Noller attracted a lot of interest and chose the Mids over offers from Arizona, Georgia Tech, Wyoming, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, and Army. Noller’s combination of strength and athleticism gives him the position flexibility to play center, guard, tackle or even play nose guard on defense.



Evan Martin (6-3, 280) is a direct admit who was an All-State selection during his senior year as a guard for Lee’s Summit high school in Missouri. Martin helped pave the way to the Missouri Class 5 State Championship his senior year. He's a big, versatile and explosive lineman who played every position except center at Lee’s Summit high school. Martin moved well and understands blocking angles and positioning. Martin wanted to serve his country and decided on Navy over offers from Air Force, Army, Iowa State, Toledo and VMI.

Martin Highlights

Parker Wade (6-2, 265) is a direct admit offensive center at Ensworth high school in Tennessee. Wade was best lineman for an offense that finished with 4,276 yards and 404 points in 12 games last year. He was named to the All-State team in both his junior and senior seasons. Wade moves well, is quick off the ball and athletic for his size. He'll need to spend time in the weight room but he has the potential to develop into a starter. Wade chose Navy over offers from Air Force, Brown, Austin Peay, Mercer, Butler, Davidson and Tennessee Martin.

Wade Highlights

Evan Akins is a 6-6, 285 pounds direct admit offensive tackle from Hudsonville high school in Michigan. Akins was a two way player and was a center on the basketball team. He earned Academic All-State honors. Akins is a good athlete for a tall lineman. He can bend his knees and move his feet. He dominated at times in one of the state's toughest conferences. Akins’ dream had been to serve his country since his stepfather was a Navy man and a number of his relatives served in the military. Akins chose Navy over offers from Harvard, Yale and Butler.

Akins Highlights

Seth White is a 6-3, 265 pound direct admit guard from Sky View high school in Utah. He was a team captain and first-team all-state offensive lineman on Sky View’s football team. He was a two-year starting guard on the offensive line. White was one of the best prep thrower in track and field in the entire state during his senior year.. He shattered 30-plus-year-old school records in the shot put and discus as a junior, and then bested those marks as a senior. White was the 4A champion in the discus as a junior and in the shot put as a senior.. White left his mark in the weight room, where he was the football team’s leader of the 1,000-pound club — the accumulation of one’s maximum lift in the squat, bench press and clean. White’s best marks of the season were 540 pounds in the squat, 340 for bench and 300 for clean. White is a hard worker in the weight room and he plans to compete in track as well as football at Navy. White chose the Mids over an offer from Army.

Next: Meet the New Mids defensive linemen.

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