More on Carothers' commit to Navy

Paul Carothers has two older brother who attended the U.S. Naval Academy, but when asked if he was going to follow in their footsteps the 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker from Greater Atlanta (Ga.) Christian School said he wasn't sure. He was initially intrigued with Duke and then with West Point, but after an outstanding performance at a Navy summer one-day camp, he was extended an offer.

After taking a couple of weeks to mull it over, he provided his verbal commitment to the Midshipmen staff.

"When I was there for the camp I was able to get a good feel for the coaches," Carothers told "I loved the challenge the academy present academically. The football is great. I'll get to play in the AAC. And I loved the coaches.

"When I was on campus, Coach Niumatalolo sat down with me and told me that being on the team is more than just about yourself. You're representing not just the Naval Academy but also the country. Then he asked me, 'who is Paul Carothers?'. I told him how I was raised by my parents to be respectful and the type of person I am and he said 'perfect'.

"The coaches said I had great size. They were impressed with how fast I was on my junior highlight film and that I could really hit hard. They said, 'you run through kids'. Off the field, I'm nice, but when I'm playing I find a different gear. I turn into an animal, a slobberknocker."

Carothers has one older brother, Michael, who is in Naval aviation in Jacksonville. His other older brother, Matthew, is entering his senior year at the Naval Academy. Carothers said the two brothers didn't have to do much convincing to get him to commit to Navy.

"They were both straight up with me on how [the Naval Academy] is," Carothers said on his brothers' input. "They didn't have to say much because I've seen how the Academy has changed them. They were both great people before they went in, but Navy has formed them into hard-working successful men who now know what it's like to be a part of something bigger than yourself when you serve your country. I love the idea of having a job right out of college. I also love the uncertainty of finding out what you love. Michael went in and found out he loved flying. Matthew found out he loved subs. I can't wait to see what I'm going to love doing. It could be aviation, oceanography, meteorology, I don't know yet."

Carothers, who plays middle linebacker at Greater Atlanta Christian, calls Dick Butkus his football hero for his on-the-field intensity. He's been the team's leading tackler the past two seasons. Know for his quick feet, Carothers runs a 4.76 40-yard dash.

During the recruiting process, Carothers had offers from Air Force, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, and VMI. Army and Appalachian State had expressed interest and he was hearing from ACC schools like Duke, Wake Forest, and Virginia.

Carothers committed to his area recruiter, Ashley Ingram. He'll begin his Navy career at NAPS next summer. Top Stories