Meet the New Mids: Defensive Line now turns to the Navy defense in its review of this year’s incoming freshman class by position. The Naval Academy Prep School defensive line produced some exciting prospects who should be able to get into the mix early in their careers. Ken Niumatalolo's staff continues to do a very nice job recruiting size and talent. will now take a look at the new Mid D-linemen.

Sean Spencer was a starting defensive end last season at the Naval Academy Prep School. He was the most highly sought after Navy recruit in recent memory. Spencer was a three star recruit from Northgate high school in Georgia. He originally committed to Vanderbilt, an SEC school, before switching to Navy. Spencer probably had more quality offers than any Navy recruit ever. He had at one time 16 different offers including LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Indiana, South Florida, UCF, Air Force and Army. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Spencer missed the majority of his junior season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. He rebounded with a dominating senior season when he made 52 tackles had 16 tackles for losses and nine sacks. Spencer was named Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year in Region IV and for Coweta County. He decided to follow his family's service academy tradition rather than play SEC football. His brother Greg played football at Army and his sister Kelly was on the volleyball team at Air Force.

Spencer showed he was worth all the attention at the Naval Academy Prep School. He played well in the opening day win against Lackawanna College. He made a key stop to force a punt to set up NAPS game winning drive. Sean was unblockable against Bridgeton Academy and posted two sacks. He was in the backfield all game long in the shutout win over Gattaca Academy. He helped the NAPS defense hold Army prep to just 138 total yards in the finale.

Spencer is the full package for a Navy lineman. He is strong, thick, athletic and explosive off the ball. Sean has a great motor, is relentless and never seems to take a play off. He uses his hands well which combined with his quickness makes him very difficult to block. He should eventually emerge an impact defensive end.

Spencer Highlights

Michael Raiford (6-6, 280) played nose guard at the Naval Academy Prep School last fall. Raiford was originally in the Heritage high school band in Georgia playing the tuba before the football coach convinced him to play for the team beginning his junior year. He played on both sides of the ball as a nose guard and offensive tackle in high school. Raiford chose Navy over offers from Kentucky and Duke. Navy was able land him because of Raiford's life long goal to join the Marines.

Raiford is a huge, athletic and physically imposing nose guard. He started at nose guard for NAPS every game except for the finale against the United States Military Academy Prep School when he was moved to offensive guard because of injuries. Raiford is as green as the Jack Stephens Field turf in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium as a football player. He's only been playing football for three years. He is a big man with long arms. He weighs 280 pounds but is not fat and actually looks lean and athletic. Raiford runs extremely well for his size and has natural strength. He comes off the ball very well and has a nice burst towards the ball carrier. Michael needs to work on his techniques. He often played too high last year and needs to use his hands better to protect his legs. He is strictly a bull pass rusher at this point. However, he is a physical combination of size and speed rarely seen in a Navy defensive lineman. Raiford has a huge upside to his game as a nose tackle once he receives more coaching and spends time in the weight room.

Raiford Highlights

Dylan Fischer is a (6-2, 290) nose guard who played for the Naval Academy Prep School last season. He played both ways at Desert Vista high school in Arizona. Dylan was the eighth ranked defensive lineman in Arizona by in 2012. Fischer made 28 tackles and posted one sack his senior season.

He was named All-Sectional as a football player and earned All-City for track and field throwing events. Last season he started at offensive guard at NAPS because of the lack of recruited offensive lineman and attrition issues. Fischer was a big, girthy offensive guard who looked to muscle and maul defenders. Fischer is thick wide body who is incredibly strong. He has benched pressed over 330 pounds and can squat over 554 pounds. Dylan is expected to play nose guard on defense at Navy. He probably needs to slim down a bit and work on his quickness. Fischer has the position flexibility to play either nose guard or offensive guard.

Fischer Highlights

Reggie Miles (6-5, 240) was a starting defensive end for the Naval Academy Prep School last year. Miles had played at C.D. Hylton high school in Virginia. He helped C.D. Hylton to a regional title by playing both defensive end and offensive guard. Miles recorded eleven sacks in his senior year. Reggie played well at NAPS last season. He had a sack against Bridgeton Academy against their over-matched offensive line. He created pressure all day against Gattaca. He helped shutdown USMAPS in Navy's blow out 48-11 victory in the battle for the Reasoner Trophy.

Miles impressed me with his athleticism at defensive end for NAPS. He was quick off the ball and has the ability to get up the field. He is tall, lean and rangy. He has long arms and a nice first step. Miles demonstrated some pass rush ability. He does need to become more consistent in his effort. Miles must spend some time in Mike Brass's weight room to add strength and fill out his frame. He is a good athlete who drew interest from a number of high profile football programs. Miles chose Navy over offers from Cincinnati, Northwestern, Purdue, Connecticut, Ohio and Old Dominion. Reggie's signed with the Mids because his life-long ambition is to become a member of the Marine Corps.

Austin Hague (6-4, 248) was in the defensive end rotation the Naval Academy Prep School last fall. He was a defensive lineman at Benedictine high school in Virginia. Hague posted eight sacks and 31 tackles for a loss in 2012. He earned First team All-State honors. He had a solid year last season at NAPS. His best all round performance was against Gattaca Academy. In the victory over Army prep had a fumble recovery and two tackles for losses.

Hague isn't as athletic as the NAPS defensive ends already discussed. Hague comes off the ball fairly well but needs to work on his hips and quickness. He tends to be a little stiff and doesn't seem to change direction that well. He is fundamentally sound in terms of his technique. Austin is a former state wrestling champion. He is tough, plays hard, battles, understands leverage and can shed blockers. He can bench press 315 pounds but he'll need some time to develop and fill out his frame.

Hague Highlights

Shane Artim (6-3, 235) played last year at the Naval Academy Prep School. Artim had been a defensive tackle at St. Francis-Mountain View high school in California. In 2012, Artim made 72.5 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss for minus 81 yards and 13 quarterback hurries. He was named the 2012 Area Defensive Player of the Year. Due to the offensive line attrition at NAPS he played more on the offensive line out of necessity. Atrim is strong, athletic and moves well. He doesn't have that big of a frame so its questionable how much weight he will add. He has the versatility to play offensive line but the plan is to move him back over to defense where he excelled in high school.

Artim Highlights

Ken Niumatalolo and the Navy staff added two direct admit defensive linemen this summer.

Zach Peck was a standout 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end at Windsor high school in Colorado. He was on the same team as Navy's top direct admit offensive lineman Trenton Noller. He had a huge senior season posting 90 tackles while totaling 11 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss last year. Peck was named by the Coloradoan as all-area Defensive Player of the Year. He was one of the ten finalists nationally for the U.S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame Award of Excellence. As a junior he registered 64 total tackles with eight tackles for loss and three passes defended. The athletic Peck also played offensive tackle and competed in basketball and track.

Peck drew interest from a number of schools but Navy was the only school to officially offer him. Most felt the versatile Peck was a Division I tweener who was too small to be a defensive end in the FBS. Peck isn't very big but he is aggressive, active and will hustle and chase. He runs well but needs to spend time in the weight room to get bigger and stronger. Peck played both with his hand down and up at Winsdor high school. If he can't bulk up to be a defensive end in Navy's 3-4 scheme he could possibly transition his pass rush ability to Raider linebacker.

Defensive end Tyler Sayles (6-2, 240) starred at Deerfield Beach high school in Florida. Tyler was ranked as one of the top 50 South Florida college prospects by the Miami Herald in football talent rich Broward County. Salyers started on both the defensive and offensive lines. He earned third team All-Broward County honors. Salyers was one of four overall winners of the Piccolo Award, presented by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame's Brian Piccolo Chapter to Broward's best high school football scholar-athletes. rated Salyers as a two star recruit. Salyers is a very strong, big effort player who runs fairly well. He is a good athlete with a nice first step off the ball. At a Nike SPARQ combine he tested above average for defensive linemen in terms of strength, leaping ability and in the 20-yard shuttle. Salyers originally committed to Florida International but changed his mind and decided to sign with Navy.

Salyers Highlights

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