Luke Hedrick loves Navy

Luke Hedrick, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back out of West Forsyth High School jut outside of Winston-Salem, N.C., gave his verbal commitment to first-year Navy assistant coach, Dan O'Brien, in early July. O'Brien, who joined Ken Niumatalolo's staff in January has strong Tarheel State roots after a three-year coaching sting at Elon.

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"My Navy offer came on May 14th," Hedrick said. "Coach O'Brien was at my school on the 13th and the offer came in the next day. He said they were very impressed with my ball skills at wide receiver and defensive back, but the plan is to have me start out at DB. At the time, I was so excited to have my first FBS offer, my first three were from FCS schools, and I remember thinking this is a good thing.

"I decided to make my commitment to Navy on July the 1st. I had gone to Annapolis the week before for a regular visit. I enjoyed walking around the town and around campus. It was a neat visit. I got to talk to a bunch of the coaches. I think they do a great job. I loved the facilities and the academics. I'm excited about serving my country. I think that's it's going to be a good challenge for me, but one I'm up to."

Hedrick had offers from Wofford College, Elon, and Gardner-Webb before Navy joined in May. The offers came in after Hedrick made first team All-Conference in his junior season for a 12-2 West Forsyth team. He hauled in 30 caches for 450 yards and three touchdowns on offense and had two interceptions, 10 pass breakups, and more than 50 tackles from the safety position on defense.

"I'm happy to be able to focus on just football and school," he said. "I have a 3.8 [GPA] and I'd like to go into the Naval Academy direct. I still need a 600 on the test but that's the plan."

Both grandparents on Hedrick's mother's side of the family served in the Navy. Only a five-hour car ride away, Hedrick says he plans on attending as many Midshipmen games this fall as his busy football and school schedule will allow.

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