Navy it is for Wiedle

Navy secured at commitment from Garrett Wiedle who was visiting to watch the Midshipman's victory over San Jose State. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end from Riverbend High School in Fredericksburg, Va., chose Navy over offers from Air Force and Delaware. Wiedle told GoMids.com that it was Navy's undeniable "sense of unity" that led him to his decision.

"I got a chance to see how close the team is," Wiedle said. "That was a driving force with me. I've always been big on the team aspect and Navy was always very welcoming whenever I was there. I spent a weekend on campus before I was even being recruited to see what it was like. The players I met there I went to find on my most recent trip. It already feels like family."I got a chance to see how close the team is," Wiedle said. "That was a driving force with me. I've always been big on the team aspect and Navy was always very welcoming whenever I was there. I spent a weekend on campus before I was even being recruited to see what it was like. The players I met there I went to find on my most recent trip. It already feels like family.

"You see the consistency in the Navy program year after year. I forget how many years in a row they've beaten Army. Last year, I went to the game they played against Pitt. That's a big football factory type of program and they really gave it to them. The way they play all of those big programs head-to-head so competitively is exciting to see and I wanted to be a part of it.

"I was talking to Coach Pehrson at the San Jose State game and we talked about my academic progress. It looks like I'll be a direct entry and not have to go to the prep school. I felt like the time was right to commit so I did and he welcomed me to the brotherhood. I looked at the depth chart and aside from Paul Quessenberry they're not losing many lineman. So I might not be starting anytime soon. Coach Pehrson is a great coach, however, and I know if I do what he tells me to do, I'll be on the field in no time. It's kind of funny. My team has needed me at right tackle this season and Coach Pehrson showed the offensive line coach my film. They're been having a little tug of war as to where I'll play, so we'll see what happens."

Wielde has had a great-grandfather and a grandfather attend the U.S. Naval Academy. His father was an officer in the Navy. He also has a brother, currently a student at Virginia Tech, going to the Naval Postgraduate School next summer.

"I've always wanted the chance to serve this great country of ours," he said. "My parents instilled that desire in me at a young age. It's the best thing I can think of to do with the next stage of my life after high school.

"I was in Coach Dan O'Brien's ear for the longest time trying to get Navy to give me a look. They invited me up to the camp last summer and I was offered on the spot. I did really well in the speed drills, especially for someone my size, coming in third overall. Unfortunately, I suffered an injury as a junior with what they call 'Jersey finger'. It really slowed down my recruiting. At the time I was being looked at by Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Marshall. That being said there's no place I'd rather be than headed to Navy. I went on a lot of visits to some great places but I didn't feel what I felt at Navy. It's where I'm supposed to be."

Wielde serves as a team captain on a Riverbend Bears team that is currently 5-3 and still have a shot at making the playoffs in Northern Virginia. Although the program isn't offered at his high school, Wiedle states he's passionate about lacrosse and enjoys competing when it's not football season.

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