Navy nabs big lineman out of Texas

Navy picked up a commitment on the same day they offered Jeremy Hodowanic out of North Forney High School in Forney, Texas. A 6-foot-2, 288-pound defensive tackle, Hodowanic selected the Midshipmen over a handful of D-2 offers the week after Christmas, giving his verbal to Navy's Mick Yokitis.

Jeremy Hodowanic Bio

"It was just four weeks ago when I first started hearing from Navy," Hodowanic told "Then, right after Christmas, they decided to offer on December 28th and I accepted it on the spot.

"I was thinking about how I'd have so many benefits after college (with Navy). I'll be joining a good team with a lot of tradition that competes against the best schools in the country year-in, year-out. The academics really stood out to me. After I graduate, it will be a real honor to serve my country.

"Coach Yo didn't really get into specifics on what they liked most about my game, probably my lateral movement on the line, which I thought I greatly improved upon this year. I know they like me at the nose guard position because they run a 3-4 defense. I got to watch the Ohio State, San Diego State, and Army games and thought they do a great job with their front seven.

"It feels really good to be committed (to Navy). I had some D-2 offers and Southeastern Louisiana was showing a lot of interest, but kind of backed down after they heard I received the Navy offer. It's great though. I'll be the first person in my family to attend college."

Hodowanic began his playing career at Harlem High School in Machesney Park, Ill. right outside the Chicagoland area. He'd move with his family to the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex and settle at North Forney where he became a disruptive force on the line the past two season in Texas 5A.

"Team-wise, we didn't do so well," Hodowanic said. "We went 1-9. Individually, I thought I did really with 55 tackles, six sacks, and three or four forced fumbles. I was one of the team's leading tacklers and was named second team All-District.

"Now that the season's over I'm just going to be doing a lot of lifting on my own. Most likely I'll be heading to NAPS, but if I go in direct I'll be looking to make a big impact on the field, so I'm doing everything I can in the off-season to try and get better so I'll be ready."

Hodowanic will have a Signing Day ceremony at his school with teammate, Hunter Herndon, who recently gave his verbal to SMU. Top Stories