Moehring announces for Navy

Bennett Moehring, one of the top-rated kickers nationally from Bentonville (Ark.) High School, committed to Navy on Tuesday, January 20th. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound kicker/punter, chose the United State Naval Academy over offers from Army, UMass, Tulane and invitations as a preferred walk-on to California, Missouri, and SMU.

"Yes, I committed to Coach (Mick) Yokitis two nights ago," Bennett Moehring told GoMids.com. "I just went public with it last night.

"When I went to (USNA) for the Georgia Southern game on an unofficial visit, I loved the feel of the Academy. The honor and the prestige of the place really stood-out to me when I was there. It felt like it would be a good fit for me. During the recruiting process I met with a lot of coaches and Coach Niumatalolo was, by far, the best. He has a great personality, very nice, knows all of his players on a first-name basis. That was very attractive to me to have a head coach like that."

Moehring was 7-of-8 on field goals with a long of 49 yards and converted all 51 of his extra points as a senior for Bentonville’s Class 7A state championship team. He averaged 66.8 yards-per-kickoff and 44.4 yards-per punt.

"In my training I try to emphasize all three phases equally," he said. "I'll spend half an hour kicking field goals, then half an hour on kickoffs, then half an hour punting. It's more about the quality of the reps than the quantity for me.

"I started hearing from Navy around the middle of the season. They said they wanted to recruit a combo-kicker who could come in and win the starting job next season. I'll be going in direct next (school) year hoping to earn the starting job in at least one of those three areas.

"It's very reliving having made my decision because I know I made the right choice. Go Navy!"

A back-to-back state champion at Bentonville, Moehring was an two-time all-conference and all-state selection in his junior and senior seasons. He knocked a 25-yard field goal through the uprights in the first quarter of Bentonville's 24-21 win over rival Fayetteville in the Class 7A state championship game War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock which proved to be the difference in the game. Moehring is the number one ranked kicker nationally by Chris Sailer Kicking.

Bentonville now has three players who are verbally committed to the three D-1 service academies; will have offensive lineman Mitch Williams (Air Force), linebacker Harrison Rooney (Army) and now kicker Bennett Moehring to Annapolis.

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