Morefield looking to thrive in Navy's offense

Record-breaking quarterback Derek Morefield committed to the United States Naval Academy on January 26th, 2015, on the same day Navy coaches extended the offer. The 6-foot, 185-pound athlete was a three-year starter at Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas, Nev., where he broke several school records.

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He told that it was he who first reached out to Navy coaches to gauge their interest.

"It was just a couple of weeks ago when I sent in an email with my film and a personal paragraph about who I am," said Derek Morefield. "Two hours later I got a phone call for Coach (Ivin) Jasper. Coach (Steve) Johns stopped by to see me that Monday, which was Martin Luther King Jr. Day to kind of feel me out. Then a week later, Coach Johns and Coach Jasper came back to see me. Later that evening, Coach Jasper called and told me he had the offer and I accepted it right away.

"I was very surprised this all came about and I feel blessed to have this opportunity. It's an offense that I feel will complement my skill set and, hopefully, I can add more to it with my throwing ability. My visit to Annapolis this weekend did nothing but confirm my decision.

As a senior, his third as a starter, Morefield threw for 1,430 yards with 13 passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns. He set schools records for passing yard (season), passing attempts (season), passing completions (season), passing yards (career), passing touchdowns (career), and passing yards (game). Morefield served as team captain and led his school to a berth ion the state quarterfinals.

Growing up in Nevada desert, Morefield said he was pleasantly surprised with his first trip to the Old Line State, but it may take some adjusting to.

"I'll have to get used to the weather, no doubt about that," he said. "It was a great overall visit, though. They fed us a lot. It was nice to see the academic buildings, the facilities, but what stood out the most, to me, were the players. Everyone is there for one another. I didn't sense any selfishness or animosity among the players. They welcomed me in, as did the coaches. I felt 'the brotherhood' that they refer to, and I can't wait to be a part of it. I really, really see myself doing well there for the next four years.

"At the time of my commitment I didn't have any other offers. I feel truly blessed by this and want to get in the best shape of my life to go in this summer and do what they want me to do."

Morefield said he is expecting to receive a direct appointment to the Naval Academy. Top Stories