Navy signs Texas speedster with family ties

Navy gladly welcomed in another Pospisil on National Signing Day. Travis Pospisil is the younger brother of Ross "Poppy" Pospisil, who served as Navy's defensive captain in his senior season of 2009 and had 280 career tackles at middle linebacker. Ross turned his former coach, Navy's Danny O'Rourke, on to Travis after his big junior season at Champion High School in Boerne, Texas.

"The recruiter for my area coached my brother, so he knew all about me and that I really wanted to go to Navy," Travis Pospisil told "He started to recruit me harder as my senior season went on, which led to me eventually commitment.

"Ever since I was a little kid I've had my heart set on going into the military. I've been visiting Annapolis and going to Navy games since I was in the fourth grade and know how amazing it is. Seeing my brother play (for Navy) and all of the success he had there, my goal was to put myself in the same position to go to the Naval Academy. It's just always been a dream of mine to go there."

A three-year starter at Champion High School in the San Antonio area, Pospisil had a breakout junior season with 1,272 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He followed it up with 1864 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns to go with 238 receiving yards for four touchdowns as a senior. He was named the 2014 Offensive MVP in his district, first team All-Area, and Academic All-State.

"Navy recruited me at slot back," he said. "I think my game transitions well to the triple option with my speed to get outside and around the edge. I'm not afraid to grind it out either for a four-yard gain. I take a lot of pride in those as well. I play with that kind of hard-nosed mindset that Navy football is known for. Instead of stepping out of bounds, I'll stay in and hit someone and pick up a couple of more yards.

"I'm extremely excited to play for Coach Niumatalolo and the coaching staff. They always know how to get the most out of their players and have a proven track record for winning. There's a saying that the Midshipmen are two-star players with five-star hearts. We may not have the best athletes in the country but we have the ones with the biggest hearts who'll come in and outwork everybody else. That's the same mentality I have going in. It's a true blessing from God to have this opportunity in front of me."

Pospisil has track star speed which Navy may use on special teams in his freshman season. He has a personal best of 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash and is the reining district champion in the 100-meter dash with a best time of 10.66. This weekend he'll be taking his official visit to Navy with Austin-area running back Tazh Maloy. His other offers were from Mary Hardin–Baylor and San Angelo State with significant interest from Bowling Green and UTSA. Pospisil said he has received a direct appointment to the United State Naval Academy. Top Stories