Navy adds one more to the class

Anthony Masaniai was a late addition to the Navy Class of 2015. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker out of Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic narrowed his choices down to Navy and Air Force, but wasn't ready to make a final decision on National Signing Day.

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"It was a big decision, so I wanted to be sure," Anthony Masaniai told "I took my official visit to Navy the weekend before National Signing Day. When I was there, I fell in love with the place. I'm a very spiritual person and, in my heart, I felt like that's where I'm supposed to be. I know I'll have a tremendous amount of support there. It was a new place for me, first time on the East Coast, and I fit right in. The other recruits who were there that weekend were messaging me, telling me they had committed, telling me that I should as well. The coaches, who I've only known for a month or two, I feel like I've known for a long time. My whole family has given me their full support and think this is what's best for me.

"I took an official visit to Air Force the weekend after Signing Day. I had been committed there since the summer after my junior year, so I wanted to take the official visit. My made my decision last Friday to commit to Navy, and sent in the letter on Saturday, February 14th."

Masaniai was also offered by Idaho, Montana State, UC Davis, and UTEP, but he said the two service academies made the biggest impression on him throughout the entire recruiting process.

"You know, when I was younger I had no interest in joining the military," he said. "It's funny how things work out. People have the idea in their heads about going to war and that you'll die, but there are a lot more possibilities than that. The more I learned about it the more interested I became in the being able to network and my future stability."

Masaniai, a two-year varsity starter, ended his high school career as a state champion. On December 5th, Eastside Catholic ended Bellevue's 67-game win streak (a state record) to win the Washington Class 3A title. He said it was during his senior season that he first started hearing from Navy's Shaun Nua.

"Navy likes me at inside linebacker," he said. "Coach Nua said they like how physical I am. They love that I can make a hit, and that I play the game aggressively, I'm not afraid to attack.

"I really enjoyed talking with Coach (Steve) Johns. The entire staff are men who I have a lot of respect for. I think that their job security is very high and that was a big thing for me. I wanted to play for just one coach the whole time I'm in college, if possible. I think there's a good chance of that happening at Navy. I got along great with all of the coaches. I never felt any pressure to commit from them."

After the season, Masaniai was named first team All-Metro Mountain Division for the second straight year. In the off-season, Masaniai said he'll skip track & field this year to condition for an early summer appointment at NAPS. Top Stories