Navy Signing Day Review: Offensive Line

The U.S. Naval Academy continues to attract outstanding football players. will now review the 2015 class, position by position. In this segment we discuss the offensive line.

Navy needs to replace three starters on the offensive line. They added some offensive talent to rebuild around with this class. Offensive line coach Ashley Ingram believes that the 2015 recruiting class is one of the best offensive line recruiting classes he's ever had at Navy.

Navy landed two three star offensive line recruits. One was Tony Taylor offensive tackle of the Wesleyan School in Georgia. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman played on both the offensive and defensive lines to lead his team to the Class AA state playoffs. On offense he recorded 36 pancake blocks with 88-percent blocking grade and allowed zero sacks. On defense made 36 total tackles (12 solo and five for loss). He was recognized as first team All-Region and All-County as an offense lineman. He was named an NUC All-American and invited to play in NUC Senior Bowl. Taylor committed to Navy early last summer over offers from Virginia Tech, Bucknell, Cincinnati, Georgia Southern and Georgia State. The other three star recruit is Andrew Wood (6-5", 286) from Friendship Christian in Tennessee. Wood was named by Scout as a three-star recruit and No. 89-rated offensive guard in the nation. Wood played on both sides of the ball. He was a finalist for Mr. Football Lineman of the Year. The senior captain was a four-year starter and posted 83 pancakes and graded out at 96 percent his senior season. As a defensive tackle Wood made 31 tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks. He selected Navy over Mississippi State and Purdue.

Kyle Malik-Mitchell was a highly recruited offensive guard from Alcoa high school in Tennessee. The 6-foot-1, 295-pound offensive lineman chose Navy over offers from Air Force, Chattanooga, Furman, Tennessee Tech, and a preferred walk-on invitation at Tennessee. Malik-Mitchell was a three-year starter at Alcoa High School. He started his high school career at tight end and as a sophomore played offensive tackle and defensive tackle. After the 2014 season, he was named first team All-State for a second straight year and and was recognized as the Most Outstanding Lineman in his district. He was named offensive line MVP at a Nike Football Training Camp in Charlotte, N.C. Malik-Mitchell has excellent footwork and finishes his blocks. He will start his career at NAPS and will likely play either guard or center.

Mike Adzima is a 6-foot-2, 290-pound offensive lineman from Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey where he was a two-year starter. Adzima is a physical guard who was an excellent run blocker. He selected Navy over offers from Army, Colgate, Maine, New Hampshire, and Sacred Heart. Adzima was named first team All-Big North League, second team All-Bergen County, and second team All-Metro for his senior season. He'll start his career at NAPS.

David Forney is a big local lineman from Georgetown Prep in Maryland. He was widely considered to be the best run blocking in his conference. Forney is 6-3' and 300 pounds with a surprising first step and the ability to finish his blocks. As a senior he earned first team All-State and All-Area honorable. He chose Navy over an offer from Wofford.

Chris Gesell (6-4", 275) was a two-year starter at center for St. Augustine in San Diego, California. Gesell was named first team All-CIF and All-League as a senior. Gesell can long snap as well and could project to guard. Chris chose Navy over Air Force, Army, Nevada, and Yale. Brentwood Academy's 6-foot-3, 315-pound wide body Jackson Pittman played on both sides of the line. Pittman was another Tennessee lineman landed by Navy offensive line coach Ashley Ingram. He was a four-year starter at offensive line and a three-year starter at defensive tackle. This past year he played center and was named First-team All-State, All-Mid-State, and All-Region. He was a Mr. Football Lineman of the Year finalist. Another Tennessee lineman was Jude Hydrick (6-3", 240) from Briarcrest Christian. Hydrick is a mobile athletic offensive guard. Jude appeared in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star game. Hydrick will start his career at NAPS.

David Shin is a 6-3', 300 pound tackle from the Colony high school in Texas. Shin earned first team All-State honors. He was a three year starter with a 92% grade, 72 pancakes and no sacks allowed over three years. Shin will likely play inside for Navy. Isaac Willis is a 6-foot-1, 275-pound offensive tackle from Creekside High School in Florida. Willis earned post season honors after a huge junior year but suffered a torn meniscus during preseason practice which caused him to miss the majority of his senior season. Willis was a two year starter who moves well and really comes off the ball. He has the athleticism to play nose guard as well. Willis will start at NAPS. Kendel Wright (6-3", 270) from Mountain View high school in Georgia ended up choosing Navy over Army. Wright was named First Team All-Region, Second Team All-Gwinnett County and was named his team's Offensive Most Valuable Player. Wright is versatile enough to play any position on the offensive line. Besides the service academies he was offered by Charleston Southern, Elon, Fordham, Georgia State and VMI. He'll start his Navy career at NAPS. Top Stories