NAVY SIGNING DAY REVIEW: SECONDARY

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

Ken Niumatalolo and his staff added to their talented secondary with two Scout.com three star rated defensive backs. One of those players was Scout.com three-star rated cornerback Elijah Jones of Upland High School located in Southern California. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback committed to Navy's at the practice facility in San Diego while the Mids were preparing for their bowl game with San Diego State. Jones made 67 tackles, had two interceptions, nine pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery last year. He was named First Team All-League. Jones offers good speed, the ability to play man coverage and is aggressive in run support. Elijah was a three-year starter who selected Navy over offers from Air Force, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State, Dartmouth, Harvard, Montana, Pennsylvania, and Yale. Jones will be a direct admit this fall.

Noruwa Obanor is a big, 6-foot-2, 188-pound, three star rated cornerback by Scout.com from Clovis North high school in California. Obanor became a starter in his junior year and had an impressive season and RCS camp that caused six teams to offer him before his senior season season started. Obanor played cornerback and wide receiver last year. During his senior year he had three touchdown receptions and an interception before he suffered a neck injury in September that sidelined him the remainder of the season. The injury did not require surgery. Obanor was the 29th ranked cornerback by Scout.com in California. Obanor is a big, long cornerback in the Parrish Gaines mold that might, like Parrish, transition to free safety. He selected Navy over offers from Nevada, Colorado State, Fresno State, Cal Poly, San Diego State, Yale, Eastern Washington and Northern Arizona. Noruwa is healthy now and will compete in track and field this spring.

Alohi Gilman (5-11", 185) is a cornerback from Kahuku high school in Hawaii. Gilman played cornerback, receiver and returned kicks. He was named First team All-State as a defensive back and punt returner. Gilman picked off three passes and returned one for a touchdown in 2014. Following his excellent 2014 season he was named a Cover2 Chad Owens player of the year finalist. He chose Navy over offers from South Dakota, Weber State and Virginia Union. Jeremy Griffin (5-10, 170) is a cornerback out of Southern Durham High School in North Carolina. Griffis was recruited by Navy's defensive coordinator Buddy Green who coached his father, Ray, at N.C. State. As a senior Griffis made 39 tackles, six interceptions and 21 pass breakups. Griffis is quick, has good ball skills, a nice burst on the ball and deep recovery speed. Griffis chose Navy over an offer from Davidson College.

Brenndan Johnson (6-0", 175) is a cornerback from Reicher Catholic high school in Texas who went back and forth on his commitment. Johnson originally gave a verbal committed to Navy last July then decommitted for Tulsa in January before finally signing with Navy. Johnson is a good cover cornerback who made 80 tackles, forced three fumbles and had a pass deflection last season. Besides Navy and Tulsa he had offers from Air Force, Army, Colgate, New Mexico and Sam Houston State. Luke Hedrick is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety out of West Forsyth High School in North Carolina. Luke was used at both safety and wide receiver. Last year he made 50 tackles, picked off two passes and broke up another ten passes. At wide receiver Hedrick made 30 receptions for 450 yards and three touchdowns. Luke Hedrick has average 4.97 forty yard dash speed but has good instincts in coverage. Luke also had offers from Wofford College, Elon, and Gardner-Webb. Hedrick earned First team All-Conference honors.

Walter Little (6-0", 205) is an intense, aggressive safety with good range who committed to Navy in January. Little was his team's captain and played safety for St. Paul's Episcopal in Alabama. During his senior season he made 90 tackles, three tackles for a loss, forced two fumbles and picked off one pass to help his team go undefeated. Little also plays basketball and runs track. Sean Williams is a recruit from Cordova high school in Tennessee. Williams is a 6-foot-0, 170-pound cornerback who was a three-year starter. He started his sophomore season at quarterback, but a broken wrist which cut his season short. As a senior he was named first team All-State and All-District at cornerback. He made six interceptions during his high school career. Williams chose Navy over offers from Air Force, Army, Brown, Cornell, Georgetown, Howard, and Jacksonville State.

Alexsei Yaramus (6-2", 215) and his brother Niko Yaramus (6-3", 285) signed to play football at the United States Naval Academy. Alexsei is a safety who was a four-year letter winner. He was listed on Scouts.com Top 100 Best Football Players in Pennsylvania and earned All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2014. Nikola “Niko” Yaramus also was a four-year letterman. Niko is a nose guard and offensive center. Niko made the Scouts.com Top 100 Best Football Players in Pennsylvania; Army All-American underclassman combine invitee; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22; Beaver County Times Top 22; and First Team All-Conference 2012-2014.

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