Navy Makes Unique Pitch to Recruit

When it comes to recruiting it is all about the pitch and with their latest potential quarterback recruit the Mids have got a little creative.

Jared Bernhardt (Lake Brantley, Fla.) is a lacrosse superstar who has been committed to Maryland to play lacrosse since before his sophomore year of high school. This seemed to be the obvious, and only, option given that he would be following in the footsteps of his two brothers as a Terrapin and that Maryland is one of the top lacrosse programs in the country.

As an Under Armour All-American lacrosse player and a player ranked by several online recruiting services as one of the top three players in the country, there was no decision to be made. No decision that is until Bernhardt suddenly became really good at football.

That is where Navy stepped in.

At Lake Brantley, Bernhardt has been masterfully running the triple-option attack as its quarterback over the last two seasons. That would be the exact same, or at least very close to it, triple-option which Navy currently runs. With Keenan Reynolds in his last year of eligibility it is time to look toward the future and find some prospects who may be able to step in for the Navy starter down the road. Bernhardt certainly has the toughness, the ability, and the experience in the system, to be one of the guys who can take that spot.

Bernhardt claims that football and lacrosse share equal prominence in his life. To that end Navy has increased the level of its pitch by allowing Bernhardt to play both football and lacrosse if he chooses to attend college in Annapolis. This is not the perfect solution as it would seem to be almost impossible to play both sports to a high level collegiately, but for someone who seems to love a challenge it must be an intriguing pitch.

If Bernhardt decides that the Naval Academy life is the right fit for him he brings plenty to the table. He directed a rushing attack as a senior which counted three 1,000-yard rushers, including Bernhardt himself who ran for 1,027 yards and nine touchdowns. In lacrosse Bernhardt scored 114 points on 64 goals and 50 assists.


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