GoMids.com continues to look at this year’s incoming Navy freshman football class by position. The new Navy wide receivers class includes two graduates from the Naval Academy Prep School and two direct admits. We’ll review the new Mid wide receivers joining the program.
Direct admit wide receiver Chris Von Hendrix of Orange High School in Ohio was the most sought after receiver in Navy's recruiting class this year. He chose Navy over multiple offers from Air Force, Akron, Albany, Bowling Green, Butler, Indiana State, Miami (Ohio), St. Francis, Lake Erie and Valparaiso. Von Hendrix had 65 receptions for 1,237 yards and 15 touchdowns his senior year. During his high school career he made 150 receptions for 2,226 yards and scored 25 touchdowns. Chris was named First team All-Conference, First Team All-District, and All-State Honorable Mention as a senior.
Von Hendrix not only was used on both offense and defense, as a linebacker, for Orange High School but he played the baritone with the marching band during the halftime of games. It's easy to see why Von Hendrix drew so much interest when you look at his tape. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound wide receiver has the ideal Navy wide receiver frame and excellent hands. He is a big target with speed. Von Hendrix can be seen marching over and through some of the defensive backs attempting to tackle him. He looks like a potential impact receiver or he could play linebacker in the Navy scheme.
Taylor Jackson was the best wide receiver last season at the Naval Academy Prep School. Jackson was a teammate of fellow NAPS teammate Tre Walker at Texas High in Texarkana, Texas. As a senior he caught 19 passes for 394 yards, a 20.7 average per catch, and a team-high seven touchdowns. He stood out at some of the junior combine camps he attended. Jackson didn't see a lot of balls thrown his way in the run heavy attack at Texas high school which hurt his exposure. He was a big play, home run threat on the rare occasions that the ball was thrown to him at Texas high school.
Taylor Jackson (6-3", 205) had a nice campaign last year at NAPS. He is a tall wide receiver with above average speed and good hands. Taylor has run-after-the-catch ability to make big plays. His size and speed plays well in an option offense where he can pound on a cornerback all day then run a go or a post pattern and use his speed to get behind them for a big play. He can run through tackles to pick up extra yards. Taylor, from a physical tools perspective, is one of the better talents at wide receiver to attend NAPS the last few years. Jackson runs a legit 4.6 forty yard dash. He is a willing blocker and improved as the season progressed. He has the talent to make an impact early in his career at Navy. Jackson chose the Mids over an offer from Texas Southern.
Trayvon Clarke was a starting wide receiver at the Naval Academy Prep School last year. He is a 6-1”, 210- pound wide receiver who played in Florida at Ida S. Baker high school. Clarke is a versatile player that was used at a wide receiver, defensive back, punter and played on special teams. Clarke had 25 receptions for 359 receiving yards, a 14.4 average and a touchdown during his senior season. He even completed the only pass he threw, for a 23 yard gain, on an end around his senior season. Clarke ran the 200 meters, with a personal best of 22.90, and the 400 meters with a best of 49.90 for the track team.
Trayvon Clarke improved over the course of last season at NAPS. He impressed me with his speed. His high school tape featured a lot of bubble screen passes and really didn't highlight how fast he was in pads. Clarke has the ability and speed to really stretch the field especially in an option offense. JP Shevory and the NAPS coaches started utilizing him on a lot of reverses later in the year to take advantage of how fast Trayson's was to the edge. Clarke has solid hands but is still learning how to be a Navy receiver. His blocking is a work in progress but he is a big, tall receiver who will get after defensive backs. He still very raw but he has a nice upside to his game. He's added some weight as he's filled out his frame since his senior season.
Kel Williamson is a direct admit wide receiver from Latta high school in South Carolina. Williamson (6-2", 184) played quarterback and some wide receiver at Latta high school in South Carolina. He was a good all-round, four sport athlete. He offers nice size and average speed. As a junior he threw for1,800 yards and helped Latta to their first playoff appearance in a decade. He missed nearly half of his senior season with mononucleosis. Williamson finished last year with 650 yards passing. Williamson's comes from a military family and his father served in the Army.
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