Meet the new Mids: Defensive Line

Navy recently announced the newest players to join the Navy football team. GoMids.com's Jim Lawler will now introduce the new Mid defensive linemen including Jarvis Polu, Buck Elliott, Lance Angulo, Anthony Villalobos, Jacob Banholzer, Josh Webb, Nick Czar, Kevin Uebelhardt, Alec Keener, J.T. Wise, Garrett Wiedle and Jackson Mitchell.

GoMids.com now turns to the Navy defense in its review of this year’s incoming freshman class by position. The Naval Academy Prep School defensive line produced some exciting prospects. Ken Niumatalolo's staff continues to do a very nice job recruiting size and talent on the defensive line. GoMids.com will now take a look at the new Midshipmen defensive linemen.

Ken Niumatalolo has beat Army in every game since he was named head coach. That success continued off the field when he took Army's prized defensive end recruit Jarvis Polu after Rich Ellerson was fired. Polu (6-3, 270) was an early Army commit who had a very strong relationship with former Army defensive coordinator Payam Sadaat. Sadaat was fired by Jeff Monken and Jarvis, who's family had Army ties, reopened his recruiting. Polu, who also seriously considered UNLV, was ranked the No. 4 player in Nevada and was a three-star recruit by Scout.com. Polu posted seven sacks and 56 tackles as a senior. He was a first-team all-state selection on defense. As a tight end he had eight receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns

Jarvis Polu lived up to his press clippings at defensive end last season at the Naval Academy Prep School. He was the best player of a very good group arriving from Newport. Polu is a playmaker who is quick off the ball with a terrific up the field burst. In the opening game loss against number 13 nationally ranked Nassau Community College he stood out as not backing down against a bigger and older opponent. He recorded a sack and three tackles for a loss. He had an he had an outstanding game in helping shut out the Hudson Valley offense. Jarvis is fast and has a non stop motor. Polu is a huge effort player who pusues extremely well. He knows how to use his hands to disengage blockers and gets up the field to create negative plays. Polu had 21 scholarship offers including from Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada, San Jose State, UNLV among others. He'll be a player to watch.



Buck Elliott played nose guard last season at the Naval Academy Prep School last fall. He is a defensive lineman from Freeman high school in Virginia. Elliott is a 6-4”, 265 pound player who recorded 41 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and four sacks as a senior. He earned second-team All-Metro after his senior year. Elliott was a very strong, powerful nose guard at the prep school. He is a hard worker and can stuff the run at the point of attack. Buck's drawback is that he is rather stiff in the hips and lacks ideal movement skills. He can play either nose tackle or defensive end. He chose the Mids over an offer from VMI.

Lance Angulo was in the nose guard rotation last year at NAPS. Lance was a two way lineman at Holtsville high school in California. Angulo (6-2', 285) was wrestling champion in high school. As a senior at Holtsville high school the defensive tackle logged 43 tackles and 7 ½ sacks. Angulo has nice size and speed for a nose guard. He is strong, quick off the snap and understands how to use leverage to his benefit. Angulo is a nose guard but he is athletic enough to play defensive end if needed.



Anthony Villalobos (6-2”, 260, photo above) was the starting defensive end the Naval Academy Prep School. He was a highly rated Scout.com three-star defensive end recruit from Fossil Ridge high school in Texas. Villalobos had over 19 sacks in his high school career. He was a hot commodity on the recruiting trail after a huge junior year when he posted 11 sacks. Villalobos had a very solid prep year at NAPS. His physical ability is obvious. Anthony is fast and can speed rush off the edge. He is rangy with a nice burst up the field. Villalobos might need to become a little more physical at the FBS level. In high school he was able to use his superior athletic ability to just run around the opposition. That didn't happen most of the time at NAPS. He has huge upside if he lifts his game and intensity a notch in my opinion. Villalobos chose Navy over offers from Minnesota, SMU, North Texas and Tulsa.



Jacob Banholzer (6-3”, 265) was a nice surprise last year on the NAPS defensive line. He is defensive tackle from Rolla, Missouri. He was selected to the Missouri Football Coaches Association's Class 5 All-State Team his junior and senior seasons. Banholzer was hobbled with an injured ankle his senior year but still had 54 tackles, 11 tackles for losses, three QB sacks and two fumble recoveries. As a junior he posted 65 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, three sacks, and two forced fumbles. To be honest, Banholzer isn't the type of player that scares the other team getting off the bus. He isn't physically imposing but he is a productive player. Jacob is a smart, fundamentally sound player who knows his assignments and plays hard. He is surprisingly athletic with a nice first step off the ball. Banholzer chose the Mids over offers from Air Force and Colgate.



Josh Webb (6-5”, 250) played defensive end last season at the Naval Academy Prep school. He was a defensive lineman for Plano West high school in Texas. Josh posted 7 1/2 sacks during his senior year. Webb is another impressive NAPS lineman last season. He is whole package. Josh possesses size, speed and intelligence. Webb is tall, very athletic and can run. Josh has first step acceleration to rush the passer. He uses his hands well to disengage from blockers. Webb hustles and has good lateral pursuit. Josh chose Navy over seven other offers including Air Force, Texas Southern, Montana State and the Ivy League. Josh is a talented player who could contribute early in his career.



Defensive end direct admit Nick Czar (6-3", 260) of Highland high school in Illinois was another three star Scout.com recruit who originally committed early to Army's previous Ellerson staff. He reopened his recruiting after they were fired. Czar then decided to change his commitment to Navy. Czar was his team's captain and a three year starter for Highland on both lines. On defense Czar made 42 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries in 2014. Czar was named First team St. Louis All-Metro for defensive line, first team All-Area offensive line and second team All-Area defensive line. Nick was named a St. Louis Super 30 Recruit. He was also one of the top wrestlers in the state. Czar also had offers from Air Force, Ball State, Western Michigan and Illinois State.



Kevin Uebelhardt was a very good defensive end last year for NAPS. Uebelhardt (6-3”, 225) played defensive end at Moorpark high school in California. Kevin Uebelhardt was a two-year starter. He was a first-team member of the all-Marmonte League and all-Ventura County Coaches Associations squads.

Uebelhardt impressed me at the prep school. He has a quick first step, moves well and can close on a passer. Kevin plays hard and is physical. The issue for him is that he is a tweener between defensive end and outside linebacker. He is thin and has trouble putting on weight. I actually thought he was around 240, not 225. He has the frame to add weight but he looks like an outside linebacker right now playing as a 3-4 defensive end. It will be interesting to see where the Navy staff puts him. Needless to say he'll need to work on his nutrition and spent time in the weight room to fulfill his potential.



Alec Keener (6-4”, 275) was in the rotation at nose guard for the Naval Academy Prep School. last fall. Keener was a two-way lineman who played defensive end and offensive tackle at Cheshire Academy high school. Keener recorded 13 1/2 sacks during his senior season. Alex was moved inside at the prep and added about 15 pounds since high school. Keener is a thick, girthy nose guard. He gets off the ball well belying the fact he doesn't possess a real athletic looking frame. He was a lot more athletic than he looks but will need time to develop. He had his best game in the shutout win over Hudson Valley Community College. Keener is quick and big enough to play either nose guard or defensive end. Keener also had offers from Army, Buffalo, Cornell, New Hampshire, Bryant and Albany.



J.T. Wise was part of the defensive end rotation last year at NAPS. Wise is a defensive tackle from Panther Creek high school in North Carolina. He was recruited by Navy defensive coordinator Buddy Green. Wise is a 6-2”, 245- pound defensive tackle. He is a big effort player who is smart and fundamentally sound. He does all the little things rights and uses excellent technique. Wise was a solid player but is a little behind in terms of physical tools of some of the NAPS linemen previously mentioned. JT has talent but is undersized. He's a development recruit with ability but needs to spend time in the weight room and fill out his frame to eventually get in the mix.



Garrett Wiedle (6-5", 250) is a direct admit defensive end from Riverbend High School in Virginia. He chose Navy over offers from Air Force and Delaware. Wiedle was recruited as a defensive end but did play right tackle last year on offense. Wiedle was a late bloomer who only played ten varsity games in his high school career. As a junior defensive end and tight end he suffered a ruptured tendon in his finger in the second game and was forced to miss the rest of the year. Garrett was switched to the offensive line as a senior. The Navy tradition of service runs deep in Wielde's family. His great-grandfather and grandfather attend the U.S. Naval Academy. His father was an officer in the Navy. His brother attends Virginia Tech but is going to the Naval Postgraduate School next summer.



Jackson Mitchell (6-5", 265) is a direct admit defensive end from David Lipscomb school. He was one of Navy's 13 commitments from the state of Tennessee this year. Mitchell played on both sides of the ball as a defensive end and tight end. During his senior season he tallied 47 tackles, eight for a loss, three sacks and forced two fumbles. Jackson recorded 43 tackles, 13 sacks, seven tackles for loss and was selected First team All-district as a junior. Mitchell runs well but he will probably needs some time in coach Mike Brass's weight room. He has the frame to add weight. Mitchell also received offers from Austin Peay, Cornell and Tennessee-Martin.



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