Conor Hozey: "It Was A No-brainer"

On last Wednesday, the Midshipmen picked up a verbal commitment from linebacker Conor Hozey from out of AC Flora High School (S.C.). Although he was being pursued heavily by two other highly-regarded military-based programs, Navy was ultimately his final choice. Find out inside what important factors helped this young man to decide that the Naval Academy was the place for him.

Conor Hozey - Profile

With a little over a week remaining until Signing Day, the commitments are starting to roll in for the Naval Academy. On last Wednesday, the Midshipmen secured another commitment for their 2009 Recruiting Class when AC Flora linebacker, Conor Hozey, decided to give the Academy his verbal pledge.

Hozey had a monstrous senior year on the gridiron last fall for the AC Flora Falcons. To be quite frank, it was sort of a coming out party for the 6-0, 220 pound head-hunter. "I had a really good senior year on the field," Hozey told "I played in ten games last fall and ended up with 160 tackles, 6PBUs, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery. It was a break-out season for me to be honest. I was very fortunate to stay healthy all season long."

Although Conor posted remarkable numbers on last season, he didn't receive a great deal of attention from a recruiting standout. In fact, most of his attention came primarily from military-based institution. "I was mainly getting recruited by the Naval Academy, The Citadel, and West Point (Army)," Hozey told "I actually had an offer from West Point. I was getting recruited hard by the Citadel, until my recruiting coordinator resigned. So basically the Naval Academy and West Point were the main two programs after me."

With two offers on the table from a couple of top-notched institutions, Hozey clearly understood that he couldn't go wrong with either program. But when it was all said and done, the Midshipmen came out on top. To be frank, Navy had the edge all along. "Both my father and grandfather were in the Navy," Hozey said. "My grandfather actually graduated from the Naval Academy."

"I've always been in that type of atmosphere and I've always felt comfortable in that type of setting," he continued. "I've been up there a number of times, and had a chance to see the campus. It's a great place. I understand what it takes to be a Midshipman. It was a no-brainer..."

Conor without question will have the best of both worlds at the Naval Academy. He will have a chance to obtain a great education, and a chance to compete on the DI level. He is also excited about having the opportunity to serve his country.

In closing, Conor would like to leave all the Midshipmen Fans across the country with this personal message:

"The Naval Academy can expect a lot of hard work and dedication from me; someone who is going to do their best at all times. They are going to see me grow as a man, and become a better football player while I'm there." – Conor C. Hozey

Note: Conor currently has 3.9 GPA inside the classroom. He scored a 1300 on the SAT, and a 28 on the ACT. Top Stories