Future Files: Brandon Killebrew

There is an old cliché that young men attend the Naval Academy to play football because they did not get a scholarship offer from any other Division I-A program. And while Navy fans won't often encounter the case of an eighteen year-old prep star turning down the likes of BCS conference schools for the Yard of Annapolis, there are nevertheless examples of highly touted high school seniors ...

... turning down quality FBS and FCS programs to play their college ball at the Naval Academy.

One such senior is Brandon Killebrew, a high-impact linebacker from C.H. Flowers High School in Springdale, Maryland. Ranked as the 69th best middle linebacker prospect in the country by SuperPrep.com, Killebrew sports a 4.52 40-yard dash and a 38-inch vertical leap.  I caught up with the Flowers product recently, and got the lowdown on why he committed to Navy and where he expects to play on coach Buddy Green's defense.

 

Adam Nettina (AN): How was your experience at the Blue and Gold Game? Did you get to meet any of your future teammates? Which ones? Did you learn any more about your future on the team and as a Midshipman?

 

Brandon Killebrew (BK): Unfortunately I was unable to attend this year's spring game due to the fact that I was on a field trip with the Academy of Finance - an organization I am enrolled in at C.H. Flowers. However I did attend the spring game last year and I loved the atmosphere. It seemed as if everyone was a big family and what not. Since I didn't take my official visit to Navy I was unable to meet a lot of my future teammates. However I have been in touch with a couple via Facebook.

 

AN: I read that you received an offer to play for Michigan State. What made you choose Navy over the Spartans? Which other schools recruited you and offered you scholarships?

 

BK: Yes I received an offer from Michigan State and was actually leaning towards the Spartans, but because of a lack of communication with the coaches and the fact that I never went on a visit [to Michigan State] resulted in me losing the scholarship. I had offers from Ohio University, JMU, Delaware, and several other programs.

 

AN: Which assistant coach recruited you to come and play at the Academy? How influential was he in the recruiting process?

 

BK: I choose Navy because I felt a strong connection with my recruiting coach Joe Speed. He was probably the determining factor in me choosing Navy. Through this process I was recruited by at least 20 D-1A schools, and the coaches would promise you this and that and would never come through with their word. Coach Speed was upfront from day one, and that made a huge impression on me.

 

AN: Will you be attending NAPS or will you come to the Academy as a direct entry recruit?

 

BK: I will be attending the Prep School in Rhode Island before entering the actual Academy.

 

AN: You were an incredibly productive inside linebacker at the high school level. Is that the position you will play at Navy? Have you talked with any of Navy's current linebackers to get a feel for how the transition to the college game will be?

 

BK: As far as which position goes, Coach Speed has expressed he really wants me to play safety. However, many players and coaches believe I am already too big for the position (I am 6'1'' 217). I haven't really talked to any linebacker specifically about the transition from high-school to college but I expect it to be more physical and quicker paced.

 

AN: Your former teammate Jarren Brown now plays slotback for Navy. How influential was Jarren in your decision to commit to play in Annapolis, and what advice has he given you in regards to being both a Navy football player and a Midshipman?

 

BK: Jarren did play a role in recruiting, especially when I was getting offers from the other Division I-A schools. He was always in my ear saying stuff like" He's a midshipmen", or "just sign my LOI right now in early June." So yeah, I would say he played a role [in my recruitment].

 

AN: What has your off-season training regimen been like?

 

BK: Right now I am lifting weights Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and running on Tuesdays and Thursdays. When it gets hotter out I will add in some position drills as well. I talked to a couple of friends that I know who are actually going into the Marines, and they emphasized that it is a big deal to get into the U.S.NA, and wished me the best of luck.

 

AN: Do you know what you want to major in?

 

BK: As far as my major I am planning on it being Economics.

 

AN: What do you know about the service commitment for after you graduate? Have any potential service selections (Marine Corps, Surface Warfare, Aviation, etc…) especially interested you?

 

BK: I know I have to serve a minimum of five years, but do not know what specific field I will enter.

 

AN: Finish the sentence. The one thing Navy fans should know about me is…

 

BK: The first thing Navy Fans should know about me is that I am a fiery, emotional, and determined competitor. Besides God and my Family, football is my life. I want to be the best to have ever played the game, and will put in the extra work no one else will to become just that. I am also deeply thankful to have this opportunity and will make the most of it.

 

Adam Nettina would like to thank Brandon for participating in this interview. If you would like to get in touch with Adam, feel free to shoot him a line at AdamNettina@gmail.com.

 

Past "Future File" Interviews: SB Brian Williams


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