Texas DB's High on Navy

The Navy Midshipmen play their home games in Annapolis, Maryland, but the Lone Star State could have been called their "home away from home" in 2009. That's because Navy played three games in Texas during the season, including a 35-13 thrashing of Missouri in the Texas Bowl. And don't think local high school recruits haven't taken notice.

Count Atascocita (TX) defensive backs A.J. Pouncy and Fred Blow amongst the Texas prospects who've been won over by the Midshipmen's success this season, especially in wins over Southern Methodist, Rice and Missouri.

"I've been to a couple of [Navy's] practices and games, and I was really pleased with what I saw," said Pouncy, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound cornerback who currently holds offers from Navy, Army, and Northwestern State. Pouncy and fellow cornerback Fred Blow have both been recruited heavily by Navy over the past few month, and attended several Navy practices in lead-up to the Texas Bowl.

For Blow, watching Navy (10-4) dismantle Missouri (8-5) spoke volumes of how far the Service Academy has come under head coach Ken Niumatalolo.

"I was really impressed," Blow said. "For them to beat a Big 12 team – and that's all we do down here, watch the Big 12, so I'm familiar with the Big 12 – so for them to beat Missouri, I was really impressed with that."

Blow and Pouncy are currently being recruited by Navy assistant coach Danny O'Rourke, who has also been instrumental in recruiting Atascocita punter Pablo Beltran. Blow, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound cornerback who also made District 5A-19's All-Academic team, said that coach O'Rourke's honest approach to recruiting has made Navy his current favorite.

"It has gone real well," said Blow in regards to his recruitment. "[Coach O'Rourke] has told me the truth and hasn't just told me a bunch of stuff that I want to hear. I like that about coach O'Rourke."

Blow and Pouncy were both key members of the Atascocita defense in 2009. The Eagles won the District 5A-19 championship this past season, with Pouncy being named First Team All District while leading the unit to the District's top ranking. Aside from being named Honorable Mention All-State and an Academic All-District performer, Pouncy also recorded 69 tackles and 3 interceptions. Also recruited by Army, he said he likes Navy's combination of academics and athletics.

"What I really like about Navy are the academics, and I can tell that I could go to school there," Pouncy said. When asked why he favors Navy over fellow service academy Army, Pouncy echoed the sentiments of many past Navy commits.

"I think the [Navy] football team is much better than Army, and I like the location," he added.

Blow, his teammate, has also been offered by Army in addition to offers from Montana State, Northwestern State, and several other FCS schools. He recently visited Northwestern State, but said that he is planning on visiting Annapolis on January 29th. Blow said that while he holds on offer from Army, he currently favors the Midshipmen over the Black Knights.

"Army, I'm not really considering them right now. If I'm going to go the military route I'm really looking at Navy. I'm really high on Navy right now and I'm actually going on a visit on the 29th."

Blow said there is a lot to like about the Naval Academy, not the least of which is the recent run of success the Midshipmen have had against BCS conference teams. Navy's 16 wins against BCS conference competition are the most wins of any non-BCS school in the country since 2003, while the team's near Top-25 finish in 2009 proved that the Service Academy has staying power on the college football landscape.

"I like that they play big-time Division I football and have a winning program," said Blow, who runs the 40-yard dash in an impressive 4.52 seconds. "They just beat Missouri and they beat Notre Dame. They were pretty close to beating Ohio State, and they've beaten Army and Air Force the last couple of years."

Blow and Pouncy have yet to make their final decisions, but both hold no secret of their Navy leanings at this point. While they're unsure when they will make their final decisions, both say that it'll probably come at the beginning of February.

How will Pouncy and Blow's visit to Annapolis go? And how will Navy do in the recruiting race against fellow service academies Air Force and Army? Stay tuned to GoMids.com all month long as we continue to bring you the latest news on Navy's 2010 football recruiting class!

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