Alabama duo headed to Navy

The United States Naval Academy picked up two more quality commits after hosting several visitors in Annapolis over the weekend. talked with two players from the state of Alabama who committed to the Midshipmen program. Look inside to find out complete details on the future Mids.

Pelham high school consistently puts players into FBS programs and already has two 2010 players headed to the likes of Florida State and Auburn. On Monday it was revealed that Navy has now joined the list of schools to benefit from the Pelham program this recruiting year. After visiting Navy over the weekend, running back Ryan Williams and linebacker Carrington Lewis each decided that Navy was the best choice for them.

"It was amazing to me. I liked it. There was nothing negative about it," said Williams who amassed over 1,500 all-purpose yards as a senior. He scored 11 touchdowns including an impressive four off of kick returns.

Williams visited over the weekend but waited until after returning home and conferring with his parents before reaching a decision. Williams was going to decide on Tuesday but changed his mind as the sun rose on Monday, "I was going to make my decision tomorrow and let them know but I woke up and I prayed and I felt like that was what I needed to do."

Williams, who earned all-county and all-region honors after his senior season, shared that he has strong faith in God, "the decision I made is based on faith because all my decisions are based on God. Me and the running backs coach (Joe DuPaix), we talked a little about plays and stuff but most of the time we talked about church and God and that made a big difference to me." Williams went on to mention that he Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo had sat down and discussed their faith in God.

The 5-foot-7 athlete, who has 4.4 speed, could play either A-back or cornerback at Navy. Additionally, Williams reflected that during his visit he was treated well by the current Navy players and students, "Really what I enjoyed about it was how the team took to us as recruits, from the freshmen to the seniors. Everybody was honest about everything."

In addition to Navy, Williams also had offers from Air Force, Army, Colorado and Wofford. He was scheduled to take a visit to Colorado next weekend but now says he is solid with Navy and will not take the visit west.

For linebacker Carrington Lewis, who committed on Sunday in Annapolis and expects to play the 'raider' Navy linebacker position, it was the team brotherhood and closeness of the players and coaches that caught his attention. Carrington, who spent time with the Navy plebes (freshmen), said he was impressed with how much the underclassmen knew about each other despite having spent so little time together, "they knew about each other and they take care of each other and the upper classmen take care of them."

Carrington was a force on the field last season for Pelham, finishing with 72 tackles, 3 sacks, 8 pressures, a pass breakup and 2 fumbles recovered. At 6-foot-3 210 pounds he attributes his hustle and will to get to the ball as aspects which make him a solid player. Solid quickness via 4.56 forty speed doesn't hurt either.

The talented player is excited about being a Midshipman and helping to continue the winning Navy football tradition, "my goal is to help Navy win as many games as possible, to keep the tradition going. I want to go to a bowl game every year and keep the tradition going." Carrington earned All-Shelby County honors following his senior season.

Both players are thrilled about attending Navy with a high school teammate and friend. Carrington commented that, "I'm excited about it because that is one of my best friends," while Williams said it helped his decision because he knew someone else who would be attending the academy. The Mids also have Wes Holland, a sophomore fullback, who is a 2007 graduate of Pelham. Both Williams and Carrington will attend the Naval Academy Prep School. Top Stories