Meet the New Mids- Slot Backs and Fullbacks

GoMids.com continues its look at this year's incoming freshman class by position. The new slot back and fullback recruits are just a case of the rich getting richer. Or in Navy's case, the fast getting faster. This recruiting class adds a number of very talented athletes to what is the deepest area of the team. GoMids.com will now look at the new Mid slot backs and fullbacks.

One of the major differences between Navy and its fellow service academy rivals has been the speed, power and explosiveness that the Mids "A" and "B" backs have provided.

Last year's Naval Academy Prep school team produced eight new slot backs for the Mids. All are in the Reggie Campbell mold of being small, undersized but explosive and fast. Some followers of the GoMids forum have noticed posters bemoaning the fact that on paper this is physically a short group of athletes. What isn't apparent to fans is how talented and deep this group is athletically.

One of the most exciting of the slot backs from NAPS is Brian Williams (5-7, 155) from Monroeville Pa. Williams, who runs a 4.49 forty yard dash, is roadrunner fast with electric quickness. Williams possesses an exceptional burst of speed and is shifty and elusive. In 2008 during his senior year in high school Williams ran for 1,666 and 21 touchdowns. He also played cornerback on defense and picked off two passes. Williams is a tough kid and the only question about him is, "will his diminutive frame be able to handle the pounding he'll receive at the FBS level?" First though, they'll have to catch him.

Marcus Thomas is the fastest of all the slot backs in this year's class. Thomas (5-7, 155) is native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Thomas, due to his lack of size, was an under the radar recruit but proved to be a diamond in the rough. He is an extremely athletic and productive runner with a fluid stride and breakaway speed. Thomas has the moves to make tacklers miss, has exceptional body control and great acceleration. Thomas worked hard this spring and really built himself up so I'm not sure if the 155 weight is current. Thomas has the speed to be a game breaker.

Andre Moorehead started all year at the other slot back. Moorehead (5-8, 175) is probably the hardest worker on the team. Moorehead is a real good all round player who executes all his assignments. He runs a 4.6 forty-yard dash and doesn't possess the top end speed of the other incoming slot backs. Moorehead runs hard, has good vision and was the best blocker on the prep team.

Darius Staten is a 5-foot-5, 186 pound very well built runner who is solid as a rock. Staten, who saw time at both "A' back and "B" back, is an explosive runner with excellent feet, quickness and acceleration. Staten has a low center of gravity and possesses excellent balance. He is difficult to tackle and finishes his runs allowing him to pick up extra yards. Staten was also an effective kickoff returner. He missed sometime late in the year but is now healthy.

Walter Jones (5-9, 170) is a slot back from North Carolina. Jones is a talented athlete with explosive, breakaway speed, run skills and acceleration. He struggled last year with a hip pointer that caused him to miss some time and limited his effectiveness. If he can stay healthy he can be a factor.

Michael Patrick spent most of last season for the prep team at fullback. He led NAPS in rushing and was named the team's Most Valuable Player. Patrick is short, 5-7, but has a well built, muscular frame. He possesses excellent run vision and cutting ability. Due to his size he will join the crowd at "A" back in the fall.

Two other NAPS players will also be in the mix. Ryan Hill is a 5-7 185 slot back from North Carolina. Hill is a stronger, more physical player and. isn't as fast as some of the other incoming slot backs. Hill is an effective, willing blocker on the perimeter. He is a very good cut blocker on the move. Hill also returned kicks at the prep school. Aubrey Felder (5-8, 160) is a flyer from Orange Park Florida. Felder played corner back last year at the prep due to the logjam at slot back. While he is listed as a defensive back on the official 2010 Navy recruiting class he will initially be tried at slot back due to his diminutive frame. As a high school senior Felder rushed for 826 yards scoring 6 touchdowns while averaging an impressive12 yards per carry. He also ran track at NAPS.

The only direct admit at slot back is the highly recruited Keith McBride, a 6-foot-0, 210 pound back, from Tennessee . The three star rated recruited had offers from ten schools. McBride is a lot bigger and more physical than most of the slot backs Navy fans are used to seeing. McBride combines his size with 4.5 speed, excellent vision, and good hands and is a terrific cutback runner. McBride won the Tennessee 200-meter state track championship.

At NAPS Rob Lombardo saw time at fullback last year. Lombardo (6-0, 215) hails from Lincolndale, New York. Lombardo played both running back and linebacker in high school. Lombardo was an All-State selection after he rushed for 1,276 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior. On defense he recorded 100 tackles and seven sacks. As a senior he suffered a broken thumb which limited his carries. He still gained 794 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in seven games.

Navy added to its fullback depth with three direct admits. Cody Peterson is a 6-foot-3, 205 pound running back from Olympia, Washington. Peterson is a three-time All-State performer at running back who ran for 2,138 yards and 23 touchdowns last year. The hard charging Peterson has quick feet, runs with power and makes yards after contact. Peterson runs a 4.6 forty-yard dash and should be able to add weight over the next few years. Dylan Chynoweth (5-9, 190) is a running back from Utah. Chynoweth led the state in rushing with 2,258 rushing yards and scored 34 touchdowns. Chynoweth displays speed and quickness in the open field. He can run through arm tackles and is surprisingly strong for his size. Chynoweth can play either slot back or fullback. Also in the mix is Aaron Crumbley a 6-foot-0, 210 pound fullback from South Point high school in Charlotte, N.C.

Next: A look at the new Mid wide receivers.

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