Meet the New Mids- Wide Receivers

In our continuing series, will look at this year's incoming Navy freshman class by position. The new wide receiver class will likely not have an impact from scrimmage this year. However, with Mario Washington recently separating from the Academy and Greg Jones and Mike Schupp entering their senior years, the new Mid receivers will have the opportunity to move quickly up the depth chart.

Matt Aiken was the best receiver on the Naval Academy Prep school team last year. Aiken led the team in both catches and touchdowns. Against Army prep he dominated catching three touchdown passes. He also caught a 36-yard touchdown pass against the Navy JV. Aiken is an excellent athlete who was a second team All-State performer at Hidden Valley high school in Virginia his senior year. Aiken is a 6-foot-0, 190 pound receiver who runs well and has excellent acceleration in and out of his cuts. He knows how to get open, adjust to the ball in the air and he catches the ball cleanly. He returned punts last year for the NAPS team and demonstrated the ability to consistently make the first man miss. With punt returner Mario Washington no longer with the program, Aiken will probably have a chance to complete for the open job returning punts. Aiken has the ability to help Navy early in his career.

While Matt Aiken was clearly the best performing wide receiver last year, Shawn Lynch was the most talented. Lynch (6-0, 180) is a wide receiver from Pelham, Alabama. In 2008, as a senior, Lynch caught 73 passes for 969 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named honorable mention All-State. Lynch has good hands and has demonstrated the ability to make the tough catch in traffic. He is a natural receiver who has a ton of big time ability. He has exceptional balance and body control. Lynch gets in and out of his cuts quickly and is a good runner after the catch. Last year Lynch seemed at times out of sorts as he adjusted to the new scheme and military life. He should only get better with experience. If he maximizes his potential, look out! He has the ability to be an impact player.

Casey Bolena also played wide receiver last year at NAPS. Bolena is the personification of the Navy receiver. He is a hard-nosed, maximum effort player who loves the game. He was the best blocker among last year's prep wideouts. Bolena (6-2, 180) is a possession receiver from Phoenix, Arizona. He will make the tough catch over the middle. Casey caught 38 passes for 602 yards and 7 touchdowns his senior year. Bolena has only average speed and quickness. He's been timed running a 4.62 forty-yard dash. While Bolena doesn't offer much in yards after the catch he does use his size well to shield defenders to get open. He has good hands and rarely drops the ball. His tenacious blocking style should help him to see playing time in the future.

All of the Navy 2010 high school wide receiver recruits will attend NAPS this year. There were no direct admits among the wide receivers. Overall the three players listed above have a chance to make an impact on the roster in the future.

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