Meet the New Mids- Offensive Line

GoMids.com continues its preview of this year's incoming freshman class by position. For the first time since 2004 Navy didn't lead the nation in rushing. The offensive line still blocked well enough against a tough schedule to produce 44 touchdowns on the ground.

The Midshipmen finished the season ranked third in the nation in team rushing at 280.9 yards per game. This year's O-line recruits fit the athletic profile that has made Navy's triple option running game so explosive.

The best lineman at the Naval Academy Prep School last year was Graham Vickers. Vickers was a highly regarded recruit who ESPN proclaimed during his senior year was "one of the most athletic offensive linemen in the country". Vickers (6-2, 265) is from Diamond Bar, California and is the prototypical Navy option center. He is very explosive off ball, strong and runs extremely well for a lineman. Graham can get through to the second level easily due to his movement skills. Vickers chose Navy over offers from Air Force, Army and Portland State University.

At NAPS last year Sam Womack played guard. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound lineman from Las Vegas, Nevada chose Navy over Air Force, Southern Utah and San Diego. Womack fits the athletic mold Navy likes in their linemen. Womack, who started on a state championship team in 2007, was a second-team all-Sunset Region tackle in 2008 as a senior.

Adam Geuss (6-1, 255) from Charlotte, N.C. impressed at NAPS with his strength and movement skills. Unfortunately, Geuss was hurt early last season and missed the rest of the season. Collin Watkins also played last year at the prep school. Watkins (6-3, 250) is a guard from Illinois. Watkins showed good quickness blocking for the running game. Watkins is tough and physical. Eric Mahler is another prep school alumnus. Mahler (6-3, 290) is a lineman from Old Bridge N.J. Mahler was an All-Area selection during both his junior and senior years in high school.

There are four offensive linemen direct admits this year. Travis Bridges is a very impressive offensive lineman from Hollywood Florida. Bridges was an All-County lineman for Chaminade-Madonna College Prep. Bridges (6-2, 285) is a road grader who runs a 4.98 forty and led his team with 40 pancake blocks playing for a very good high school program. Bridges is powerful, has good body control and balance. Bridges is an intense, relentless blocker who plays all out through the whistle.

California recruit Nolan O'Sullivan played both offense and defense at Valencia High but was recruited as an offensive lineman. The 6-foot-3, 256 pound O'Sullivan was named All-League last year as he paved the way for an offense that averaged almost 44 points a game. O'Sullivan was rated a two-star recruit and chose Navy over UC Davis, San Diego and Cornell. O' Sullivan fits the Navy scheme with his quickness and athleticism. Thomas Stone was the first commit of Navy's 2010 recruiting class. Stone (6-3, 290) is a lineman from Florida who is strong and moves well. He chose Navy over an offer from Army among others.

Another direct admit is Matthew Van Halanger. He is the son of Dave Van Halanger a long time college coach and current strength coach at Georgia. Van Halanger is a center who is 6-foot-3, 265 pounds. Not surprisingly as a coach's son, he is very advanced technically and a fundamentally sound player.

Next: Meet the new Mids defensive linemen.

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