Meet the New Mids: Quarterbacks

GoMids.com will look at this year's incoming freshman class by position. The athletic department recently released the names of the 58 Navy football recruits on I-day. The Mids enter this season with their quarterback depth chart filled with inexperienced players. Navy will look to this recruiting class to add to the competition at QB. GoMids.com will now discuss the new Mids quarterbacks.

Rafi Montalvo was the starting quarterback last season at the Naval Academy Prep school. He replaced Jordan Moore, who transferred to Texas State, at quarterback in the second game. He started every game the rest of the way. Montvalvo is a native of Coral Gables Florida and is the son of former University of Miami lineman Luis Montalvo. Montalvo was a two year starter for La Salle high school. As a junior Rafi completed 101-of-174 passes (58.0%) for 1,576 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. He ran 37 times for 305 yards, an 8.2 average and scored five touchdowns. As a senior Montalvo's passing statistics were 128-of-232 for 2,003 yards. He completed 55.2% of his passes and threw 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. He added over 500 rushing yards and another seven scores as he earned Miami Dade county 3A-1B First-Team Offense honors. Montalvo was La Salle's captain as a senior.

Last season Montalvo led NAPS to a 9-1 record. Rafi managed a 63-yard game winning drive that ate up the clock in the victory over eight ranked Dean College. Montalvo led NAPS to an impressive 35–28 win over Nassau Community College which entered the game ranked 11th in the National Junior College Athletic Association football poll. Nassau CC had won 18 consecutive games before NAPS defeated them. Montalvo threw a 20-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive to Don Pearson in the blow out win over Gattaca. He was a dual threat in the 42-21 victory over Bridgeton Academy on Parents Weekend at Nimitz Field. In the finale against the United States Military Academy Prep team, for rights to the Reasoner Trophy, Montalvo had a 33-yard run to set up a touchdown. He scored a touchdown before the half to give NAPS a lead at the break. He led a furious last minute drive attempting to keep NAPS unbeaten season alive but the team was stopped at the Army Prep 4-yard line on its final play.

Montalvo is a 6-0, 195 pound quarterback with 4.6 speed in the forty yard dash. He is a quick, shifty runner who can accelerate in the hole but lacks a top end gear in the open field. A strong runner, Rafi is an excellent game manager and did a nice job distributing the ball last fall. Montalvo's ability to read the defense as an option quarterback should improve with experience. He did a solid job reading the mesh but occasionally defaulted to attempting to make a play himself rather than pitch it. Unlike recent Mid quarterbacks such as Ricky Dobbs and Trey Miller, he lacks a real strong arm. Montalvo doesn't drive the ball on out patterns or down the field on his throws. His rather average arm strength was noticeable during a late season game at Newport when the wind was gusting. He lacks the ability to fire the ball when he's pressured or has to throw off his back foot. However, Montalvo can improvise and that he seems to throw some of his best passes on the move. Montalvo can throw the ball accurately with some touch despite his average arm strength. He showed he can hit an open receiver on time when his feet are set and underneath him.

Michael Markovsky was the back-up quarterback at the Naval Academy Prep School after Jordan Moore left NAPS early last fall. Markovsky started the year on defense at safety. It was a position change that Markovsky is used to making. Mike, who played on both sides of the ball at Orange Lutheran high school in California, starred as a defensive back but also split time at quarterback his junior and senior seasons. He was named to the Trinity All League team both years.

Markovsky (6-1, 185) is a tall, thin, athletic player. He did a solid job as a backup after being moved to quarterback. Mark possesses 4.5 speed in the forty yard dash and has quick feet. He was able to accelerate in the hole and often made the first man miss. He is a smart player that understands his assignments and executes them well. As a passer he will need to improve on his accuracy and put more zip on the ball. It's unclear if he will remain at quarterback or be moved back to safety at Navy. He was listed on the I-Day list as a defensive back which is probably his best position. As a safety he demonstrates good straight line speed and range.

Thomas Wilson (6-0, 180) is a direct admit from Brandenburg, Kentucky who ran an option offense in high school. During his senior year, Wilson carried the ball 139 times for 1,112 rushing yards, averaged 8.1 yards per carry, and scored 13 touchdowns. He is very quick and reports a 4.49 time in the forty yard dash. Wilson has a very fluid, upright running style and could accelerate away from defenders in high school. As a passer he completed 76 of 136 attempts (55%) for 1,025 passing yards and five touchdowns. Wilson is a left handed quarterback who is more of a rhythm and timing passer. He will need to improve on his arm strength. He also played safety last season and was a ball hawk with six interceptions. Thomas demonstrated excellent instincts and range as a safety.

The other direct admit quarterback is Keenan Reynolds (5-9, 170) from Madison, Tennessee. As a senior at Goodpasture high school Reynolds rushed and passed for a combined total of more than 2,700 yards. It was the best combined total in the Nashville area last season and produced 30 touchdowns. Keenan ran for 605 yards (6.6 avg.) and scored 14 touchdowns. He completed 117-of-200 pass attempts (58.5%) for 2,095 passing yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. He earned District 9-AA Offensive MVP and All-State honors after his senior year. As a junior Reynolds completed 121-of-215 passes (56.3%) for 1,946 passing yards and threw 20 touchdowns. He added another 11 rushing touchdowns.

Reynolds was a four year starter running an old Wing-T offense right down to the Delaware Blue Hens knockoff uniforms. Keenan is an exciting player with very quick feet and 4.55 speed in the forty yard dash. He was a very productive dual threat quarterback with the ability to make plays. Reynolds has good arm strength for an option quarterback and showed a nice touch on his deep throws. He can throw in the pocket or on the move. Reynolds chose Navy over offers from Air Force and Wofford among others.

Next: A look at the new Mid fullbacks.

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