SA Recruiting Notebook: Navy in the Lead

LB/FB Bronson Green

Army and Air Force claim to have both made strides in their attempts to catch up to Navy on the field in 2009, but have the Falcons and Black Knights caught up to the Midshipmen when it comes to recruiting? According to initial feedback from high school prospects, the answer may surprise you.


Navy has already secured the commitments of several highly regarded prep prospects, including Nevada superstar Daniel Godkin and the Utah 3A Player of the Year, Dylan Chynoweth. With signing day fast approaching, the Midshipmen appear to be in good shape in landing several other highly rated prospects, although Army and Air Force have made strong pushes of their own. Recently, GoMids.com caught up with several high school seniors being recruited by the three service academies, and found out where these schools currently stand on the recruits' lists.

Green Close to Committing to Navy?

GoMids.com has learned that Loyola (CA) fullback/linebacker prospect Bronson Green (Scout.com 18th rated fullback) could be close to committing to Navy over offers from NAU, Air Force, Colgate, Holy Cross, Princeton, and Dartmouth. Green, who visited Navy on the weekend on January 9th, visited UCLA this past weekend, and reported that he has been offered a preferred walk-on position as a Bruin.

The 6-foot-1, 218-pound linebacker nevertheless enjoyed his experience in Annapolis, where he was hosted by departing Navy senior Craig Schaefer. While he did not commit on the spot, Green made no mistake about where Navy stands on his list of college options.

"I really enjoyed my trip to Navy last weekend," he said. "I was hosted by linebacker Craig Schaefer and he was a really cool guy. One of the best parts of the trip was getting to know some of the players and the true meaning of the Navy brotherhood."

Green continued, saying, "I was the only recruit there that did not commit that weekend so that was really tough. I didn't want to jump to a conclusion and make a commitment based on the emotional high that I was experiencing. However, Navy is probably my top choice as of right now."

While he said that Navy is his current favorite, Green said the choice will likely come down between his hometown Bruins and the Mids. Had he been offered a scholarship by UCLA he might have been more inclined to view his potential future as a Bruin differently, but for the time being he is still weighing his options.

"Walking on is definitely a different process so I will see how I interact with some of the [UCLA] coaches and players. I've grown up a UCLA fan so it would be great to be able to go there, but I know that walking on is something that I didn't originally want to do."

While rated as the 18th best fullback prospect in the country by Scout.com, Green is arguably a better defender. He was the Named Serra League Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, and totaled 141 tackles. He reports a 3.97 GPA, a 4.6 second 40-yard-dash, and 315-pound max bench press. Green said he will make his decision sometime within the next week.

McNamara to be a Falcon

St. Michael's Academy (TX) quarterback Mike McNamara has informed GoMids.com that he has verbally committed to the United States Air Force Academy over an offer from Navy. McNamara, who led the Crusaders to a 10-1 record this season, also had an offer from Army before committing to the Falcons in late December.

"I was offered by all three academies but decided to commit to Air Force," said the Texas quarterback, who surpassed the 1000 yard mark in rushing and receiving in 2009.

"I don't believe I am going to continue to pursue West Point or Navy," he continued. "I just felt like the best fit for me was Air Force."

McNamara reiterated his commitment to Air Force in an interview with GoMids.com in January. Despite rumors that Air Force coach Troy Calhoun would leave the Academy for an open position at Tennessee, McNamara said that he is firm in his decision to stick with the Falcons.

"I am not sure how all the [coaching rumors] will play out but I still plan on attending AFA," said McNamara in a text message.

McNamara, who was recruited by several schools as a safety, is being recruited by Air Force as an option quarterback.

Perkins Waiting for Offers

Linebacker/Fullback prospect Jack Perkins (Juneau, Alaska) enjoyed a solid senior season before tearing his ACL in the playoffs, but is ahead of time in his recovery. Perkins was named the Conference Defensive Player of the Year in addition to making the All-State teams on both offense and defense in 2009, in the process leading his team to a Railbelt Conference Title. Last offseason, Perkins posted impressive numbers at the Boise National Underclassmen Combine, where he was named "Combine MVP" and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds. Despite his success at the combine and during his senior season, Perkins reported to GoMids.com in a recent interview that he still has not received a formal scholarship offer.

"I still have no offers," said Perkins. "I am really hoping to hear from Idaho, Army, and Southern Illinois in the next few weeks. My torn ACL may have hurt me in recruiting. It's ironic because my knee is better than ever now."

Perkins (6-foot-1, 226-pounds) has regained most of his strength since the injury, and has been in contact with both Army and Navy.

"I am still in contact with [Army Defensive Coordinator Payaam] Saadat, but would also really like to hear from Idaho and Southern Illinois. I haven't had too much contact with Navy, but I received an email last week saying they would be in touch with me soon," he added.

Perkins does not have a current timetable for making his collegiate decision, but said that he expects to be back in full football shape by April.

Jeremy Stein: A Family Affair?

Jeremy Stein, Scout.com's 13th rated punter, has received a formal scholarship offer from the Naval Academy. Stein's brother Eric is a reserve defensive back on Navy's roster, and his younger brother could soon be following in his footsteps.

"I have an offer from Navy. West Point is out," wrote Stein in a text message.

Stein, who had 71 tackles and an interception as a linebacker for Carpinteria (Calif.) High School last season, is being recruited by Navy as a punter. He averaged 43.8 yards a punt on 37 punts in 2009, and also holds offers from Butler, Drake, and Lehigh. He currently has no timetable for a decision, but said that he is "very interested" in Drake and "seriously considering" Lehigh.

Which service academy will come on top in the recruiting battle? Check back to GoMids.com and ArmySports.com as the month continues for all the latest news from service academy football recruiting!

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