Thursday, January 24, 2013
Navy's class takes shape
The Midshipmen have added five new members for the Class of 2013 in the last week, according to multiple sources.
Three-star wide receiver Jamir Tillman (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman), the son of former NFL wide receiver Cedric Tillman, is the highest-rated of the new commitments. Tillman picked the Naval Academy for more than just football, according to the Las Vegas Sun:
"It's the whole aspect of the Naval Academy and what it offers," he said. "Playing Division I football, being set for life [after football] and being taught by leaders."
Joining Tillman in Annapolis, much to the chagrin of his father who played running back for Army, is tailback Calvin Cass (Richland, N.J./Saint Augustine Prep School). The academics and emphasis on leadership were also a big draw for Cass, who told the Press of Atlantic City:
"They care about every player," he said. "They take time to make sure that you personally are getting better off and on the field. They understand that going to the Academy is not just about football. It's about education and becoming a leader."
Navy also got some explosion on the outside with the addition of wide receiver Chandler Powell (New Bern, N.C./New Bern). Powell registered an 83.43-SPARQ rating on the combine circuit, including an electronic 4.07 20-yard shuttle.
Defensive end Garrett Gandy (Boerne, Texas/Samuel V. Champion) and offensive guard Maurice Morris (La Porte, Texas/La Porte) round up the latest commitments and should provide some muscle in the trenches.