The U.S. Naval Academy continues to attract outstanding football players. GoMids.com will now review the 2015 class, position by position. In this segment we discuss the quarterbacks.
By Jim Lawler
Ken Niumatalolo and his staff had another excellent recruiting season. They are still a few quality recruits the Navy staff is trying to reel in after the official signing day. GoMids.com will now take a look at the projected offensive players from the Mids 2015 football recruiting class.
At quarterback Brandon Coleman (5-10″, 165) from Archbishop Stepinac in White Plains, New York chose Navy over offers from Army, Harvard, Yale and Davidson. As a senior Coleman threw for 1,036 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and a 62% completion percentage. He showed his speed with 611 rushing yards, and 9 rushing touchdowns. He was named first team All-League, second team All-County, and second team All-Area (Westchester). Coleman has the speed and athleticism to help at quarterback, slotback or cornerback. He will be a direct admit to the Naval Academy. Cole Euverard (6-0″, 188) is a dual threat quarterback from Montgomery Bell Academy in Tennessee. Cole was named this year’s Mr. Football recipient for Tennessee Division II Class AA. Euverard was a two-year starter for his father in high school. Euverard threw for 1,868 yards with 17 touchdowns against six interceptions in 2014. He added 768 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. Euverard earned first-team All-State and All-Midstate and carried his team to the state championship.
A couple of Navy quarterbacks commits made the case for themselves with the Mids coaching staff. Zack Fraade (6-2″, 190) wanted to play FBS football but lacked any offers leading up to signing day. He emailed his film to the Navy staff and received an offer. Fraade became the starting quarterback for the first time as a senior at Cleveland High School, in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. He passed for more than 1,500 yards with 13 touchdowns. He rushed for 926 yards and eight touchdowns. He told GoMids.com’s Richard Stover his athleticism is what the Navy coaches noticed the most from his film. If it doesn’t work out at quarterback he has the speed and ability to possibly help at safety or linebacker. Lefty quarterback Derek Morefield is a 6-foot, 185-pound player from Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Morefield had no offers and reached out to the Navy staff with his film and received an offer. Derek was a three year starter. Morefield threw for 1,430 yards with 13 passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns last year. He served as team captain and led his school to a berth in the state quarterfinals. Morefield is expected to attend the Naval Academy Prep School.
Jonah Llanusa (6-1″, 195) was a star quarterback at Choctaw high school in Oklahoma. He turned that moribund high school program around. Llanusa threw for 2,011 yards with 23 touchdowns against 12 interceptions last year. He ran for 830 yards and 17 touchdowns. Jonah led Choctaw to their first playoff appearance since 1984. Llanusa threw for 5,363 yards and rushed for 2,092 yards while accounted for 81 touchdowns during his high school career. Spencer Craig (6-2′, 200) was a quarterback and outside linebacker for the Marblehead, MA. at The Tower school. He was a team captain who started at quarterback his senior season. Based on his average speed his best position is likely linebacker.
At fullback Myles Benning is a 5-11″, 230 pound player from The Colony high school in Texas. Myles played both fullback and middle linebacker. Benning ran a 4.86 forty yard dash and a 4.44 twenty yard shuttle at an ESPN combine. Benning was used mostly as a blocking fullback in The Colony Power I-formation. Benning earned First Team all-District honors at linebacker. Fullback Charlie Davidson (5-11″, 215) is one of three teammates from Blackman High School in Tennessee who committed to Navy. Davidson ran for 1,651 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior. He was the District 7-AAA Offensive MVP. Davidson ran for 2,815 yards, the second most in his school’s history and scored 36 touchdowns during his high school career. Davidson’s father, Charlie Sr., was a four-year starter at wide receiver at Mississippi State. Davidson chose Navy over offers by Army, Austin Peay, Furman, Mercer, Chattanooga, Illinois State, UT-Martin, and Tennessee State.