Service Academy Recruiting Update

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While college teams around the country are gearing up for their final push towards bowl eligibility, many high school programs are already wrapping up their seasons and headed into playoff competition. With their high school careers almost over, many prospects – including those considering Army and Navy – are trimming their lists and preparing to make their final decisions.

Will it be Army, Navy, or some other school? This is the question facing recruits such as Alaska linebacker Jack Perkins and Utah running back Dylan Chynoweth, both of whom are being recruiting by the rival academies. How have their and other prospects' seasons been going? And are they any closer to their final college decision? Here are the latest updates from several high profile recruits currently being recruiting by both Army and Navy.  

 

MLB Vinnie Mauro (Navy target): Arguably the top target in Navy's 2010 class, the Florida linebacker is currently focused on helping Saint Thomas Aquinas win a national championship. The Raiders are currently 7-0 and have clinched a playoff berth. Through the first seven games of the season, Mauro led the Raiders with 38.5 tackles, including six for a loss and 1.5 sacks. The athletic linebacker, who holds offers from several BCS conference schools, said that he has trimmed his list to two schools.

 

"Currently it's between Navy and Wisconsin and I'm taking a visit to Navy for the Delaware game," Mauro reported. Scout.com's 24th rated MLB said that his decision will come down to a number of factors, with on-field performance taking a back seat to factors such as academics and comfort level.

 

"To tell you the truth the football aspect really has little to do with my decision, but obviously it's very intriguing to see how much Navy's program is growing," Mauro said.

 

Mauro is expected to make a decision when his season is complete.

 

RB Brett Kirschner (Army target): The 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back from Bellevue (Wash.) Interlake holds three offers so far, with Washington State and Air Force joining Army as teams which have expressed interest in his services. Kirschner has been dominant for his team this season, and has already surpassed the 1000 yard mark rushing, while scoring 25 touchdowns.

 

Brett told ArmySports.com, "I feel that the Army football program is going in the right direction, and is a great program. I would feel honored to play for Army, but I will be basing my decision to where I am going to play off of what will be best for my family."

 

LB/FB Jack Perkins (Army and Navy target): Because he lives and plays in Alaska, Perkins' season has been over for some time. Arguably Alaska's most talented prep player, Perkins recently reported some good and bad news to ArmySports.com.

 

"Our regular season ended September 26," said the Juneau-Douglas star. "I had a great season with 12 touchdowns as fullback and a strong season as linebacker.  Our team won our conference championship, and I made All-State both ways."

 

Perkins was named Defensive Player of the Year for his conference, but suffered a torn-ACL in the first round of the state playoffs.  While the injury derailed his chance to play in the playoffs, Perkins has been relentless in his recovery, and won't let it stand in his way of playing college football.

 

"The physical therapist says I am ahead of schedule on mobility and flexing measurements," said Perkins. "The orthopedic surgeon said that it was as good a graph as he has ever done and he expects me to recover 100% or more."

 

While he has yet to receive a formal scholarship offer from Army, Perkins remains in close contact with the Army staff, in particular defensive coordinator Payam Saadat. While other schools have backed off on recruiting him since the injury, Perkins said that Army continues to express interest in his services. The feeling is mutual for the outstanding student athlete.

 

"Coach Saadat encouraged me to stick with rehab and asked for a highlights tape from the season," said Perkins. "He said he had watched a game film sent to him last month.  I will be going to the West Point-VMI game on November 14.  Coach Saadat made no promises but I am still very hopeful about my prospects of playing for Army."

 

Perkins added, "It was great talking to Coach Saadat and it makes me want to play for Army more than ever."

 

RB Dylan Chynoweth (Army and Navy target): The Park City (UT) running back has made arguably the greatest impact of any offensive player in AAA football in the state this year, leading the Miners to a 9-1 record and a playoff berth. The speedy and elusive 5-foot-10 runner (who currently holds offers from all three service academies) is averaging 171.1 yards per game on the ground this year, and has helped to make Park City's dynamic triple option attack one of the hardest to defend in the state. Navy was first to offer the fullback over the summer, but a recent report in The Desert News hinted that he may be leaning towards Air Force after being spotted in Falcon colors at a recent Air Force-Utah game.

 

Chynoweth was offered by Army last month, and reported to SuperPrep.com's Brandon Huffman that he was impressed with new head coach Rich Ellerson and his staff.

 

"I have been watching them this year and Coach Ellerson is doing such a great job with the team," sad Chynoweth. "I am truly honored. It will be extremely hard to decide on which Academy I would like to attend. All three are off the charts."

 

QB Mike McNamara (Army and Navy target): The dual-threat athlete from St. Michael's (TX) High School already has an offer from Air Force, and told ArmySports.com on Thursday that Army may be close to offering as well.

 

"I talked to Army last night and it sounded like I will be going up for an official visit pretty soon," said

 

McNamara has led the Crusaders to an 8-0 season record.

 

Be sure to stay tuned to ArmySports.com all season long for the latest service academy football recruiting updates!

 

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