Athletic McEachern HS linebacker Myles James made a monumental life choice today when he committed to the Naval Academy. James made his commitment official when he Tweeted out:
— MONEY Myles James (@MJmyles83) July 21, 2016
James was first offered by Navy on April 7th, making them his first offer. Following his offer, Navy’s outside linebacker coach Robert Green made it a priority to land the athletic linebacker from Cobb County.
The rising-senior received countless handwritten letters from the Midshipmen over the prior months and also hosted an in-home visit from Coach Green during the spring. The relationship he built with coach Green had a major impact on his decision, and James said as much.
“I’m super thankful that coach Green saw the potential in me that he did and gave me this opportunity. Coach Green is a great guy, and I look up to him, and his accomplishments. While recruiting me, he was the most attentive coach I talked with. (He) always checked on me and made it obvious I could reach out to him anytime.”
James is an outstanding student-athlete who fits exceptionally well into the Naval Academies culture. The class of 17 linebacker had multiple reasons on why he committed.
“Navy was the first to believe in me so I’m going to be the first to believe in them.” James continued, “To graduate from there will put me in a amazing position for the rest of my life. The academics at the school are great, and it’s FBS football, which has been my lifelong dream.”
Last season, the class of 17 linebacker earned plenty of postseason recognition. He was presented the Defensive MVP at his HS, while also making All-County and All-Region.
Looking to build off of last season’s success, James has been working out tirelessly this offseason. The young athlete is a firm believer in outworking his competition, and has logged long hours to get that edge.
Though he might lack prototypical size, James plays the game tall, and delivers big hits all over the field. He is a very smart linebacker, with good instincts as a run-stopper, and he plays the gaps exceptionally well. This offseason James has been focusing on his agility, and working on his backpedal to improve his pass coverage skills, which will be important in Navy’s base defense.
James is an outstanding pickup for the Midshipmen and should flourish in their system. His commitment brings their class of ’17 total to 24 with 4 of the commitments hailing from our great state of Georgia.
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