— Jaden Young (@Jaden_E_Young) July 21, 2020
The ISL announced this past week that they would not be playing fall sports this season and while there is still a chance that BB&N may opt to play football, Young and Roach decided it was best to commit now.
Thank you to all the coaches who recruited me. I feel blessed and grateful for all my opportunities given to me. With that being said I am honored to announce my commitment to The Naval Academy! #GoNavy@NavyFB @NAVYCoachKen @JMacDonald_Navy @Coach_Willey_FB @TheMidReport pic.twitter.com/rjMhfptmZb
— Nathan Roach (@NateJames2021FB) July 25, 2020
Both players had multiple offers including other FBS offers. Roach held an offer from UMass while Young held offers Colorado State and Army.
Young will more than likely play defensive end or outside linebacker while Roach is projecting as either a guard or offensive tackle for the Midshipmen.
Navy has established more of a local presence in recent years. Former Bridgewater-Raynham fullback Bryce Shaw committed to the Academy two years ago and LaSalle (R.I) offensive lineman Nick Lombardo committed earlier this month.
While Navy’s style of play may not appeal to skill guys, (especially on the offensive side of the ball.) The school is a viable option for lineman if they want a high quality education and the opportunity to serve their country.
It doesn’t hurt that Navy wins. The Midshipmen won the Liberty Bowl last season and finished 20th in the national polls. I am sure that appealed to Young, Roach and Lombardo as well.