Josh Patton, 6-2, 210 pound linebacker from Murfreesboro-Blackman High School (Tenn.) reported, "Navy offered me. They are an awesome school academically and for football. I am excited to be possibly part of a program like that."
After a trip to Annapolis this summer Patton was very impressed with the Navy, but still did not have an offer. He explained, "I went up and met all the coaches this summer and they were awesome. There campus was breathtaking in my opinion. The academics at Navy are off the charts. I will have a job right out of college and I will be graduating as an officer right out of the Navy." He went on to explain of getting the offer, "They have recruited me pretty hard since they have gotten my senior highlight tape."
One commitment that makes prospects considering Navy, Army, or Air Force unique is the commitment in post graduation years. Patton said of giving his service in post graduate years, "I am pretty sure I have four years service and there are a lot of different things I can do. I would not necessarily be on a ship for four years. There are a lot of things I can do like working with the football team or working on campus."
There have been a few schools looking at Patton throughout the year but a few have fallen off due to full classes. He commented, "Air Force is recruiting the second most. Vanderbilt and East Carolina are full with their commitments."
He said of a possible offer from Air Force, "I definitely think so especially when they find out Navy offered I think it could happen quickly."
Being a two sport athlete may help expedite Patton's decision. He commented on his timetable for a decision, "I would say it will definitely be before the second week in November because I have three offers right now in wrestling and a lot of those coaches want me to commit for the early signing day." He listed his offers for wrestling, "I have offers from Tennessee-Chattanooga, Liberty, and North Carolina."
Right now the Midshipmen seem to be in good favor and could see a commitment in the next few weeks. Patton said, "I don't see how I can turn down an offer to the Naval Academy. It's a prestigious offer. As far as later in life if I graduate from the Naval Academy I can get a lot of jobs of my choice. It's pretty influential in helping my future."
As far as choosing between playing football and wrestling it will be a tough decision. Patton commented, "I was going to choose based on what sport I wanted to do but that was pretty stressful." He added, "I've been talking to my dad and Coach Wells, my football coach, and I definitely think so unless something changes and I like the Naval Academy a lot."