Kenosha (Wisc.) Tremper running back Toneo Gulley had received offers from just about every program in the MAC, but an offer from Navy in October sparked a particular interest in the 5-8, 185-pound running back and he quickly acted on that offer.
"I committed to Navy," Gulley reported. "I felt it was the right move and I made the decision. I talked to Coach [Danny] O'Rourke and he was pretty fired up. He told me everyone else was fired up too."
The decision to attend the Naval Academy allows Gulley to carry on the example set for him by his mother.
"My mom's in the Navy and after seeing what she does and how the Navy can help, I just got more and more comfortable with it," Gulley said. "They have a great football program, but off the field it's a great education and I get to help my mom in defending this country."
In the era of spread offenses, Navy is one of just a handful of programs that runs the flexbone formation, utilizing a fullback and two wing backs. Gulley, who rushed for 1,200 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior, likes his fit in that system.
"I think slot back is what they are looking at me to play," Gulley said. "I do like that fit because they do run the ball, and I'm a running back so I do like to run the ball. I watched a couple of their games and they actually throw to their running backs too, so that's another plus."
Besides Navy, Gulley had been offered by Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Toledo and others.