Navy beat Memphis, 42-28, this past Saturday to improve to 5-1 and climb to No. 22 in this week’s AP Poll. The Midshipmen have won two straight games since their road loss against Air Force, including a 46-40 win over then-No. 6 Houston on Oct. 8.

Navy, which went 11-2 last season, could flirt with its second consecutive double-digit win season in program history – and recruits have taken notice.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that our success on the field has definitely helped us in recruiting,” Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Just first and foremost getting us some exposure, just recognizing that young men see that we have a really good football program. Then when they look into it, they recognize that you’re getting a world-class education. There are a lot of people obviously that (wonder) about (the service requirement). They come and recognize it’s a great opportunity for yourself after (college). There are many college graduates looking for jobs, but when you come here, when you graduate, you’re guaranteed a job. And so, as they’ve looked more into it, they recognize, ‘Holy smokes, this is a great deal. Play great football, great education, and a guaranteed job after? Sign me up.’”

Navy plays at USF (6-2) this Friday at 7 p.m. ET, before its showdown with Notre Dame in Jacksonville on Nov. 5.


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