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Wesleyan's Yost picks Navy

With National Signing Day just one day away, the list of Gwinnett County's high school seniors making their college selections continues to grow.

The list of seniors choosing service academies has grown considerably over the weekend, with Wesleyan's Zander Yost being the latest.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back/defensive back has decided to attend the United States Naval Academy after returning from an official visit to its campus in Annapolis, Md., over the weekend.

"A ton of things went into it," Yost said of his decision to attend the USNA over Georgia Southern, along with other scholarship offers from schools like Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern. "The first thing was the chance to play Division I (FBS) football and to have a chance to play teams from all over the country. And it's a storied tradition (at Navy).

"Aside from football was the opportunities (the Naval Academy) gives me for the rest of my life. ... And the leadership training. The kind of people that come out of the Academy is the kind of person I want to be."

Yost, who led the Wolves (7-3) in rushing with 418 yards and five touchdowns on 53 carries, and was third on the team in receiving with 429 yards and 3 TDs on 29 receptions, and added 64 tackles and an interception on defense, becomes the fifth Gwinnett senior to commit to a service academy since last fall.

He joins Mill Creek offensive lineman A.J. Ruechel and North Gwinnett defensive end Justin Alabi, both of whom are headed to the Air Force Academy, in committing to a service academy over the past weekend. Brookwood offensive lineman Jackson Buonamia committed to Air Force last September and Greater Atlanta Christian linebacker DaSean Daniels committed to Navy on Jan. 18.

"I definitely think he can compete at that level," Pridgen said. "And I know the Naval Academy demands and develops high character. Zander's exactly what they're looking for."