Their players average 35 pounds less than opposing teams and typically none are considered pro prospects They have no top national recruits on their roster. The standards for being accepted at Navy are extremely high because it includes nominations that address a candidate’s moral character. The acceptance rate into the academy is around 9% and the school’s student body is around 8% the size of other schools like the University of Alabama and Ohio State University.
Because students who graduate from the Naval Academy will have to serve five years in the Navy before they are released from duty, anyone who has aspirations of playing professional sports generally won’t take the risk that some professional team will wait five years for them so they don’t even think about attending any of the academies. Not unheard though with famous athletes from the Naval Academy like David Robinson, Napoleon McCallum, and Roger Staubach, all of whom finished their military tour then joined their teams and became awesome athletes. These success stories are extremely rare.
With all the above in mind, they’re still a major competitor in Division I football. They’ve made it to a Bowl Game eight out of the last ten years. Even more important to the academy, they've only lost to Army one time during this period which has made their head coach, Ken Niumatalolo, a hero. These are just some of the reasons why the NCAA believes Navy is a national powerhouse in their own rite.
Lastly, you want to hear something really amazing? Student athletes at the Naval Academy blow other schools away in graduation rates including recently having 100% graduation rates from their athletes in all 21 NCAA sports. Go Navy!!