2020 Prestonwood Christian Academy Offensive Lineman Javan Bouton is kicking off his fourth of July celebration with a commitment to Navy football.
“I [discussed] this with my mom, I want to work extremely hard to make the All-Conference team each year. I am excited to play Notre Dame each year and have all our games televised. I want to be the best teammate possible. I want to really make the most of my college years,” Bouton said.
He chose Navy football over Air Force, Army, Troy, New Mexico State, and other programs. He joins a Midshipmen 2020 recruiting class as the first July commitment, second offensive lineman and seventh Texas recruit. Check out his junior highlights.
“I was actually nervous but after I thought things through and spoke with Coach [Chris] Cunningham, I felt really good and excited about it. I am relieved because I didn’t like the process. I actually like school, my friends and my classes. When coaches would come sometimes, I would miss class,” Bouton said about his decision. “It was very necessary because they have to meet you to actually see if you measure up. I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to continue to play a game I love and get an education at one of the best schools in the country.”
There were a lot of good things about Navy football that pushed Bouton to commit to the Midshipmen and be a part of the American Athletic Conference program. First, he has an amazing relationship with his recruiter and Midshipmen Wide Receivers Coach Mick Yokitis and the entire coaching staff. Second, he wants to be an engineering and cybersecurity [major] and Navy is one of the best schools in the nation for that.
Third, Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo was a big factor in his decision. He talked to Bouton about his future as a young man and he coached one of Bouton’s favorite middle school coaches, Kevin Thomas, of the Buffalo Bills when he was at UNLV. Fourth, Bouton was able to meet Midshipmen players from the Plano, Texas area. Navy recruiting nationally and Bouton having the opportunity to serve his country made the Naval Academy the best fit for him.
“Speaking with Coach Niumatalolo, he said that he likes kids from Texas because of how much football our coaches and parents drill into us.”
Javan Bouton will be joining a Navy football team that went 3-10 overall (2-6 AAC) and winless on the road. They had two winning seasons in 2016 and 2017 with 9-5 and 7-6 overall records respectively.
His Prestonwood Christian Academy Lions went 9-3 (2-2 TAPPS Division I District II) in 2018. They lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Liberty Christian Warriors 24-21. The Lions won a state championship in 2017 when Bouton was a sophomore and they will be looking to do the same again in 2019.
“I would tell [myself] to put in an extra rep, do an extra squat, [and] it’ll pay off. Listen to your coaches. They are named your coach for a reason and in order to grow up, you have to learn how to listen and be part of a team. Coaches reward hard work. Straight up outwork everybody else every day and you will be okay,” he said when asked what he would tell his younger self about the recruiting process.
He feels he will mesh very well with the scheme ran by Midshipmen Offensive Line Coach Ashley Ingram and the triple option offense they run. He knows that he will have a lot to learn but is excited for the challenge. He plans to take a full course load and focus on becoming acclimated to life in Annapolis. He wants to get stronger, strategically put on weight, and work on technique.
“I will look to the veteran players so I can learn the schemes quicker and become a contributing part of the team. Whatever role I’m assigned, I’m ready to play.”
Javan Bouton has a lot to look forward to during his senior year. He wants to have a great final season under Coach Cunningham, get out to Annapolis to see a few Navy games and play a few games in front of his future coaching staff in 2019. Off the field, he will be looking to enjoy the senior retreats for the football team and 2020 Prestonwood Christian Academy class, Future Problem Solvers with Coach Shannon Lichty and French club with David Azzi.
“I grew as a person by observing how the coaches and team captains looked out for the younger guys and by doing the same things with a very young team. I go to church where I go to school [along with] several of my teammates. We grew up together in football and in Christ. I appreciate Prestonwood for providing that opportunity for us.”