Nick Czar talks Army

Before his departure from West Point, Rich Ellerson and his staff acquired a verbal commitment from Nick Czar, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive lineman from Highland, Ill. outside of St. Louis. ArmySports.com caught up with Czar to get his take on the Black Knight coaching change.

"My love for Army started when I went to see them play Air Force when I was a sophomore," said Czar. "The coach gave me a tour of the training center, the weight room, and the other athletic facilities. When I went to the game I was expecting to see the cadets exhausted, but it was the exact opposite. I came away very impressed with the team spirit. They were all happy to be alive. You could feel so much positive energy in the locker room. It was amazing. That day they upset Air Force and it was so much fun to watch them do it.

"My over [from Army] came the summer before my junior season. When I committed to Coach Ellerson, he told me to go ahead and try on different hats to make sure I got the one that fits the best. That's what I'm doing. I'm open to everything right now bit Army is still my number one school. I've messaged with Coach (Tucker) Waugh on Twitter and he set up a call I had with Coach Monken a few weeks ago. It went well. Coach Waugh has been at Army awhile and told me he thinks he's the best he's seen.

"In high school, I play on both sides of the line but I'm being recruited by Army at defensive line. They like my technique, my use of hand placement, and how I go at it non-stop until the whistle blows. A coach at the University of Illinois said that as well. They also like my get-off."

Czar also has offers from Air Force, Illinois State, and Western Michigan. As a junior, Czar was named all-Conference at offensive and defensive line, Academic all-State 5A, and all-State honorable mention at offensive line. With the departure of Tanner Farmer to Nebraska, Czar will move from right to left tackle for his senior season. The Highland Bulldogs went 11-1 in 2013 for head coach Jim Warnecke which is quite the turnaround considering they went 0-9 just two seasons ago.

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