Czar discusses visit to Navy

Nick Czar traveled to Annapolis, Md., from the Metro East area of suburban St. Louis. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive lineman out of Highland (Ill.) High School now has offers from all three D1 military academies, but remains verbally committed to Army.

"I received an invitation to watch a Navy practice," Czar told ArmySports.com. "so I got there on Friday and spent two days there. I got to tour the campus and the facilities. I met the coaches, who were all great. I liked how they worked their practices. There was not a lot of dead time as you would expect with a practice from a military school's program. It was high-paced from start to finish.

"I had a great conversation with Coach Niumatalolo in his office. He's definitely just as dedicated to building up the players he coaches as outstanding individuals as well as good football players, to produce a good mix of both. His office was supposed to be where I would receive my official offer, but Coach Pehrson said he couldn't wait to offer me. He said it was a 'no brainer', that he loved my explosiveness and the way I use my hands when I play to get off my opponent.

"Annapolis was a place I really liked. As the Midshipmen get older, they're allowed more freedom. I'm not sure what the exact restrictions are. One player told me he needed to be back by midnight. It's nice to have a city like Annapolis to visit off-campus and be able to do things in."

Czar received his Air Force offer in February and has been verbally committed to Army the week of June 25th, 2013 prior to his arrival at the Black Knights' summer camp.

"Coach Monken recommended I go [to West Point] this summer to get a feel for the new staff," explained Czar. "I'm still solid to Army. I hate that me living so far away is not allowing me to get to know the staff better in-person, but the connection I have with Army is still intact. I'm keeping my options open, but the three military academies are definitely standing out."

Czar plans to attend the Navy-Ohio State game on August 30th at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore and most likely will attend the Midshipmen summer camp as well. As a junior at Highland, Czar was named first team All-Conference at defensive end and offensive tackle.

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