Cromartie torn between Army and Navy

Nizaire Cromartie is engaged in an old fashioned tug o' war between Army and Navy. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive end/outside linebacker from Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C., posted big numbers in his senior season to pique the interest of Army coaches, which, in turn, caught the attention of Navy.

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"It started when Coach Ray McCartney of Army came in from New York," Cromartie said. "We had a nice conversation where he got me squared away about what West Point is all about and I got to ask a ton of questions. The offer is there but it's really an unofficial offer until I retake the ACT. I scored a 24 on the test, but a 22 on the math and a 21 on the reading. They said I needed to bring both of those up to 24 as well to receive the official offer. I was talking with Buddy Green (from Navy) today and I told him. It may not be the same thing with Navy on their offer but he was going to let me know tomorrow.

"Coach Mac said, when he was down here, that he loved my tape. He's the D-line coach and told me that he'd be my recruiter and if I went to Army he'd be my position coach, so I assume they like me at defensive end rather than linebacker. He talked about my explosiveness, the way that I attack the ball, and my speed. Navy basically told me a lot of the same things about my game. My coach, Stephen Davis, sent Coach Green my highlight film and he loved it. He told me coach he couldn't wait to show it to the rest of the staff.

"I'm excited about both military academies. When I was watching the Army-Navy game I was really cheering for Army to win because I hadn't yet heard from Navy. I was watching their defense schemes and the way they lined up. My focus, in watching that game, was on Army's defensive line, so I didn't really watch much of Navy and what they do. I may have top go back and re-watch it now. It was a pretty good game. I've learned a lot recently about the service academies. I thought that it was military training all day, every day, but Coach Mac said you train like that four weeks in the summer but it's like a regular college the rest of the year."

In his second year as a starter on varsity, Cromartie made 89 tackles and recorded 18 sacks to lead Dudley to an undefeated regular season. In an unfortunate turn of events, Dudley wasn't able to compete in the playoffs due to a violation that involved moving up four players on the JV squad to varsity.

"The season was going great," he said. "At one point I was leading the state in sacks. It was disappointing not to be able to see what we could do in the playoffs, especially after going 10-0. Individually, I made All-Conference, All-Area, and I'm waiting to see if I made All-State.

"I'm trying to get myself in tip-top shape because Army wants me to come in and play right away. I tried scheduling an official visit (to West Point) for January, but that may have changed because I won't be able to take the test again until February. With Navy, I'll know a lot more tomorrow afternoon when I hear back from Coach Green."

Cromartie has also received recruiting attention from Appalachian State, James Madison, and UNC-Charlotte. Top Stories