Nick Czar switches from Army to Navy

Nick Czar, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive lineman out of Highland, Ill., in the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area, made a late-summer decision to switch his commitment to the U.S. Naval Academy. As a junior, Czar had made a verbal commitment to former Army coach Rich Ellerson but after a visit taking in both seminars over the summer at Navy and West Point, Czar decided on Navy.

"As you know I made my commitment to West Point going into my junior season," Czar told "The head coach, Coach Ellerson, accepted my commitment but told me to keep looking around to be sure Army is right for me. I knew I really wanted to go to one of the service academies, and while I like Army and Air Force, I liked Navy the most.

"This summer I went to Army to the seminar to live like a Cadet and also went to Navy to live like a Midshipman. At Navy, I really felt the brotherhood. I'm not saying it's not there, at Army, but I felt it more with Navy. I could see it with my own eyes. I also really liked the coaches (at Navy). They really know what they're doing as far as running a successful program at one of the service academies.

"The (Navy) offer came in April of 2014. They see me as a four-tech defensive lineman. Coach Pehrson told me that when he sat down and watched my game film that offering me was a no-brainer. When I was on my visit I got to sit in on one of his meetings with the D-linemen. A couple of players, Paul Quessenberry and Nathaniel Otto, showed us around. It was great.

"I called Coach Yokitis, my recruiter, on the phone and told him I wanted to commit and he handed the phone to Coach Niumatalolo. I told him that, unlike the first time, my decision is final. I'm dead-set on going to the Naval Academy. It's very relaxing to have the decision out of the way. I don't have to talk on the phone with coaches for no reason. I know that Navy is there for me. Unless something happens like my grades going way downhill, which I don't think they will, I'm going to Navy. I know I just need to keep working to maintain everything."

Czar says his family has a military tradition with a grandfather and uncle who served in the Army and a grandfather and great-grandfather who were Marines. He'll be the first in his family to attend a service academy, something he's very excited about. In addition to Air Force, Army, and Navy, Czar holds offers from Ball State, Illinois State, and Western Michigan. Czar will be at Navy's season opener against Ohio State on August 30th at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Top Stories