Czar impressed with Senior Day performance

After careful consideration, Nick Czar made the switch from Army to Navy this past summer. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound two-way lineman our of Highland, Ill. drove with his father and two teammates to see Keenan Reynolds record-breaking performance against Georgia Southern on Senior Day. Czar recapped his visit with GoMids.com.

"It was my second Navy game of the season," Czar said. "I went to the Ohio State game, but it was in Baltimore. This was my first game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. It was awesome. It was everything I thought it would be. The stadium isn't as big as M&T Bank Stadium but it's fills up nicely and creates a great atmosphere to be in. Georgia Southern was opening up some holes and causing the defensive some trouble at the onset but they shut them down and the offensive made some plays. It was a fun game to watch.

"It was a great trip to take that confirmed I made the right decision. I got to show my buddies around campus. One of them is actually considering going to the Navy Academy after experiencing the military way of life at Fork Union Military Academy. We left that Thursday, drove through the night, and arrived Friday in time to watch the JV play. It was great to see the coaches again. They were kind of busy with game preparation but we said hi to Coach Yokitis, Sean Magee, and Coach Niumatalolo."

The Navy coaches may be fighting over who gets Czar next season when he arrives on campus. He was recently named First Team All-State at Offensive Line and Defensive Tackle as well as First Team Mississippi Valley Conference on both sides of the ball for a second straight year. The accolades, however, are bittersweet, for Czar as his high school career came to an end in the second round of the Illinois Class 5 playoffs.

"We were real sad about it," said Czar on the loss to Taylorsville. "I've been playing with a lot of these guys ever since we were five years-old. It was depressing for awhile to think about, but now I believe that it's time to move on. I'm excited about where I'm going next year and what I can accomplish at Navy.

"I'm going in (to Navy) next year direct. I have everything completed with the application process except the congressional nomination. I'm not too worried about that. He assured us he'd get it done. Now it's on to wrestling for me. I competed as a freshman and sophomore and qualified for state, but took last year off to focus on college visits. My goal is to make another run at state in the heavyweight division."

Czar was being recruited by a number of Big 12 schools, but he always had his sights set on attending a service academy. Nick is the son of Jay and Dineen Czar who live in the Metro-East region of the St. Louis metro area.

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