Adzima loves Navy visit, commits

Mike Adzima said yes to the U.S. Naval Academy a day after returning home to Oradell, N.J. from an official visit to the Annapolis campus. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound offensive lineman out of Bergen Catholic High School selected Navy over offers from Army, Colgate, Maine, New Hampshire, and Sacred Heart.

Even though he didn’t have a the chance to take any other official visits, he believed that he saw everything he needed to make a final decision on college.

"The Navy interested began back in my junior year when they invited me to the Army-Navy game," Mike Adzima told GoMids.com. "I stayed in contact with Coach (Mike) Judge ever since and decided to make my first official visit there last weekend. I actually loved everything about it. Even though they have big-time sports programs, it's actually kind of a small school, which is nice. The buildings are beautiful, the classes are a nice size, everything was first-class. The players, the coaches, all the guys, are the best type of people around. Blaze Ryder was my player-host, but I spent a lot of time with Brandon Greene and some of the other linemen. There were about 11 (recruits) on campus altogether and we just had a phenomenal time.

Monday, after a short conversation with his parents who accompanied him on the weekend visit, Adzima felt ready to make his verbal commitment.

"I love the Navy coaches," he said. "I don't think any other coaches in the country will develop me as well academically, psychically, and on the field like they can. When I was there (on the visit) we were watching film of the Ohio State and Notre Dame games and the offensive line was kicking their butt. It was something, honestly, that I was very impressed with. Coach (Ashley) Ingram and Coach (Chris) Culton both seem like smart guys, honest, hard-working. It's a privilege to play for those types of people.

"All of the coaches said they love my mentality as a player. They said I'm a physical guy who has a quick first step off the line, especially for someone my size. And they believe I'll be an effective guard in the offense with my run blocking ability.

"Committing (to Navy) was kind of a big weight off my shoulders. I'm not worried anymore about what I'm going to do. I can just focus and prepare myself to get fit and in the best shape possible to go into the Naval Academy."

A two-year starter at Bergen Catholic at offensive tackle, Adzima was named first team All-Big North League, second team All-Bergen County, and second team All-Metro for his senior season. He'll begin as a Midshipmen Candidate at NAPS.

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