Will Planets Align for Mars LB Chizmar?

The Class of 2017 PA prospect and Penn State legacy is beginning to draw interest from college programs.

Max Chizmar camped at Penn State last week. If the name sounds familiar to Nittany Lion fans, it should, because he is the son of former PSU LB/DB Brian Chizmar.

The younger Chizmar, a Class of 2017 inside linebacker from Mars Area High outside Pittsburgh, is still waiting for his first offer. But he is hearing from Dartmouth, Michigan, Akron, West Virginia, Pitt and Penn State.

He felt the PSU camp experience was a positive one.

“It was a really good trip to Happy Valley,” he said. “The coaches gave me pointers during the camp so I can improve my game. Coach (Brent) Pry told me I had good feet and am a hard worker. Coach (Terry) Smith invited me to come to several home games this season. We haven't made a decision yet on which games we'll attend.”

Smith's PSU playing career overlapped that of Brian Chizmar in the late 1980s.

Having grown up in a PSU family, the younger Chizmar admitted one school holds a special spot for him.

“If Penn State offered me, I would want to wait to see what else comes my way, but at the same time, I would consider committing on the spot to the Nittany Lions,” he said.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder began his sophomore season as a reserve but was thrust into a starting role when senior standout Josh Schultheis sustained a broken leg in the opener. Chizmar went on to lead the team in tackles.

Brian Chizmar was a four-year letterman for the Lions, and one of only two true freshman to earn a letter in 1986. He finished his career ranked No. 8 on PSU's all-time tackles list (241).

Check out Max Chizmar's sophomore highlights below.



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