August 4, 2012

Neitzke excited, surprised by offer from Army

The Black Knights find themselves once again going head to head with Air Force for another quality defensive end prospect and this time it's Logan Neitzke.

Sound familiar? It sure does, because just last month, Andrew McLean, who is a defensive end recruit who was noted as saying, that his top two school were Army and Air Force. However, after seeing West Point up close and personal during his unofficial visit, the 6-foot-3, 240 pounder was singing a different tune.

"I felt so different at West Point then when I was at Air Force. I got the feeling when I was at West Point that this was the right place," McLean said back on July 10th.

Well there is little doubt that the Army coaching staff is hoping that Neitzke will echo those same sentiments come decision time for the prospect out of Appleton (Wis.) Appleton North High School.

"This morning I got an offer from Army," said Neitzke in his conversation with GoBlackKnights on Thursday. "It was Coach Tucker Waugh actually ... he came to visit me earlier in the spring and then he just called today and told me he offering me. I was at home, ready to work out. I was really surprised, because I hadn't heard from him in a while."

Subsequent to receiving the offer from the Black Knights, the elated Neitzke said he immediately shared the news with his family. "I told my mom and uncle, who is in the Marines and he said that is really cool ... everyone was real excited," adds Neitzke, who also confirmed his interest in Army.

"I'm definitely interested," he adds. "It's a really good opportunity, but it's not like a decision to take lightly, so I'm trying the facts and stuff first before I make a decision. I'm probably going to wait until after the season so I can go take a visit there to see if I feel comfortable."

However, beyond Army and Air Force, Neitzke has other schools that are making a play for his talents. The 6-foot-3, 235 pounder has a preferred walk-on offer from the Badgers of Wisconsin, along with offers from North Dakota and South Dakota.

According to Neitzke, Army is recruiting him as a defensive end, while Air Force is looking at him as defensive end and linebacker. "At high school, I'm like a defensive and tackle, because we play a 3-4, so I play the weak-side tackle, which is more a defensive end ... where I have more outside contain," explains Neitzke, who maintained a 3.3 GPA after last semester.

When it comes to selecting a school, Neitzke offered this assessment. "Just somewhere where I feel comfortable and have a good relationship with the coaches, where I will be able to get a good education, have fun, be successful and playing football at the same time."

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