January 21, 2013

Decision time for LB, Nathaniel Ozdemir

With National Signing Day right around the corner, recruiting is nearing the home stretch for the Army Black Knights. Once again, it was a busy official visit weekend on the campus of West Point, as several prospects converged onto the historical campus in New York and for many it was their first face to face with West Point and all it has to offer.

For others, it served as a confirmation of where they would be playing football over the next 4-5 years ... Army or not.

One such player, who is a hot target for the Army coaching staff is linebacker Nathaniel Ozdemir. Despite having verbally committed to Navy, the 6-foot-2, 225 pounder from Winter Garden (Fl.) West Orange High School knew that it was imperative for him to visit West Point before he could make a final college decision.

And it was Army's consistent recruiting and kept in contact with Ozdemir even after his verbal commitment to Navy that has brought everyone to this point in time in the recruiting cycle.

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"My visit went well," declared Ozdemir, as even chuckled at some the events surrounding his trip, as well as sharing how impressed he was with the historical perspective of West Point. "Going around the school, learning about all the history and seeing the whole place and learning about the high-end people that have been through there, it was really exciting."

"Getting a police escort to the mall (Palisades) and that was pretty cool, because we were out with the boys (Army players)," shared Ozdemir, who was hosted by running back Brady Earnhardt.

For most first time visitors to the campus, there are often pre-visit expectations. So, did his visit meet or exceed such exceptions? "I pretty much expected it to be the way it was," he adds. "I've seen pictures and heard stories and my visit pretty much lived up to what I was told it was going to be like."

However, it appears that no one could have prepared Ozdemir for what he would come in contact with upon observing Army's football facilities. "The football facilities were amazing," shouts Ozdemir, who appeared to have a verbal flashback. "The indoor practice field was absolutely huge and the weight room was ... oh my god, the weight room was awesome."

Ozdemir said the the visit not only allowed him to connect with his player-host, but also with some of the other prospects that were on hand. "I bonded with the running back out of Houston (Tx), he had a weird name, so everyone called him E-bee (Egbezien Obiomon)," says a laughing Ozdemir, who says he will now conference with his family to determine where destiny will take him over the next 4-5 years.

"Yes sir ... I got back today and I'm going to have dinner with my family and we are about to go over the whole situation," said Ozdemir late afternoon on Sunday. "We will look at the pros and cons and find out which one (Army vs. Navy) is the best for me. I will probably know for sure (decision) in the next couple of days."

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