Logan Neitzke likes West Point

Logan Neitzke

During the end of summer, Army offered Logan Neitzke, a budding defensive end prospect out of Appleton (Wis.) North High School. It was the forth offer for the 6-foot-4, 235-pound lineman who specializes in chasing down quarterbacks. Although, Neitzke was extended a preferred walk-on offer from in-state powerhouse, Wisconsin, he says he's excited..

..about the prospect of going to West Point and plans on making a visit this fall.

"Army offered me fairly recently," said Logan Neitzke. "It came in late August from Coach Waugh. I really liked what he had to say. They were impressed with my pursuit and explosiveness off the line. I think it's somewhere I can go and be successful. I'm definitely interested. It's been a goal of mine to play college football ever since I was seven years old. At Army you get the best of both worlds with the football and the quality of the education."

Neitzke first two offers came from North Dakota and South Dakota. Air Force came in with an offer at outside linebacker before he received the Army offer.

"I went to camps at Minnesota and Wisconsin over the summer," he said. "I also went to a showcase event at Northwestern, but there were 700 players there so it was hard to do much there to standout. I thought the Minnesota camp went well, but my best performance was at Wisconsin. The preferred walk-on offer is something to think about. Wisconsin is a team I've grown up watching. It's more of a risk though. I'd like to go to a school where my college will be paid for.

"It was great to learn [at camps] from different coaches and get their evaluation of my game. They taught some different ways to do things and I can pick and choose what to capitalize on to elevate my game this season."

In the North Lightning first game with Oshkosh North, Neitzke had three tackles for loss at weakside defensive end in a 3-4 scheme and made a catch at tight end. He followed it up in week two with three tackles for loss, a quarterback hurry, and a forced fumble in a win over Everest. The Lightning won their game Friday night and are currently 3-0 on the young season. He would like to finish out his high school football career before he makes a final decision on college.

"I want to visit all of the schools that have offered me," he said. "To do that, I'll probably wait until after the season is over to make a commitment. I'm looking for the school I'm the most comfortable with. If I feel a good connection with the coaches and the campus is a place I see myself living for the next four years, that's likely where I'll play."

At the camp in Madison, Neitzke had a 4.62 shuttle. He throws shot put and discuss in the spring for track and field. The Lightning's win over Everest helped to redeem a second playoff loss in 2011 which finished their season at 9-2. They'll face Wausau West this coming weekend. Neitzke wears No. 94 for the Lightning. As a junior, he was named First Team All-Conference, Defensive Lineman on the Year in the Valley-North Conference, and Honorable Mention All-State and All-Region.

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