In a 5-day period, Navy's football program notched three wins in Philly.
Beat Army last Saturday at the Linc. Received an oral commitment Tuesday afternoon from Cardinal O'Hara High linebacker Mike Huf. Did likewise Wednesday night from West Catholic lineman Jake Zuzek.
The 6-3, 290-pound Zuzek, mostly a center for the Burrs but expected to play guard for Navy after a 1-year stop at its prep school, said yes during dinner at a diner near his Brookhaven home, which is undergoing renovations.
Seated at the table were Zuzek, his parents, Tina and Steve, and Navy assistant Dale Pehrson, the recruiting coordinator. If you must know, Jake's belly was filled with a chicken club sandwich.
"It kind of just happened," Zuzek said, of his commitment. "I wasn't planning to do it then. Coach Pehrson went through everything and said he'd just wait for my verbal commitment. I looked at my dad and said, 'What do you think?' and he said it was up to me. I said I was gonna go there."
Zuzek said the process began earlier this fall when he received several handwritten letters from Navy's coaches. He then contacted them and wound up making an unofficial visit on Nov. 23.
"It's a beautiful campus," he said. "I got to tour the place and watch them practice. It went from there. The opportunities coming out of Navy are endless. And there's such a brotherhood. Everyone has each other's back." *
- Ted Silary