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O'Hara's Huf to play at Naval Academy

The atmosphere before, during, and after Saturday's Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field convinced Cardinal O'Hara football standout Mike Huf that he had to be part of the annual festivities.

The atmosphere before, during, and after Saturday's Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field convinced Cardinal O'Hara football standout Mike Huf that he had to be part of the annual festivities.

Huf, a middle linebacker and tight end for the Lions, has orally committed to the United States Naval Academy.

"A lot of benefits come with it, like the guarantee of a job when I'm done," Huf said. "And I have so much respect for everyone there. To be among them is going to be a great honor."

In attending the Naval Academy, Huf, of Drexel Hill, is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, John Witt, and uncle, Dan Witt, a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy in King's Point, N.Y, and a lieutenant commander select. "I respect them so much," the 18-year-old said.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound senior, a two-way starter for O'Hara, took an unofficial visit to Annapolis to watch the Midshipmen play Temple in a 27-24 Owls win on Oct. 31. At Navy, he is projected to play inside linebacker.

"He's a very competitive kid, a great leader, and a very hard-nosed football player," O'Hara coach Danny Algeo said.

While helping the Lions to an 8-3 record, Huf earned first-team all-Catholic League Class AAAA honors as a linebacker and was a second-team pick as a tight end.

- Rick O'Brien