Nathe ready to protect home turf at ASU

Marshal Nathe feels passionate about protecting his home turf and that sentiment led him to become Arizona State's first in-state commit in the 2016 class Monday.

Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial offensive lineman Marshal Nathe had an immediate response to the scholarship offer provided to him in a Monday afternoon conversation with Arizona State position coach Chris Thomsen.

Yes.

Nathe, a 6-foot-3, 285 pound interior offensive lineman not only committed to Thomsen immediately upon learning of the offer, he had long-dediced to do so if given the opportunity. He became the first in-state commitment in 2016 for ASU and second overall pledge.

"This was my plan," said Nathe, who has already attended two of the Sun Devils' spring practices this month. "I talked to everyone that was important to me. I talked to my brothers, I talked with my parents, my guidance counselor. They all supported it. I'm graduating early, I'm going to head there for spring ball and we're going to get it going.

"It's my home. It’s somewhere I feel very intense about protecting. I know that sounds corny, but it’s true. I've been raised to protect the line and take care of my teammates and I've talked to the coaches a number of times and gotten to watch them and really feel like this is where I belong. I feel very comfortable there, to train as hard as I possibly can to better myself and hope to better the program."

To be certain, ASU's coaches and recent success under Todd Graham mattered to Lathe, but he said the lure of being local to him and what that means is something that he believes he'd feel no matter what.

It just is a big benefit that now the Sun Devils are competing at a high level and he wants to help take that up a notch.

“It’s about protecting my home and to bring a championship to my town," Nathe said. "I want to do everything in my power to help make that happen. It's something that gets me fired up just thinking about it. I just have an intensity about being there and the way coach Thomsen coaches and coach Graham coaches, it's very special to me and my father.

From the first spring practice there wasn't a single doubt we had about the team and the way the program is run there and I have 110 percent confidence in knowing I'm going to get better there and we are going to compete for championships."

The No. 1 ranked offensive guard in Arizona's 2016 class and No. 11 in the West region, Lathe said the feeling matched what he anticipated it might.

"I'm ecstatic. My whole family is just as excited as I am. It's special. It's really special.


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