OL commits still locked in with Sun Devils

Arizona State's two offensive line commits in the 2016 class remain very engaged with the program's coaching staff and solidly committed to the Sun Devils.

Offensive linemen Cohl Cabral and Marshal Nathe do not know each other well, but could be playing next to each other in the future at Arizona State.

Both guard Nathe and tackle Cabral were early spring offensive line commits for the Sun Devils. In August, the linemen said they remain solid with their commitments to ASU and are just waiting to sign.

“I’m set,” Nathe said. “I’m ready to roll. My whole point of the offseason was both training with my team the (Centennial High School) Coyotes right now, but also preparing myself for what’s to come in four months when I graduate early and head to ASU. I mean, I’m set. I know where I want to go.”

Cabral had similar sentiments to say about his commitment.

“It will not change,” Cabral said. “I am true to my word. I made sure when I made my choice, I was making a choice to the right place where I would stay for the entire time of my commitment.”

Offensive line is one of the positions to have some depth for ASU’s 2016 recruiting class early with the commitments of 3-star recruits Cabral and Nathe. They might play next to each other in the future because of their respective positions.

Cabral is a 6-foot-4, 255 pound tackle from Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Nathe is a local product from Centennial High School in Peoria, standing at 6-foot-3, 285 pounds.

Cabral was an early accomplishment for the ASU coaching staff. He is ranked the No. 5 tackle in California and the West region. Nathe is ranked the No. 1 guard in Arizona and No. 9 guard in the West.

Both future Sun Devils had similar things to say about their current recruiting status. Both said it’s over, they are set on officially visiting ASU and said their conversations with the ASU coaching staff have changed.

The only official trip they said they will make will be to Tempe for a game and will not be taking any other official visits this fall.

Neither of them have set a date on when they will come down to Tempe, but both want to visit for a important home game.

Cabral said he should be in town for either the USC or Oregon home game at Sun Devil Stadium.

Nathe has always thought about playing for the Sun Devils. When offensive line coach Chris Thomsen offered him a scholarship he immediately committed in March.

Nathe has been to campus already. On his official visit, he wants to see what his future will hold as a Sun Devil on Saturdays.

“I’m really excited to see the mentality and kind of the aroma of the team when I walk up and it’s about to be game time,” Nathe said. “I really just want to see the intensity and how they work as brotherhood and getting pumped. That’s really what I’m excited for is really just to see kind of the environment that it gets to be when game times around.”

Before Cabral committed in May, he said he researched his future teammates, especially his fellow offensive linemen, was important to him. On his official visit he hopes to talk more with some current players.

Even though Cabral and Nathe are hard commits, both said they have still been in constant contact with the coaching staff. Both said Thomsen and sometimes offensive coordinator Mike Norvell will reach out to them at least once a week.

Since they are committed, they said Thomsen has been telling them what to do get ready for the next level.

Cabral was recruited by ASU to be a tackle but said Thomsen told him he can come in and make an impact right away at a different position.

“(He wants me) to come in and compete at the center position,” Cabral said. “With Nick Kelly leaving this year and coming in and filling his spot, to come in and compete there, playing with a role there…It’s a spot that takes a lot of leadership and be able to take the adversity of being able to make the right calls up front with the defense and the backers and everything.”

Cabral and Nathe both turn their focus to the upcoming high school football season.

On Sept. 24, Nathe will go head to head with another ASU target Hamilton High School defensive lineman, Garrett Rand.

Nathe said he will graduate early in December and will be ready to start practicing with ASU next spring.

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