Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial High School 2016 offensive lineman Marshal Nathe figures to be one of the most highly recruited Arizona prospects in the 2016 class due to one reason: Nathe is one of the strongest players in the country, regardless of class, and his dedication in the weight room translates to the football field.
“Right now, I can bench 440 pounds,” Nathe said. “My goal is to get to over 500 by the time I’m out of college. There’s obviously more to football than just lifting weights, but it’s important to be as strong as possible, and that is what I’m aiming for.
“On the field I feel like I’ve taken it to the next step. I was able to show the strength and footwork that I have been working on.”
Playing on a state championship team has only enhanced Nathe’s desire for greatness.
“We were an awesome team and that was because of a guy like Dedrick Young," Nathe said. "He was our heart and soul and he destroyed it. Playing with a guy that good who worked as hard as he does just rubs off on you."
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive guard has impressed the in-state programs.
“I’m hearing from both Arizona and Arizona State and I’m going to attend both camps and learn more about both," Nathe said.
Nathe believes he is best suited for a run based system.
“I’m the kind of lineman who loves to ground and pound and continue to blow into the second level," he said. "There is nothing better than getting into that groove.“I can definitely play in a spread scheme and I train wanting to be the best at everything, but I would like to play for a team with a strong running tradition."