BYU recruit Nate Hartung wins Keystone Gold

<b>Nate Hartung</b>, a 16-year-old LDS prospect who participated in BYU's summer camps the last two years, won a heavyweight power lifting gold medal and set two state records last week at the Keystone State Games in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

He bench pressed 425 pounds and followed with a dead lift of 600 pounds in the 16-18 age division to win the gold. He also competed in the eight-man Abington Heights team, which also won a gold medal.

Hartung, at 6-3, and 390 pounds, will be a junior this year at Butler High School and trains under head strength coach Joe Savanah. He started on his high school varsity team as a freshman. This is quite an accomplishment considering his 4A division school plays in the toughest and highest competition level in Pennsylvania.

"I started as a defensive tackle my freshman year," he told in an earlier interview, "but played both defensive tackle and offensive line my sophomore year. I'll be starting both ways this year as well." Hartung said he is a "huge BYU fan" with a large family that follows Cougar football very closely. Several knowledgeable recruiting analysts say he needs to improve his speed and quickness to garner the scholarship offers he covets.

"I come from a family of 11. My mother is a BYU alumni so we are pretty big fans. It's the religion thing, I guess."

He has already received recruiting letters from national champions Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Clemson and Purdue. Even with high profile East Coast recruiting attention from major schools, Hartung said he would like play his college ball at BYU.

"I like Wisconsin. I also like Penn State because I'm from Pittsburgh and they have a good program. But if it came down to which school I would probably play football at, it would probably be BYU because of my religion," Hartung told TBS several months ago.

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