LDS OL Hartung Has Five Offers; Awaits More

A prep LDS offensive lineman from Pennsylvania, one of the strongest in the country with a power lifting gold medal, has five scholarship offers in hand from West Virginia, Syracuse, Kansas, Temple and Akron, but none from one-time favorite BYU.

Nate Hartung, at 6-3 and 390-pounds, has participated in two BYU summer camps and is currently playing his senior season at Butler High School.

Hartung attended the Notre Dame summer camp this year and noted, "Right now, my favorite is Notre Dame. I went to football camp there this year and the coaches are taking a look at me."

Of the schools that have offered, he likes Syracuse and West Virginia the most.

When asked about any recruiting attention from BYU, he said he hasn't heard anything except for a media guide they sent in the mail. He conceded he does not expect an offer from BYU, but if they did, they would be "in the mix."

Hartung and his immediate family have been longtime BYU fans.

Though BYU coaches cannot comment on recruits, a possible reason for their lack of interest in Hartung may have to do with his weight and his unimpressive speed. In recent years, the Cougars seem to be focusing their offensive line recruiting targets on strong, mobile and quick prospects.

Several editors were at BYU's summer camp last year and watched as Hartung was hand-timed at over 6.0 in the 40-yard dash.

"They (BYU) have seen plenty of me. I've been out to their football camps," Hartung said. "The fact is they recruit hard in-state and on the west coast because that's where the school is."

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