Player Spotlight: Nathan Costa

California signal caller Nathan Costa is beginning to turn heads across the country. Costa will be heading east this summer to do some 'camping', and as we told you on Friday in the HN Clubhouse, our member's only forum where the inside information is posted first, he intends to pay a visit to Iowa City during his journey. Learn more in this update on Costa and take a look at his highlight video's...

Our next interview comes from Hilmar (Hilmar, CA) HS QB Nathan Costa. Nathan returns as one of California's best QB prospects. This is what the young man had to say…


PrepCA: What were your stats from last season?

Nathan Costa: 137 comp. 255 att. 2249 yards 23 TDs 6 ints - 104 carries 662 yards 6 TDs


PrepCA: What is your official height and weight?

Nathan: I am a completely legitimate 6'1" and 195 lbs.


PrepCA: What is your greatest football memory?

Nathan: My greatest football memory is having the chance to play in the section championship game as a sophomore. The roar of the crowd after they called my name and as I walked down the tunnel has yet to be matched.


PrepCA: What are your goals for the upcoming season?

Nathan: My team goal is to go a perfect 13-0 to win the league and section titles. My personal goals are to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for another 1,000.


PrepCA: How are you preparing for the upcoming season?

Nathan: I am preparing by following a weight-lifting program four days a week, practicing with my teammates to get the timing down, and training with resistance to gain speed.


PrepCA: What summer camps have you attended or will attend?

Nathan: Last year I attended the MSL Combine at Berkeley, Nike Camp at Stanford, Elite 11 Workout at Cal, Fresno State's Camp, Cal's Camp, and Bob Johnson's QB Camp in Mission Viejo. This year I plan on attending the MSL, Nike, Elite 11. At this point my summer is very up in the air. I am going to give it a little more thought on which schools I really want to go after. I will probably go back East and hit the Northwestern and Iowa camps. Everything else is unknown at this point.


PrepCA: What were your impressions of Scout's 1st combine a few weeks ago that you attended?

Nathan: I like the way that Scout runs their combine's. They run it in the same fashion as the NFL combine in Indianapolis. A lot of the drills are very similar. It was a great environment, lots of kids challenging and encouraging each other, that's what makes it fun.


PrepCA: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?

Nathan: I have worked hard on my defensive recognition and ability to read defenses. There was a time when I never had to read the defense, but high school football has forced me to learn. I would like to keep improving on this part of my game because the defenses just keep getting more complex week after week throughout the season and they will definitely get more complex at the next level.


PrepCA: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?

Nathan: I have a receiver who is currently a freshman. He will play Varsity this upcoming season. His name is Jonathan Tristao he is a physical specimen with great hands, speed and he has all the strength in the world. He is going to force defenses to respect him and I think he will be the next kid from Hilmar, after me, to get a D1 scholarship.


PrepCA: Name one teammate you really respect and why?

Nathan: I have a receiver on my team who definitely wasn't blessed with all the talent in the world but he's got a lot of heart. He's a tiny little guy and he gives 100% on every play. He always runs routes at full speed and never gives up. The kid is very inspirational. His name is Frank Borba.


PrepCA: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?

Nathan: My first goal is to pick the place that is perfect for me, a place where I fit in well. Then I want to start as early as possible. I want to have a great college career that will propel me into the NFL.


PrepCA: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?

Nathan: I am currently being recruited by a lot of schools. Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Fresno State, Northwestern, Iowa, Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Ole Miss, Maryland, Stanford and a lot of others. I currently have no offers but I think that they will be coming very soon.


PrepCA: What would your top 5 college choices be?

Nathan: My top 5 is: 1. Arizona, 2. Northwestern, 3. Oregon, 4. Washington, 5. Boise State.


PrepCA: What are you looking for when choosing a school?

Nathan: I am looking for a school with a prestigious tradition, who has a coach that will be around for my whole stay at that school, an opportunity to play early and a chance at a good education.


PrepCA: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?

Nathan: Probably Shawn Sweeney from Ripon High. He is a very big and athletic defensive end who plays from sideline to sideline, has great strength and a motor that never stops.


PrepCA: What other sports do you play?

Nathan: I play basketball.


PrepCA: What are your best lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40?

Nathan: I have put up 285 on the bench, 425 on the squat, never maxed out on the power clean and I have ran a 4.74 forty yard dash.


PrepCA: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?

Nathan: He would probably describe me as a leader and a play-maker who never gives up.


PrepCA: Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Nathan: My favorite current athlete is Brett Favre because he is such a great competitor and is the original gun slinger.


PrepCA: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Nathan: My coach once told me to never let your opponent see your frustration or your weaknesses.


PrepCA: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?

Nathan: You can expect a tight-knit team with a hard-nosed defense and a very explosive offense. We are going to win a lot of games.


PrepCA: What can a college program expect from you as a player?

Nathan: A program can expect someone who will work harder than anyone else and someone who is prepared to play early and be a leader.


The staff at PrepCA would like to thank Nathan for his time and thank Hilmar coach Craig Handy for setting this interview up. Anyone wishing to contact Nathan may email

Click Here to go to Costa's player profile, and access his video's at the links on the lower left portion of his page.

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