Romine Nearly Perfect

Upland (Calif.) quarterback Nate Romine, who is now 22-1 as the Scots' starter, continues to receive interest from programs...

Upland (Calif.) quarterback Nate Romine has continued to impress with his big arm, receiving attention from a variety of college programs over the past few months.

Though some have said that the 6-foot, 185-pound signal-caller is undersized, there's one thing no one can argue with: his record on the field.

After two seasons as Upland's starting quarterback, Romine is 22-1, the only loss coming in the playoffs last season. On Friday night, Romine picked up his most recent win in a 57-39 victory over Etiwanda (Calif.); the win meant back to back undefeated regular seasons for the Scots.

"The season has been fun; I've really been enjoying it, just hanging out with the guys and playing football, winning along the way," he said after the game.

The offense has relied enormously on the talent of their quarterback. Though he had always shown off accuracy and an ability to execute with his arm, Romine incorporated his legs into the equation this season.

"Last year, I ran when I had to. This season, I've become more of a dual-threat quarterback. Coach [Tim] Salter's joke was 'the only returning running back is Nate', so I was the focal part of the run game, but it's important that we are good at passing, too," he said.

Ten games into the season and the first round of playoffs mere days away, Romine reflects upon his junior year and can see a massive improvement on the field, especially when it comes to leadership.

"I think I've most improved this season at being there when the team needs me to make a big play and no one else can do it. I've taken the team on my back and have just become the unique point of the offense," he said.

He's also happy to have his main target return to the team, as receiver and safety James Johnson, an Arizona State commit, missed the latter part of their junior season due to injury.

"Having him back on the field is great. He commands the field with such a presence and he's a very uplifting part of our team. He makes big plays, but that's obvious," he said.

Romine remains optimistic about his football future and is receiving continued interest from a few programs.

"I'm still hearing from Air Force, Yale, University of San Diego, and Boise State has jumped back into the mix. Schools still keep telling me that they want to see more film. More of the same thing," he said.

With his record-and a ring-on the line, recruiting has taken a back-burner to the season.

"I'm going to take my visits after season. Right now I'm focused on finishing things up, winning out in November and hopefully get a game in December," he said.

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