Nate Stone has proven to be a valuable player on both sides of the all for Greensburg (PA) Central Catholic.
As a junior, the 6-0, 230-pound Stone finished with 112 tackles, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries on defense. On the offensive side of the ball, as a slot receiver, Stone caught 13 passes for 312 yards and five touchdowns.
As if the football side of it wasn't enough, Stone also gets it done in the classroom. The result has been a pair of offers from some Ivy League schools.
I picked up two from Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania," Stone said. "I busted my butt, academically, the last three years. I've talked to a lot of Ivy League schools. Yale is supposed to call me. It's kind of like a dream come true for these schools like Cornell and Penn to offer. It's really exciting."
Stone says an offer from a BCS school would be nice, too. However, he already sees the benefit of possibly going to an Ivy League school.
A BCS offer, it's nice; a lot of kids get it, and a lot of kids don't," Stone said. "For me, the biggest thing with an Ivy League school is the degree you can get from there is going to set you for life. I can go to an Akron, a Pitt or a Penn State; they're all great schools. A Princeton, a Penn, a Yale, Cornell, they have connections that other schools don't."
Stone says he's leaning towards majoring in business or finance.
He's got an early jump on his offseason, already participating in the King of the Spring 7-on-7, working out at linebacker.
"We got a great founder in Ayo (Fap)," Stone said. "He put a lot into this, some of the best kids from Western PA. It's a real chill environment out here. This great teams, and its just getting your work in to compare yourself to other kids from around here. It gets you to get that feel. You get to run around. No matter what kind of football you're playing, it's going to be a physical game."
Though he's happy with the two offers he's gotten, Stone won't stop there. He's scheduled a nice mix of schools for his summer camp schedule.
"Duquesne, Temple, I'm going to go to Youngstown State, Villanova, and I know I have Penn and Princeton in July," Stone said. "I might try to get down to West Virginia. I don't know about the Pitt camp yet. I know my quarterbacks a going down on a creating day, so I'll go and help them out a little bit. I think that's the second week of June."
If that's not enough, Stone is also looking forward to doing some 7-on-7 tournaments with his Greensburg Central team.