DL Nate Lohn makes a second SU visit

Staley High School (Kansas City) defensive lineman Nathanael Lohn made his second trip to Palo Alto last weekend for the Cardinal's home game with UCLA.

"It was really incredible," Nathanael Lohn said. "I really enjoyed that visit, it was wonderful. We got to do a lot of really cool stuff like meet Condoleeza Rice, and obviously it was a wonderful game. It's obviously pretty impressive. The quality of people at Stanford is pretty high. Being around that type of people is something that's pretty awesome, I think."

Lohn, who previously visited The Farm for a Stanford junior day last spring, said that getting to spend more time around the current Cardinal players provided an added bonus this go-around.

"Another thing that was a little bit nice about this time is I got to go and be around the players," Lohn said. "I got to be around the players last time, but I got to spend a little bit more time around the players than I did last time and I also got to be around some of the recruits. I really liked them a lot, Graham Shuler and Conner Crane."

Lohn also had high marks for the Stanford game day experience.

"I have yet to see a college football game where the team I'm rooting for hasn't won, but this was just another college game experience I got to have," Lohn said. "At Stanford, in Palo Alto, the stadium at night is just, it's hard to compare to really anything. It's pretty awesome. Seeing the fans and the band and just the whole community really coming out to support the Cardinal, I really thought that was pretty awesome."

Although Lohn doesn't claim any leaders or top schools, it's a safe bet Stanford has cemented itself among the defensive lineman's favorites.

"As far as Stanford goes and my visit, I love the place," Lohn said. "There's really no other thing I could say than I loved it. Coach Shaw was talking to all of the other athletic recruits there just about if you could come up with your perfect college, your dream college, what would it look like? It was hard to say it didn't look a lot like Stanford. Awesome football, great academics, unrivaled academics really, and a great environment surrounded by great people, so that was kind of a realization I had there. But at the same time, I'm just praying about it. I want to go where I feel called to go, and that's what I'm trying to figure out."

With his decision-making process still ongoing, Lohn said he doesn't have any sort of timeline for making a verbal commitment.

"[I'll commit] when it feels right," Lohn said. "I want to make sure there's a spot for me at Stanford, that's something I'm always checking in on and making sure, because I do love the university quite a bit."

As such, it comes as no surprise that Lohn, who reports a cumulative GPA around 3.85, has been hard at work on the Stanford application.

"I've actually probably spent the past 12 hours doing the application and writing essays and all that, so really all that's left for me is to go over my essays probably a fourth time, again with my English teacher and just make sure everything is squared away," Lohn said. "Hopefully by the end of this week I'll have it sent it.

"I have worked very, very hard on my application, I can assure you that, so hopefully they realize that when they're looking over all my stuff. That's something that I feel pretty confident about. I wouldn't send it in if I didn't."

Lohn, who visited Iowa unofficially earlier this fall, said he has no other trips currently scheduled.

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