Martinsburg QB Gets Offer, Talks About Plans

Martinsburg High School quarterback Nathan Sowers has received his first scholarship offer, but expects to get many more as he moves toward his senior year of play.

"West Virginia was my first," Nathan Sowers told of the scholarship offer the Mountaineer coaching staff made to him a few days ago. "That's important to me. I'll always consider them first, because they were the first ones to offer me. It's my home state school, too, and that's important."

Sowers has already received interest from a number of schools, and doesn't seem, at this point, to be leaning toward making an early decision.

"I'm just taking it as I go, but if I have a preference I would like to stay somewhere local and close to home," the Bulldog quarterback noted. "I'll listen to what anyone has to say, and look at what they have to offer, but I'd like to stay near home if I can."

Sowers put up excellent numbers while earning first team AAA all state honors as a junior last year, and despite the departure of teammate Brandon Barrett to WVU, the confident senior-to-be believes that Martinsburg should again have a good passing attack.

"Our receiving corps might not have a dominant guy like Brandon was last year, but we do have some guys coming up who I think will be good. In some ways, that might make us tougher to defend, because the defense won't be able to concentrate on one guy.

"Brandon was my go-to guy," Sowers continued. "I've grown up with him, and he's a great athlete. We knew what each other could do, and he was always there when we needed a play."

Barrett's committment and subsequent signing with West Virginia could well have an effect on Sowers, who said it would be great to have someone he already knows at a school that he attends.

In additon to the familiarity factor, Sowers is also looking for a school that runs an offense he likes (again, WVU qualifies) and one where he can study in the exercise physiology field.

Sowers is a multisport athlete who plays basketball and runs track in addition to football. He competed on three different relay teams (4x100, 4x200 and 4x400) in last year's state meet, and obviously has outstanding speed for the quarterback position. In a bit of an odd combination, he also throws the discus, something he learned from his brothers, both of whom hurled the apparatus.

Sowers participated with his teammates at West Virginia's 7 on 7 passing camp last year, and plans to attend that function again this summer. He also will likely attend WVU's one-day rising senior camp, but also may check out some other offers.

"Maryland and Tennessee have also invited me to their camps, so I may go to those too, said Sowers of his busy summer schedule, which also includes play in a summer basketball league. "But I'll definitely be at West Virginia too."

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