Butler OT is one to watch this fall

The Butler Grizzlies are again loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, but one prospect that is currently flying under the radar as he recovers from an ACL injury is OG Nate Haremza (6-5, 320). The talented offensive line prospect has been hard at work getting ready for the 2011 football season and spoke with JCFootball.com recently about how things are progressing...

Haremza prepped at Larned (Ks.) High School and to say he wasn't used to winning would be an understatement.

"In high school I only won four games and if we win two games this year, then I will have won more in two years than I did between 6th and 12th grade," Haremza said with a bit of a chuckle. "I didn't even think that I was going to be able to play college football, so when I was in high school I really didn't take my schoolwork that seriously.

"It was a tough lesson to learn, but I'm totally on track now and it's been a great situation for me."

After a redshirt season in 2009, Haremza started every game at left guard last year despite two injuries.

"In the Coffeyville game, I sprained my ankle so I played on that for most of the year," Haremza noted. "Then with a couple games left, I tore the ACL in my left knee and had to play with that and the ankle.

"In January I got surgery on my knee and I missed the spring while I was rehabbing it. So far my recovery is going really well and I should be fine for fall camp, but I just have to keep working on things and rehabbing it to make sure it's strong and ready to go."

On the recruiting front, the Grizzlie coaches like to handle most of the early recruiting for their players and that's been the situation for Haremza.

"So far, Southern Illinois is the only school I've talked to," he said. "We had a lot of schools come through during spring ball and I know the coaches have talked to a lot of schools about me, but I'm really not that focused on recruiting.

"More than anything, I'm just making sure I'm healthy and ready to go this fall."

Haremza is on pace to finish things up this December and he will have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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