Upland (Calif.) quarterback Nate Romine spent his weekend at the New Level Athletics Elite 7on7 tournament, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he turned quite a few heads as he showcased his talented skill set and his big arm.
“I just want to be fundamentally sound with my mechanics and take mental reps even when it’s not my game. You just want to watch and get better. It’s really a mental game but mechanically, you want to stay on top of it,” he said.
Romine is patiently waiting his first offer and is receiving interest from Boise State, Northwestern, Duke, and New Hampshire. The quarterback, who has a 4.17 GPA, is also taking a close look at Ivy League programs.
“I want to take an unofficial visit to both Columbia and Harvard and just talk with administration there, and I want to take a trip to Boise State. I already have a visit to Northwestern set in stone,” he said.
Romine took a visit to the Broncos campus last summer and had the opportunity to talk with some of the coaches and get a feel for the program.
“When I took an unofficial last summer, I got to talk with Coach Chris Peterson. The way he talks and what he preaches makes it a place that I would want to be in, where character comes first, and then football. They aren’t looking for the five star athlete, they are looking for character and a football player after that,” he said.
Throughout the off-season, the 6’0, 185 lb. Romine is continuing to prove that though he may not be the tallest of quarterbacks, he is definitely one of the most driven.
“I’m lifting in the mornings and then I have quarterback session with my coach in the afternoon. At night I go to speed training; I’m really just becoming a player who can put the whole team on my back. I’m the one who’s going take the ball at third and inches versus just giving it to the running back,” he said.
At the weekend’s tournament, Romine showcased his ability to both read the field and extend the play and noted a few other strengths he has at the position.
“At Upland, we run both pro-style and spread offense, so I’m pretty comfortable with whatever offense I’m in. My legs and my accuracy are a huge benefit for me,” he said.
He’s continuing to spend the off-season sharpening his reads with Upland head coach Tim Salter and is working on getting stronger.
“All the reps I have been taking and getting the reads really embedded into my brain have really been helping me. I’m just going to keep training, working hard, and exploring the 7on7 circuit,” said Romine.
Romine is looking forward to his senior season and what will come from it.
"It’s really about representing Upland football to the best of my ability and showcasing that I am a Division-1 caliber athlete while getting wins for my high school,” he said.