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He didn’t have a top five. He didn’t have a flashy commitment video. He had no secrets to hide about his recruiting process. He knew that if Arizona State University gave him an offer, that’s where he was going to end up. And that’s exactly what happened for Centennial High School offensive guard Marshal Nathe.
“I was never big on the whole recruiting process,” Nathe said. “I knew if [Arizona State] offered, that’s where I was going to go.”
The Arizona native’s strong feelings for ASU stems from a “home state” appeal that brought back memories from his childhood.
“This is where I grew up,” Nathe said. “I’ve always been a fan of the Sun Devils.”
Nathe recalls being assimilated into Arizona State’s football culture by attending games on Thursdays and Saturdays. From a young age, he looked up to the school’s players and traditions.
After visiting, the evident bond between both coaches and players intensified his feelings towards Arizona State’s program.
“The brotherhood of ASU really stood out to me,” Nathe said. “And there’s nothing like the relationships with the coaches.”
After receiving offers from Army and Navy, Nathe then received his offer from Arizona State the summer before his senior year.
Already with an offer from his top choice, Nathe would be able to focus on improving his game without the uncertainty of his future. That was the case until midway through his final season when an injury sustained during pregame warm-ups would sideline him for the rest of the year.
“There was a loud pop…and I felt my knee jolt,” Nathe said.
Despite the immediate concern, Nathe was cleared to play after the training staff was unable to identify a serious injury. He conceded that he struggled through the constant pain in his leg.
“I was able to finish the game,” Nathe said. “But the next morning, I couldn’t walk.”
Two doctors told him that it wasn’t an ACL injury, suggesting that it could just be a torn meniscus. But the results of an MRI showed Nathe that he played the entire game with a torn ACL.
Arizona State was very supportive of Nathe even after his injury. Knowing that his interest in their program was so strong, they made sure it was known that his offer would not be taken away.
Nathe is currently three and a half months out of surgery and is now cleared by doctors to start jogging again. Now, his priority is getting back to full health in time for football season.
He says that his ability to adapt is one of the strongest areas of his game, and this should be able to propel him through the rest of his recovery.
“My body will be where it needs to be,” Nathe said. “I’ll be ready to compete for a spot.”
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