Jonathan Nathaniel from Basha (AZ) was recently recognized by the staff of Blue-Grey Football during a stop on the nationwide Jersey Presentation Tour. Rightfully so, given the fact that he is one of West Coast’s more high-profile players from the Class of 2017.
Despite the acknowledgement, though grateful for the attention, the 6-foot-5 and 275-pound senior offensive lineman apparently still has something to prove. Nathaniel would like nothing more than to have his name mentioned in the same sentence as the country’s best.
He’ll soon receive the all-important opportunity to hopefully cement his desired elite-level status on the national level at the brand’s All-American Bowl on Dec. 22 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. Once there, Nathaniel will be a member of West vs. East.
Worth mentioning, following Nathaniel’s highly anticipated effort, two other games take place shortly thereafter: Jan. 14 at Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field and Jan. 21 at Oakland Raiders’ Coliseum. All the action will take place on ESPN3 or Impact Football Network.
“This is a once in a lifetime chance, so I’m going out there in the All-American Bowl with a chip on my shoulder and the plan is to show everyone what I can do against some of the best around,” Nathaniel said. “This my time to leave it all on the field. I’l be ready.”
Make no mistake about it, it’s not as if he’s a complete unknown on the recruiting scene. He first emerged on the radar, stood out in crowd, at the brand’s All-American Combine (Desert Regional) in mid-April at Arizona Cardinals’ University of Phoenix Stadium.
Since then, the exposure has not slowed down. Nathaniel now has double-digit scholarship offers in place and schools from the Mountain West Conference were first to jump the bandwagon. However, odds are, he ends up at program from the Pac-12 Conference.
In the meantime, it’s business as usual and Nathaniel is focused on the task at hand: Putting his best foot forward during the game in the Lone Star State. “Watch out, he’s going to open up eyes,” said NFL veteran and All-American Bowl coach Mark McMillian.