Future Falcon an "Iron Man"

Nate Romine

The Air Force coaches had been keeping tabs on Nate Romine throughout his senior season at Upland High School in California's San Bernardino County. The 6-foot, 190-pound quarterback showed them what they wanted to see. After an offer was extended from Jake Campbell it didn't take Romine long to accept and become a member of the 2013 Falcon recruiting class.

"Coach Campbell said they knew that I could sling it," said Nate Romine, "but they wanted to see more athleticism from me to know that I could run their offense. Coach Morgan really liked me and Coach Campbell said seeing me play live made a big difference.

"At Air Force, I have the opportunity to play high Division 1 football in the Mountain West Conference and serve my country. I saw it as an offer I couldn't refuse. I owe it to myself to give back to my country. It's an honorable duty to serve. I believe going to the Air Force Academy will help set me up for the rest of my life."

In his second year as starting quarterback, Romine threw for 2700 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 1000 with 13 touchdowns. He proved himself to be a true duel-threat at quarterback while leading his team to a 12-1 overall record in highly competitive CIF Southern Section.

"We were a lot different team this year as far as proven talent," Romine said. "I developed as a leader at quarterback. We grew as a team together and had a lot of fun. It was a great experience. Looking back, I'm most proud of my record of 24 and 2 as a starter the past two seasons. This year, I used my legs more. Last year we were more of a passing team. It worked out well because I got to show Air Force what I could do as a runner with the ball in my hands. I got better at knowing when to pass it or pull it down and take off on the ground."

Romine's post-season accolades include MVP of the Baseline League and first team CIF Southern Section. Soon after Christmas, Romine will set his sights on Colorado Springs.

"I've never been on campus," he explained. "On [December] 26th my girlfriend and I are planning on going up to the Air Force Academy. Then I'll be taking my official visit on January 11th.

"I'm going straight into the Academy. I'm going to hit the ground running when I arrive and do my best to push the starter for playing time. I think that will help make the guy ahead of me a better player and will help the team. My other goal is to do well academically. I want to be one of the top students in my class."

Romine earned the team's "Iron Man Award" with a best combination of snatch, bench, squat, power clean, and forty yard dash. He beat notable Highlander teammates Joe Mathis, James Johnson, Delvin Batiste, and Jeffrey Farrar for the honor. It's safe to say Air Force is getting an athlete in Romine.

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