January 28, 2011

Strock has the NFL bloodline

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This past high school football season saw a lot of sophomore quarterbacks put up big numbers in the state of Ohio. One of the best of that group is Tri-Valley product Nathan Strock, the nephew of former Miami Dolphins quarterback Don Strock. On the season, the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder threw for more than 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns in helping to lead his Tri-Valley team into the second round of the Ohio High School playoffs.

"It was an unbelievable season," said Strock. "Pretty much what helped our team out the most was probably our seniors. They pretty much led the way for us and it was a team effort and there's not much else you can really say about it, we just came out and worked our butts off."

Strock's outstanding play and potential already have him on the radar of both Cincinnati and Ohio State's coaching staffs and in November he was able to make it to Columbus for the Michigan game.

"It was amazing," Strock said. "They brought us in and talked to us a little bit about the gold pants that they win and then we went down on the field and all the players were down there. We sat in the front row and watched the game from there, it was an unbelievable experience."

Strock hasn't had a chance to speak with the staff since the game, but he does plan to make a return trip to Columbus in the not too distant future.

"I'm pretty sure that my coach is going to setup the OSU camp for me," Strock said. "I'm going to that one for sure. (As far as other camps) I'll probably just wait it out and see what my options are."

As someone who was born in Ohio but spent a large part of his childhood in South Florida, it comes as no surprise that Strock would have the Buckeyes as well as the Miami Hurricanes among his favorite schools.

"Miami, Ohio State, and Penn State would be my favorites" Strock said.

  • Miami - Their program is really nice. I went down there when I lived in Florida because my brother was going to go there and he had an injury so he couldn't play college football. It's a nice school. I love the football team and I've always followed them since I was a kid.

  • Ohio State - I like everything. They have a nice campus and I was born in Ohio and my dad really likes them. He's a huge Ohio State fan and they just really grew on me.

  • On Penn State - I like their football team and they play really hard so that's a big reason (why I like them).

    For now Strock will turn his attention to baseball in the spring and once that is over he's hoping to make some improvements in the off-season so that he can have an even better junior year on the gridiron.

    "I just want to work hard, stay in shape and put on some weight and just get in the right mindset for next season," he said.

    Marc Givler is a freelancer based in the state of Ohio


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