One of the top quarterbacks at the recent Dana Hills Air Strike Passing Tournament was 2013 prospect Nate Romine, who has a couple talented wide receivers around him which means a big junior season could be ahead.
Romine is currently hearing from Oregon, Boise State, Northwestern and New Hampshire but it's still early so big things could happen moving forward. The Upland, Calif., recruit said he's just looking to prove himself and that recruiting will take care of itself during his junior year and beyond.
"I'm out there hungry like I was my freshman year," Romine said. "I'm trying to prove a point to everybody that I'm a Division I football player and that I belong."
Recently, Romine and some Upland teammates visited Oregon and Oregon State and he said the trip went great. The Ducks are an early favorite but Romine said he wants to remain open to all programs especially because it's so early.
"It was a great trip and a great environment," Romine said. "The weather is awesome and the coaching staffs at both schools were awesome. It was a great experience and I want to go up there as much as possible.
"My No. 1 choice is I want to be an Oregon Duck but I'm open to everything and I want to prove to everybody that I can be a main guy and I'm going to work hard."
Romine was in Eugene for Oregon's spring game last year and the environment was outstanding, he said. That was a special memory early in his recruitment but Romine doesn't want to get locked in anywhere so he can keep all his options available heading into his junior season.
Still, Oregon continues to stick out more than the others.
"The environment is just great," Romine said. "I remember last year I went for the spring game and the crowd is so into it. They were packing the place for the spring game. The coaching staff seems great and I just really like it."