Nathon Trawick may still be in high school, but there's no denying he's a powerful young man. He stands at an even 6-foot, weighs 290 pounds and has a max bench of 420 pounds and a max box squat of 765 pounds. He says his arms are at least 19 inches around. For those keeping score at home, that's just shy of being equal to the circumference of the average grown man's head.
As terrifying as all of that sounds, it's good news for Miami fans who won't have to worry about him chasing after their quarterback in future seasons. The eighth commitment in the RedHawks 2015 recruiting class, Trawick fits the mold of the players making up what is a solid class so far: big, strong, ready for work.
"Nothing is promised to anybody. I feel like if I come out and work hard enough I can definitely be in the mix my freshman year. Come out, work hard enough, work to the best of my abilities so I can get some playing time," Trawick told Hustle Belt.
Trawick chose Miami over offers from Ball State, Kent State and Toledo, citing a comfort level with the RedHawks as one of the main deciding factors.
"Out of all the schools that have offered me it's the best fit for me," Trawick said of Miami. "I feel the most comfortable with them. I feel like coach [Chuck] Martin is ready to take over the program and really start doing something special down in Oxford, Ohio."
A native of Richmond, Indiana (just about 30 minutes Northwest of Miami's campus) Trawick is well aware of Miami's storied past, as well as the recent struggles.
"I looked past the 0-12 season ...," he said. "There's just a lot of rich tradition at Miami. It's got a really good past, especially with the cradle of coaches.
"They're hungry. They're ready to roll. They're ready to win. It's kind of different from some of the other programs that offered me. You know, some of them are winning and they're really good right now, but Miami, it's their chance. They're hungry and they're working right now."
Speaking of other schools, Trawick is receiving interest from several Big 10 schools, and picked up his fifth offer just hours before talking with Hustle Belt on Thursday evening.
Blessed to say I picked up my 5th Division 1 offer from UTEP!! University of Texas at El Paso.
— Nathon Trawick (@2TraysBigNate) June 5, 2014
Yet still, the 2013 All-State honorable mention out of Richmond High is flying under the radar, presumably because of his height. Trawick says it's providing motivation to him for his senior season, and for his camp stints at Indiana and Cincinnati this summer to prove to teams he's bigger than his 6-foot height mark suggests.
But Miami fans shouldn't be worried about Trawick decommitting anytime soon. It appears the school's impressive academic reputation was one of Trawick's determining factors in going with the RedHawks vs. waiting out offers from other schools.
"I love playing football, but you know someday it's going to come to an end. Getting a great degree means a lot to me, I'm just excited for the opportunity to come play football at this Division I level and also get a free education with that," the future business management major said.