Class of 2006 defensive tackle prospect Nate Frere
is a three-sport athlete at Muscatine (Iowa) High School, but his sports of choice defy convention. In addition to being a first-team all-state football player, Frere was a varsity swimmer this past winter and he has played soccer recreationally since he was in preschool.
It is an interesting combination for the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Frere, who will be a four-year starter on Muscatine's offensive line and a three-year starter at defensive tackle this fall.
"It's unexpected for most people to hear that I swam this winter," Frere said with a laugh, during a telephone interview Sunday night.
Frere swam the 100 meter freestyle and the 50 free and he said he "actually got first place in a few heats."
"I was probably in the best shape this winter when I was swimming," Frere said. "I dropped a lot of weight and I was pretty lean and cut."
Frere has not played soccer for his high school; he plays club soccer in the summer. But he has never been asked to kick or punt for his football team.
"No, I'm not that good [at kicking]," Frere said.
He may not be a 275-pound kicker, but Frere has established himself as a fine lineman at Muscatine. In earning all-state and all-conference acclaim he had four sacks and 13 tackles for loss last season. Frere bench presses 320 pounds, squats 550 and runs the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds.
Colleges are taking notice. While Frere does not yet have a scholarship offer in hand, he is receiving strong interest from Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Stanford and Syracuse and less pronounced interest from Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Tech. He has attended junior days at Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Illinois.
Frere, whose older brother Nick is a freshman linebacker at Iowa State, did not claim any favorites. When pondering his college choice he said he will consider the overall football program, the academic majors available and the coaching staffs.
After attending Iowa and Iowa State football camps last fall, Frere feels he has a good idea of what schools are looking for when they consider granting him a scholarship offer.
"I went to Iowa State's camp last year and Iowa's camp last year and I think they just want to see how I've progressed from last year to this year and just to make sure that I'm the best bet for them," Frere said.
Frere is also leaning towards attending camps at Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.
Frere carries a 3.1 grade-point average in his core classes. He took the ACT Saturday.