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Goddard’s Nate Stone signs with ENMU

Goddard senior Nate Stone signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play college football at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales this fall. From left, Larry Stone, father; Nate Stone; Amrie Stone, sister; and Maribel Stone, mother. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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By Zac Alfers
Special to RDR Sports

The Goddard High School football program continues to produce collegiate talent after GHS senior Nate Stone signed a National Letter of Intent this Wednesday. Stone will be strapping it up for the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds this fall.

Stone is a big physical receiver with a keen ability to highpoint the football and is not afraid to mix it up in the run game when necessary. Not just an offensive standout, Stone is also a talented defender and was a First Team All-State selection at defensive back following his junior season.

Born into a household full of football fanatics, Stone naturally gravitated toward the sport and has been playing since he was 6 years old. Stone played many sports growing up including basketball and track and field but ultimately settled on football in part due to his family’s passion for the game.

One of Stone’s biggest role models, and a player he admits he has molded his game around, is six-time pro bowler and former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. Stone admired how aggressive Johnson was during jump-ball scenarios and it inspired Stone to focus on his own leaping abilities.

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Stone remembers his first high school touchdown clearly and that specific play closely resembles the play of his idol. Coming off a 35-yard fade route, Stone was able to channel his inner Calvin Johnson as he out-jumped two defenders and hauled in the ball for the score.

One area of his game that Stone has adamantly been trying to improve, as he prepares for college ball, is his route running. Specifically, he is working on developing sharper cuts and the ability to explode out of his breaks.

Most Saturdays, Stone travels to Albuquerque and trains with some semi-professional football players from the Duke City Gladiators. Stone loves the competition these training sessions present and it allows him to compare his game to high-caliber talent.

When he isn’t in the Burque, Stone works out with his father and more recently his new personal trainer.

“I would like to give a shout out to one of my trainers and mentors, Jason Hughes,” said a grateful Stone. “He’s helped me with my weightlifting over the summer and taught me some techniques I didn’t know that have made me better.”

At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Stone is a physical specimen and it’s easy to see why he has garnered so much attention at the next level. With an impressive 4.5 40-yard dash time, Stone’s elite speed allows him to stretch the field vertically and take the top off the defense.

Stone said his skillset will mesh perfectly with the talented receiving corp already assembled on Eastern’s roster. One part of his game that Stone takes a lot of pride in is his blocking and the ability to create running lanes downfield for his running back. His intangibles combined with his unique skillset will make him an instant contributor for the ‘Hounds.

“The main thing I want people to know about me is that I am a hardworking football player,” said Stone. “I don’t give up, I love the game and I always play with heart.”

Stone plans on getting his undergraduate degree in psychology and upon completion, plans to pursue a master’s degree in the same field of study.

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