Being a two-way starter at a Class AAAAAA contender is rare. Doing it for multiple seasons of your high school career is even more unlikely, but Lakeville North’s Nathan Boe isn’t any ordinary player. Boe started on the Panthers defensive…
Being a two-way starter at a Class AAAAAA contender is rare. Doing it for multiple seasons of your high school career is even more unlikely, but Lakeville North’s Nathan Boe isn’t any ordinary player.
Boe started on the Panthers defensive line for most of the past two seasons. He was also the team’s starting center last season. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder is expected to continue those roles as a senior next season in the hopes of helping North to its seventh state tournament berth in a row.
Boe said his strengths are quickness and explosiveness at the snap. He also said his passion for the game of football is a positive asset.
“I play with heart because I love the game and my teammates,” Boe said. “As long as I can help my team win, I’ll be happy.”
Lakeville North coach Brian Vossen said Boe has been tenacious in the trenches the past two seasons. He said Boe’s offseason work ethic has added 30 pounds to his frame since his sophomore year, helping Boe transform into a Division-I recruit.
“His speed and strength have improved tremendously,” Vossen said via email. “His confidence has grown on the field and in the offseason.”
Away from football, Boe is involved with the Lakeville school district’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program. He’s participated in the program the past two years and has built a 3D printer which he used to print a prosthetic arm.
“I get to build and create whatever I want with the 3D printers and the other technology we have,” Boe said via email.
Boe’s interest in science and math is something wants to foster in college. He said he’s undecided on a specific major, but believes either of those areas would be a great fit for his studies.
A great fit for his football career, Boe said, is a program where building relationships is a priority. He said he’s being recruited to play the offensive line and called the recruiting process “a fun ride”.
Boe’s taken visits to the University of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota State, South Dakota State and South Dakota this spring.
“Iowa and NDSU have contacted me the most,” Boe said. “All the colleges I have attended have impressed me.”
Boe does not have a scholarship offer to date. Vossen, whose program has churned out FCS and FBS players almost every year in his seven seasons as head coach, believes Boe is a Division-I lineman.
“He will lead [our team] up front on both sides of the ball,” Vossen said. “I think he will be in the conversation as one of the top lineman in our conference and possibly the state.”