Nathan Detwiler, a two-year football standout at tackle and defensive end for Hollidaysburg Area High School, will continue his education and football career at Dickinson College in Carlisle.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Detwiler is being looked at a defensive end by Dickinson. As a senior last fall for Hollidaysburg, Detwiler was an honorable mention all-state selection at offensive tackle and a second team WPIAL all-conference pick at defensive end.
As a junior in the 2009 season, Detwiler was a Mid-Alleghenies Conference first team selection.
"I probably did better as a tackle, but I like playing defense more,'' Detwiler said. "At defensive end, you always have an opportunity to make a play and be the star of a play by getting a sack or knocking down a pass.''
Detwiler, who also considered Johns Hopkins and Lycoming as college options, will major in pre-law at Dickinson in the hopes of becoming an attorney.
"They have a 3-3 program there, where you get your bachelor's degree in three years and come out as an attorney after six years,'' Detwiler said. "Football is a game that I love, and I'm looking forward to getting the opportunity to continue to gain the overall experience of football in college.''
Hollidaysburg coach John Barton felt that Detwiler was a valuable two-way player for his program the past two seasons.
"Nathan started on both sides of the ball, and did a great job,'' Barton said. "He provided leadership to a young offensive line, and was an instrumental part of our defense as well.''
Detwiler prided himself on playing good positional football at Hollidaysburg.
"I believe that I out-think my opponents a lot, and I like being prepared,'' said Detwiler, who will graduate in the top 10 percent of his high school class this spring. "I may not be the strongest player, but I like to be fundamentally sound in my technique, and I know my roles on the field.''