In a high-school season with only 11 games, totaling eight interceptions is impressive. However, when that is combined with being targeted only about 20 times, it becomes almost unbelievable.
That was Roswell High School's Ethan Nation's sophomore campaign for the Hornets in 2020. The 2023 defensive back has received offers from dozens of Division 1 schools and most recently received an offer from Georgia.
We caught up with Nation following a workout with the defensive back guru, Oliver Davis.
As a lockdown corner on the high-school level, Nation didn't get too many opportunities to turn the opposition over, but he capitalized on the chances he did get:
"You know you don't get that many opportunities as a corner. So I just feel like if the ball's in the air, it's mine no matter what. So I tried to capitalize off the very few targets I had this year."
One thing is for sure when visiting an Oliver Davis workout, you're going to find out pretty quickly whether or not a young player like Nation has elite ball skills. Every drill ends with a football, and for Nation, every drill ends with a catch.
Davis went so far as to say that of all the young defensive backs he trains, Nation and Mill Creek's Caleb Downs have the best ball skills of them all. Downs is already committed to the 2023 Adidas All-American Game.
As for Georgia, Nation says he talks to the staff on a consistent basis. With Nation being only a sophomore, he's responsible for initiating that contact with the staff and he says Georgia is the school he talks to the most.
As for what the loss of Charlton Warren does for Nation's thoughts on potentially ending up at Georgia, he says that he didn't have that much time to develop a relationship with Warren, and though it's a loss, he says Georgia remains at the top of his list early in his recruitment process.
Nation says he believes in head coach Kirby Smart's ability to develop him as the best defensive back possible, and ultimately help him accomplish his dream of playing in the NFL.
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