Commonwealth Journal

February 26, 2014

Nate Roskind signs with Pikeville

By DOUG EADS, CJ Correspondent
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — At 6-feet-four inches and 265 pounds, Pulaski County’s Nate Roskind wasn’t too hard to find on Friday night’s last fall.

Roskind — a relatively unknown commodity coming into the 2013 football season for the Maroons — simply dominated opponents at the line of scrimmage from his defensive end position, and was a large reason why PC’s defense was much improved last year, on its way to a 14-1 record and a runner-up finish to Bowling Green in the Class 5 A State Championship Football Game.

Based on a very strong senior season, Roskind is an unknown commodity no more.

Earlier this month, the Pulaski County senior inked his name with Pikeville University, signing to play his collegiate football with a Bears program that has steadily been on the rise under the leadership of legendary coach Dudley Hilton.

“The main reason why I chose Pikeville was because I connected with the coaches really well,” stated Roskind.

“Also, they’re going to Division II this year and I wanted to be a part of that growth,” added the PC senior. “Their head coach (Dudley Hilton) has obviously been very, very successful at the high school level, so I’m very excited to play for him and see how he can help me develop both as a player and as a person at the collegiate level.”

Roskind is part of a signing class that is 68 strong — that’s correct, 68 players have signed to play at Pikeville during the spring signing period, and Roskind says he’s very proud to, not only be associated with his fellow incoming freshmen, but he really likes the makeup of the veterans that will be returning to the squad as well.

“They have a very great atmosphere up here, and all the players are down to earth kind of people and aren’t very cocky or full of themselves at all,” Roskind said. “They’re a bunch of guys that seem to just want to work hard and make everybody around them better, and that’s the kind of guys that I wanted to play with at the next level.”

As for the man that coach Roskind during his high school playing days, Pulaski County head coach Johnny Hines says that in Roskind, Pikeville got an absolute steal in the signing of the Maroon defensive end.

“I think it’s a good steal for Pikeville,” said Hines. “Nate played with us a young freshman, and then he was home-schooled for a time, and then he came back with us last season as a senior.”

“He’s very green, when it comes to just pure football skills and ability, because he hasn’t played that much,” remarked the Pulaski County head coach. “And, that’s an exciting thought, when you see his size and speed and strength, and all the physical tools that he possesses. I think it’s a great move by coach (Dudley) Hilton and his staff over there at Pikeville. They kind of got a diamond in the rough in my opinion.”

Roskind not only played at defensive end last season at PC, but he also spent time on the offensive side of the football, displaying his versatility and his athleticism.

And, despite the fact he helped the Maroons on the offensive side of the football, the PC coach says it’s on the defensive side where he believes his former player will make his contributions for the Bears when all is said and done.

“Nate have a very good year for us last season,” said Hines. “He came in and we started working him as a defensive end, which I think is probably his best position and what he’s going to play at the next level.”

“We had some issues on the offensive line, and we got him some work at offensive tackle, and then when Mason Helton went down with his season-ending knee injury, we got Nate some work at the tight end position,” continued the Maroon coach. “So, he played a lot of different positions last year and kind of got thrown into the fire, but he excelled no matter where we put him.”

Pikeville is coming off a 7-4 season from a year ago, and is a program that is on a major upswing.

With 68 new players now signed for the 2014 recruiting class, coach Hilton as one might imagine is very excited about the direction of the Pikeville football program.

“We are really excited about this group of young men joining us, I’m just listed as the head man, but I have a great staff behind me that helped build this class,” stated the Pikeville head coach.

“The program keeps going in the right direction,” Hilton added. “When I started we only had a few seniors, now we’re looking at having over 20. I’m excited to start another year with these guys.”

As was the case heading into training camp last season, Roskind will no doubt be flying under the radar when he arrives on campus in the fall at Pikeville.

However, if he continues to play the way he did for the Maroons in the fall of ‘13, Pikeville opponents will get to know who he is very quickly.