Montrose’s Robertson signs to play baseball at Mesa State College
It was a matter of what sport Nathan Robertson wanted to play.
The Montrose High School three-sport athlete was a first-team all-conference player in football, basketball and baseball.
A three-year, two-way starter on the football team, Robertson was also the leading scoring for the basketball team, averaging 17.9 points per game last season.
But his heart is in baseball.
Thursday, Robertson signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Mesa State College.
“I’m really excited and it’s a good opportunity to go down there and compete,” Robertson said. “There were many reasons, but for what they offered me, it was the best choice.”
Robertson was a first-team all-Southwestern League infielder the past two seasons, and helped lead the Indians to a 20-4 record last season.
The Indians advanced to the Class 4A state tournament, going 1-2.
Robertson should be fresh for the baseball season. He sustained a Lisfranc joint injury to his right foot on Sept. 10. The injury required surgery, which forced Robertson to miss the rest of the football season.
He won’t be ready for basketball season, but should be able to play baseball this spring.
“My foot is getting much better,” Robertson said. “I want to have my best season this year, and I just want to get better.”
Robertson also pitches for the Indians, but will strictly play middle infield for the Mavericks.
“He has the ability to be a good shortstop here,” Mesa State College baseball coach Chris Hanks said. “He’s a fantastic athlete and has a bright future here.”
Robertson wants to continue in the tradition of great Mesa State shortstops, which includes his high school coach, Landon Wareham, who was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2003.
“I think it’s a really good move for him,” said Wareham, who’s entering his third year at Montrose . “It’s a great program, top 10 in the country.
“Mesa is a great place to play, and his passion and work ethic for the game will help him progress at the next level.”
Montrose also had two other college signings this week. Brian Davidson signed with the Air Force Academy to play basketball.
Davidson averaged 11.6 points per game and 7.1 rebounds as a junior.
The 6-foot-7 Davidson was also recruited by Denver University, Davidson College, Adams State and Western State.
Golfer Drew Trujillo signed to play at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Trujillo finished in the top 10 of the Class 4A golf tournament the past two years.
— Staff reporter William Woody contributed to this story.