February 15, 2012
Top DE to visit Michigan State
Under the direction of Coach Brad Salem, Michigan State has become very active in recruiting the state of Wisconsin. Coach Salem has the Spartans in on numerous quality players from there, including possibly the #1 player in Wisconsin for the class of 2013, defensive end A.J Natter of Milton High School. SpartanMag.com has the details.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Natter already has an impressive list of scholarship which includes Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue and Boston College. The Spartans view him as a player that can come in and eventually replace current strong-side defensive end William Gholston. Natter has the size and athletic ability to be a player that can excel at both pass rush and run defense. SpartanMag.com, spoke with Natter about the honors he received last fall and what his strengths are as a player.
"I made All-State Honorable Mention and I was a unanimous selection for 1st team All-Conference e conference," he said. "This past year a lot of teams decided to run away from me so I was able to use speed and pursuit ability a lot. I really like being able to lay big hits out there. I think those thing are two of my strengths."
The ability to pursue from the backside is what often separates the good defensive ends from the great ones. Nothing is more frustrating for a running back to be caught from behind right as he gets ready to bounce a play outside.
The Spartan will be having a junior day next weekend. Many of the top prospects on the Michigan State recruiting board are expected to be in attendance. We asked Natter if he will be making the trip and if he has ever been to Michigan State University.
"I have not been out to East Lansing yet, Natter stated. I plan on attending the Junior Day on February 25th. "
Natter has already checked out several schools in person so this will give him an excellent t opportunity to compare this first hand and get a better idea about what he is looking for and how he may fit into each programs. Natter talked about the recruiting process itself and what he is looking for.
"The recruiting experience has been very exciting. I have been blessed with the opportunities sin front of me and I plan on really getting to know what the schools have to offer. I won't be looking at a school only for its ranking or recent seasons. I will be looking at all of the potential it has and how I can use that to make myself and better person and player."
Obviously Natter is the type of recruit that understands what getting a football scholarship is all about. It is not just about football, it is about growing as a person, athletically, educationally and socially. No doubt the Michigan State staff will hope to make a strong impression on what will be one of the top players in the Midwest for the class of 2013.
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