March 5, 2012

Wisconsin DE Natter enjoyed extra day at MSU


Last weekend Michigan State hosted numerous top prospects on the recruiting board at a junior day function. One of the players the staff was especially excited to have in East Lansing was A.J. Natter of Milton High School in Wisconsin. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-5, 240-pound prospect and got some details on his visit.

Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff are making the defensive end position a top priority for the class of 2013 and Natter is one of the players they have prioritized as a plan A level recruit. Last weekend Natter was at the Spartan Junior day, however he stuck around an extra day so he could spend additional time with the staff and watch a workout/conditioning session.

Spartanmag.com asked Natter about his time in East Lansing.

My visit to Michigan State was great, Natter said. "I had a lot of 1 on 1 time with Coach Dantonio, Coach Salem, Coach Mannie and more. I also had a chance to watch a morning workout and got to witness the intensity of the team. All in all it was a great visit and I can't wait to see the spring game."

Led by primary recruiter Brad Salem the Spartans are recruiting the state of Wisconsin very hard for the class of 2013. It does not hurt that Wisconsin has several players that fit the needs of what Michigan State is looking to add to the class. The Spartans scored big with the commitment of running back R.J Shelton of Wisconsin and landing natter would be in the exact same category. Natter talked about his scholarship offers and schools showing him the most interest.

"I have 8 scholarship sat the moment with 2 or 3 more schools potentially offering soon," Natter said. Wisconsin, Michigan State, Nebraska, Minnesota Boston College and Iowa seem to be the most interested at this point. Iowa State, Ohio State and South Florida are also very interested right now."

Natter size and speed (4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash) make him the type of player who teams project as an every-down defensive end that can be equally effective against the pass and the run. Natter talked about what the Spartans like about him.

"Coach Dantonio said he likes the fact that I have a great motor and my pursuit ability. He also said that he like show I love to make contact."

Natter does not plan on making his decision in the immediate future, but it is very possible he will make his college choice prior to his senior season. That will allow natter to not only focus on having an outstanding senior season, but also helping his college recruit other top players. Natter indicated he is looking for a school that will help him improve as a player and a person. The relationship he has with coaches and player will be crucial to his choice.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Natter in the coming weeks. We will certainly follow-up with him after the Green and White game and gets his thoughts on seeing the Spartans in action and developing rapport with the team.


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