Natter Enjoys U Visit

A.J. Natter is one of the top players out of Wisconsin for the class of 2013 and had a chance to visit the Gophers one-on-one last weekend. GoldenSports.net caught up with the Milton (Wis.) defensive end for an update following his visit to Minneapolis.

"I had a really good visit up there," Natter said. "I got to meet all the coaches including coach [Jerry] Kill. I got to watch the workout session so I got to watch all the players doing their workouts. I got to see the sprinting and the lifting and all that good stuff. It was actually one of the first teams I got to watch workout so that was kinda nice. I was really looking forward to my visit and it wasn't a disappointment.

"I got to take a tour of the facilities, both the football and the academic facilities. I got to sit down with coach [Jeff] Phelps and I got to talk to him about the defense and what he expects from his defensive ends.

"I got to sit down with Coach Kill and talk about the scholarship and what it entitles and what he's looking for in a player as well. Then we just talked about personal things like what's going on with myself and him. Overall it was a great time and a long day. There was never a dull moment. It was definitely a good experience."

Besides Minnesota, Natter has offers from Boston College, Michigan State, Nebraska, Western Michigan, Purdue, and Iowa. With so many options on the table already Natter is still open to more options and plans on taking his time with his decision.

"I'm mostly wide open right now," he said. "I have all these visits coming up this spring and this summer and even into the fall so I'm just keeping my options open right now. I'm still trying to kinda figure out who's interested cause the recruiting process has picked up quite a bit these last couple weeks for sure.

"It was definitely a good thing that I got to go on this one-on-one visit with Minnesota because now I have something to compare my other visits with. It was definitely an impressive visit and as of favorites I don't really have any right now. That will be determined later this year."

While Natter doesn't have a set date that he wants to make a decision by he does know what he doesn't want and what will help him make a final choice.

"I told everyone so far that I don't want to be that guy on national signing day pulling out the hat because that really shows your selfishness and it really lets down the coaches that recruited you this whole time," he said. "The main thing is just being comfortable with the school I commit to.

"I don't want to commit too early and end up decommitting. I do not want to decommit. I want to find the best fit possible and that's when I'll make my decision. When will that happen? I have no idea."

While the athletic defensive end is still undecided about what he wants to major in he does have a general sense in what he's looking for academically and athletically.

"It's not just about football it's about the academics too and how the school sets you up for the long run," Natter said. "Basically this decision will set me up for the rest of my life so its about what the school has to offer not only as a football program but also how they set me up with opportunities out of college.

"Minnesota's a great example of that; it's really a business oriented area in the Twin Cities. It's that but is also about football too. I'm not going to go to a school just for that though. Facilities will be a small factor. Facilities are kinda like a little extra, its nice to have.

"Coaching is a big thing as well. I want a reliable coach who I can trust and who can trust me. I want a coach who's intense and reliable at the same time. I want to be on a first name basis. I don't want to be a stranger first day on campus. I want a close knit team, with good behavior and all that. I'm trying to view these schools from all viewpoints."

Natter runs a 4.7 40 time and has a 34 inch vertical which he views as a key factor in what makes him a good defensive end along with his 6-foot-5 240-pound frame.

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