Natter meets future teammates at BRW

A.J. Natter was a hot commodity in the Midwest and his name might be able to convince other prospects to pledge Nebraska.

Coming off the Big Red Weekend, the Huskers landed a few recruits, and gained more interests from others, but one of the biggest names in attendance was verbal commit A.J. Natter, a top ranked defensive end from Wisconsin.

Natter committed to Nebraska April 16th of this year, early in the process, but he knew that Nebraska was the place he wanted to be after his visit.

"A lot went in to my decision. But in the end, it came down to comfort. I felt like Nebraska was the place for me, and I didn't want to leave. Both schools had tremendous attributes, but I wanted to be comfortable with where I chose."

Many fans and critics questioned if Nebraska would be able to land top talent in Big Ten regions this early into new helm into a new conference. A.J. Natter was a hot commodity ranked as the No. 15 defensive end in the country and ranked as a four-star by But rankings aren't a concern, and Natter knows that stars and opinions wont bring in wins.

Natter held offers from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Missouri and Michigan State amongst a list much longer than that and is still drawing interest from top programs around the country.

"Rankings don't mean much to me. I know what my potential as an athlete is and frankly a ranking cannot describe me," said the soon to be senior. "Either way, once I enroll, that ranking will mean nothing and I will be just another freshman on the team, working to earn my spot."

But the reason that Natter was in town this weekend was because of the Big Red Weekend. The weekend gives players and their families a chance to see the campus, meet the coaches and players, and check out the facilities. One thing that intrigued the recruits was the gameday video shown on the big screen at Memorial Stadium.

When asked about the video all he could say was, "that thing gives me chills."

But the weekend is about a lot more then just the video, this is an opportunity to build relationships.

"It was a great weekend. I was able to meet the other commits, face to face, for the first time. We then were given the opportunity to talk to the other uncommitted recruits about why we chose Nebraska and help them out if they had any questions. The tours and activities were great and it surely impressed many," said Natter.

As one of the top players in the state and country, Natter is sure to have a profound impact on other recruits trying to pick schools.

"I've been able to help out those recruits with anything that they want to know. Many call it recruiting; I call it clearing up the facts," said Natter. "I was in their shoes not to long ago and i can relate to the concerns they may have, therefore I can help them develop a better understanding on how Nebraska operates."

Natter is one of the eleven recruits so far in the 2013 class.

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