Natter's high school career ends

Milton (Wisc.) and A.J. Natter saw their 2012 season come to an end last week. The Nebraska commitment had a solid senior year and says that his attention will shift now to conditioning, his track season and ultimately to becoming a Cornhusker.

A.J. Natter has his senior season come to an end last week. The 6-foot-6 and 230-pound defensive end and Nebraska commitment from Milton (Wisc.) says four of the games this past season was lost in the last minutes of the game.

"Our season is over," Natter said. "We had a great group of guys, there was a lot of dedication, but we just couldn't get it going. We had just three wins on the season and four of our losses came in the last minutes of the game and it was all the points in the game.

"We were blesses this season though by a new rule which sets up a final game for those teams that don't get into the playoffs. We got a match-up with a non-conference opponent which is actually a division up form us and is our rival. I don't know when the last time we even played them, but we went out there and we won our last game. Not everyone gets to say that."

Natter saw what he expected to see as a senior and that is a lot of teams running away from him. He says that he actually got the same type of treatment when he was just a junior in high school and long before he was a "future Husker".

"Personally, offenses ran away from me. You have to adapt. I had a great off-season, my bench press and squat all went through the roof, and my weight shot up too. I knew that teams would run away from me. They ran away from me last year.

"Our defense is set up around us staying home and our responsibilities of the position. I would have to stay home, but I starting to chase plays down from behind. I was working on new techniques that I had learned and been working on with my coaches."

This weekend is lining up as another big recruiting weekend for Nebraska. The Huskers will host Michigan and there is a large number of visitors coming in for the Big Ten match up. Natter will be one of many commitments in Lincoln that weekend.

"This will be my seventh time visiting Nebraska. I really just want to meet the other recruits that will be visiting and get a chance to hang out with the other commitments. I also want to get to meet some more of the players and spend some more time with them.

"I have been up to Nebraska now a number of times, I could practically give the tour, so I am just looking to up there and really hang out. I just want to have a good weekend while I am there hanging out and I want to see Nebraska beat Michigan."

With the end of the season comes the first opportunities for Natter to really start preparing for upcoming seasons. Those upcoming seasons include one last season at Milton and eventually moving on to college football.

"I don't play basketball. I won gold medals in the 4x100m and the discus at state track as a junior. I am taking this week slow when it comes to training. I will start getting harder with my training. It will be fun. I love the train. I love the feeling of complete exhaustion that you get after working out."

Natter will be one of seven Nebraska commitments that is indicating will be in Lincoln this weekend as official visitors. Natter will be joined by Zach Hannon, Josh Banderas, Christian Lacouture, Johnny Stanton, Kevin Gladney and Jonathan Cook.

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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