Star Lineman Favors Ohio State

Canal Fulton Northwest offensive lineman Nate Klatt is one of the top prospects in Ohio for the 2009 class. Klatt, a first team All-Ohio selection, is already drawing interest from some of the top programs in the Mid-West. Bill Greene has more on Klatt.

Canal Fulton Northwest center Nate Klatt will be one of the top Ohio offensive line prospects in the class of 2009. Klatt, 6'5" and 280 pounds, was named first team All-Ohio this year. He has one scholarship offer from Akron.

"I wasn't real happy about how I played early in the year because I felt my technique wasn't where I needed to be," Klatt said of his season. "Then I felt in week's two and three I started playing the way I should. Then I broke a bone in my ankle and wasn't able to practice at all. I never missed a game, but not being able to practice hurt my technique. Late in the year, when I was able to start practicing again, I felt I started playing really well again. The middle of the season I was basically playing on one leg. In the playoffs I feel I played really well and it was the first time I played without any pain."

Klatt is busy working out this off-season trying to get stronger and improve his quickness.

"I'm planning on working out at a strength and conditioning center," he continued. "I'll be working on speed and agility with them. That should help increase my overall athleticism. I will also be working out at the school trying to increase my strength."

Klatt discussed how recruiting is going for him at this early stage.

"Akron is the only school that has offered," Klatt said. "Pitt is really recruiting me pretty aggressively right now, and they are a school that really interests me. They saw game film and liked what they saw. They said they will be offering me after the first of the year. I went to their camp last summer and also attended a game this year at Pitt. I like the facilities there too. I was at Notre Dame to see them play Boston College and really liked it there. Purdue, Indiana and Louisville have shown interest, as well as most of the MAC schools."

Klatt has also been in contact with Ohio State. He attended two games In Columbus this season and has camped at Ohio State the past two summers. He admitted the Buckeyes are a favorite of his.

"I was there for the first two games of the season," Klatt explained. "They wanted me to come back for the Illinois game, but I had a death in my family and couldn't make it. They send me mail pretty regularly. I've talked with Coach [Jim] Bollman a lot and think he's a great guy. He told me that they will take three or four linemen next year, and I'm someone he's looking at. He said he wants to see my junior film and that he's definitely interested in me. He said if things go well that I could be getting an offer from them. I really like Ohio State, obviously. How can you not like them? They're a great school and I've liked them since I was a little kid. I love the facilities and how they seem to make their players better. They play for national championships there."

EVALUATION: I saw Klatt play twice this season and once as a sophomore. The improvement in Klatt was remarkable. Once he got healthy he was a dramatically better player and will definitely be a high Division-I recruit. He has great footwork, blocks aggressively and gets to the second level. He will get stronger as he gets more aggressive in the weight room. He plays center at Northwest and is a great student in the classroom. Klatt is a player we will continue to follow very closely in 2008.

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