Nate Nurse verbally committed to Wisconsin in early September without ever stepping foot in Madison. Prior to his official visit, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound offensive tackle prospect from Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) was anxiously anticipating what he would find in his intended future home.
"I just want to see the school and all this talk," Nurse said shortly after making his commitment. "Everyone has told me how good the school is, the environment and everything. I just want to see the excitement and the crowd during game day."
So what did Nurse think?
"It was great. I loved every moment of it," said Nurse, who took his official visit the weekend of Sept. 25 for Wisconsin's matchup with Penn State. "The whole weekend was a positive. There's no flaws about the school."
And the stadium atmosphere?
"It was more than I was hoping for," Nurse said. "They can't even describe it. When I got there it was insane."
Nurse's only complaint, if one can call it that, was that he could not be in sections K through P at Camp Randall Stadium.
"I love it. I wanted to sit in the student section because they were going crazy," Nurse said. "I was upset. I wanted to sit in the student section. I just wanted to cheer with them."
Nurse, of course, will not be afforded the opportunity to sit in student section when he enrolls at Wisconsin either. He will be too busy striving to hear the cheers from the playing field.
"I'm hoping I can play. I didn't really plan on redshirting," Nurse said. "Over the summer I'm just going to work out as hard as I can and see if I can make the starting lineup, not even the starting the lineup but at least the roster. I'm planning on getting some playing time."
Nurse said his strength as a player is his work ethic.
"I don't really talk that much smack," he said. "I just go out and play."
Nurse and his Ironmen teammates are used to letting their actions do the talking, rather successfully. Don Bosco has won 27 straight games and is ranked No. 8 in the nation in the latest Champion SchoolSports.com Football Top 25.
"We're really good. I'm not surprised but I'm happy, I'm proud of my team," Nurse said. "We've come a long way together and I'm happy where we are leading and where we have been, where we are going."
Nurse also is happy with where he will be going. Freshmen Chris Pressley and Joe Walker served as Nurse's hosts at Wisconsin and he said he spent a lot of time hanging out with Anthony Davis and Jonathan Clinkscale during his official visit.
"I met all the teammates," Nurse said. "I got to see the fans. I went in all the classrooms. I got to meet the academic advisor. I met Coach Alvarez. There was nobody that I didn't like there, that didn't give me a positive outlook on things."
Nurse is considering music or psychiatry as potential majors. A three-year starter at offensive tackle and a regular at defensive end, Nurse's other finalists were Louisville, Purdue and Indiana. The Badgers and Boilermakers recruited Nurse at offensive tackle, while the Hoosiers looked at him as a defensive end. Louisville told him he could play wherever he wanted.
In the end, where Nurse wanted to be was Madison.
"I know they're a really confident team and they have potential," Nurse said. "I like it."
Nurse elated with official visit
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