Nurse (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) knows he has the potential to be one of the best, but his coach, Greg Toal, is not sure whether that will first occur on the football field or in the recording studio.
Nurse, who said he loves "to hit rather than be hit," is ready to join the Badgers this June as soon as he graduates and prepare to carry the torch of standout offensive linemen to come out of Wisconsin.
Badger Nation: Who did you meet when you came out to Wisconsin on your official visit and who showed you around?
Nate Nurse: "I met some of the players while I was there. They just told me about the excitement they get when they play here, the atmosphere. They really made me feel at home and told me what to expect when I got there with practice, games, the distractions, school, all that stuff."
BN: Which position do you prefer to play?
NN: "I wouldn't say I prefer either. I just want to be out there on the field helping my team out in any way. On offense you have to be calm and cool and know specific little assignments. When you're on defense, you're just wild—go out there and have fun and hit people."
BN: Do you have an academic discipline in mind for college?
NN: "I'm not too sure, but I'm thinking I want to major in communications."
BN: What are some of your fondest memories from high school? Any stand out moments?
NN: "I remember my sophomore year. I stepped in at guard for a guy [that was] injured. I pulled and made a huge block for our back to break out a run for a touchdown. No one knew who I was. It was my only play of the game and I made that block to help us win. That's the most memorable. Another memory is blocking a field goal in the championship last year."
BN: Do you anticipate redshirting your first year at UW?
NN: "I haven't really thought about that. I trust the coaches and whatever decision they make, whatever they decide is best for me, I trust."
BN: What are your goals for your Badger career both for this year and in seasons to come?
NN: "Being successful and winning Rose Bowls. Rose Bowls are what they want in Madison and believe me, I want them too. We want to win, plain and simple. We would want that big Nokia [Sugar] Bowl trophy too."
BN: What schools did you grow up following?
NN: "I kept an eye on the Florida schools and a lot of the southern schools because they know how to ball all year long. Not that we don't up here in the northeast, but they do it well all the time. Other than that, I'm just a huge fan of the college football game. There isn't anything like college football. Even when I'm grey and old, I want to remember my playing days in college and Wisconsin is going to be a great place to play."
BN: When was the first time you heard about Wisconsin?
NN: "Ron Dayne was the first time I heard about Wisconsin. I followed him a little bit, but I never thought that's where I'd be now, with Wisconsin. Its really amazing and something I'm really excited about."
BN: What are you most looking forward to with coming to the University of Wisconsin?
NN: "I'm excited about the experience I'm going to have with everyone there. The experiences on the field, in the classroom, I'm excited about it all."
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