Milton junior verbally commits to Cornhuskers

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Gazette Staff
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Milton High junior A.J. Natter knows the way to Lincoln, Neb.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Natter took four trips to the University of Nebraska campus since making a name for himself on the football field last fall.

During his fourth visit this past weekend, Natter decided he wanted to be a Cornhusker.

Natter made his verbal commitment to Nebraska, rejecting scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Purdue and Michigan State among others.

“It felt like home,” Natter was quoted in an ESPN.com story announcing his decision. “The feeling I had down there was so comfortable. It’s a weird thing.”

Natter earned a scholarship offer from Wisconsin in February. His first scholarship offer came from Purdue in December. Boston College, Missouri and Vanderbilt also offered Natter scholarships.

He was a relative unknown until last season. As a junior, Natter had 74 tackles and seven sacks from his defensive end position. He forced four fumbles, blocked a kick and one punt.

Natter didn’t even consider himself a small-Division I college prospect until he came on for the Red Hawks as a junior. His performance this past fall led several recruiting services to list him as the No. 1 prospect in the state in the 2013 graduating class.

He also played tight end for the Red Hawks, but is projected as a defensive end in college.

“Every school in the Big Ten will have what you need,” Natter told ESPN.com. “But (Nebraska) had the atmosphere and that little sense of home.”

Last updated: 8:08 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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