May 30, 2008
Spartans offer OL Klatt
It is a great year for offensive line talent in the state of Ohio and Head Coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartans are looking to bolster the class of 2009 with some serious muscle. One player that just received a Michigan State offer is Nate Klatt of Northwest High School. Find out the details.
It is a great year for offensive line talent in the state of Ohio and Head Coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartans are looking to bolster the class of 2009 with some serious muscle. One player that just received a Michigan State offer is Nate Klatt of Northwest High School. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect lat night and has the details on his recruitment.
Rivals.com rates Klatt a 4-star recruit. The scholarship offer from the Spartans put him over the double-digit mark. Klatt's list of offers now includes Michigan State, Kansas, Indiana and a host of MAC programs. Several other school shave been hesitant to offer Klatt due to an ankle injury he suffered during his junior campaign
"I broke my ankle last year and was never able to play at 1005%," he said. "I am healthy now and looking forward to proving myself at camps this summer. It is motivation knowing that some colleges haven't offered me because of my ankle injury."
Klatt recently showed very well at the Cleveland Browns Combine held at the Cleveland Browns facility. He showed no signs of any lingering effect of the injury while going up against many of the best players in Ohio, some of which are headed to play for Ohio State.
As far as the Spartan scholarship, Klatt offered the following information.
"I was excited about being offered by Michigan State. I have not been up there yet, but I plan on going up there for a day of camp in July. I will have a chance to see the campus as well as work with Coach Roushar."
Klatt has been able to speak with numerous coaches on the Spartan staff. In addition to his potential position coach Dan Roushar, he has also been in frequent contact with his primary recruiter Coach Pat Narduzzi. When he was offered his Michigan State scholarship earlier this week, he spoke with Head Coach Mark Dantonio.
"Coach Dantonio talked about how all the coaches had seen my film. He said they liked what they saw and think I can help the program. I should get my scholarship in the mail in a few days," Klatt said.
As with any Ohio prospect, the Buckeyes are always a factor. Klatt indicated that he grew up a Buckeye fan, but that is not limiting his options.
"I lam a big Buckeye fan, but I understand how recruiting works," he said. "Coach Bollman has been in contact with me a lot and I am going to go to camp there. I grew up not only an Ohio State fan, but also a Big Ten fan. To me it is the ultimate level to play college football."
Klatt informed us that he plan on visiting several schools this summer because his intention is to make his decision prior to his senior year.
"I am planning on graduating early and I do not want to be running around at the last minute trying to figure etchings out," he said. "I also want to make sure I can focus on my senior year. I think we will have a real good team this year. We have a lot of talent on the offensive line."
Klatt is listed as a center prospect and he indicate that is the position that most team like him as. Though he could also play guard the fact that he has only had two bad snaps in two years is a positive factor in his recruitment.
The Rivals database shows the Spartan as already having an offensive center commitment in 4-star recruit Blake Treadwell. The latest information SpartanMag.com has come across is that Treadwell will get a look on the defensive line and if he does play offensive line he may project more as a guard as he has not played center in high school.
Klatt is a solid student that carries a 4.0 GPA and has already scored a 24 on his ACT; no doubt that fact is another reason why teams think so highly of him. With today's complicated defensive schemes, offensive linemen have to arguably think quicker than anyone on the field.
SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Klatt as it unfolds over the coming weeks. Offensive line is critical for the Spartans this year and a player like Klatt would be a tremendous addition to class that us already loaded with other 4-star recruits.
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