July 9, 2008
Nate Klatt talks about becoming a Spartan
SpartanMag.com received a call from the newest member of the Spartan Class of 2009, 4-star offensive line prospect Nate Klatt of Canal Fulton Northwest High School in Ohio. Klatt gave us the details about his commitment, why he selected the Green and White and when he could arrive in East Lansing to begin his career.Spartanmag.com Take:
SpartanMag.com: So what was it about Michigan State that stood out to you?
Klatt: I liked all the schools I was looking at, they all had their strong points, but when I visited Michigan State I had a feeling that I could see myself playing there. I really liked that it was a college town. Getting to know the coaches was an important part of my recruitment and when I went up to Michigan State I got a chance to get to know the staff and that was a positive.
SpartanMag.com: You camped at Michigan State, what was the experience like?
Klatt:"It was good. The biggest part was that I got a chance to work with Coach Roushar, my position coach. He is a technician and I liked that. I think he can help me become a better player."
SpartanMag.com: Tell us how you came to your final decision?
Klatt:My dad and I visited all four of the final schools that I was looking at (Michigan State, Kansa, Northwestern and Indiana). When I got home I sat down and decided to list what I liked about each school and rank them on the things that were important to me. When I got done, Michigan State was at the top of my list. That was good, because I was kind of favoring them and it helped to reinforce that I was making the right decision.
SpartanMag.com: Did distance play a factor?
Klatt: That was one of the things I considered. The fact that Michigan State is only 4 hours away is a positive. Kansas is a great school, but it is 12 hours away. Having my family and friends being able to see me play is something I considered.
SpartanMag.com: Tell us about Coach Dantonio's reaction when you told him that you were going to be a Spartan?
Klatt: He was excited. He asked me a couple of times if I was sure about my decision; he said it was important that Michigan State was where I wanted to be. When I told him it was, he welcomed me to the Spartan family.
SpartanMag.com: You are listed as a center in the Rivals.com database, is that the position they recruited you for?
Klatt: Yes it is. The center they have is a junior so I will be able to come in and either red-shirt and then fight for the starting job or I could come in and be a back-up for my first year.
SpartanMag.com: Their has been some speculation that you could graduate early and enroll in school in January. Is that a possibility?
Klatt: Yes it is a possibility; I have taken classes that will allow me to do that if I decide to. I will have to talk to the coaches at Michigan State about that. I know it has positives and negatives.
SpartanMag.com: Thanks again Nate.
Klatt: No problem, thanks for understanding and waiting to talk with me.
Klatt's commitment to Michigan State gives the Spartans their 7th 4-star recruit for the class of 2009. Whether Klatt enrolls next fall and redshirts or enrolls early and sees time as a true freshmen, the future is bright from a playing time standpoint. Klatt could end up possibly being a 3 or even 4-years starter for the Green and White. Klatt's commitment os another excellent addition to what is shaping up to be an outstanding class.
Look for more on Klatt in the next issue of Spartan Magazine.
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