LINCOLN — The first time Logan Rath considered a walk-on offer from Nebraska’s football team in 2012, he balked. He chose instead a scholarship from South Dakota State, knowing in the back of his mind that the Jackrabbits were playing at NU this fall.
Rath will still be at Memorial Stadium for the Sept. 21 game. But he’ll be on the Huskers’ sideline. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive tackle from Giltner confirmed Thursday night that he’s transferring to Nebraska.
“I decided I was going to play where I really wanted to always play without worrying about the money,” Rath said in a phone interview. “I’m going to give it a shot.”
Said Logan’s dad, Jack Rath: “He didn’t want to say, ‘What if?’”
Logan Rath will join the team in the fall and has to sit out the 2013 season while transferring. He’ll have three years of eligibility left. He said coach Bo Pelini wants him on the defensive line, where NU struggled in 2012 to create quality depth in the wake of late-season injuries.
Rath redshirted during his freshman season at SDSU, but expected to play “a decent amount” in 2013. Even against Nebraska.
“I don’t have anything bad to say about South Dakota State,” said Rath, who started considering transferring in January. “It’s just not where I wanted to be.”
There are 11 other Nebraskans on the Jackrabbit roster.
Rath will face his former Giltner teammate — Iowa sophomore defensive end Drew Ott — in NU’s annual Heroes Game with the Hawkeyes.
“I’m really looking forward to that,” Rath said.
Rath is the second in-state player to leave a scholarship at a FCS school to walk-on at Nebraska. In January, offensive tackle Sam Hahn of DeWitt transferred from North Dakota State to NU.
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