The first time Logan Rath considered a walk-on offer from the Nebraska’s football team in 2012, he balked. He chose instead a scholarship South Dakota State, knowing, in the back of his mind, the Jackrabbits were playing at NU this fall.
Rath will still be in 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 for the rest of his career.
“I decided I was going to play where I really wanted to always play without worrying about the money,” said Rath in a phone interview as he drove to Mullen to help a friend brand calves. “I’m going to give it a shot.”
Logan Rath will join the team in late August when school starts 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 is the second in-state player to leave a scholarship at a FCS school to walk-on at Nebraska. In January, DeWitt offensive tackle Sam Hahn transferred from North Dakota State to NU.