O-D Bowl: Jack Keeler

Barrington (IL) offensive tackle Jack Keeler discusses his experience at the Offense-Defense Bowl and the latest on his commitment to Wisconsin...

Barrington (IL) offensive tackle Jack Keeler is in Houston for this week's Offense-Defense Bowl, where he will be playing for the Red team alongside some of the country's top talent.

"My experience has been pretty great so far. I've been meeting a lot of great guys and it's cool to see all of the talent. I'm glad to be here; it's an honor. Our red team, we call ourselves Red Nation. We've got along really well and it's fun. These are relationships you'll keep beyond this week's game," he said.

The 6-foot-7, 286-pound prospect, the lone Wisconsin commit playing in the game, is looking forward to representing the Badgers in Sunday's game.

"I think I'm a pretty fast player: fast for my position, fast for my size. I have quick hands and feet. I hope to kick some butt," he laughed. "I just want to do what all Wisconsin guys do and represent that O-Line."

Keeler, a long time commit, chose the Badgers for a number of reasons.

"I live in Chicago, so it's only a two hour drive. I love Madison, love the tradition there, and I don't think that there is a better place to be," he said.

However, amidst coaching changes within the program, Keeler is taking his recruitment a day at a time.

"I've been keeping my ear open. The head coach, Gary Andersen, is coming to my house on January 4th and the offensive line coach is coming by on January 5th, and then we will take it from there. My whole family is behind me on wherever I go. Of course, they'd like me to stay closer, but whatever happens, happens," he said.

Keeler was impressed with how the new staff immediately reached out to him.

"They called me right away. I was one of the first commits, so they knew I would be one of the guys to call. They really have looked out for me," he said.

A few other programs have taken advantage of the situation and have continued to recruit Keeler, including a Pac-12 powerhouse.

"Oregon is very interested right now. I have to talk with my family about it because it's so far away. I've been talking with some coaches, but with the whole coaching change, that's kind of expected, I guess.

I've talked with Wisconsin's coaches and they said it's okay for me to look around, make sure that Wisconsin is the best place for me. I don't want to be like 'what if.' I just want to be happy wherever I go," he said.

Though he has no current visits planned, there's a chance he could head to Eugene in January.

"I have not taken a visit there yet, but we'll see. Coach [Steve] Greatwood, the offensive line coach, is coming by for an in-home next month, so we'll take it from there," he said.

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