Nathan Veloz finally felt the huge weight lifted off his shoulders.
After months of campus visits, conversations with college head and assistant coaches and workouts, the 6-4, 310-pound offensive lineman from Oak Creek High had no college football offers for himself, until Buffalo and Western Michigan offered June 14.
"It was a monkey off my back," Veloz told BadgerNation. "Buffalo was out of the blue, but Western Michigan I had been getting letters from here and there. I think it'll give me some momentum."
It gives him some confidence, too, which is how Veloz approached Wisconsin's one day elite camp last weekend. Working toward earning an offer from Wisconsin, Veloz said he had a good time working with offensive line coach T.J. Woods as he continues to strength his relationship with the Wisconsin staff.
"This was the most in-depth I have spent with them," said Veloz. "I felt like I really improved with technique and overall in general."
Wisconsin has already accepted three verbal commitments from offensive linemen in the 2015 class (four-star prospects Jon Dietzen and David Moorman and three-star lineman Sam Madden), but likely would take one, possibly two, more prospects at the position.
In order to find out what it takes to be a lineman at Wisconsin, Veloz has spent the offseason working with Daniel Kaye, a former Wisconsin offensive lineman who backed up Joe Thomas.
"We've been working a lot on my pass protection, so that improves," said Veloz. "He's been helping me a lot."
Veloz believes Illinois State could be the next school to offer one he visits the campus and says Toledo has been picking up interest. He also is camping this weekend at Northern Illinois. Veloz hopes to commit before his senior season and is holding out hope he gets offered by a Big Ten school.
It would be perfect if that school was Wisconsin.
"For sure they are a possibility," said Veloz. "They are a big time school, and I think Wisconsin has done a great job with in-state linemen."