Bredeson: Michigan is 'Way Up There'

Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead 216 OG Ben Bredeson reflects on U-M barbecue experience and more.

On Sunday, Ben Bredeson was one of many top 2016 prospects who attended Michigan’s annual recruiting showcase – The Barbecue at the Big House. During his visit, the Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead standout used the opportunity to continue build his relationship with the Michigan coaches, recruits and current commits.

“It was great,” Bredeson said on his U-M visit. “I had been there twice before. So this was my third time there. Just the family aspect that was all about the visit. I could really tell that by talking to the commits and all the recruits, you could just tell they are a close-knit family over there.

“I never talked to other commits or recruits on my other two visits. This is the first time I got chance to talk to commits who could possibly be my future teammates that I could be playing with. They are all great guys, and that who is spent the most of time with while I was there.”

With his third visit to U-M in the books,’s No. 1 offensive guard in 2016 says the Wolverines are definitely one of the schools he is considering.

“They are way up there,” Bredeson said of the Wolverines. “I’m really high on Michigan. They really like the way that I play. I like the way they are. So it is a very mutual relationship between the two of us. I really like it there. So they will definitely be considered when I commit.”

Bredeson’s brother, Jack, was offered and would later commit to the U-M baseball program during their visit on Sunday. With his brother set to go to Michigan, Bredeson admits U-M is a little more “intriguing. now.

“Yeah, it’s intriguing,” Bredeson said on the possibility of going to the same college as his brother. “I have been playing with him ever since I could walk. I’m not sure yet If I want to follow him and go to the same school, or go make my own path and go somewhere else. That’s something I’ll have to figure out in a bit. Until then, we’ll see how it goes.”

With notable offers from Michigan, Wisconsin and Notre Dame, who exactly is sticking out right now in his recruitment?

“Obviously, Michigan and my home state Badgers,” Bredeson said. “I like them a lot. And Ohio State and Notre Dame a have always been high on my list. Oklahoma just offered me [on Monday] and I haven’t been down there to check it out yet, but I am really in that one too.” Bredeson is already well traveled, he has already been on campus visits to Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee and Notre Dame.

“I’m just trying to fit the best place that fits my style of play and fits who I am,” Bredeson said. “I like the family aspect and how close people can with each other. I also looking at how education is ranked - how high of a degree I can get from a certain school. How respected I will be when I go out in the real world and try to get a job. There is a bunch of stuff that goes into it, but I am just trying to find the best place that fits for me.”

As far as a timeline, Bredeson says he would like to make his commitment known in spring or summer of 2015.

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