Jake Current Headed To The Big Ten

For Troy, Ohio native Jake Current the recruiting process had started to wear on him. While other programs were asking him to camp one program made their offer and welcomed him as their newest member on Saturday night.

After picking up another offer on Saturday from ACC program North Carolina State, Jake Current felt he'd seen enough of college campuses, football camps and combines to make his decision of the college program he would attend. On Saturday night the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Current called his recruiting coach at the University of Wisconsin Bob Palcic and head coach Bret Bielema with the news he wanted to be a Badger.

"I visited there earlier in the week and really like everything they have to offer. There is a former Troy player (Shane Carter) already in the program and he had nothing but great things to say about the coaches and the school. Wisconsin really has everything I was looking for as it's a top academic school as well as being one of the nation's top ranked football programs. I also really like the area with all the lakes. "

Growing up in Big Ten country Current said the fact Wisconsin was in the conference played some role in his choice.

"While Wisconsin may be farther away than some schools recruiting me it's not so far away I can't get home in a day. I want my family to see me play and the Big Ten teams are all within a distance my mother and father will have a chance to see many of my games."

With several offers in hand Current felt the recruiting process was starting to take its toll with Wisconsin being one of the programs not pushing for him to camp with them.

"Early in the process it was very exciting with all the attention. Then it starts to wear on you as all of the coaches are telling you different things and wanting you to camp at their schools. Coach Palcic told me he didn't need to see my in camp to give me an offer because once he put my tape in he could tell I had the ability to play for him."

With a year remaining at the high school level Jake will have to make another hard decision in the coming months. Wisconsin coaches have told him they see him playing center for them and are hoping he'll consider graduating early and enrolling in school for spring. Jake explained more.

"The coaches feel I can make an early impact at center for them. They have two players who are seniors and one who is a sophomore right now and they feel I could come in and battle the sophomore and have a chance at playing all four years I'm there. I'm not sure if I'm going to do that right now. Academically I could do it by just doubling up on two classes, but it would also mean giving up those last few months of hanging out with your friends. I'm not sure at this time what I'll do."

Other programs who offered Current included Cincinnati, Indiana, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Miami Ohio, Western Michigan and North Carolina State. Current has great bend and is very strong at the point of attack and should fit right into the offensive style of the Badgers as he comes from a strong running high school program.

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