Cool, Cool Reno

Ben Gottschalk took an official visit to Nevada last weekend, Dec. 5 and says the Wolfpack are now the team to beat. "It was really, really cool," Gottschalk said. "I liked it a lot. I thought that it was gonna be a small country town in the middle of nowhere, but Reno is a pretty big city. It was cool to check them out and see everything. It's very urban and there's a lot to do..."

Ben Gottschalk, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound three-star offensive lineman from Notre Dame High School from Sherman Oaks, Calif., took an official visit to Nevada last weekend, Dec. 5 and says the Wolfpack are now the team to beat.

"It was really, really cool," Gottschalk said. "I liked it a lot. I thought that it was gonna be a small country town in the middle of nowhere, but Reno is a pretty big city. It was cool to check them out and see everything. It's very urban and there's a lot to do over there."

He says that Nevada is recruiting him the hardest and he's been impressed with what the Wolfpack have been able to accomplish this season. "I like how they run the ball," he said. "They're like number one in the nation rushing. They've got a good group of guys."

His player/host was redshirt freshman defensive back Thaddeus Brown who went to Gottschalk's high school.

Besides enjoying Reno and the football team, Gottschalk also like the Nevada campus. "They've got a lot of new buildings," he said. "The library is incredible!"

Gottschalk says there's a 85-90-percent chance that he'll commit to Nevada. "I definitely thought about committing," he admitted. "It would be nice to call it a day and get it all done, but I don't want to make a hasty decision."

So when does Gottschalk think he will decide? "Soon," he said. "I think it'll probably be this month. We'll see."

One thing that Gottschalk is still waiting on is Colorado. "They haven't offered yet, but said they will," he said about the Buffs. "I've been talking to (offensive line) coach Denver Johnson a lot. He says there's most likely gonna be an offer coming my way. If they offer, I'll definitely take an official visit and see what it's like."

Gottschalk's teammate, three-star offensive guard Daniel Munyer is already committed to Colorado. "He says he loves the atmosphere there and thinks I'd like it too," he said. "He likes the campus and how friendly everyone is."

Besides his visit to Nevada, Gottschalk also took an official trip to Colorado State on Oct. 10 for the Utah game. "I enjoyed it," he said. "It's a great place. I felt like I got along great with the players and the coaches."

Gottschalk, ranked as the No. 66 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, now favors Nevada solidly over San Diego State, Colorado State and Pennsylvania. All have offered. If Colorado offers, they'll be in the mix as well.

Thus far Penn has been the only school to visit Gottschalk at home. He's expecting an in-home visit from Nevada wide receivers coach Scott Baumgartner later this week.

"Academics are important," he said. "But I also have to like where I go. I don't want to be miserable somewhere. I have to feel like I can fit in."

Gottschalk plans to major in business and reports a 2.9 core GPA and a 25 ACT.

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