Wisconsin Linebacker Likes Hawkeyes

Despite growing up a short distance from the University of Wisconsin, Sun Prairie High Linebacker Michael Gullens is open to moving out of state for college. He spoke with HI about his Iowa visit and how he feels about the Hawkeyes along with his interest in the Badgers.

Iowa City constantly reminded Michael Gullens where he was. It shocked his system.

The junior linebacker grew up in Wisconsin seeing red. It was Badgers, not Black and Gold.

"Everywhere I went there was nothing but Iowa Hawkeyes all over the place," Gullens said.

Earlier in life, this might have offended the Sun Prairie (WI) High standout. He's since opened up his mind to think beyond the Badgers, the team for which he's long favored.

"That doesn't have any effect on where I choose to go (to college)," the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder said.

Gullens visited Iowa last month for its elite junior day. He said he could see himself playing for the Hawkeyes.

"They have a great family environment there. And their academics are impressive as well," he said.

The Iowa staff showed Gullens that their interests stretch beyond the football field for their players.

"We talked a lot about making sure my grades get up and stay up and preparing for my ACT. It was mainly academics because school comes first," Gullens said.

Gullens said he's looking at majoring in criminal justice in hopes of becoming a police officer.

"Academics will be a big part of my decision," he said. "The kind of environment that I will be in also is important as well as what kind of football program they have."

Iowa invited Gullens back to campus to watch spring practice. He said he will make the return trip.

Gullens, who has visited Wisconsin, is looking to see Northern Illinois in person next month.

New Badgers assistant Chris Haering has contacted Gullens since coming to Madison from Pittsburgh with new head coach Paul Chryst.

"I haven't met all of the new coaches at Wisconsin but Coach Haering said he will be back in the spring to check up with me," Gullens said.

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