Ben Bredeson has a plan in place to finish his recruitment.
Few programs remain in contention for the four-star offensive lineman from Hartland, Wis., and even less visits dot the schedule. Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin are the main contenders. Stanford is hanging around the edges.
Another round of visits is the next step in pushing toward a decision.
“I’ve got my top four or five with the Midwest ones and then Stanford,” Bredeson said Sunday at The Opening Regional outside Chicago. “But the only thing is I’ve gotta get out there to see them because that’s the only one I haven’t seen. Once I get to see Stanford then I’ll be able to either cross them off or keep them on. I just want to see them in person.
“The process is kinda winding down for me. I’ve seen what I need to see from most of the schools. It’s just a few repeat visits to clarify things.”
Bredeson plans to visit Michigan the weekend of May 30 and Ohio State again either in the spring or summer. Notre Dame and Wisconsin have already played host enough for Bredeson to feel comfortable with both.
“I’ll make my final visits with the Midwest ones and see what’s going on with that,” Bredeson said. “I don’t know. I’d like to see Stanford. We’ll see how the summer turns out.”
Notre Dame took its best shot at Bredeson last month during an unofficial visit. Four-star offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg also visited that weekend, giving the Irish a commitment one week later.
Eichenberg joined four-star tackle Tommy Kraemer on the commitment list. Bredeson is familiar with both and has talked with offensive line coach Harry Hiestand about joining them.
“It’s very intriguing in its way because you know you’ll be with the best and you’ll have some spotlight on you because it’s such a big deal,” Bredeson said. “But I don’t know. It’s got its benefits and its downfalls just like everything does. It’s definitely not too much of a negative because I would really enjoy it because I like both those guys. It would be interesting to see.”
Hiestand visited Arrowhead High School last week to begin the spring evaluation period.
“I think he’s awesome,” Bredeson said. “What he does to develop guys, he’s done a great job so far. His reputation speaks for itself. All he’s done is coach o-line his whole life. That’s interesting to me because you don’t find that much anymore. He’s a good guy. I could see myself playing for him.”
Bredeson will continue to weigh everything he’s learned at Notre Dame against the other competitors.
“I’ve just gotta pick the best of the best and that’s tough,” he said. “You don’t want to look back in 20 years and say, ‘I should’ve gone somewhere else.’ You’ve gotta do what you think is right and go from there.”