Four-Star Lineman High on Wisconsin

One of the best linemen in Illinois, Barrington (Ill) offensive guard Dan Voltz has already grabbed four offers, including one from Wisconsin, and interest from big-time Midwest schools.

MADISON - Like many prospects, Dan Voltz is trying to make his decision by early this spring.

"I'm looking for academics, a solid coaching staff, and where I feel the most comfortable," Voltz told Badger Nation Thursday. "Once I find those things that will be the school that I commit to. My plan is to make a decision sometime between January and March. Could be as early as January or as late as March."

The difference is that Dan Voltz isn't in the Class of 2011. He is a member of the Class of 2012.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman from Barrington (Ill) High School is one of the top ranked offensive linemen in the Class of 2012, currently rated as a four-star prospect.

Voltz, who has accelerated his recruiting process, currently has four offers from Northwestern, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Arizona.

While Voltz has offers from those four schools, those aren't the only schools he is considering.

"Those are probably just the top four because they have offered," Voltz said, "but there are other schools like Michigan State, Oregon, and Iowa that I'm really interested in also."

With the accelerated process, Voltz recently made a visit to one of his favorites, Wisconsin, two weekends ago to help narrow down his list.

"I went there for the Ohio State game and before the game I got to talk to most of the coaches, and the strength coach, and they gave a little presentation on the new weight-training complex that they are building," Voltz said.

After meeting the coaches and the tour, Voltz saw Wisconsin take down the No.1 ranked Buckeyes.

"It was awesome," he said. "It was the first Wisconsin game that I had been to. The atmosphere was just amazing and it was just a great game. They beat the No.1 Ohio State team and the crowd was going wild and the student section stormed the field. It was just a great experience."

While this was Voltz's first trip to Madison for a game, it wasn't his first contact with the Badger staff.

"My recruiting coach is Chris Ash," Voltz said. "He has been up to my school a few times. I talk to him pretty much on a weekly basis. I have a really good relationship with him. As far as I know they are recruiting me as an offensive lineman, probably more like a guard than a tackle."

The visit made an impression on Voltz, but didn't put the Badgers in the drivers seat just yet.

"I would say there are still a couple things that I want to learn about Wisconsin," he said. "I'm obviously going to visit them a few more times before I make my decision, but there are a lot of things that I like about Wisconsin."

Voltz and his Barrington High School team finished the regular season 7-2 and have their first playoff game this Saturday night at home.

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