The Wrestler

Not only is Lee's Summit West (MO) High's Evan Boehm a three-star recruit with offers from multiple BCS school, he is a championship wrestler, a lethal combo that makes him one of the biggest offensive line recruits in the Midwest.

MADISON - When evaluating potential college football players, a lot of college coaches, especially at the University of Wisconsin, will put as much stock in the other sports the recruit plays as what they are able to do on the football field.

When it comes to wrestling, the necessary footwork, vision, upper-body strength and hand-eye coordination makes the two sports go hand in hand, especially for an offensive lineman.

Evan Boehm, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound three-star offensive lineman from Lee's Summit West (MO) High, fits that billing, especially after his hand was raised after winning the Missouri Class 4A state wrestling title with a 30-1 record in the 285 weight class.

"My freshman year, I wanted to win state," Boehm told Badger Nation, "so I pushed myself in the weight room and in the classroom, especially, to make sure that goal was possible."

Boehm started wrestling in fifth, played a little bit of basketball and soccer before starting to suit up for football in seventh grade.

"I've been the biggest guy in my grade my entire life, so playing on the line came naturally," Boehm said. "With my dad being a coach, I was always able to watch guys practice and I picked up a few tips from that."

With his wrestling background, Boehm's interest continued to grow after he was selected to U.S. Army Combine.

"Wrestling improves my balance and my hits, and really increases everything for me," Boehm said. "I try to carry it over to the field because of the one-on-one competition, whether it's a defensive lineman or a linebacker or the guy on the mat across from me.

"Walking in to the combine in San Antonio, being one of the top 500 juniors there and coming out first-team all-combine, that's not too shabby. I went up against some of the best defensive lineman in the country and I feel very fortunate because I didn't think be able I'll be able to hang with those kids. I left feeling pretty confident and pretty good."

Boehm has designated Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wisconsin as his early top six schools. He also has received offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and Northwestern. Most schools, according to Boehm, are recruiting him as a guard or center.

"I am still pretty much open to everything, but I never once thought I would get an offer from Wisconsin" said Boehm, who has visited all the school in his top six except UW, and has also visited Iowa and Kansas. "They are the offensive line school, they have so many big-time recruits there and huge offensive linemen. When I started getting letters from Wisconsin, I got pretty excited because it's a breading place for offensive linemen."

Boehm had been being recruited by former defensive coordinator Dave Doeren, resulting in a lack of letter of late, but that is expected to change with new defensive coach DeMontie Cross planning to recruit solely in the St. Louis area.

Boehm is planning on taking unofficial visits to his top seven or eight schools on his list and make his decision final before his senior football season.

"Number one, most importantly, I want a school that has great academics," Bohem said. "Secondary, I want to step in and make an impact either my freshman year or my sophomore year. Third, the tradition of the school and the facilities are important. I want to have that family feeling. With my dad being the football coach at my school, we have that family atmosphere and I want that wherever I go."

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