Dachota Gaining Interest

St. Rita HS offensive tackle Nick Dachota visited a bunch of schools during the spring and has seen a fair number of coaches stop in for a visit. But after getting a steady stream of mail since last fall from the University of Wisconsin, Dachota has been really impressed by the Badgers.

MADISON - When it comes to selling his product, offensive line coach Bob Bostad doesn't have to blow a lot of smoke to get offensive line prospects interested in the University of Wisconsin.

After all, Bostad has seen three of his seniors get drafted in this year's NFL Draft (two of which were All-Americans), seen two of his left tackles win the Outland Trophy and seen how talented running backs have made his line look that much better.

So Wisconsin started sending Nick Dachota mail early last fall, the Chicago offensive tackle had to come up to Madison this spring and see UW's big men in person. He wasn't disappointed.

"I was really impressed when I got there, just how impressive the facilities and the huge stadium," Dachota told Badger Nation. "No stadium could compare to that. When we were standing by the door and the offensive linemen came in, I just felt like I really wanted to play here and I could play with these guys."

At 6-foot-7 and 290 pounds, Dachota's frame certainly meets the profile of a Wisconsin lineman. Starting every game for St. Rita HS, one of the top programs in the Chicago area that utilizes the Power I to run the ball and control the clock, his junior season, Dachota helped lead his team to an 11-2 record and a berth in the state semifinals.

Each offensive line recruit that watches the front five of Wisconsin practice can walk away with a variety of different impressions – steaming from the group's size, strength, ability or demeanor. For Dachota, the impression was without question the group's work ethic throughout the entire practice.

"It seemed like whatever the other groups were getting water, the offensive line still kept chugging along, keep going, doing their drills and it was just a non-stop full practice for them," Dachota said. "They worked hard and it showed when they did team work because they were the best group out there."

Wisconsin has been active recruiting offensive linemen in this recruiting cycle, offering over a dozen 2012 prospects and having already gotten a verbal from four-star offensive guard Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.). Should Wisconsin have the opportunity, the Badgers appear willing to offer Dachota, as both Bostad and co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash have been in contact with Dachota.

"Coach Bostad came to my school the first day they were allowed to contact us in April," Dachota said. "He also gave me a call a couple nights ago to check on how things were going and to see if I am coming to their camp, which I am still planning on coming to one of the camps."

In addition to his interest in Wisconsin, Dachota visited Illinois, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.

"I feel like all the schools are great schools," Dachota said. "Any big school has great facilities to me. I've liked all the offensive line coaches that I have talked to, and there was never one coach that was a turnoff to me."

Dachota is still searching for that first scholarship offer and has been getting in-school visits from Michigan State, Purdue, Vanderbilt and some Ivy League schools. Of all the schools that have been in contact with him, it's been the Badgers that have shown the most interest in him.

"I think they are really interested in me but that could be just a shot in the dark and I could be on the wrong path because it's really tough to figure out where I stood," Dachota said. "I am hoping they will eventually offer."

Dachota plans to camp in a couple different conference this summer, but has no definite camps scheduled other than Wisconsin and the Nike Football Training Camp this weekend.

"I've been working out and lifting four days a week in the morning and running after school, as well," Dachota said, "making sure that I have the football drills in order."


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