Official-ly Excited

Committing to Wisconsin in June, four-star offensive tackle Kyle Dodson waited a long time to take his official visit to Madison. From the time he got off the plane until the time he left, his experience did not disappoint.

MADISON - Having never been to a Wisconsin football game, Cleveland Heights offensive tackle Kyle Dodson had no problem committing to UW in June because of the school's rich offensive line tradition and dedicated coaching staff.

So when he landed in Madison to visit the campus for the first time since last winter, the 6-6, 310-pound four-star Dodson was officially pumped.

"It was amazing," Dodson told Badger Nation. "When I stepped off the plane and I smelled that Wisconsin air, it just made me feel good."

Imagine how good Dodson felt when Wisconsin's offensive line paved the way for 264 rushing yards in a 45-7 victory over Penn State.

"The o-line was dominated the defensive line, they were dominated the defense, period," Dodson said. "They controlled the game and took it over, letting the running back pick his roles and just run. That Jump Around song was crazy.

"The experience was electrifying. I got an adrenaline rush just from sitting and watching the players warm up in pre-games. I really wanted to get in the game myself."

Hosted by fellow Ohio native Austin Traylor, Dodson said hanging out with Traylor and the different players was ‘relaxing' while getting the chance to meet and mesh with his future offensive line teammates.

"As soon as I met them, I just felt like I fit in," Dodson said. "They just accepted me. We all kind of act the same, so I feel like I fit in perfect."

Dodson also got to talk at length with recruiting contact DelVaughn Alexander.

"Coach Alexander and I talk on the phone every two weeks or every week," Dodson said. "We always have a nice conversation. We've really gotten to know each other and we know each other really well right now. We could sit around, joke around and have fun talking to each other. He's a great person and the UW coaching staff are great people."

Dodson is part of a major haul for the Badgers at the offensive line position in the 2012 recruiting class. In addition to Dodson, the Badgers have received verbal commitments from J.J. Denman (four-star OT from Fairless Hills, PA), Dan Voltz (four-star OG from Barrington, IL) and Walker Williams (three-star OT from Tacoma, WA).

"It definitely is impressive and we're going to continue the offensive line tradition," Dodson said.

Dodson wouldn't comment if other schools have continued to recruit him since he committed, but said his plan is to start his Wisconsin career in late June. After the senior season he had, Dodson wants to do a little relaxing.

Setting history by being the first Cleveland Heights team to go undefeated through the regular season and advance to the playoffs (losing in the first round), Dodson now calls himself a well-rounded football player, and a player that is anxious to make an impact at Wisconsin.

"I feel like I got wiser on the field and got more experience," said Dodson. "I really became a leader and looking forward to bringing that to Wisconsin."

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