Denman Opens Up About UW Coaching Changes

Although his offensive coordinator, line coach and tight end coach have moved on, four-star offensive tackle J.J. Denman maintains he's still verbally committed and 100 percent prepared to play at Wisconsin. Even so, Denman wants to check out one other school before signing day.

MADISON - With all the changes and switches floating around the University of Wisconsin football program over the last month, Pennsbury (PA) HS offensive tackle J.J. Denman has been an interested observer, especially with four UW offensive coaches leaving for Pittsburgh.

Still, Denman (a 6-6, 310-pound four-star recruit) has already switched his verbal commitment once - switching from Penn State to Wisconsin on Oct.16 – and doesn't plan on doing it again.

"I am still committed to Wisconsin," Denman told Badger Nation Tuesday night. "I am 100 percent right now."

But with all the changes, Denman still wants to check out one other school to make sure the Badgers are the right program for him. That school, not surprisingly, is Pittsburgh, which Denman will take an official visit to this weekend.

Although recruited by running back coach Thomas Hammock, the lone offensive coach that remains on UW's staff, Denman admitted he had developed solid relationships with Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst, offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Bob Bostad and assistant head coach Joe Rudolph while the three were at Wisconsin.

"My relationship with Coach Bostad was really good," Denman said. "I know he's a good line coach."

Denman said the Panthers assistant recruiting him now is tight end coach Jim Hueber, who also served under Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez from 1992-2005.

"Coach Hueber called to find out if I had an interest and if I did, I should come visit," said Denman. "I just want to go see what they have and what my interest is, because I never went there on a visit before. I just went there to camps. So, I am going to go check it out."

Denman said he received a call from UW coach Bret Bielema and Hammock right after the coaching changes, and hopes to get more answers when he visits Wisconsin officially on January 20.

"They said they are going to get a great coach for the offensive line and as soon as they do, they are going to send him out to visit," said Denman. "I am little concerned on who it's going to be and what kind of guy/coach he's going to be, but not super worried."

Although breaking his finger prior to the Semper Fi All-American game, forcing him to sit out the competition, Denman got plenty of positive experiences and reps during practices that he says has impacted him already.

"It was cool and I am glad that I got the opportunity to compete against big, strong guys all over the country," Denman said. "It was good to be able to test myself."

Denman also got an opportunity to bond with Badgers commits Walker Williams, Bart Houston and D.J. Singleton, a fact, he admitted, gives Wisconsin a huge edge because of the familiarity with future teammates.

"Me and Walker talked a lot, they are all great guys and it was good that I got to know them for going out there," said Denman.

Denman said he expects to make his final decision before signing day.

"A lot of stuff has been thrown around, but I am going to keep moving forward and make the right decision," Denman said. "Right now, that's Wisconsin."


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