Feeling a Brotherhood

Barrington (Ill) offensive tackle Jack Keeler already knew how special Wisconsin is thanks to his teammate Dan Voltz. On his first visit to Wisconsin, Keeler got to experience it for himself.

MADISON - When one of Jack Keeler's former teammates is a national recruit with well over 20 offers to his name, he made sure to pay close attention.

Playing alongside four-star recruit Dan Voltz at Barrington (Ill) HS last season, the 6-7, 275-pound junior offensive tackle

"Dan has been a big brother during this whole process and he's just looking out for my best interest," Keeler told Badger Nation. "He told me that he found a home at Wisconsin, and he wants me to find that, too. He answers all my questions about recruiting and he's been a big influence."

Making his first visit to a Big Ten campus and facility, Keeler could see why Voltz gravitated to the school, especially after talking with UW's current offensive linemen.

"Wisconsin showed they had a lot to offer," Keeler said. "It all looked very nice and they have a home-town aspect with the people being very friendly. They offer a lot of academic help and they emphasize tutoring there. For how much help you can get, it's really hard to fail there."

"We got to talk to the players for a good 20 minutes to a half hour about anything. It really showed me that they have a brotherhood going on. They emphasize the family aspect a lot more than the other schools."

Keeler also spent some time talking with recruiting contact Chris Ash, but spent a lot of time chatting with new offensive line coach Mike Markuson, who showed Keeler a lot of the drills he has been doing with UW's current linemen.

"Coach Markuson is a great guys and I already have a lot of respect for him," said Keeler. "He seems like he would be a great coach. I see a lot of my high school coach in him. Coach Markuson said he doesn't really offer scholarships that often before camp, as he wants to see his recruits compete over the summer.

"Dan got his offer after he camped and Markuson said 8 out of the 12 commits last year were offered after camp. So, that could be a major possibly that I could go there."

Keeler currently holds offers from Northern Illinois, Toledo, West Virginia and Western Michigan but that could change after a busy next weekend. In a span of three days, Keeler plans to take unofficial visits to Michigan, Michigan State and Illinois.

"It's going to be a long weekend," Keeler said. "We'll probably rack up 10-15 hours in the car."

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