Classic Competition

With the amount of power teams in his conference, considered one of the best football conferences in the state, Mukwonago (Wis) lineman Nathan Tanguay has taken the opportunity to embrace going against solid competition to develop into a serviceable college prospect.

MADISON - When it comes to high school football in the state of Wisconsin, it's harder to find a more successful conference than the Classic 8 in southeast Wisconsin. With four state championships from three different schools since 2004, Mukwonago junior lineman Nathan Tanguay knows that going through the weekly rigors of playing in that conference makes him one of the most prepared players in the state.

"I believe that I play in the best conference in the state and the best talent comes through the Classic 8," Tanguay told Badger Nation. "I couldn't be going up against better competition every week to get myself better and get myself ready for the college level."

Tanguay – a 6-5, 240 pounds - was an All-County and All-Conference selection on the defensive line in his second year as a varsity starter. Playing defensive end, Tanguay recorded 59 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 13 quarterback hurries and five sacks, being named the team's defensive MVP.

Tanguay is also a standout basketball player, being named the team's captain and leading the team in scoring with 14.5 points per game.

"For me, knowing that my conference is at such a top level," said Tanguay, "I usually get some good feedback."

Tanguay felt some of that feedback earlier this month at Wisconsin's junior day. After not having any contact with Wisconsin's previous coaching staff, Tanguay spent time chatting with new assistant coach Ben Strickland along with defensive coordinator Charlie Partridge to get an idea of their recruiting direction.

"It's the college to go to for Wisconsin kids and just to be invited to something so prestigious is just a great feeling being around other great players," said Tanguay. "They told me that they liked me film and that I should keep working hard on my technique. I learned a couple things from Coach Partridge after just 30 minutes in the position meeting, which was an awesome experience."

Tanguay was invited to Wisconsin's summer camp and has also attended junior days at Minnesota and Western Michigan. He's also been invited to spring practices at Michigan State, Arkansas' junior day and practice and has spoken to coaches from Illinois and Northern Illinois.

Although he recognizes that the Badgers are low on scholarships, Tanguay's only focus heading into summer is taking care of his own business.

"I go in with the mindset that I only can control what I can control," said Tanguay. "So I have to go to the best of my ability to prove myself and work hard in the offseason to get myself scholarships and beat out other kids."

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