One of the Best for Roback

His offer list doesn't scream top recruit, but Toledo (Ohio) St. Johns Jesuit quarterback Brogan Roback has been slowly creeping up recruiting boards. After an impressive visit to the University of Wisconsin, the Badgers now rank high on Roback's wish list.

MADISON - Quarterback Brogan Roback knows what it feels like to be in the middle of a lot of college recruiting boards. At 6-4 and 180 pounds, Roback has impressed scouts enough to earn a four-star rating, but is still searching for that first big offer.

After a weekend visit to the University of Wisconsin, Roback thinks that the Badgers might be that offer.

"It's actually probably one of the best visits I have had so far," Roback told Badger Nation. "I've been there for a game, but I'm glad I got to go there to check out practice, meet coach Canada and coach Bielema and see the pace of practice and how they run things. I am really glad I got to go there and see how things are going."

Roback – ranked the No.26 QB in the country by Scout.com - has been to places like Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan State, but the reason he called his Wisconsin visit ‘one of the best' was for multiple reasons. One is that Roback isn't blinded to the success the Badgers have had the last two seasons winning back-to-back Big Ten championships. Two is that the new facilities he got a sneak peak of will make the Badgers one of the best in the country.

But as he roamed the sidelines during UW's scrimmage on Saturday, he couldn't help but appreciate how he was being treated by the UW staff, which made the biggest impression of all.

"You can't put the level of success they are playing at past them, but the facilities are second to none," said Roback. "Coach Bielema, coach Canada and coach Faulkner are all good coaches there. They really bent over backwards for me and my family. They were genuine about what they said, and it's a team that I feel like I could fit into with."

Roback could also tell the Badgers have a genuine interest in him. With Wisconsin looking for one quarterback in the 2013 recruiting class and having offered only two passers, Roback will likely find out in the next month where he stands with the staff.

"I talked to coach Canada an hour and coach Bielema for another hour, as well, and both said they loved my film and everything about it," Roback said. "We did a lot of board talk with x's and o's work. Coach Canada was really impressed with how fast I caught on and what I knew.

"The only thing they said from holding them back from offering is watching me throw. They said they'll be coming down to my school the next couple weeks when I am throwing. I should know right after that."

For Roback, having coaches see him throw seems to be the one thing holding him back from having offers in the double digits. As a junior Toledo (Ohio) St. Johns Jesuit, Roback completed 98 of 178 passes for 1,800 yards and 15 touchdowns, and scouts have been impressed with his accuracy on short and intermediate routes while also completed some deep passes.

But as of the weekend, Roback only had offers from Bowling Green, Miami (OH), Ohio and Toledo.

"I've definitely learned that patience is a virtue," Roback said. "It's picking up a little bit, but it gets frustrating at times. It'll end up playing out by me going out and competing against guys with big offers. I'll just have to perform better than they are. I think after these colleges see me throw, I think they'll jump on it, so I just have to stay confident."

Although he's only planning to go to three or four summer camp this year after hitting the camp circuit hard last year, Roback will get a chance to boost his stock this weekend in New York for at an Elite 11 Quarterback Competition.

"I definitely think I have good pocket presence and accuracy," said Roback. "I pride myself on leadership and I want people to follow what I am doing. When I step on the field, I am ready to go. I just want to prove to people that I have a pretty good arm."


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