Getting a Wisconsin Sample

Although Wisconsin received quite the recruiting haul over the weekend, the Badgers' coaching staff is still looking for their first offensive line commit in the class. That player could be Westerville (OH) offensive lineman Zach Murdock, who came away impressed with the Badgers over the weekend.

MADISON - Offensive lineman Zach Murdock had watched Wisconsin run up and down the field for years with its power running game and thought he would fit well into the Badgers' offense. After being contacted by wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni, Murdoch's interest grew and he couldn't wait to take a closer look.

Murdock, a 6-foot 5, 275 pound lineman from Westerville-South (OH) HS, finally made that trip to Madison on Saturday for the Wisconsin spring game.

"The visit was great," Murdock told Badger Nation. "I loved the coaches and the atmosphere the city gave off. The coaching staff seemed awesome and funny. The spring game really showed the culture of Wisconsin football and really showed the true passion fans had for Badger football."

Murdock's recruitment was slowed by a foot injury during his junior season, but he has started to see interest increase over the past few months.

While Murdock has not collected any offers to date, he has been receiving interest from Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kent State, Marshall, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Syracuse and Toledo.

During his time in Madison, Murdock had a chance to get to know the coaching staff a little better and see where he stood with the Badgers.

"I talked to Coach Azzanni most of the time and I talked to the offensive line coach (Mike Markuson) once or twice," Murdock said. "The coaches, in terms of offering, really want me to come to the camp they are having and that's probably what I will do.

What really stood out to Murdock was the passion that the current and future players had for Wisconsin?

"I did get a chance to talk to one of the incoming recruits, Walker Williams, who seemed like a great kid," Murdock explained. "He really explained to me all the positives Wisconsin had to offer over all of my other options. I also got to talk to Ray Ball, an offensive lineman who graduated from Westerville South. He made me think Wisconsin could be a great fit for me when decision time comes."

Murdock plans to return to Madison during the summer but also wants to see how a few other programs compare to Wisconsin.

"I have a couple more visits planned," he said. "I will be going to Michigan and Syracuse, and will be making another visit to Toledo and possibly Purdue."

Wisconsin has five verbal commitments for the Class of 2013, but is still looking for its first commitment from a lineman.


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