Primary a guard for Barrington (Ill.) HS, Keeler was recruited by Wisconsin as a tackle and when the Badgers came through with an offer prior to their annual spring game, Keeler only waited four days before deciding to commit.
"There is really no better school for linemen," Keeler told us. "It's one of the best academic schools in the country. I love their tradition."
Keeler visited Wisconsin for the first time in February for the school's junior day, and he left feeling that Madison could be his final destination. Keeler was impressed with how the city had a hometown feel, how friendly the people were and how much academic help the university gives its student athletes.
"For how much help you can get, it's really hard to fail there," Keeler said.
Among his many offers, Keeler received scholarships from Illinois, Miami, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia and was getting significant interest from Alabama and LSU. Although he told Fox Sports Monday that he had no idea where he was going, a conversation with former teammate Dan Voltz sold him on UW.
"He reassured me that I was making a good decision," Keeler said. "They were the right fit for me."
Now that Keeler is in the mix, the Badgers are in ‘greed' mode and are looking for one more elite prospect to add to the offensive line position. In our Badger Nation series, here is who we view as Badgers targets (interest listed implies to the prospect's interest in Wisconsin).
Top of the List
Four-star tackle Ethan Pocic (Lemont HS, Lemont, Ill.)
One local environment that has appealed to Pocic is Wisconsin. After earning his UW offer at the team's camp last summer, Pocic took an unofficial visit for last year's Wisconsin game against Nebraska and again for the Badgers' Rose Bowl practice.
"I wanted to watch practice and check it out," Pocic told us. "I had already talked to the coaches previously, but I just wanted to go up there. They hit (a lot), which I was kind of surprised by, but I think that is cool."
Pocic originally had a top list, but threw that out the window and has started from square one after LSU offered last week. Even after starting over, Pocic has said the Badgers will be involved until the end … good news considering he's become so familiar with the campus.
Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium to medium-high interest
Three-star tackle Hayden Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids HS, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.)
"I got to the point where I didn't weight as much as I needed to weigh to be successful," Biegel said. "I take one in the morning, one at lunch, one after I workout and one before I go to bed. The big thing for me is to put on as much weight as I can to help me at my position while still keeping my speed."
The weight has already made him a more attractive option to college coaches. Picking up offers from North Dakota and Illinois, Biegel got a huge offer in mid March when Wisconsin offered him a grayshirt opportunity. With the Badgers low on scholarship numbers, UW wants Biegel to enroll in January 2014, allowing him an extra semester to build his body without losing a year of eligibility.
"I kind of like the grayshirt opportunity," Biegel told us. "It allows me to put some more weight on. I am definitely underweight and grayshirting would get me the opportunity to gain weight, which is what I really need to do."
Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium-high to high interest
Three-star guard Scott Quessenberry (La Costa Canyon HS, Encinitas, CA)
"I realized how little I was compared to college linemen," Quessenberry told Fox Sports. "I walked into the offensive linemen meeting, and saw a lineman that was 6-2 and it was very reassuring. I saw those tackles and some guards, those guys are some big cats, but that's how they grow them at Wisconsin.
"I'm pretty nasty. I get after it. I might not get past you on my first move, but my motor doesn't stop and that's where I'm going to get you. I play with intensity and power. I just play for the love of the game."
Quessenberry came away impressed from his unofficial visit from Wisconsin for the Badgers' spring game, as the 6-4, 265-pound lineman lauded the new facilities the school is building for their athletes and praised Bielema for meeting with him for roughly 30 minutes on a hectic day.
Planning to camp at the Oakland NFTC this month, Quessenberry says Nebraska, San Diego State, UCLA and Wisconsin are his current top four and that he plans on taking official visits to both Lincoln and Madison before making his decision, which will likely come after the football season.
"I'm looking for a few things," Quessenberry told us. "Academics are important, a history of winning, and overall football atmosphere. How well the fans are going to treat you is really important too."
UW coaches are expected to check in on Quessenberry today.
Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium-high to high interest
Next in Line
Three-star tackle Aaron Cochran (Buhach Colony HS, Atwater, CA)
"Football is a tradition (at Wisconsin) and the offensive line at Wisconsin is even more of a tradition," Cochran told us. "The academics are very important and I learned they are as serious about their academics as they are about their football.
"I really enjoyed the tour and really liked the campus. I liked that they are redoing their facilities. It's a real good program and it was great visit."
New linebackers coach Andy Buh was the only assistant coach on campus since it was spring break but said the Badgers staff was planning on watching him workout during spring ball. UW coach Bret Bielema also said that he wants offensive line coach Mike Markuson to extend an offer to Cochran.
"I am excited to meet with him," Cochran told us. "I really have high interest in the school."
Status: No Offered Scholarship – Medium to medium-high interest
Three-star tackle Sean Dowling (Fallbrook HS, Fallbrook, CA)
Our West Coast Recruiting analyst uttered that gem recently and that holds true for Wisconsin, which lost its share of UW verbal commitments at the 11th hour last year. Will Dowling be a player that the Badgers can lure away from UCLA?
Dowling had offers from Arizona, Colorado, Navy, San Diego State and Washington State but the Bruins were one of his first offers and the stellar student said that weighed heavily in their favor when he committed April 12. The 6-6, 265-pound offensive tackle ranked No.29 in the country fell in love with the Bruins in February during the team's junior day, but that apparently isn't stopping the UW coaches from dropping in on him today. That news is according to Huffman.
It's unclear if Wisconsin has real interest in Dowling or just stopping by while in the area to see Quessenberry, but it appears Dowling is pretty set with his UCLA commitment. If UW does offer, it'll be interesting to see if he changes his tune.
Status: No Offered Scholarship – Unknown interest
Note: The Badgers have offered four-star Illinois tackle Colin McGovern (Notre Dame commit), four-star Michigan tackle Steven Elmer (Notre Dame commit), four-star Illinois tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman (Michigan commit), four-star Kentucky tackle Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame commit), four-star Philadelphia tackle Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame commit) but there is no longer any interest.