An OL Breeding Ground

San Clemente (CA) offensive guard Sean Harlow has only seen a few snippets of the University of Wisconsin, but what he has seen from his newest offer is a school that knows how to develop offensive linemen.

MADISON - When he takes inventory of the amount of college opportunities he has at his disposal, San Clemente (CA) offensive guard Sean Harlow has offers from 10 of the 12 schools in the PAC 12 (missing Stanford and USC) and other big time schools like Boise State and Nebraska.

While his latest offer from the University of Wisconsin doesn't stick out more or less than his other 15-plus offers, Harlow does recognize that the Badgers cater to his position on the field.

"Obviously it's a great offer with the school having won a lot of games, been to the Rose Bowl two times in a row and have a phenomenal offensive line that plays tough football," Harlow told Badger Nation. "Those guys really know how to play."

The same can be said of the 6-5, 260-pound Harlow, who is ranked the No.21 guard in the country by The son of former USC offensive lineman Pat Harlow, the film of Sean impressed both first year Wisconsin coaches Andy Buh (linebackers) and Mike Markuson (offensive line) when they visited him during the spring evaluation period.

Playing opposite five-star offensive tackle and Stanford commit Kyle Murphy last fall, and protecting quarterback and Utah commit Travis Wilson, Harlow was able to learn the right tackle position before being flipped to left tackle … and pick up some good character traits from Murphy along the way.

"It was great watching him and it was fun playing with Kyle," said Harlow. "We are really good friends. He had to work hard for what he got, and I have to do the same thing. I took a lot away from him and was conscious of how he did things."

That was evident to Buh and Markuson, who offered Harlow following the coaching staff's post-spring meetings Thursday.

"I was pretty sure they were going to offer me, so I was pleased they offered me out of all the offensive linemen in the nation," said Harlow. "I haven't talked to the coaches too much, but I am sure I will get to talk to coach Buh and find out more about him and what Wisconsin is all about.

"I know they produce great linemen," he said. "It's a breeding ground for them. If I am trying to get to the NFL, that's a great place to get started."

Harlow has visited Boise State, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah and Washington and will visit Nebraska in June.

"It's nice to get other offers and will allow me to check out schools outside of my West Coast bubble," said Harlow. "I obviously want to see Wisconsin. Until I get to the school, I can't really rule them out."

In addition to following in Murphy's work ethic, Harlow has taken away tips on how to handle the recruiting process. Murphy narrowed his list prior to his senior season, but put recruiting on the backburner until his high school career was complete. From there, he took his official visits and made his decision on signing day.

Harlow isn't positive he's going to wait that long, but did say he wants to have a top five or six by the end of summer and probably will wait to decide in order to take some official visits.

"I thought it was cool how he handled the whole recruiting process (because) he knew how he wanted to handle it and approach it," Harlow said of Murphy's recruitment. "I have a lot of high school to worry about. I either have to find my spot before the season or not worry about it until later. It'll probably be later because I want to take some officials.

"My decision will be final, so I don't want to rush through the process. I just have to figure out where I want to go and what will be the best fit for the next four or five years."

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