Pierschbacher Returns to Madison

One of the few campers already with a Wisconsin offer, Cedar Falls (IA) offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher used his one-day camp in Madison to build a relationship with the Wisconsin coaching staff.

MADISON - When he received a scholarship offer from the University of Wisconsin, Cedar Falls (IA) offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher knew it was a big deal.

It wasn't so much because the Badgers have become an offensive line destination over the last decade, but it was because Pierschbacher knew how picky UW is with offering its offensive linemen, especially those who have never visited the campus.

"I thought they would want to get to know me a little more, so it was a pleasant surprise," Pierschbacher told Badger Nation about his UW offer. "I am not sure what made them pull the trigger, but I am not questioning it."

Making his second visit to the campus since the offer, Pierschbacher – 6-4, 270 pounds - got to work with offensive line coach Mike Markuson and got to speak with defensive coordinator Chris Ash, who is Pierschbacher's recruiting contact, during Wisconsin's high school summer camp Sunday.

"Even before I got interested in any colleges, I was always fascinated with (Wisconsin)," Pierschbacher said. "I watched them in the last two Rose Bowls and watching the big guys like Gabe Carimi. They were big guys and just were dominating physically other teams. It's a thrill to think I can be a part of that.

"I think it was crucial to see how they coach you and learn their philosophies. It was a good experience going against some good competition. I haven't had a chance to sit down with (Coach Markuson) yet, but I'd like to so I can hear more about his philosophies."

Pierschbacher was one of the only campers that came to Wisconsin with a scholarship offer already in his hip pocket, allowing him the opportunity to have more dialogue with the staff rather than pushing to get noticed.

"I was trying to take it all in," Pierschbacher said. "I got some good one-on-one individuals, but the coaches already knew they wanted me. That allowed them to look at some other guys."

In addition to Wisconsin, Pierschbacher holds offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska and Northern Iowa and said coaches from Michigan and Michigan State also stopped by his school in the spring.

"It's pretty exciting to see how far I have come in a year," said Pierschbacher. "It's a pleasant surprise, so I am pretty happy with the schools I got right now."

Pierschbacher admits to growing up an Iowa fan and that he wants to play in a Big Ten, but said his recruiting is entirely a ‘business decision' and that he's going to play in a system that fits his style of play.

"Whatever fits me is where I am going to go, so that doesn't necessary mean I am going to Iowa," Pierschbacher said. "There is definitely pressure from people around town and my friends, but it is different from being a fan and seeing you playing there.

"One of the first thing coaches ask me is if I am willing to go out of state and not go to Iowa. I tell them that I am looking for what's best for me. I am going to be pretty selfish with my choice because it's for me. None of my friends are going to be working out with me in the weight room or my roommate."

The Wisconsin camp was the second and final camp for Pierschbacher this summer. After a visit to Iowa later this month for a barbeque to visit with other Hawkeye recruits, Pierschbacher will immerse himself in the weight room to prepare for his junior season.

"I am not going to put myself out there as much as some other guys because I am pretty set with that, but I want to work on my individual game," Pierschbacher said. "I think my upper body is getting stronger. I want to work on my footwork and get my steps right, because I didn't have all the steps down perfect last year.

"I want to work on getting ready for college, because I won't be able to just power people around. I want to get the technique stuff down so I can build a good base in college and go from there."

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