A Wisconsin Opportunity for Scarver

Although he has two FCS opportunities, Washburn (MN) High tight end Noah Scarver has his sights on competing at the Division 1 level. After camping at Wisconsin and having good dialogue with tight end coach Eddie Faulkner, Scarver has that opportunity with the Badgers.

MADISON - With two offers from Northern Iowa and North Dakota, Washburn (MN) High tight end Noah Scarver knows that whichever school he picks, he'll be playing college football for free.

"One of my biggest goals was to tell people that I have offers from schools to show that I am talented," Scarver told Badger Nation. "It helps a lot because that's free college, so my mom doesn't have to worry about stuff like that."

Those opportunities validated the dramatic change from the way the 6-5, 215-pound Scarver used to approach his football career. Following his sophomore year, Scarver called himself ‘lazy,' not willing to put in the work in the weight room necessary to be a college athlete.

When he looked in the mirror one day, he changed his whole mindset.

"The summer before junior year I went in to lift weights every day and just put the work in," said Scarver. "I have lifted weight everyday and been working with a lot with our quarterback. I just think it's going to be a much better because I have a lot more people around me that I like."

But while two FCS offers are nice, the 6-5, 215-pound Scarver has his sights set on the BCS level and the Big Ten, particularly the University of Wisconsin.

After attending Wisconsin's second one-day high school camp, Scarver impressed the coaching staff enough to walk away with a grayshirt offer.

"I really like it there," said Scarver in reference to Wisconsin. "The coaches have told me I'm at the top of the list to get a scholarship if somebody backs out. Out of all the Big Ten schools, they've been looking at me the most.

"They are a really good school. They have what I want to major in, which is psychology. They are high on my list. Having them offer me showed me that I am a high level athlete, which got me excited to go out and compete with the best players in the country."

Since meeting assistant coach Eddie Faulkner and Wisconsin's Junior Day, Scarver felt a connection with Wisconsin's first year tight end coach that really makes the Badgers rank high on his list.

"I really think we connected by the different things that we had in common," said Scarver. "When I went to camp, he complimented me by saying that I am coachable and that he can work with me. He said he would to have me on his team, and I would love to work with him because he's a great all-around coach."

Scarver labels himself as a passing tight end, but says he'll gladly block when he's called upon to do so.

"I am not the fastest tight end, but my routes are really good," said Scarver, who estimates he had 300 receiving yards last season. "Coach Faulkner really likes my size."

Scarver reports current interest from Iowa State, Minnesota, Northern Illinois and South Dakota State. In addition to Wisconsin, Scarver camped at Iowa State, Minnesota, Northern Iowa, North Dakota State and will camp at North Dakota on July 21.

Because he's under no pressure from the three schools who have offered, Scarver will make his decision following his senior season.

"I'm taking day by day and just let it ride out to hopefully get more interest," said Scarver.

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