Badgers Eying Missouri OL

Wisconsin has poked around in the state of Missouri over the last few recruiting cycles but haven't grabbed a big name from the 'Show Me State' since Montee Ball. In terms of junior offensive lineman Roderick Johnson, he certainly would quality as a 'big' prospect.

MADISON - Over the years, Wisconsin has transformed lowly rated prospects coming out of high school into NFL draft picks. The one position the Badgers are known for manufacturing this is from the offensive linemen position.

Wisconsin didn't have to look hard to find a diamond in the rough by seeing 6-6, 320-pound Hazelwood Central (MO) junior offensive tackle Roderick Johnson. While he didn't really hit the camp circuit this summer, simply stopping at Missouri, the lack of college work didn't stop Johnson from working on his game.

"My summer has been going good," Johnson told Badger Nation. "We have been working out this summer as a team and everything, so it has been going good. I went to the Mizzou camp on June 3rd, but that is the only camp I have been to. It went good though, real good."

While Johnson haven't seen the BCS offers come in yet, that hasn't stop schools from getting to know him and get him more familiar with them as well. One of the schools happens to be the Badgers and linebackers coach Andy Buh is already starting to create that bond that could eventually lead to a Wisconsin offer.

"I do not have any offers currently (and) I have not talked to Wisconsin recently, but I have been talking to them," Johnson said. "I have been talking to Coach Buh and we have been talking about the usual (things), how we are in the recruitment process and how I am very close in being offered."

This season, however, is ‘go time' for Johnson as he is staying focus on the upcoming year and what he wants to accomplish. He will not be running around doing any visiting this season, but instead will be steam rolling over defensive linemen and just having fun with his team.

"My goals are to get better, win and have fun," said Johnson. "I just like to weight lift and go hang out with my team a lot."

How much does Wisconsin play into his recruitment and what would an offer from them mean?

"That would be a big offer for me," Johnson admitted. "I know that they are a big school that puts a lot of O-Linemen in the NFL. I know a lot about them like they have their own strength and conditioning coach for the O-Line and everything, so I like that."

Most prospects usually grew up a fan of a college, but Johnson just loves college football, not for the teams. That open-minded perspective will give every school a chance to impress this standout.

"No, I just liked the competition of all the college football teams," Johnson said. "I am open to all schools that offer."


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