Khoury has Wisconsin Connection

With a connection to a former Wisconsin coach and growing idolizing a former Wisconsin player, Traverse City (MI) St. Francis junior defensive end Jake Khoury has a lot of respect for the Badgers.

MADISON - Wisconsin has struck the Great Lake State early by grabbing 2014 quarterback commit Chance Stewart. Now the Badgers are trying to touch base with another standout from Michigan in St. Francis (MI) junior Jake Khoury.

Like many high school juniors, the 6-2, 285-pound athlete was busy over the summer, attending camps at Michigan State and Michigan as well as a Nike camp.

"I felt I did good at these camps, real good and saw a lot of good competition there," Khoury told Badger Nation. "I did feel I learned a lot at these camps and talk to coaches, too. I learned things about pass rush and taking on different types of blocks, things we don't get to see as much at my school. Going over all that is kind of nice and having the good coaching staffs at all the camps."

While Khoury has been performing well, it hasn't resulted in any offers yet. That is something he is working on, but the interest is there for many schools right now.

"I have been getting a lot of mail from Mississippi State, Tennessee, Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon, Wisconsin and Illinois," he said.

The Badgers might not seem as a huge threat to land Khoury to many outsiders, but the man himself feels otherwise, especially since Khoury has a connection in his family to former football head coaching legend, Barry Alvarez.

"I get a lot of mail from Wisconsin," said Khoury. "My godfather played on defense for Notre Dame when they won the national championship and the defensive coordinator was Barry Alvarez. That would be a positive influence, so it is nice to know people and I know Scott (godfather) likes him a lot. They still talk, too."

Having a connection to the Badgers can only help them, but Khoury found Wisconsin appealing from the days of his favorite player playing. How big would that offer be if he happened to get one?

"I know Wisconsin is my style of team when it comes to players and the offense that they run, which I like always watching that," Khoury said. "Ron Dayne is my favorite player, just big and physical all over. That would be great on getting a Wisconsin offer, though. It would be a dream come true. They would be up on top for sure and they are Big Ten champs."

The style of play he brings in the trenches surely fits the bill for Wisconsin and compares himself the only way that best represents him.

"I am a physical player," he said. "I always like to hit and got quickness, but still have a lot of size. Explosive and thick, but I just like to blow people up. I have the mentality of Ray Lewis, but also Ndamukong Suh."

Looking ahead to his fast approaching season, Khoury just wants to keep the standards high on his junior season. That doesn't mean that visits won't be taking place.

"State championship, our team is always in competition for that, so that is the goal," Khoury said. "We have won it two out of the last four years. We got a lot of good and really talented people at all of our positions. We just got low numbers, but we are all very talented. I will probably be going to Michigan State when they take on Central Michigan, and a Wisconsin game, maybe a Michigan game and Northwestern, too."

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