Midwest TE Prospect Likes UW

This emerging prospect played his first year of organized football in 2002. The Badger coaching staff contacted him during the May Evaluation period.

Ben Ranker, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound, tight end prospect from Barrington, Illinois has emerged as a prospect to watch in 2003.

Ranker participated in his first year of organized football in 2002.

"I was a basketball player and I never got any taller, just bigger." Ranker said.

"Everyone kept telling me to play football, so I gave it a shot last year and liked it.

"I'm really getting into it this summer. I've been hitting the weights hard and I camped at Notre Dame, Northwestern and Iowa."

Does Ranker have any offers?

"No sir. No offers yet. I received calls in May from Bowling Green, Northwestern, Western Michigan, Wisconsin and Kansas.

"Northwestern is my leader right now. I've been down there about four times and I really like Coach (Jack) Glowik and the rest of the coaches.

"Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, Western Michigan and Bowling Green are my other favorites."

Ranker was used mostly as a blocking tight end in 2002 in the Barrington run/option attack but his numbers should increase this year with D-1 junior quarterback prospect Garrett Seeger running the offense.

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