Hassenauer Getting Wisconsin Interest

With three Minnesota natives on its roster that turned down Gophers scholarships to play for the Badgers, the Wisconsin coaches have been aggressive over the border. In the class of 2014, Wisconsin has already built a relationship with East Ridge (MN) junior center J.C. Hassenauer.

MADISON - Since Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema took over the head coaching reigns, he's put a premium on keeping the best players inside the state borders. He's also put a premium on recruiting the state of Minnesota.

The results have shown with Wisconsin getting defensive linemen Beau Allen and Brendan Kelly, offensive lineman Tyler Marz and defensive back Keelon Brookins to turn down an offer from in-state Minnesota to play for the Badgers.

For the class of 2014, Wisconsin has started to have contact with East Ridge (MN) junior center J.C. Hassenauer. The 6-2, 275-pound lineman has been through some tough battle early, but feels his performance and his team is respectable.

"My season has been going great," Hassenauer told Badger Nation. "We play 6A teams during the season, which is all the biggest schools in Minnesota, then for playoffs we play in 5A. Our record so far is 3-3, losing to three top 5 teams in the state. Not by much either. We have been giving a fight. I have been playing good and my goal is to improve every week. I think I have great technique with my feet and hands. I believe I need to work on getting faster for the reminder of the season."

The recruiting process has approached Hassenauer fast, but he is ready for all the attention that is coming his way.

"My recruiting has been going great," Hassenauer said. "I've been in contact with many coaches and am trying to build a relationship with them. I have not received any offers, (but) I am in contact with Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Boston College, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State."

Through the recent success of the Badgers in winning two straight Big Ten championships and multiple appearances to the Rose Bowl, many prospects have taken notice and gotten them more aware of the program itself, especially with the play of the offensive line. Hassenauer is a prime candidate that it has been paying off with his early interest in the Badgers.

"I think it is a great school for academics as well as football," Hassenauer said. "I went down there this summer for a camp and got to talk to some of the coaches and had a great time. I have been in contact with Coach (Thomas) Hammock and plan on attending a game day in October or November. If they were to offer me, that would be huge. I love the school and the football program, so it would be really nice."

What would a football program be getting in this young blue collar type of player?

"I am very aggressive," he said. "I have a motor and play to the whistle. I could honestly compare myself to (Green Bay Packers center) Jeff Saturday. We both play with an edge and get the job done."

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