Great Atmosphere for Pierschbacher

Making his first visit to Wisconsin since the summer and his first trip to see a game, Cedar Falls (IA) junior offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher recaps his unofficial visit.

MADISON - When asked what new thing he learned on his first game visit to the University of Wisconsin, Cedar Falls (IA) junior offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher searched for an answer, and then couldn't come up with a response.

It's not that he didn't enjoy the visit; he just knows quite a bit about the Badgers since having been offered by the two time defending conference champions.

"It was a neat experience," Pierschbacher told Badger Nation. "There were Ohio State fans all around us, so things were going both ways. It definitely was a good atmosphere. It felt like a night game, and I definitely like night games."

On his first visit to Wisconsin since the Badgers high school summer camp in June, Pierschbacher, along with Indianapolis Pike junior wide receiver Dominique Booth and Plainfield South (Ill.) linebacker Clifton Garrett, met with Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema individually prior to the game.

"He just wanted to say ‘hi' and loved having me here," said. "He asked how things were going and wanted me to come up to a bowl practice. Nothing too in depth."

In addition to Bielema, Pierschbacher spent time with recruiting contact Chris Ash and new offensive line coach Bart Miller.

"Coach Ash talks to me quite a bit, sending me letters and Facebook and stuff," said Pierschbacher. "We have a good relationship, and he said he wants to come see me workout after the season. Coach Miller and I are starting to get to know each other a little bit. He's Facebooked me a couple, sent me letters and I think he's doing a great job. The rushing game has picked up a bunch since he took over, which is good to see."

Debuting as a four-star recruit and the No.4 offensive guard in the country in's initial rankings and helping his team to the semifinals of the state playoffs, Pierschbacher – thanks in part to his performance at The Opening in Oregon over the summer – has gone from offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Northern Iowa and Wisconsin to adding offers from Boise State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

"I've been getting stuff from all over the place," said Pierschbacher. "I am going to take some more visits and narrow it down once coaches can start contacting me more. I want to see what I like and weigh my options."

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