Sheehy Ready for What's Next

Excited to finally know who Wisconsin's next head coach is going to be, Milwaukee Marquette junior defensive lineman and Badgers 2014 commit Conor Sheehy starts preparing for his future.

MADISON - While National Signing Day is fast approaching for Wisconsin and the 2013 class, the Badgers are also working on keeping together its highly touted 2014 class.

Milwaukee (Wis.)Marquette University junior defensive end Connor Sheehy committed back in the summer when the 2014 class had a flurry of commitments happen. Now there is a lot of questions still to be answered after Bret Bielema left to Arkansas and Wisconsin hired Gary Andersen.

Sheehy gives his reaction on the whole situation and what he considers himself.

"Well, obviously it was a big shock with a lot of coaches leave in a short period amount of time," Sheehy told Badger Nation. "You know it is something that happens and I am still pretty solid with my commitment as of now."

Although the 6-4, 260-pound Sheehy - a four-star recruit ranked the No.14 defensive end in the class by - was incredibly close with defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, who is now on his way to Arkansas, he's stayed in constant contact with defensive backs coach Ben Strickland and offensive line coach Bart Miller.

"Coach Strickland is my recruiter from Wisconsin," said Sheehy. "I talked to Coach Strickland in mid-December and then the offensive line coach, Coach Miller, came to my school. They have stressed the fact that Coach Alvarez is going to take care of things and Wisconsin football is going to continue to be Wisconsin football. A group of coaches doesn't make Wisconsin is what they are trying to say and that Coach Alvarez will take care of things."

Like many of Wisconsin's highly-ranked in-state commits, Sheehy has started to have many schools re-establish contact with him since the start of the coaching vacancy.

"Recently I talked to a Nebraska, Michigan State and Ohio State coach," said Sheehy. "Just prior to that I talked to the defensive line coach at Washington and Vanderbilt. I haven't really decided yet if I want to visit any schools."

In terms of his conditioning, Sheehy is going to be doing something brand new to him this off-season, but feels it could pay off for him when he hits the football field next year.

"I am going to be wrestling this offseason," said Sheehy. "We are pretty good this year, but we got a new head coach, so it is kind of an adjustment. This is my first year doing wrestling, but my head football coach told me that this would be pretty helpful for me. I am just giving it a shot this year and going to find out."

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