Swanton Checks Out Wisconsin

One of the top area football players in the class of 2015, Deforest (Wis.) sophomore Ben Swanton visited Wisconsin's campus for the Badgers' first spring practice Saturday.

MADISON - Wisconsin had its first spring practice under new Head Coach Gary Andersen and the Badgers had many visitors on hand. One of those visitors was Deforest (WI.) sophomore offensive linemen Ben Swanton, who has the potential to be one of the top linemen in the state for his class.

"It was a great visit," Swanton said. "I enjoyed watching practice and meeting the coaches, along with a few other current Wisconsin recruits. The coaches were really focused on the athletes, being it was the first day of practice. I did have a chance to meet Head Coach Gary Andersen and O-Line Coach T.J. Woods, along with saying hello to Ben Strickland (recruiting coordinator, assistant coach), Charlie Drewek (recruiting assistant).

"In general we had a great introduction meeting. Lots of new faces at the UW this year and they all are looking forward to seeing me compete at camp this summer."

The 6-0, 235-pound Swanton has been around to numerous of places already, but thought Wisconsin offers a lot that is very hard to not love.

"I would say Wisconsin ranks very high on my college prospect list," Swanton said. "They have a top notch football program that has great traditions, values its athletes and can help me grow to become a better individual. It would be a great honor to have an opportunity to play for the Badgers. It's especially an attractive opportunity because I would be near my family, along with the opportunity to continue the tradition of having family graduate from the UW."

While Swanton saw a lot of things that were great, he said the highlight of his visit was just getting to see the guys get on the field and do their practice.

"The team looks great," said Swanton. "I love the team's tough physical play and work ethic. You can tell the hard work all the players have been doing in the off season. Seeing the first practice has me motivated and looking forward to the next football season at Deforest. We have excellent coaches and talented players, and it's going to be great to have the team working together on the field."

Swanton plans on going to multiple camps this summer, including the Wisconsin camp, to showcase his skills and training that he has been putting in.

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