Kodanko Checks Out Wisconsin

After his older brother accepted a walk-on role at Wisconsin three years ago, West De Pere (WI) offensive lineman Kory Kodanko is now looking for his opportunity to play college football.

Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen has been promoting a family atmosphere among his football players since he came to the football program in December. There's no better way to breed that culture than finding brothers.

Offensive tackle Ben Hemer decided to walk-on to the program in the 2013 recruiting class to join older brother, Ethan, giving UW its second set of brothers along with Marcus and Michael Trotter. Now there seems to be another possibility of a brother duo being on the squad with West De Pere (WI) junior offensive tackle Kory Kodanko.

Helping his team make the state semifinals last season, Kodanko, the younger brother of redshirt junior offensive tackle Riki Kodanko, is looking to take his game to another level during an important offseason.

"I am working on my run blocking, but really all-around stuff (like my) agility, speed, strength and pass protection, even though we are a run-first team," Kodanko told Badger Nation. "Also (my) foot speed. I am just working to be better all around next year."

The 6-6, 315-pound Kodanko knows it is still early in the recruiting process, but has been receiving interest from schools out of the SEC, Big Ten, Ivy League and MAC. With interest coming far and wide, Kodanko did visit one of the schools that he is very interested in Wisconsin.

"I want down to Wisconsin last weekend and attended spring practice," he said. "It was great on my visit. The facilities and atmosphere were great and I really enjoyed watching practice. I got to meet the coaches and they got something good going. Coach Ben Strickland, Coach T.J. Woods and Coach Andersen were the coaches I got to talk to for a little bit.

"We obviously didn't have very much time to talk, but they just wanted to get to know me a little better and they are just walking into the program right now, so I understand where they are at. They told me about the program a little bit and were excited to have all these recruits down there. They pretty much wanted to know how I was doing and start my recruiting process."

With having his older brother in the Badgers program already and his knowledge of the school, what would an offer mean to the younger Kodanko?

"It would mean a lot if Wisconsin offered me and I would like it a lot, but I am not pushing for anything," he said. "I understand where they are at and I think being a Wisconsin kid, that is everybody's dream, so I hope it comes, but it is still early in the process. I am not focused on that and I am just trying to get my ducks in a row."

Planning on visiting more colleges in the spring and summer, Kodanko is hoping his film and his one-on-one performances will help him open coach's eyes.

"I think they would see my size and my ability to run block," he said. "I think you would be amazed at that, but also surprised in how well I move. Obviously, I still have a lot more improvement to do and looking forward to accomplishing that."

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