Schools Still Coming After Gault

Although committed to Wisconsin for more than nine months, Monona Grove (WI) offensive lineman Jaden Gault has been visited by coaches from Arkansas and Ohio State, been in contract with Oklahoma and recently offered by Oregon.

Monona Grove (WI) High junior Jaden Gault has seen some pretty impressive suitors wander through his school's hallway over the last several weeks.

Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel and coaches from Oregon armed with a new scholarship offer have all made it abundantly clear to Gault that they are still actively recruiting him despite his commitment to Wisconsin last summer.

"It says a lot when schools are still actively recruiting me when I am still committed," Gault told Badger Nation. "It says that they care."

Caring is one thing, but those schools showing or doing enough to make Gault de-commit from the University of Wisconsin is completely different.

The second commitment in Wisconsin's 2014 recruiting class, Gault cites the school's offensive line tradition, facility, proximity to home and the fan support as reason he committed on August 18. A little over nine months later, those things haven't changed.

"I really like the new coaching staff with Coach Andersen, especially Coach Woods," said Gault, who has been visited by offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and secondary coach Ben Strickland at high school during the spring.

"They definitely know what they are doing. I am looking forward to seeing how the team plays this year, see how the coaching affects things. It's been frustrating with the coaching turnover the past two years, but it seems like the new staff wants to be here. Hopefully it stays that way."

Another positive Gault sees his future teammates. Part of the "Super Six" dubbed by the Wisconsin coaching staff, a group made up of the six highest-rated in-state recruits in the state, Gault was excited to see Hartland Arrowhead defensive end Billy Hirschfeld join Arrowhead teammate George Panos, Milwaukee Marquette defensive lineman Conor Sheehy and Sun Prairie defensive tackle Craig Evans as a UW commit when he ended his recruitment last week.

Only Somerset (WI) tight end Gaelin Elmore remains uncommitted, but told Badger Nation he is favoring Wisconsin.

"It was awesome to see," said Gault. "When we were there for that ‘Super Six' thing, they talked about the in-state players back in the day coming together and going to Wisconsin, which set the foundation for the program's success. It's continues a tradition. It's our job now to try and get this school to a national championship and just keep rolling Big Ten championships."

Before coming to Wisconsin, Gault will be participating in the 14th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be broadcasted on NBC. Gault received the invitational earlier this month.

"It was really cool to get the opportunity to play in the game," said Gault. "I think around 40,000 people watch the game on an annual basis, so the fact that I can represent Wisconsin and my high school in that game is an awesome opportunity in itself. It's weird because I was watching the game this past year and thought how cool it would be to play in that. It's really cool to have that opportunity."

Of the recruiting visits Gault has had to endure, some of the most awkward have been from Arkansas because of the coaches recruiting him. Gault received his first scholarship offer from Bret Bielema while at Wisconsin and Partridge was the first coach to visit him at his school.

"It's been pretty weird," said Gault. "He said kept saying crazy things happen when we were meeting. He said Arkansas is a great place and the education is good. It was weird to see how things can change so much."

Gault also has had dialogue over Twitter with Bielema, who continues to recruit Gault despite saying he wasn't going to recruit any players verbally committed to Wisconsin who did not reached out to him.

"He was the first coach to offer me and gave me the first opportunity to play division 1 football," said Gault. "He was also the coach I gave my commitment to. We've always had a real good relationship. I respect for his decision to go to Arkansas. Ultimately it was decision, so I respect it."

Gault said other than doing a one-day camp at Wisconsin, he has no summer plans other than a week trip to Jamaica after school is over in June.


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