Rasmussen Building his Offer List

After grabbing two offers from the MAC during the spring evaluation period, Brookfield (WI) Central offensive lineman Luke Rasmussen hopes more will follow in the summer.

Considering the amount of division 1 prospects the school has produced in the last decade, it's no surprise that plenty of college coaches have stopped by Brookfield Central High School outside Milwaukee.

Thomas Hammock from Wisconsin and defensive coordinator from Mike Hankwitz from Northwestern have made stops during the spring evaluation period, as well as coaches from Air Force, Butler, Harvard, Illinois, Illinois State, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota and Northern Illinois.

That's certainly been beneficial to junior offensive lineman Luke Rasmussen, who is the next big Lancers prospect on the recruiting radar.

"We've had a bunch of different coaches come through the school throughout the spring so far," Rasmussen told Badger Nation. "They've talked about me and some other guys at the school, looking at our grades and check in on us."

After holding early offers from Illinois State and North Dakota, Rasmussen has pulled in to MAC offers during the spring evaluation period from Ball State and Western Michigan.

"A lot of the coaches say they like my height and athleticism," said Rasmussen. "They said they like to see that I am putting on a lot of weight, getting bigger in the weight room and that I am pretty good in the classroom, too."

Rasmussen has also been focused on building a relationship with Wisconsin. After going on a couple visits last season, Rasmussen met the new coaching staff during a spring visit to the UW campus in April.

"It's been building pretty well," Rasmussen said. "I have been in contact with Coach Strickland (a former Central athlete) and they send me mail every couple days or so. They want me to come to their camp, which I will be doing. Everything has been going pretty well with Wisconsin."

And lucky for Rasmussen, he is in the right recruiting cycle to get a serious look from Wisconsin.

The Badgers' last two recruiting classes were so small that the Badgers could only take six full-scholarship players last year and only three the season before. So far in 2014, five of Wisconsin's six verbal commitments are in-state recruits, and UW coaches are in the market for at next month's summer camps.

"I need to show them that I can do more than just use my long frame to my advantage," said Rasmussen. "I need to push guys off the ball and try to block and really work on strong pass blocking. I really need to show them that everything I need to do at the college level I can do at their camp."

Having been the team's left tackle for the last two seasons, Rasmussen feels his biggest jump in his game has simply been his confidence as he approaches the game.

"My sophomore year I was so nervous in the locker room," said Rasmussen. "I didn't know what to expect at the varsity level. After I got that first year, I really felt more confident going into the games, not just in myself but in my team as a whole."


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