A 'Crazy' OL Tradition at Wisconsin

Living in Big Ten Country and having an uncle play for Penn State, Bethel Park (PA) Senior offensive lineman Michael Grimm has a little background on most of the teams in the Big Ten, which was why he was excited when the Badgers offered him Thursday.

With an uncle having playing football in the Big Ten, Bethel Park (PA) Senior offensive lineman Michael Grimm can easily dial up former Penn State linebacker Matt Fornadel and get the insight on a Big Ten school who has offered him a scholarship.

When Grimm picked up an offer from Wisconsin Thursday, the message was simple: a hard-nosed group.

"Wisconsin has a crazy offensive line tradition," Grimm told Badger Nation. "My Uncle Matt played at Penn State and when he was there, Wisconsin always came out of nowhere. My uncle was a linebacker and said it was always tough dealing with those linemen every year."

Grimm is being recruited by offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, who is in charge of recruiting an area of the country that has been beneficial to Wisconsin in past recruiting cycles.

"I was happy to talk to them," said Grimm. "I've watched them on TV. Watching teams play is part of the process for me. It's cool to see those guys play and understand what the coaches are doing. It puts things in perspective, especially when I know some of the people who are playing."

The 6-6, 310-pound Grimm started to get his name out to college coaches when he went to high school camps at Pittsburgh, Penn State and West Virginia last summer and while he got early offers from the Panthers, Virginia and Youngstown State, he really felt his recruitment started to take off after January's U.S. Army All-American Bowl Combine.

"It's been pretty hectic, but it's been fun and I love it," said Grimm. "It was pretty steady my sophomore and junior year, but then after the combine things got busy by a noticeable amount."

Rated a four-star recruit and No.18 offensive lineman in the country by Fox Sports Next, Grimm says he's mostly open to the 17 schools that have offered him but says he is favoring Pittsburgh because of his long-term relationship with the coaching staff and the school's proximity to home.

"I really like Pitt," said Grimm. "They have been there through everything. They were the first coaching staff to really talk to me. It's easy for me to get down there because they are only 20 minutes away on a bad day. It's pretty easy to go enjoy their campus when they are that close."

Of the schools that have not offered him, Grimm said he is talking to the coaches from Alabama and Georgia, who visited Grimm's school on Tuesday, the most.

"I am looking forward to making a relationship with them and seeing where it goes from there," said Grimm. "This summer I am going to definitely try to do the Georgia-Bama trip."

In addition to possibly visiting Alabama and Georgia, Grimm said he plans to visit West Virginia on July 27.

"I am going to try to take it slow, figure out who I like the best before the season starts and have my official top five before the season starts," said Grimm. "I want to be pretty much committed before the Army All-American Bowl, if I do get invited."

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