Two B1G Offers for Megginson

With three camps down and one more camp to go this week, Jacksonville (IL) High junior offensive lineman Gabe Megginson is already off to a good start, picking up a Wisconsin offer Thursday and an Illinois offer Friday.

Jacksonville (IL) High Gabe Megginson was on a college camp tour this past week with stops at Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Notre Dame in order to try and pick up some scholarships. It was time well spent.

The 6-5, 290-pound junior received a scholarship from Illinois on Friday after he camped with the Illini and received an offer from the Badgers on Thursday after impressing offensive line coach T.J. Woods during UW's one-day camp.

"Coach Woods told me to give him a call so we could talk on the phone and that's when they offered me," Megginson told Badger Nation. "Coach Andersen and Coach Woods were on the phone and they just told me they were impressed with my camp performance and they were going to offer me. It was a great moment for me receiving that offer.

"I just know that if you're an offensive lineman and you get an offer from Wisconsin, (which) means they think you're pretty good. They're a lineman factory and have produced a lot of offensive lineman to the NFL over the last couple of years, which I like about Wisconsin."

Megginson first had contact with Woods during the spring evaluation period when the he visited his school, told him Wisconsin was interested and invited the junior to one of its camps. Embracing Woods' coaching was the main reason Megginson thinks he earned his offer.

"I think I was very coachable at the camp and I think that's why I was offered," Megginson said. "Coach Woods only had to tell me things once and I was able to pick them up pretty quickly. I also moved and competed really well during the camp and I was able to show off what I could do."

During their time working together at camp, Megginson received a lot of one-on-one time with Woods and was able to pick up certain things to help him with his game.

"Coach Woods is a great coach, he's easy to talk to and easy to talk to as a person," Megginson said. "We got along real well and I can tell he's a good coach for the Badgers. I'm looking forward to developing my relationship with him. He really helped me a lot with my techniques and showed me how to win battles. I could tell my footwork was improving with his coaching."

Not only did Megginson enjoy working with Woods and the coaching staff, he came away impressed with the campus and the facilities on his first visit to Madison.

"I got to see all the new facilities they were very nice," Megginson said. "As an offensive lineman I was impressed with their weight room. They take care of their stuff, which is good, but I was surprised by all the new stuff they had in their facilities."

Megginson is pleased so far with his camp performances especially since he added two offers from the Big Ten.

"I've done real well at the camps so far," Megginson said. "I've got some good feedback from the coaches and it's good to see my hard work is paying off, but I know I have to keep working at my game.

"I kind of figured after I got the offer from Wisconsin that Illinois might offer me as well if I performed well. I'm looking forward to camping at Notre Dame on Saturday and just continuing to improve."

Megginson is hoping to translate what he's learned at the football camps this summer to his team when they open up the season.

"I'm excited for my junior season to start but I know I have to be a better leader for my team," he said. "I'm a junior now and I know I need to be a little more vocal. I also want to continue on improving my footwork over the summer so when the games start, I can move better then I was a year ago on the field."


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