All-American Gault

After getting nominated to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in May, four-star offensive lineman, and Wisconsin commit, Jaden Gault was officially invited to the 14th annual game Friday morning.

MONONA - Watching last January's U.S. Army All-American Bowl on television, Monona Grove senior offensive lineman Jaden Gault wondered how awesome it would be to be able to represent his school, his state and the University of Wisconsin in the prestigious game. He will only have to wonder three more months.

Named one of the top 90 high school football players in the country by the U.S. Army All-American bowl selection committee in May, Gault was officially invited to the game Friday morning during a special presentation in his high school's auditorium.

Five members of the U.S. Army, on orders from the secretary and chief of staff of the United States, presented Gault with the award.

"It's always been one of the top high school all-star games in my opinion," said Gault. "I was really excited and really shocked to get the opportunity … It seems surreal now. It's the real thing. I always knew I wanted to play in the Army game. What they do for the country is just awesome."

A Fox Sports Next four-star recruit and one of the top offensive linemen in the Midwest, Gault has missed two games earlier this season with a knee injury, but returned last week to help Monona Grove stay undefeated with a 27-9 victory over Madison Edgewood.

The Silver Eagles (5-0, 3-0 Badger South) take on Fort Atkinson (5-0, 2-0) in a showdown for first place in the conference tonight.

"Obviously Fort Atkinson is the main focus for today," said Gault. "That's what I told my team, but (the ceremony) gets me excited for tonight."

Gault committed to Wisconsin on August 18, picking Wisconsin over offers from Michigan State and Nebraska, as well as interest from Georgia Tech and Michigan. He briefly opened his recruitment following the departure of head coach Bret Bielema, but reaffirmed his decision to the Badgers in early March after meeting with new coach Gary Andersen.

"They've shown year in and year out just how they produce linemen," said Gault, who added offers from Arkansas, Ohio State, Oregon and Tennessee since his commitment. "They're always in the top 25 and their coaching staff is incredible."

Gault says he continues to recruit for Wisconsin, reaching out to players via social media or talking to them during home football games. He also says he is considering enrolling early so he can participate in spring practices.

"I am not really positive right now with what I am going to do, but I am going to be ready to work after football," said Gault. "I want to get ready for the next level and to make that jump."

The 14th U.S. Army All-American bowl will take place on Saturday, January 4 at noon. It will be televised live on NBC.

"I am excited to go down there and compete against the best of the best," said Gault. "It'll prepare me well for college."

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