Badgers Make Another In-State Offer

After watching him compete against Jaden Gault and Monona Grove in the division 3 state championship game, Greendale (WI) offensive lineman, and Northern Illinois commit, Jacob Maxwell gets a surprise offer from the Badgers.

Wisconsin is the only team in the nation to have two 1,000-yard rushers in James White and Melvin Gordon. While much of the spotlight goes to those two talented backs, a lot of credit goes to the men up front in the trenches. The Badgers are looking to have another impressive bunch of offensive linemen come in to the program and are looking to add another lineman to the class.

Greendale (WI) senior offensive tackle, and Northern Illinois commit, Jacob Maxwell has been a player that shone this year; leading his team to a 13-1 record; being the state runner ups in division 3; and being named first-team all-state. With such a stellar senior campaign, the Badgers thought he would be a great candidate to help bolster the line's depth and offered him Friday night.

"My head coach called me and told me a Wisconsin coach was watching me the first half of our last game and I knew they were interested," Maxwell told BadgerNation. "My coach called me at 7 p.m. last night and told me I was getting offered by Wisconsin. I initially was really excited because Wisconsin produces the best offensive lineman in the country.

"I did grow up a Wisconsin fan. Growing up in Wisconsin, I was a huge Badgers fan and I like how they always have had a strong run game. They rely on their offensive line and running backs to win the game, which is awesome. Nothing is better than smash-mouth football."

After landing a Wisconsin offer, does this affect the status of his commitment and could we be seeing the 6-6, 280-pound lineman soon on campus?

"It is does affect my commitment with Northern Illinois after getting this offer, especially if I build a relationship with the coaches," said Maxwell. "I do plan on visiting Wisconsin and meeting all the coaches and touring their facilities. I plan on visiting within the next week or two.

"I will decide within the next few weeks on whether to stay committed or to flip to Wisconsin. I just need to take a week or two to weigh out the pros and cons."

Secondary coach Ben Strickland's recruiting area is in-state and has already started to create a strong bond with Maxwell by letting him know that Wisconsin has tons to offer. "Coach Strickland is recruiting me," said Maxwell. "Our relationship is good. We just talked last night about how I feel about the offer and what not. He just tells me that going to Wisconsin allows me to play for a top team and get a great education and it gives me a great opportunity to extend my football career after college."

Three of Wisconsin's four verbal commits on the offensive line are from the state (Monona Grove's Jaden Gault, Grafton's Beau Benzschawel and Hartland Arrowhead's George Panos).

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