Gault Sees Early Opportunity

One of five committed linemen to take his official visit to Madison over the weekend, Monona Grove All-American Jaden Gault sees an opportunity to contribute right away at Wisconsin.

On a weekend with 11 official visitors on campus, including eight from in-state, it afforded one third of Wisconsin's 2014 recruiting class to get to know one another on a more personal level. In the offensive lineman meeting, Monona Grove tackle Jaden Gault saw four other highly-regarded linemen who could change the face of the position.

"I absolutely love what coach Woods has done recruiting wise," Gault told BadgerNation. "He wants to make the o-line room filled with Wisconsin kids first and then Midwest kids second. We obviously have four Wisconsin kids and 1 Ohio kid committed thus far, and one Hawaiian. I think we are all blue-collared kids that will want to work as hard as possible to make everyone better.

"Coach Woods said that we are going to have to have a huge roll in this thing. It starts with the o-line and the team will have a lot of success if we do our job and not so much success if we don't do our job. We need to play with pride knowing this, too."

Gault is one of the headliners of the offensive line recruiting class – a four-star prospect, the No.13 offensive tackle in the country by and a U.S. Army All-American. It was one of the main reasons many in the UW program were understandably nervous when Gault took an official visit to Arkansas the first weekend of November.

But Gault's ‘soft verbal' commitment lasted one week, as his unofficial visit to Wisconsin's home game against BYU a week later reaffirmed his decision to enroll early with the Badgers. This weekend's official visit further validated that decision.

"Coach Andersen sat down with me one on one and told me I have a huge opportunity in front of me," Gault said. "By coming in early I'll be getting extra lifting cycles and a lot of my generals out of the way. We've grown relationship wise tremendously just because I know they're just a call away if I need anything."

Gault's multiple visits to campus for home games have allowed him to develop relationship with players like Hartland Arrowhead's George Panos and Billy Hirschfeld and Sun Prairie's Craig Evans, so Gault getting a chance to meet fellow offensive linemen Beau Benzschawel (Grafton) and Jacob Maxwell (Greendale) were considered highlights for him.

"They were both really cool guys and we connected great," said Gault. "It was also tremendous to be able to have the class together because we grew socially even more. It's also cool because these are going be guys that will grow a tremendous relationship that will hopefully last for life."

Gault spent the weekend attending Wisconsin's Saturday afternoon basketball game, going to the football banquet Saturday night and spending plenty of time with his future teammates eating, chatting and hanging out.

"The thing that stood out about the weekend was how tight we all our as in-state players," said Gault. "I think it's a great thing to have a great social aspect with one another. We also we're able to hang with our hosts and they were all great guys. One last thing that stood out was how important academics are to the staff and players. They were studying all night and coach A, and the rest of the staff, will make sure academically things come first.

"The football banquet was an awesome experience, it gave me chills seeing the video of the seniors running out for the last time and it showed how much they all truly love this program and football in general. I sat with Maxwell, (Conor) Sheehy, Billy, George, Beau, Craig and (Michael) Deiter. We just talked about anything and got to grow as a group tremendously which was great!"

Joining Deiter and Florida prospects Austin Hudson and D.J. Gillins who are enrolling early, Gault is hoping to add some immediate depth and strengthen the offensive line.

"Coming in early is a necessity just because if how low UW is on linemen," said Gault. "I have a great opportunity to compete and get a step on some of the guys that won't be in until the summer. Also I am hoping I can knock out a lot if my generals by the time everyone else gets here."

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