A Different Kind of Visit for Panos

Hartland Arrowhead offensive lineman George Panos has been a frequent visitor to Wisconsin's campus over the last three years, but his official visit over the weekend was still an enlightening experience.

Having been committed for close to 20 months, Hartland Arrowhead offensive lineman George Panos estimates he's taken an unofficial visit to the University of Wisconsin over 30 separate times. Another visit over the weekend would appear to be the same pomp and circumstances. In retrospect it turned out to be one of Panos' favorite visits.

"I've spent nights over in Madison because I have family members that go to the school, but this was good because I got to dig in and really see what campus living is going to be like and get a feel for it," Panos told BadgerNation. "It was good to spend time with all the other commits because we're going to be spending the next four or five years together."

The 6-5, 290-pound lineman was one of 11 official visitors on campus for Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen and staff, showing the recruits college life, sporting events and making them experience the team banquet.

With no uncommitted prospects on campus, the weekend, according to Panos, was purely about the coaches getting to a chance to talk and spend time with the recruits in order to get to know them on a more personal level. The same goes for the recruits.

"I've known those guys awhile, so it was a good time to spend time with all of them," said Panos. "I really like all the guys. I really haven't met Jacob Maxwell and the first time I really got to spend time with Beau Benzschawel. That was cool. It was nice meeting Taiwan Deal and Chris Jones because those are two really awesome guys. The whole point of the official was to spend time together and get to know everybody."

Panos was even familiar with his host. Working on in the offseason with members of the Watt family at an area gym, Panos said T.J. Watt explained to him the daily grind and schedule that he's gone through as a true freshman.

"I've known him for a real long time, so I was real comfortable," said Panos.

A four-star recruit, the first member of the 2014 recruiting class and the No.13 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com, Panos has started transitioning into daily workouts after leading the Warhawks to their second straight division 1 state championship late last month.

"My big focus is to get better in all aspects, like get stronger, which I obviously need to do at the next level," said Panos. "I need to improve overall quickness, athleticism and explosiveness. I'm just going to work on every part of my game so I have a chance to get some early playing time, compete and help me team our wherever possible."

Panos will take a break from his training later this month when he heads to Los Angeles and competes in the Semper Fi Bowl on Jan.5 as the lone representative from the state and his future program.

"I am really excited for LA because I love that Cali lifestyle," said Panos. "It's going to be another good opportunity for me to go up against the best of the best. All these guys are probably going to high d-1 schools, so it'll definitely be a good time for me to gauge my skills."

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