Ruzek Returns to Wisconsin

One of the top in-state players in the 2015 recruiting class, Stevens Point (WI) Andrew Ruzek recaps another one of his visits to Wisconsin last weekend.

Arguably the top in-state junior without a Wisconsin offer, Stevens Point (Wis.) defensive end Andrew Ruzek has been a frequent visitor to the University of Wisconsin. After visiting for a game last fall and seeing the program during UW's junior day, Ruzek completed the visiting trio last weekend after returning to campus to take in a Badgers spring practice.

"The visit was really interesting," Ruzek told BadgerNation. "We came for the whole practice and I didn't really have any idea what a practice consisted of, so we stood on the sidelines and watched them do different drills and scrimmage. It was cool. The whole team had a lot of energy because it was the first day in full pads, so they got after it a little bit. It was definitely worth the trip and it was an experience to see what a college football practice is like."

The 6-6, 240-pound defensive lineman - a three-star recruit and ranked the No. 34 defensive end by Scout.com - got a chance to speak with both head coach Gary Andersen and his primary recruiter, cornerback coach Ben Strickland.

"Coach Andersen talked to the defensive lineman that were there and just told us thanks for coming and keep in touch," said Ruzek. "Coach Strickland talked to me personally about how he wants to see me at camp and looked forward to talking to me in the future. He didn't talk about offering to me, but more about how they're most likely going to offer kids at camp, so it's important that I get there for the camp.

"I think he is a really genuine coach. He goes pretty much straight to the point. I think we know each other fairly well, he is the main coach I talk to when I go down there to visit."

Wisconsin has spent the first part of spring football transforming the defensive line, bringing quicker, smaller bodies to the position in hopes of creating more pressure on opponents. With UW wanting to bring its ends off the line with their speed, Ruzek feels he fits in with the new scheme.

"I think I would fit with what they are trying to do," said Ruzek.

Holding an early offer from Illinois State, Ruzek mentioned that he will mostly likely be traveling to Iowa State this month and says he is getting interest from Michigan State, Nebraska, Rutgers and a couple other schools.


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