Harltand (Wisc.) Arrowhead junior offensive lineman Ben Bredeson is staying busy despite no formal spring practices. The 6-foot-4.5 and 255-pound Bredeson says that the workouts hit everything.
"We have workouts every day of the week," Bredeson said. "We do a good mix doing mostly weights, but also cardio and a lot of stretching."
Bredeson left the field after his sophomore year feeling pretty good about things. There wasn't anything specifically that he felt he needed to address beyond adding size and strength.
"I just wanted to get bigger and stronger. I knew that I already had good speed and quickness, but to get more dominant I had to grow a little bit. I was also still working on offensive line drills."
There is a pretty even split on where teams see Bredeson playing at the next level. He says that there are strengths that play into all of the positions along the offensive line.
"I'd say that it's 50-50 actually. Some like me as an offensive tackle because of my pass blocking and my athleticism. Some others like me as an offensive guard or center because I am not 6-foot-6. It's really not an issue with me."
There are already seven offers on the table for Bredeson. The junior-to-be is looking for a good degree and a staff that he can appreciate.
"I am looking at mainly the academics; I want a solid degree. The NFL is a dream, but it's not a guarantee and not an option for everyone. I need my degree."
"I want to love the coaching staff. I'll be with them for five years. I have a while until I have to decide and through my visits I am sure that I will look for other things."
Bredeson has already taken some visits. The summer is around the corner and there are some schools that he knows he wants to visit, but doesn't have any solid dates around those plans.
"I have been to Wisconsin, I have been to Michigan twice, Tennessee and Ohio State. I don't have anything set, but I will probably get back to Wisconsin, Northwestern and Nebraska."
The Huskers are one of the latest schools to offer Bredeson. He's been in touch with the position coach and he and his family have a neighbor that played linebacker for Nebraska under Tom Osborne.
"I got the offer in the last month or so," Bredeson said. "I talked to Coach Barney Cotton. My family is good friends with Chris Caliendo who played for Nebraska in the late 80's. Nebraska has always been in the back of my mind."