Whalen Sees Wisconsin Again

With Wisconsin trying to take two more scholarship linebackers in the 2015 class, according to defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, where does that leave Wausau West linebacker Jake Whalen, who took another visit to Madison Saturday?

With four linebackers committed in Wisconsin’s 2015 recruiting class (and Seffner (FL) Armwood MLB Jordan Griffin expected to make it five next month), head coach Gary Andersen is still searching for a few more to add.

One of the possible options is a hard-nosed in-state kid in Wausau West 6-2, 220-pound senior middle linebacker Jake Whalen. Not being his first time at Wisconsin, Whalen got some insight on where things stand in his recruitment from defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.

“It went good,” Whalen told BadgerNation. “Yesterday, Coach Aranda said they are going through linebackers during their upcoming bye week in week seven and they are still looking for two guys."

“Other than getting a little more insight from the coaches, there wasn’t anything really new,” Whalen added. “The last few times I’ve been down there, me and Coach Aranda talked for a good chunk of time. He is straight forward with me, so I think this is a good thing, too.”

The three-star recruit – ranked the No. 48 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com - hopes to one day to be able to play in his home state.

“I love it down there,” said Whalen. “The environment there is crazy and it looks like fun and you can get an amazing education there.”

Whalen will be visiting North Dakota State, Air Force and Wyoming after his season is over.


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