Whalen Previews Wisconsin Official

Wrestling between a full linebacker scholarship from Iowa and a greyshirt fullback offer from Wisconsin, Wausau (WI) West three-star prospect Jake Whalen talks about what he's looking for from the Badgers this weekend.

With Signing Day inching closer, schools are scrambling to bring in uncommitted prospects for official visits on the final weekend before Wednesday. One visitor this weekend for Wisconsin is Wausau (WI) West senior middle linebacker Jake Whalen. Currently holding a greyshirt offer to play fullback from Wisconsin, the 6-2, 220-pound athlete will spend the weekend looking to get more information on the opportunity and build a stronger relationship with this new coaching staff.

“I’m very excited,” Whalen told BadgerNation of his upcoming visit. “I am jacked to go down and see where things are and learn more about the program in depth. I want to find out more about the greyshirt, the style of coaching of the new staff and to keep building relationship. What I am looking forward the most is meeting with the coaches and seeing how everything pans out in the future and just being in the town.”

The three-star Whalen has seen new head coach Paul Chryst put a real emphasis back on in-state recruiting and saw one of his friends in Green Bay Bay Port senior athlete Alec Ingold verbal to the Badgers last weekend. How does that help Wisconsin’s chances?

“I’m really more concerned on what’s best for me,” said Whalen. “It would be nice to have friends I already know, but I really want to know what’s right for me.”

With it mostly down to Iowa and Wisconsin, Whalen plans on committing after his trip to Madison.

“I’m making my decision Monday or Tuesday at the latest,” said Whalen. “I know what both schools offer for athletics and academics, but it’s finding the place where I’m comfortable and will love going to school for years to come.”

When asked how hard of a decision it will be to make that ultimate decision, Whalen simply put:

“Very hard.”

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