Wisconsin needs big bodies in the trenches, and there’s no better place to find them than right in its own backyard.
A dominate defensive lineman in the state, Waukesha Catholic Memorial junior nose guard Zack Taylor clogged up the middle all year long and caught the attention of several schools, including the hometown Badgers.
“My recruitment is going good,” Taylor told BadgerNation. “I visited Purdue, Michigan State and Northern Illinois. I have visits coming up to Western Michigan, Iowa State, Bowling Green, Ball State, Western Illinois and Eastern Michigan. Wisconsin called my coach and told him they were going to start recruiting me, but I have yet gotten anything in the mail or stuff like that.
“I would love to go to Wisconsin. Playing for your home state would be awesome. I like the traditions they have, and they always produce good lineman offensively and defensively. I really like everything about Wisconsin.”
If the Badgers did extend an offer out to the 6-2, 290-pound Taylor, what would that mean to him?
“It would be a dream come true, because I grew up watching them and always pictured myself playing on that field,” said Taylor. “It would mean a lot because they have the confidence in me playing on their team and they think I’m good enough to play on their team, so it would mean a lot.”
While Taylor didn’t fill up the stat sheet due to be constantly being doubled and tripled team, he impressed enough people around the Classic 8 conference to be a first-team all-conference selection at nose guard. The Crusaders finished the season 9-3 and made it to the third level of the division 3 state playoffs.
“I felt if I played defensive tackle or end I would have made more plays then I did,” said Taylor. “My strength and quickness for sure improved. I’m also lighter, so I have more speed. I’m going to work my butt off in the classroom, in the weight room and on the field to get that offer from the Badgers.”