Holding its first spring practice of the season Sunday, the University of Wisconsin brought in a handful of visitors to check out the campus and take in Paul Chryst’s first practice as the Badgers’ head coach. One of those visitors was Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy junior two-way lineman Thomas Schaffer, who got the full tour and couldn’t be happier about it.
“I saw the whole athletic facility, got a campus tour, watched a practice and got to meet the coaches,” Schaffer told BadgerNation. “It was very impressive, the facilities and the staff are great. The campus is gorgeous and has a great community. I completely enjoyed the visit and there was not a topic that has been untouched by the tour through Wisconsin.”
The 6-7, 260-pound Schaffer has only played football for a 18 months after moving from Austria to the United States. That hasn’t prevented him from receiving well over a dozen offers, including California, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Stanford and Wisconsin.
Getting the opportunity to meet with most of the new Wisconsin coaching staff, he found out he is the prime example of what the Badgers are looking to recruit.
“I talked to my recruiter Tim Tibesar and we just talk about casual stuff and the university,” said Schaffer. “I talked to head coach Paul Chryst, I met up with the defensive-coordinator and the defensive line coach and they talked to me about the scheme and that I am exactly the type of player they are looking for.
“I was excited to hear that. I knew I would fit into their 3-4 system, but did not know that I was considered an example for a defensive lineman they look for. Wisconsin definitely is a standout now.”