Van Lanen Getting Comfortable in Madison

One of the top prospects on Wisconsin's recruiting board, Green Bay (WI) Bay Port junior Cole Van Lanen feels good about the relationship he is building with Badgers head coach Paul Chryst and offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Rudolph.

Scout 300 member and four-star ranked offensive tackle Green Bay (WI) Bay Port junior Cole Van Lanen is a top priority for many schools, including the home state school of Wisconsin. Badgers head coach Paul Chryst and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph quickly targeted and offered Van Lanen after coming aboard in the offseason and now are working to create a good relationship with him.

The two were able to further strengthen that bond with the heavily touted in-state tackle taking in the Badgers’ spring practice Sunday, making him feel even more comfortable after another visit to Madison.

“It was great,” Van Lanen told BadgerNation. “I got to talk to the coaches some more and got to see the guys in action. I mostly talked to Coach Rudolph and Coach Chryst. I already know their interest level in me and everything, so at this point it’s just about getting comfortable with each other and getting to know each other a little bit more. I’m really comfortable with them and I’d say we’re getting pretty tight now for sure.”

With the football season starting to creep closer, especially the team’s spring game being next weekend, the 6-5, 270-pound tackle gave his thoughts on how the team looked.

“They’re looking good,” said Van Lanen. “It gets me excited to see them playing live. They said they were sloppy, but they looked good to me! I guess it must been a good sloppy.”

Van Lanen is expected to return for the Wisconsin spring game this weekend and mentioned he will possibly visit Michigan and Michigan State in a few weeks.


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