At 6-8, 277-pounds, Merrill (WI.) sophomore massive offensive tackle Jonathan Gruetzmacher has already the look of a Badger offensive lineman. Wisconsin has targeted this upcoming mammoth tackle, who made the trek up to Madison this weekend to watch the hometown Badgers compete in their annual spring game.
“It went very well and was really amazing to see all the facilities around the stadium,” Gruetzmacher told BadgerNation. “I got to talk with (Head) Coach (Paul) Chryst for a little while and I got to talk to (Offensive Coordinator) Coach (Joe) Rudolph more and he just told me about how it was great that I can make the trip down and how they look forward to seeing me at there camp this spring on May 31. I also got to talk with (Recruiting Coordinator) Coach (Ben) Strickland and he just thanked me and my family for making the trip down for practice and the game and how he looked forward to seeing me again this spring. Most the other coaches I talked with said pretty much the same thing as in just thanking me for making the trip and making sure I was signed up for one of their spring camps.”
Like many in-state prospects, Gruetzmacher is no different in having a passion for the Badgers, but got to experience many of the things Wisconsin has to offer including their top tier engineering program.
“I would say that I'm very interested,” said Gruetzmacher. “I like how they are a very highly competitive football program every year, how they treat their players just blew me away when I seen their locker room and player lounge. I'm looking into going to school for engineering and I have found that they are one of the very best in the country in their engineering programs.”
While Gruetzmacher’s recruitment has yet to bloom, he has begun to gardner interest from a host of schools and is looking to possibly make it out to many places this summer.
“It's going pretty well,” said Gruetzmacher. “I've been getting letters and camp invites from Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Duke and Wisconsin along with a few other camp invites. Currently we only have planned to go to the Wisconsin camp on May 31 and then to the Iowa camp, but we have been talking as a family about trying to go and visit more schools this summer instead of going to a bunch of camps.”