Not only is he in his first season coaching the position for the Badgers, Rudolph played offensive line for the school in the early 1990s (helping the school win its first Rose Bowl, too) and coached UW’s tight ends only a handful of years ago.
So when Detroit Renaissance offensive tackle Alaric Jackson received his Wisconsin offer from Rudolph, the 6-7, 280-pound lineman knew it meant something.
“He said I was really athletic and he liked my game,” Jackson told BadgerNation. “He says I’m a really good athlete. I feel I am pretty athletic, tall and I move my feet well from playing basketball. I’m very violent on the offensive line. I love contact.”
Playing with violence and embracing contact didn’t come naturally for Jackson but it didn’t come from playing football either. According to him, Jackson got his mean streak by playing underneath the basket in his school’s rugged hoops conference.
“Playing in the post, I draw a lot of contact,” said Jackson. “Playing football, I’m able to unleash that contact on someone else. It just came natural to me.”
Wisconsin is Jackson’s 12th offer, joining schools like Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan State and Nebraska. Jackson also said Arkansas, Auburn, Iowa, Oregon and Vanderbilt have been pretty steady in his recruitment despite not offering him.
Wanting to decide in the fall, Jackson – rated a three-star prospect and the No.33 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com - said he wants to take summer visits to all the major schools that have offered him. That includes Wisconsin.
“I know they’ve had a lot of offensive linemen come out to the pros and they have a good football tradition,” said Jackson. “I think it’s a good program with a good staff. I want to learn more about them before I make any decisions. It’s a Big Ten school with great facilities, so I want to check those out and talk to the current offensive linemen to learn more.”