He was far from the tallest offensive lineman at Wisconsin’s one-day camp, but Chase Behrndt - the three-star offensive guard from Wildwood (MO) Lafayette - was arguably the best of the group. He’s not very tall (listed at 6-4 but looks more 6-2) but plays with good control, solid footwork and a nice center of gravity. He was aggressive in all the one-on-one drills, including point of contact and stopping defenders off the edge. He holds power-five offers from Illinois, Kansas and Syracuse. He has a great chance to add one from Wisconsin, which might end his commitment.
Jonathan Gruetzmacher –the 2017 prospect from Merrill (WI) - appeared to be the tallest player of group (he’s been listed places at 6-8 but appears closer to 6-6/6-7) but moved very effortlessly. That was reflected by what offensive line coach Joe Rudolph said to him before the campers broke for lunch.“Coach Rudolph said that it is amazing for a guy of my size being able to bend and just said I'm doing grate being with the older kids,” he messaged to BadgerNation. Going against players a year older than him for the most part, Gruetzmacher held his own and had very few slip ups despite not being fully developed in the upper body. I would bet that he’ll be the top lineman in the state in 2017 and one of the Wisconsin’s overall top prospects. Again, I would label him as offer worthy at some point.
Is Rhashaun Epting the next sleeper to come out of nowhere to earn a camp offer? The 6-4, 210-pound prospect out of Proviso West has an offer. A talented two-sport athlete in basketball and football, Epting lived up to the intrigue with his versatility, length and good straight ahead speed in the 4.6ish range. He worked at outside linebacker with Tim Tibesar, who has followed him around quite a bit. He’s still raw moving in and out of his breaks but certainly is someone to watch.
Sean Williams – Morgan Park (IL) HS - proved that he is the prospect that he could be after recovering from a broken arm last season, an injury that he surprisingly played through to try and help his team. At 6-2 and 220 pounds, he’s got the size and the look of a Division 1 linebacker. He’s already got a handful of MAC offers but bigger ones are probably coming. On Sunday his hip flexibility looked really good, arguably one of the best of the group. He was constantly at the front of the line for drills (an underrated thing to look for) and was one of the most athletic prospects in the entire camp. This was his first college camp, and he went from a relative unknown for the Badgers to a prospect that we expect them to highly recruit.
Although Sam Brodner – Glenbard West (IL) HS – has the most experience playing running back for the Hitters, he competed at linebacker during camp after being requested to do so by the coaching staff. The biggest thing with Brodner is his size (5-11 and 200) and his consistency. Every time he steps on the field, you know exactly what you are going to get. He’s a hard-hitting, athletic prospect that ran one of the fastest 40 times at camp, between 4.47 and 4.53. His athleticism and strength are things of his that come out in the camp environment and we believe he turned a lot of heads today.