The Wisconsin coaching staff was keeping their eyes on plenty of players during the staff’s first high school football camp of the summer. One of the positional groups that had plenty of attention was the offensive line, which had the best collection of talent from a group of players all striving to earn a Badgers scholarship offer.
One of the players from the group hoping to earn an offer from his camp performance Sunday was Spencer Kanz from Luxemburg-Casco High School.
“I thought it went okay,” Kanz told BadgerNation.com about his individual performance at Wisconsin’s camp. “I didn’t do as well in one-on-ones as I had hoped, but I did do well in positional drills. When it came to one-on-one’s I struggled with technique.”
“I come from a high school that runs the football,” Kanz added. “We don’t work as much on pass pro so that is one area where I need to continue to work on.”
First year offensive line coach Joe Rudolph was able to instruct the offensive line participants and was able to work with Kanz at times to continue to help him improve in his game.
“Pretty much the whole time he was giving pointers on how we all can improve as offensive lineman,” Kanz said. “For me he was telling me that my problem was I needed to keep a lower stance of gravity and getting my hips into it more. I felt like when I started improving my technique my play improved also.”
The Wisconsin football camp is the only one Kanz is planning on attending as of now, choosing to use the summer to focus on adding more strength, hip mobility and flexibility so he can consistently win more battles in the trenches.
“I have offers from those four schools and each have been in contact with me about the same,” Kanz said. “Of those four I like Oklahoma State, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan the best.”
Rudolph didn’t extend any offers to any of the offensive lineman during the camp, but Kanz said he should hear from Rudolph sometime this week to find out where he stands in his recruitment with Wisconsin.
“I don’t know when I’ll get a call as Rudolph didn’t give me a specific day,” Kanz said. “I’m very interested in Wisconsin. It was good working with Rudolph at the camp. As a Wisconsin kid you know about the tradition of the offensive line and how good it has been.”
“It was good being able to speak with both of them and being able to continue to build that relationship,” Kanz said. “I didn’t talk to them for that long but both thanked me for coming to the camp.”
Even though Kanz thought he could perform better, he still believes that he showed what he is capable of doing in front of Rudolph.
“I think I showed that I’m coachable; if you tell me how to do something I’m going to try and improve upon it and try and make sure I don’t make the same mistake,” Kanz said. “I also feel like I showed that I have pretty good athleticism for my size.”