Playing for the University of Wisconsin remains the ultimate destination for Germantown (WI) High tight end Conner Edmonds, but the Badgers hadn’t been in much contact with the 6-5, 230-pound prospect since special teams coach Chris Haering visited his school during the spring evaluation period.
Edmonds is hoping his camp performance during the Badgers’ second one-day high school summer camp will change that.
“It went very good,” Edmonds told BadgerNation. “I got to compete, I got a lot of work in, got taught a lot of things. The first session we did a lot of teaching, and the second session we did a lot of competing with the linebackers and the d-line.”
Although currently rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com, Edmonds is the top tight end in the state, a fact he embraced on the short drive to the campus.
“That was the goal for today,” said Edmonds, “to show them what I can do.”
In order to do that, Edmonds knew he had to prove himself as worthy blocker, something he doesn’t do very much in Germantown’s offense. Typically split out in formations instead of lined up next to the tackle, Edmonds finished with 10 catches for 278 yards and three touchdowns last season.
“I wanted to show them I could do it in a three-point stance,” said Edmonds. “I can still improve my blocking, because I haven’t done it much in high school. I need to change my body quite a bit to get the feel of what’s it like to be in a three point and just get stronger from there.”
The results of the camp brought some good feedback from first-year tight end coach Mickey Turner, who is looking to potentially add a couple tight ends in the 2016 recruiting class to rebuild the position after losing four players to graduation the last two seasons.
“(Turner) said he really liked the size I am at,” said Edmonds. “He said I got a lot better and still have room to get even better and be a great football player … (The Badgers) are very high up on the list. They’re the in-state school, and I’ve always been a fan of the Badgers. They use their tight end very well, mainly in run blocking. From what I’ve seen from past tight ends, they are always successful coming out of Wisconsin.”
Wisconsin represented Edmonds’ second camp of the season after participating in The Opening regional in Columbus, Ohio. Going against some of the top players at his position in the Midwest, Edmonds felt it was a good dress rehearsal for Madison.
“The biggest thing I learned from last year was how to compete, how to go head-to-head against a linebackers and just how to win” he said.