Bettendorf (IA) High junior offensive lineman Mark Kallenberger’s contact with the University of Wisconsin doesn’t extend much further than a recruiting questionnaire. Regardless, while he wasn’t invited to one of the Badgers’ one-day summer camps, the 6-5, 235-pound prospect signed up for the camp in hopes of trying to get his name on the radar of some bigger Midwest programs.
He feels he’s certainly on the radar of the Badgers now.
In his first summer camp of the season, Kallenberger held his own against older 2016 prospects and caught the attention of Wisconsin’s offensive line coaching staff.
“I thought it was a really, really great camp,” Kallenberger told BadgerNation. “Coach Rudolph worked with me a lot. The things he told me I had to work on was more the footwork and how they wanted me to use an instep and push off of that. That was a little more difficult. When we did our testing though, that’s what he really liked. I did pretty well in most of those.”
Kallenberger said he finished with an 8-11 in the broad jump, 5.02 in the 40-yard dash, nine reps at 185 pounds on the bench and roughly a 4.79 in the shuttle. He knows he’s still raw in a lot of areas, like needing to develop consistency with his hand placement before transitioning to the shoulder strength on run plays and his initial punch of the defend on pass plays, but certainly made an impression.
“Coach Rudolph was impressed with me in a number of areas,” said Kallenberger. “I guess I did really well.”
Kallenberger said he hasn’t had direct contact with many colleges across the Midwest, something he hopes will change after more camps in the coming weeks. He has a weekend camp scheduled at Iowa at the end of the month and says the Hawkeyes were the school he was a fan of growing up. Despite that, he hopes to broaden his horizons when choosing a school.
“I would kind of like to go out and get out Iowa a little bit,” said Kallenberger. “Not too far, (as) I’d like to stay in the Midwest. I really like Wisconsin. I was rooting for them in March Madness and always watch their football games. I really like them.”