Planning to play on both sides of the ball his senior season, the 6-5.5, 287-pound Kasl thought it would be beneficial to get some tips from defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield. He also thought it would be good idea to end his recruiting process since the Badgers fit everything he was looking for in a college.
“I was kind of thinking about committing and it just kind of happened,” Kasl told BadgerNation. “It just felt right. I really like the coaches, I really like the campus and they have a great engineering school, which is what I am planning to do. Wisconsin has a great offensive line tradition, which is very appealing to me. It’s just a great school that is pretty close to home.”
Kasl officially becomes the seventh member of Wisconsin’s 2016 recruiting class (the ninth overall) and the first offensive lineman. He will start off at tackle, but offensive line coach Joe Rudolph told him he could play anywhere on the line.
“(Coach Rudolph) was pretty excited when I told him,” said Kasl, who added he got a great reception from current members of Wisconsin’s offensive line upon committing. “I really like him. He’s a great guy. A really great coach.”
Wisconsin’s recruitment of Kasl moved quickly. He was visited at his school by outside linebacker coach Tim Tibesar in May and picked up an offer last Sunday following during Wisconsin’s one-day high school summer camp.
Already having a good connection with Rudolph and Tibesar, Kasl felt comfortable with Breckterfield on Friday learning some more tricks he can use on the defensive line and when he wrestles.
“It was a really good time,” said Kasl. “It was only an hour camp, so I didn’t get to work too much. It was nice.”
Kasl had eight offers, but the Badgers were the only power five school that had offers. Kasl said Minnesota was sending him mail earlier in the process but hadn’t heard from the Gophers after the program accepted commitments from four offensive linemen in the spring.
He plans on shutting down his recruitment and focusing on improving his game over the next several weeks.
“(Saturday) was a good opportunity to work against some pretty good kids,” said Kasl. “I really like being able to face some top guys down there and get some experience against those good guys. I think I can always be working on my technique and my strength. A big thing for me is staying low and focusing on the small technique things.”