Committed Over: Forest Park (MN) High offensive lineman Patrick Kasl committed to Wisconsin over offers from Eastern Michigan, Holy Cross, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Wyoming and Yale. He was getting interest from Missouri and Purdue.
Rated: Kasl is currently a three-star prospect, the No.2 OT in Minnesota, No.15 in the Midwest and the No.56 in the country by Scout.com
On Film: He came to The Opening Chicago with not much hype but everyone knew who the kid was by the end of the day. He had a great day. He was stronger and more filled out than I expected from seeing him on film and his technique and footwork was really good also. It was clear he had worked hard since the end of the season. It was not a surprise at all that Wisconsin offered because it was clear to anyone who saw him in Chicago that if he repeated that performance in a college setting, he would add some major offers in the summer. – National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu
Recruiting Impact: Wisconsin is likely looking to take 3-4 offensive linemen in the 2016 recruiting class, which would put the Badgers right around the ideal 15 scholarship linemen in the program. With Kasl in the mix, who else could likely join him?The easy one to point to is Green Bay Bay Port tackle Cole Van Lanen, a four-star prospect and a top 200 player nationally by Scout.com. He’s been pretty quiet in his recruiting process because of his focus on his track season (he won individual state championships in both discus and shot put). He has six Big Ten offers from Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin, but the Badgers appear to be the heavy favorite to land him. Wisconsin also really likes three-star tackle Thomas Schaffer, who is originally from Europe but has good size at 6-7. The one player most talked about is four-star offensive lineman Ben Bredeson from Hartland Arrowhead, considered to be the top prospect in the state of Wisconsin. A four-star offensive guard who is rated the No.25 overall prospect in the country, Bredeson doesn’t give off the impression he’s going to play for the Badgers, as Michigan and Notre Dame appear to be the lead schools for him.
Quotable: “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
Final Thought: Still in the early portions of the 2016 recruiting cycle, Wisconsin has landed at least one commitment from Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina and in-state. Now the Badgers landed an up-and-coming prospect from Minnesota who has a mean streak. In a camp last season, Kasl was so aggressive and tenacious that he apparently dislocated a player’s knee in a board drill. That’s the kind of nasty the Badgers want on their offensive line.