After visiting the University of Wisconsin on Thursday, Port Washington (WI) HS offensive lineman Tyler Beach was planning on visiting Northwestern this weekend, Michigan State the following weekend and then announce what school he was going to attend in 2017.
It turns out that he didn’t need to wait that long.
“Thursday was an amazing visit, and I just felt at home,” Beach told BadgerNation. “You get that feeling as a recruit. It’s hard to explain. You just feel like you’re supposed to be there.”
Letting it sink in over the weekend, Beach announced his commitment to the Badgers Sunday, making him the eighth prospect to join Wisconsin’s 2017 class. He’s the third commitment in the last four days, not to mention the Badgers have landed their top four offensive line targets two months into the recruiting calendar.
Beach choose Wisconsin over offers from Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame, Syracuse and many others because he felt offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Rudolph was the best position coach he had come across.
“Coach Rudolph is one of the greatest offensive line coaches, in my opinion,” Beach said. “Obviously I’m going to be biased, but he’s smart and he’s driven and he has so much enthusiasm. The biggest key about him is his technical abilities, which comes from how smart he is. When I went on campus, we went on this tour … and he knew every corner we were at, was able to identify where everything was. He’s one of the smartest people I’ve met, honestly.”
Another main draw to the Badgers is other members of the recruiting class, a group that now includes five in-state players.
“It helps because it’s the next four or five years of your life you’re going to be with,” Beach said. “It’s another school of making new friends, and building that relationship with other players makes you feel even more secure about the place you are going to.”
Among all his characteristics, Beach believes his great asset is the ability to play to the whistle, continuing to drive opponents backwards and finish blocks. On more than one occasion, a college coach has described his play as “nasty.”
“I think that’s where you get the separation between good and great,” Beach said. “I’m not saying I’m the best offensive linemen or the greatest. I’m just saying that’s what coaches say about me.”
Beach’s next step is to head up to Wisconsin for more spring practices and the spring game, not to mention attend some out-of-state camps to start building his repertoire for his future.
“I want to get a year ahead,” Beach said. “I want to have an advantage going in my freshman year of college and get to know Coach Rudolph’s teaching style a little bit more. I want to know what he wants me to learn and do.”