Commitment Date: 6/12/15
Commitment in the Class: Sixth
Accolades: Rated the No.1 offensive tackle in Minnesota, No.11 in the Midwest and No.35 in the country ... first-team all-state by Associated Press as a senior ... first-team All-Metro by Minneapolis Star Tribune ... first-team all-district ... Offensive Lineman of the Year in East Metro Conference’s Blue Division ... All-East Metro Blue ... credited with more than 50 pancake blocks as a senior ... also played multiple positions on defensive line, logging 16 sacks in career ... two-year team captain ... earned all-conference honors in wrestling as a junior, recording 17 falls, and is currently ranked No. 3 in state at heavyweight ... two-time all-conference selection in track and field, competing in discus and shot put ... finished fourth in discus at Class AA state meet as a junior ... Academic All-State by Minnesota Football Coaches Association as a senior ... grandfather, Bill Miller, played football at Southern Illinois.
Recruiting Story: Playing for a football team that wouldn’t win a game during his three-year varsity career, Kasl didn’t draw a lot of attention from college coaches coming to his games, but he made up for it on with his highlight tape and going out on the camp circuit. Kasl drew early interest from Minnesota, but the Gophers were pulling in offensive linemen higher on their recruiting board and didn’t offer.
After being one of the top offensive line performances at The Opening Regional combine in Chicago, Kasl got some smaller offers from Eastern Michigan, South Dakota and South Dakota State and others but had his sights set on more with a camp circuit. Instead of going to Minnesota’s one-day camp, Kasl felt his time would be better spent at Wisconsin. It turned out to be a smart move.
Dominating in the combine and position drills, Kasl was offered by head coach Paul Chryst halfway through the one-day camp.
“(Coach Chryst) said that the coaches thought I was very athletic and that I took coaching well,” Kasl said. “And I had a good work ethic and they’re confident about giving me the offer.”
Throughout the camp Kasl worked with Wisconsin’s offensive line coach Joe Rudolph and became a fan of the way Rudolph coached the players and emphasized techniques.
“He was a great coach and very detail oriented,’ Kasl said, “which coming from shot-put and discus actually worked quite well for me.”
Just a handful of days later, as he was heading down to the Chicagoland Showcase, Kasl wanted to make another stop at Wisconsin to work with defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield, desiring to get some defensive line tips for his senior season of high school. While he didn’t go into the visit thinking he would commit, Kasl got the feeling while on campus that the Badgers were the right place for him.
Why Wisconsin? “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.”
Scouting Report: 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. – Scout’s national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu
Coach’s Quote: “Patrick earned his scholarship off his junior tape. We really liked his tape. He was close enough (to an offer), we got him to come here on campus and got to know him. One of the things we always prefer to do is meet face-to-face with the player, talk to him, get a better feel for who they are as a person, see if they’ll be a fit in the locker room and then offer them. He confirmed all those things we saw on tape by his performance at camp.” Wisconsin outside linebacker coach Tim Tibesar, who recruited Kasl
BadgerNation Prediction: One of the best linemen to ever come through his conference, it’s not surprising that Kasl was used as either an offensive guard or offensive tackle and then played either defensive end or defensive tackle. Needless to say that Forest Lake got the most out of Kasl. His ability to run block is impressive, as he quickly gets off the line of scrimmage to engage the blocker. Although Kasl plays too high at times, that can easily be corrected by Rudolph. After a redshirt to add good weight and strength to his frame, Kasl will likely be ready to compete for a starting job by either is redshirt sophomore or junior year.