The scholarship offers have yet to come, but Waukesha Catholic Memorial 2018 inside linebacker C.J. Goetz believes he’s in a good place with his recruitment. It helps when the dream school – the University of Wisconsin – starts showing interest.
Expected to be one of the top ranked players in his class, Goetz got his summer started by camping with the Badgers on Saturday.
“I really liked the camp,” Goetz told BadgerNation. “I liked all the coaches. It was organized really well. I wanted to get to know the staff a little better, see the way they coached, the way they coaches and the competition around me.”
Although working at inside linebacker for a good portion of the camp, Goetz also did some work as an outside linebacker and was paired in the same group as Brookfield Central’s Reggie Jennings. Goetz was familiar with Jennings, who entered the camp as the only known instate 2018 prospect with a scholarship offer. That in itself provided some motivation.
“I approached it as he was my competition, and I would have to compete against him a little bit,” Goetz said. “I kept a good relationship with him.”
The 6-3, 225-pound Goetz finished last season with 117 tackles (55 solo), 22 tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. He led the Crusaders to a runner-up finish in the division 3 state championship and was named first-team all-conference.
“I’ve been working on my pass coverage drops, that’s what I’m trying to work on the most right now,” Goetz said. “I saw improvement in that (at Wisconsin). I felt a lot more comfortable opening up my hips and going out to cover the curl (routes).”
First starting to hear from the Wisconsin coaching staff this spring, Goetz spent portions of Saturday’s camp talking to defensive coordinator/inside linebacker coach Justin Wilcox.
“He told me to keep in touch and that they’ll get me down for a game this fall,” Goetz said. “They said they’ll be watching me this season.”
Goetz next stop will be at Northwestern’s Showcase this weekend followed by stops at Michigan State June 18. He’s also hearing from Central Michigan, Illinois State, North Dakota State, Northern Illinois and Western Illinois.