It’s well known that Wisconsin has always prided itself in recruiting big, strong offensive linemen to protect the quarterback. When recruits think of programs with a storied offensive line tradition, Wisconsin immediately comes to mind. With UW done recruiting linemen in 2017, the focus shifts to the 2018 class for another solid lineman up front. Crystal Lake (Ill.) Central’s Wyatt Blake is hopeful for that kind of opportunity.
Standing at 6-4 and 300 pounds, Blake certainly looks the part of being a Big Ten offensive lineman, and he got his chance to impress the Badger coaching staff at Saturday’s one-day camp.
“I feel I performed very well,” Blake told BadgerNation. “Definitely one of my better camps. The coaches were really good guys and they [the coaches] knew what they were doing.”
Working with offensive line coach Joe Rudolph, Blake said he won eight or nine of his 10 reps in pass pro offense and didn’t lose any reps in run blocking. While he didn’t leave Madison with a Badgers offer, Blake feels confident that a strong showing in his junior season could earn him a Wisconsin opportunity.
“The coaches said that they only offered a couple of 2018 kids,” Blake said. “They are waiting on my film for this year to offer.”
Having given a strong performance during his time in Madison, Blake reflected on what an offer from the Badgers’ program would mean to him and described how he would like to make a return trip to Wisconsin sometime during his recruitment.
“I would love an offer from Wisconsin and want to visit again sometime,” he said. “Wisconsin is a school full of tradition and winning. Who wouldn't love an offer from them?”
Holding early offers from Central Michigan and Virginia, Blake said his goal is to start hearing from Midwestern programs Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern and Notre Dame in the coming months. While he plans to make a college decision by next spring, the success of his junior season will dictate his timeframe.
“I’m just looking for a school with great academics,” Blake said, “a high level of football, nice location, good coaching staff and high graduation rates.”