As he announced his summer camp schedule on Twitter, Wauwatosa (Wis.) West 2019 offensive lineman Austin Ertl listed Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern, Michigan State and Buffalo as schools he was planning on competing at in the month of June. He also added a tagline: “Going to prove a 6-2 guy can play at the next level.”
He’s still in the early stages of his recruitment, but Ertl is attacking next month with a mission.
“My ultimate goal is to receive an offer from one of these big schools that I go to and impress them at one of these camps,” Ertl said. “That my goal when I go to these.”
Projected to be one of the top state of Wisconsin prospects in the 2019 cycle, the 295-pound Ertl has already earned scholarship offers from Buffalo and South Dakota State. He wants more though, starting with visiting Wisconsin Friday night for the first of the Badgers’ three high school summer camps.
Having visited Madison multiple times for unofficial visits, Ertl has been getting encouraging feedback from offensive coordinator/line coach Joe Rudolph since he camped with the program a year ago.
“He says he’s really impressed with me and just wants to see how I grow,” Ertl said, who said he runs a 4.5 in the pro agility. “He said he really wants to work with me at camp and see how I do.”
Two days later Ertl will be in Iowa City. Visited by offensive line coach Tim Polasek during the spring evaluation period last month, Ertl will be working at center since the Hawkeyes already have a tackle committed in the 2019 class.
“(Polasek) has a feeling I will really impress them,” Ertl said.
Ertl will also travel to Northwestern June 9th in a camp that will be highly attended by many Midwest coaching staffs and make a return visit to Michigan State June 14th. He visited East Lansing in early March and recruiting coordinator Brad Salem and offensive line coach Mark Staten compared Ertl to the three Allen brothers – Jack, Brian and Matt – who have helped fortify the Spartans’ unit.
“They think I fit in there,” Ertl said. “I am built like one of the Allens.”
He’ll finish his camp circuit in Buffalo June 25th. The Bulls were his first offer back in December.
To prepare for the grind, Ertl has done a handful of camps already, including The Opening regional in Chicago where he consistently went against prospects a class ahead of him.
“The camps really helped me because they told me what else I need to work on,” Ertl said. “I didn’t know the talent was that good, but I was going against 2018 kids. That gave me a huge confidence boost.”
While there’s a strong likelihood that Power-Five conference schools will come calling with offers, Ertl said Wisconsin was “the dream school” growing up.
“Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to be a Badger,” Ertl said. “As the recruiting process started going, I realized every school treats you the same and it’s about finding the right fit. But I’ve grown up loving Wisconsin.”