Although his recruitment is starting to take off, Norwalk (IA) Senior 2019 offensive lineman Tyler Endres still admits to getting surprised when a coaching staff extends him a scholarship offer. He got that feeling again on Monday.
With Wisconsin wrapping up its high school summer camps, the staff felt Endres’ performance at the June 10th camp earned him his third Big Ten offer.
“They texted my coach and asked if they could talk to me, and my coach and me both sat down and talked to them,” Endres said. “I was really surprised. I did not see that coming.”
Working with offensive coordinator/line coach Joe Rudolph during the camp and staying for a campus tour after, Endres said the feedback he got was encouraging and the campus was perfect.”
“I really like them,” Endres said, making his first trip to Madison. “They teach what I’ve always been taught, all the techniques I usually do. The way they coach me, I really liked it.
“It’s a beautiful town. The lakes right next to the campus, that really caught my eye. I liked their indoor practice facility. That was pretty nice.”
Getting a chance to play varsity as a freshman due to injuries, Endres grew from 6-5, 250 pounds to 6-6, 280 pounds entering his sophomore year.
“It was very tough going straight from junior high football to varsity football,” Endres said. “I had to grow up a lot. I think I did do that. My coach, Paul Patterson, has helped me a lot. He has really worked with my footwork and my technique in football. Also my teammates helped me a lot. They brought me up when I wasn't feeling a part of the team freshman year. And now are my good friends. My parents were always supportive after games.”
Being recruited solely on the offensive side of the ball, Endres received his first offer from Iowa State back in October and has since picked up offers from Iowa and Minnesota. He admits to being a fan of both in-state programs and says he’d cheer for Iowa over Iowa State. Even with the strong appeal to stay home and play college football, Endres says he’s staying open throughout the process.
“I’m using this summer to feel around and see what other schools are out there,” he said, “I what to see what schools I like and gather as much information as I can to find what I’m looking for in schools and coaching.”
After camping at Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Ohio State and Wisconsin, along with taking a campus visit to Notre Dame, Endres plans to spend the rest of the summer focusing on himself.
“It’s been a long month with all the camps I’ve been doing,” he said. “It’ll be nice just to relax and do my high school work.”