Badgers among front runners for Jeske

Joliet Catholic (Ill.) linebacker has four scholarship offers

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At 6-foot-1 and 227 pounds, Chris Jeske is known as a fierce hitter. "I had 150 tackles and 12 sacks last year," Jeske said. "I recently ran a 4.62 (40-yard dash) at the Don Beebe House of Speed."

A number of schools are interested in Jeske. "I have offers from Wisconsin, Northwestern, Kansas and UCLA right now," he said. "Pretty much everyone in the Big Ten is writing me, (plus) Notre Dame. There's a lot."

Wisconsin is rumored to be Jeske's leader so we asked him about that. "I like Wisconsin. I'm not sure they lead, but I like them. I was born in Milwaukee. I grew up a Packer fan living in Joliet."

Another team high on Jeske's list is Notre Dame. "I like [defensive line coach Greg Mattison] a lot. He's a real good guy. It's a great school with good tradition. I went there for their junior day in February and I talked to the coaches there. I really liked it there."

Jeske said he visited Notre Dame for the first time last fall. "I went there for the USC game for the first time," he said. "I've never seen anything like that in my life. The atmosphere was amazing. They lost, but what I remember most is how the fans stood and cheered them even after a bad loss. Their fans really love the Irish."

Jeske said he does not plan to make a summer decision. "I really don't have a time frame for making a decision," he said. "I'll probably take a couple of visits before I decide. It will probably be sometime after my season. I just want to fit in with the team. The coaching staff will be important. The academics will also be important."

Speaking of academics, Jeske reports a 4.27 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Comments: The Irish appear to be in the race for Jeske. He seems to like Notre Dame, but we do believe Wisconsin is the team to beat. We'll keep an eye on Jeske because we think the Irish will be in the race with an offer.

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