Junior OT prospect receiving hefty interest

Jake Bscherer's initial scholarship offer may be tip of the iceberg

Whether on the football field, the basketball court or the track field, Jake Bscherer towers over his opponents. It is the 6-foot-7, 275-pound offensive tackles prospect's athleticism, however, that may have a steady flow of college recruiters beating a trail to Sturgeon Bay, Wis., in the coming year.

The University of Wisconsin football program became the first to tender Bscherer a scholarship offer, soon after he completed his junior season, during which he helped the Clippers win a WIAA Division 4 state championship. It was Bscherer's third year as a two-way varsity player, and his second as a full-time starter at offensive tackle and defensive end.

Bscherer is also receiving interest from the likes of Purdue, Notre Dame, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Florida State, Nebraska and Louisville for his gridiron talents. In addition, Valparaiso, the Air Force Academy and Brown are pursuing Bscherer for his track exploits and Drake and a number of in-state Division III schools would like him to play basketball.

Bscherer's size certainly stands out, but his agility and technique set him apart. He runs the 40-yard dash in under 5.2 seconds and boasts a 26 ½ inch vertical jump.

"I do face guys like 300 pounds, especially in our conference, that are not that tall but they're big guys to move," Bscherer said. "I'm a lot quicker and more athletic than they are, so I can position myself, especially on linebackers. It's pretty easy for me to get on linebackers. I basically just use my speed."

Bscherer was a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel honorable mention all-state offensive lineman this season. On the basketball court, he is in his second season as a starting center, and said he is averaging about 15 points and nine rebounds per game this year. He led the Clippers in scoring last year and was a first-team all-conference selection. He also finished third in the discus at the Division 2 state championships last spring with a throw of 157 feet, 3 inches.

"I've ended up playing quite a bit of basketball in the summer," said Bscherer, who played for Valley Bay AAU. "It helps me…It keeps my feet real quick."

Though he is receiving Division I interest in track and basketball, Bscherer is focused on football and does not expect to compete in more than one sport in college.

"[I am] pretty much just looking at the football letters," Bscherer said.

Wisconsin has shown interest in Bscherer since he attended a football camp at the school two summers ago. Last summer, the Badgers moved the then-incoming junior up to play with incoming seniors and he held his own.

"I talked to [offensive line coach Jim] Hueber a little bit at the end of the camp," Bscherer said. "Ever since then I've been getting a lot of mail from them."

Bscherer also impressed Purdue at a camp last summer, winning Lineman of the Camp honors.

The Badgers have some natural advantages recruiting Bscherer, but are far from alone.

"Definitely Wisconsin is my favorite right now," Bscherer said. "They have a pretty good advantage over other schools. In-state school, great school to go to for line. They are a good team obviously, they win a lot. It would be nice to be close to home for family to come down and watch me and stuff like that. Be able to see friends a lot. I definitely like Wisconsin."

Bscherer expects to collect a scholarship offer from Purdue after he receives the results of his college entrance exams. He carried a 3.49 GPA through his first two years of high school and had a 4.0 in the first quarter of this year.

"I went down to Purdue when they played Wisconsin," Bscherer said. "I was talking with the coaches and stuff and it's just pretty much saying they want to wait, especially because Purdue's academic standards are so high compared to a lot of other schools. So they are still waiting on the test scores."

Bscherer wants to take a closer look at Iowa and Michigan this summer, when he goes back on the football camp circuit.

"The other two schools I'm really looking at right now is Michigan and Iowa," Bscherer said of his camp plans. "See what they do before the summer and stuff like that. This summer I definitely really, really, really want to lift so if any camps I'd probably try to go to like a one-day camp."

Bscherer can bench press 300 pounds and squats 405.

"This summer I want to get a real, real good routine where everyday it's like the same," he said.

How much interest is Michigan showing in Bscherer?

"I know Michigan invited me to probably seven games," Bscherer said. "I didn't make it in but they showed a lot of interest and they're a good school to go to. So is Iowa. They both produce good linemen."

Bscherer started three Sturgeon Bay games at offensive tackle as a freshman and one at defensive end. He started every game at offensive tackle and defensive end his sophomore and junior seasons.

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