Bscherer happy to commit

Sturgeon Bay star had many suitors but was focused on Wisconsin from the beginning

Jake Bscherer, the top-ranked junior in the state of Wisconsin, committed to the University of Wisconsin while on an unofficial visit Wednesday. The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Sturgeon Bay High School star will play offensive tackle for the Badgers.

"Pretty much I'd been telling everybody I was probably going to make my decision at the latest by probably like three months," Bscherer said. "I knew for sure that Wisconsin is where I wanted to be."

Though Wisconsin is currently his only scholarship offer, Bscherer did not make his early verbal commitment for lack of options. He said he was receiving regular mail from the likes of Michigan, Purdue, Florida State, Iowa and Notre Dame.

"I've been thinking about all of them," Bscherer said. "I looked up information on all of them and just Wisconsin, I liked them clearly more than the other schools."

Bscherer said he liked all of the coaches at Wisconsin and he singled out strength and conditioning coach John Dettmann as one of the reasons he committed to the Badgers. He also said that his high school coach, Gary Rabach, was very high on UW. Gary Rabach's son Casey Rabach played at UW from 1997-2000 and now plays for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.

Bscherer played football at 275 pounds his junior season but he has lost five pounds while starring for the Sturgeon Bay boys' basketball team, for which he is averaging about 17 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Bscherer also thrives in track, finishing third in the discus at the WIAA Division 2 state championships last spring with a throw of 157 feet, 3 inches.

Bscherer said he hopes to add 15 pounds of muscle before his final prep football season. He already bench presses at least 300 pounds, he said, and he squats 400-410 pounds. He runs the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds.

Prior to his commitment, Bscherer had planned on attending one-day football camps at Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Purdue. Now, he will attend only two camps this summer: a three-day camp in Madison and a team camp in Sturgeon Bay.

In the fall of 2005, Bscherer and his Sturgeon Bay teammates will be looking to defend their Division 4 state championship on the gridiron. In the fall of 2006, Bscherer will be a Badger.

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