Jankowski names favorites

Hartland, Wis., linebacker taking close look at Big Ten schools

It is admittedly early in the recruiting process for Jason Jankowski, but the linebacker/defensive end prospect from Hartland, Wis., has a short list of favorites in mind.

Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Auburn and Northwestern have piqued Jankowski's curiosity so far. Those schools, and many more, have been showing interest in Jankowski, though he has not yet received a scholarship offer.

Jankowski, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound outside linebacker at Arrowhead High School, is considered one of the top class of 2006 prospects in the state of Wisconsin. He recently made junior day visits to Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. He has not scheduled any additional junior day trips but he hopes to take more unofficial trips this spring.

Citing his friendship with Badgers defensive tackle Nick Hayden, quarterback Tyler Donovan and linebacker Andy Crooks (Hayden and Donovan were stars at Arrowhead), Jankowski said Wisconsin is currently his leader.

"When I went up there and I met the coaches and I saw the facilities I thought that maybe this would be a good place for me to go," Jankowski said. "I love the school. Their football program is good and the coaches were great.

Jankowski also commented on a few of his other favorites.

"Northwestern, they have a good academic program, that would be another reason I'd go there," he said.

"Michigan, obviously the football program is one that is a dynasty, which is a good.

"Iowa's always had a very talented team.

"Right now it's all up in the air but I'd have to say that Madison is definitely what I'm leaning highly towards."

The only camp Jankowski attended last summer was an Arrowhead team camp. This summer, however, he expects to camp at Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa, with potential trips to Northwestern and Northern Illinois.

Jankowski said he runs a 4.7 40-yard dash, can bench press 310 pounds, squat 370 and hang clean 305.

He acknowledged that he could play linebacker or defensive end in college but said he does not have a preference. Wisconsin and Michigan have told him he would be a strongside linebacker in their program.

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