Calif. OL has UW offer

Joe Hawley, though, is just beginning to look into his college opportunities

Joe Hawley, a class of 2006 offensive line prospect at Esperanza High School in Anaheim, Calif., received a scholarship offer from the University of Wisconsin about two weeks ago.

Hawley, a much lauded offensive tackle in his first year on the Esperanza varsity last fall, confirmed his Badger offer in a telephone interview Saturday. Hawley, however, has not given much thought to his college plans.

"I'm working on it, though," he said.

During May, Hawley received phone calls from Wisconsin, UNLV, Wyoming, Washington State, Kansas, Oregon, Colorado State and Colorado.

However, he said he has not made any plans to attend summer football camps and he does not have any idea what schools he will consider for camp visits. He also did not make any junior day visits this winter or spring.

Hawley, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound offensive tackle, was his league's lineman of the year last fall. He also received all-region, all-county and all-state honors and was a Los Angeles Times Southern California All-Star.

"I think I'm going to probably play guard or center in college," Hawley said.

He expects to stick at offensive tackle this fall and also rotate in at defensive tackle in a 3-4 system.

Hawley said that prior to receiving his scholarship offer he had not had much contact with the Badgers' staff and that he did not know much about the program quite yet.

"I was pretty excited," he said about the offer. "I know it's a good school."

Hawley does have a close family connection to Wisconsin: his father, Scott Hawley, grew up in Madison.

"My dad actually grew up in Wisconsin and he really likes the school," Joe Hawley said.

Joe Hawley had zero urge to name favorites or schools under consideration.

"It's really wide open right now," he said. "I have no idea."

Hawley said he bench presses 350 pounds, squats 400 and covers 40 yards in 5.3 seconds.

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