Wolfe may take UW official after season

Fort Collins, Colo. offensive line prospect has six scholarship offers, three official trips in mind

Ian Wolfe thought he had an official visit set up with the University of Wisconsin, but that changed as the Badgers reorganized their recruiting following the announcement that defensive coordinator Bret Bielema will take over for head coach Barry Alvarez at the end of this season.

After the transition was announced, Wolfe, a class of 2006 offensive line prospect from Fort Collins, Colo., said he discussed with the Badger coaching staff the possibility of attending a UW football game on an official visit this fall.

"I had an official visit in the works but then they decided since they're getting a new coach that they're not going to bring out recruits until the end of the season," Wolfe said.

"I had called them and they said ‘Well, we're going to talk it over and decide whether we're going to bring him in or not,'" Wolfe said in a telephone interview Tuesday night. "And then I got an e-mail back saying we're not going to do it until after the season."

Wolfe said he was still hoping to set up an official visit to Wisconsin, but he was not sure when the visit might occur.

Wolfe has never been to Madison, but he has ties to the Badgers. UW starting defensive end Joe Monty is a native of Fort Collins. Monty's dad, Tim, used to coach at Fort Collins High School, and he coached Wolfe in baseball.

"So I know his dad more than I know him," Wolfe said of Joe Monty. "But I know that he really likes it there. His dad really is happy about it."

UW began recruiting Wolfe in May.

"We had some spring practices and one of their coaches came out and saw me," Wolfe said.

Wolfe has six scholarship offers: Kansas State, Colorado State, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington State and Wisconsin.

He also hopes to take official visits to Oregon and Washington State, but he said he does not have any favorites at this point.

Wolfe, who stands 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, is starting at both offensive and defensive tackle for Fort Collins this season. But he is only being recruited as an offensive lineman. He did not play defense last year.

Wolfe took an unofficial visit to Colorado for its game against Colorado State two weeks ago.

"They kind of showed us around before the game, put us down on the field and gave us tickets," he said. "And then the coaches came and talked to us. It was fun. I didn't get to talk to the coaches as much as I would like to."

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