Traveling man: BCS schools eye Brousseau

Chippewa Falls OL received an offer during trip to eight schools; discusses favorites and visit plan

In early August, Nick Brousseau took a rewarding trip, visiting eight colleges on a 3,200-mile swing. Departing their Chippewa Falls, Wis. home, Brousseau and his dad first made an unofficial stop at Wisconsin and then proceeded to Northern Illinois, Illinois, Arkansas, Clemson, Indiana, Ball State and Michigan State.

"Right after we visited Indiana we went up to Ball State and visited them," Nick Brousseau said. "When I got back out there was a message on my phone saying that I had an offer (from the Hoosiers)."

That early Indiana offer is still Brousseau's only offer to-date. The 6-foot-9, 300-pound class of 2006 offensive line prospect is also receiving interest from Clemson, North Dakota State, Ball State, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan State.

Brousseau likes what he has seen thus far from Terry Hoeppner's Indiana program. He is being recruited by Hoosier quarterbacks coach Matt Canada.

"I really like the way the program is looking," Brousseau said. "They've been down the past few years but I like this new coach and where he's going."

Brousseau has an official visit set up for Nov. 12 with Clemson. That, however, will be rescheduled if Chippewa Falls wins two more games in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 playoffs. Chippewa Falls (9-1) beat Lakeland in a first-round matchup last week and faces Baraboo (6-4) Saturday. Third-round games take place Nov. 4 or 5, followed by the state semi-finals on Nov. 11 or 12.

"Clemson's a really good school and out of the colleges that we visited on that trip and out of all the colleges I've seen theirs were some of the nicest facilities," Brousseau said. "Awesome coaches. They're really good and they're great people too."

Brousseau has taken in one college football game so far this fall, making an unofficial trip to Madison, Wis. when the Badgers hosted Indiana Oct. 1.

"Visit was basically just a tour of all the athletic facilities and then go get something to eat and then watch the game," Brousseau said. "But I've been down to Wisconsin multiple times so it wasn't nothing I haven't seen before."

Indiana and Clemson are at the top of Brousseau's list.

"I'm focused mainly on my team but the favorite right now would have to be Indiana because of the offer," he said. "But Clemson's right up there too. That's about it. Everybody else is sort of equal."

Brousseau could receive another wave of interest after his high school season, and college-football regular seasons, are over.

"My coach sent out a bunch of film like two weeks ago," Brousseau said. "So we're going to see how that goes and see if we get any more interest out of it."


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