Bscherer back from official

Wisconsin commit visited Madison over the weekend; promising left tackle keeping weight on during basketball season

Jake Bscherer, one of the top class of 2006 offensive line prospects in the nation, took his official visit to Wisconsin this weekend. Bscherer, who will play in the U.S. Army All-American game next month, verbally committed to the Badgers last January.

"I had an awesome time this weekend," Bscherer said. "It was good to see coaches and players and some of what will be my classmates.

"I didn't go on Friday, (which) is when it started. I didn't go then because I had a basketball game Friday night. So my parents and myself, we drove down there Friday night. I think we got into Madison at like two in the morning."

Bscherer and his Sturgeon Bay (Wis.) High School teammates won on the hardwood Friday night, 58-46, against visiting Southern Door. The Clippers, though, lost Dec. 6 to Luxemburg-Casco, 72-52.

"I'm having a good year so far and as a team right now we're 2-1," said Bscherer, who added that he is averaging about 20 points a game. "I think we can go pretty far."

On the gridiron, Bscherer was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year.

"I was surprised that I got it, just being an offensive lineman," Bscherer said. "But I guess Andy Kemp got it last year. It's a big honor."

Kemp, a former standout lineman at Menasha High School, is currently a freshman left guard at UW. Bscherer projects to left tackle.

Typically, the basketball season means that Bscherer will shed weight from his 6-foot-7 frame. This year, however, it is easier for Bscherer to maintain a consistent weight training regimen while playing basketball.

"At the beginning of the year I was probably like low 270s," Bscherer said. "Then we got a new weight room this year at school. So instead of a gym class you can take a weight training class. I took that to get my gym credit…. Usually basketball season rolls around and I still lift, but not a whole lot, ‘cause after practices usually I'm just dead."

During past basketball seasons, Bscherer would, on occasion, lift before school, but could not make it consistently.

"But this year because I can lift in school and I can lift real hard in school," Bscherer said. "… I can really see the results. Haven't really dropped any weight this year for basketball. Usually in the season I'll drop a few pounds. I've actually gained some weight since the season started. Just makes it a lot easier not having to get up early in the morning."

Bscherer said he weighs 282 pounds. He has his weight down to the T because he decided to weigh himself in the Badgers' weight room during his official visit.

One of the perks of that visit was having the opportunity to spend time with several student-athletes who, like Bscherer, have already committed to Wisconsin. That list includes Gabe Carimi, Brandon Hoey, Kim Royston, Mickey Turner and Kirk DeCremer.

"It was fun just hanging out with them and stuff and getting to know them," Bscherer said. "Just to see how everybody was and they all seemed like pretty cool guys. I'm definitely looking forward to next year."

Bscherer said his primary contacts at UW have been future head coach Bret Bielema and offensive line coach Jim Hueber.

"I've been in touch with them the most," Bscherer said. "They both call me and Coach Hueber was up at my house… last Monday I think it was."

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