Tolzien still waiting on UW

Land of Lincoln quarterback prospect has four offers, but hopes to receive one from the Badgers

Scott Tolzien is in a holding pattern. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback prospect has strong interest in the University of Wisconsin football program, but with just more than two weeks left before national signing day, Tolzien is still waiting to find out if the Badgers will offer him a scholarship.

"I should hear from them soon because that's what Coach Chryst, who is recruiting me there, has told me," Tolzien said in a telephone interview Monday. "(I am) just kind of waiting."

Tolzien, who attended Fremd High School in Palatine, Ill., said he last spoke to UW offensive coordinator Paul Chryst about a week-and-a-half ago. Essentially, the message was to be patient while incoming head coach Bret Bielema decides who to offer a scholarship.

"It seemed like he had to get the tape through Coach Bielema to check," Tolzien said. "Cause ultimately that's what all the recruits—all the tapes pass through the recruiting coach and then if they like them then it goes to the head coach. I know Coach Chryst had liked what he'd seen but he had to pass it through Coach Bielema. So I think that's what I'm waiting for."

Tolzien does have scholarship offers from Toledo, Western Michigan, Kentucky and Northern Illinois. He took official visits to Kentucky and Toledo in December and made an official trip to Western Michigan last weekend.

"They're all great schools," Tolzien said. "They all have their strong points and whatnot.. Even though Kentucky hasn't (had) the great record, but I think they are all successful football programs and I know Toledo and Western Michigan and even NIU, they are all contenders every year in the MAC.

"All the schools surprised me in a good way. As far as location, academically they are all solid."

Tolzien, though, is waiting to hear back from Wisconsin before making a commitment.

His four scholarship suitors, Tolzien said, "already told me that I have a reasonable timeframe. They would like me to make my decision but at the same time they are not going to force me to. So I'm just kind of waiting it out I guess."

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