Jake Bscherer Q&A

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. left tackle – prospect profile

Jake Bscherer is arguably the top prospect in the state of Wisconsin this year. A 6-foot-7, 285-pound left tackle, Bscherer was the only high school football player from the state to be selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. A four-star prospect according to Scout.com, Bscherer is ranked the No. 22 offensive line prospect in the nation.

As a junior in 2004, Bscherer helped lead Sturgeon Bay High School to a Division 4 state championship.

Bscherer is also a standout in basketball and track but he is currently sidelined from basketball due to a broken hand suffered in practice leading up to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Bscherer made his verbal commitment to Wisconsin a year ago, making a very early pledge despite heavy interest from several other major college programs. He grew up a Badger fan and watched several players from the Southern Door County area go on to play college football at Wisconsin.

Bscherer scored a 23 on his ACT and estimated that he has a 3.4 cumulative grade-point average.

BadgerNation.com: You committed a year ago. Were there other schools you were considering or was Wisconsin always the one of you?

JB: "Before I committed, I was really considering Michigan and Iowa. But they both really loaded up on linemen. I think they each got like five or six in the class of 2005, so they really dropped off my list when I saw how many linemen they signed. Wisconsin didn't sign—they only signed (Andy) Kemp and (Eric) Vanden Heuvel (in the class of 2005) and the year before that, only (Kraig) Urbik, so I knew the opportunity to play real early was at Madison so that's another reason why I picked it."

BN: Are you still going to play basketball this season?

JB: "I'm out right now but I'll be back before the end of the season. We play one conference game—actually two conference games—and then we play Madison Memorial at Madison Memorial so I'll make that one too."

BN: Back when you had the press conference for the Army Bowl selection announcement (in September), you talked about going out for the wrestling team too. Did anything ever come of that?

JB: "I didn't want to lose any weight for the All-American game to make the weight for wrestling at 275 and I actually got sick right before I went to Texas and I had weighed in at like 273 so I didn't know I lost like 10-15 pounds in like two weeks before I left. It wouldn't have mattered either way but now I can't because I was actually going to try to come back and wrestle the rest of the season after the All-American game but I obviously can't now."

BN: Do you have an academic discipline in mind for college?

JB: "No, not really. I'm sure that I will go into Wisconsin undecided on my major and just take the core classes. Just hopefully decide what I want to do for a major."

BN: What was your favorite memory from your official visit (Dec. 9)?

JB: "Probably just hanging out with the guys after the day on Saturday. It was fun just hanging out with them at night and just seeing how they interact together."

BN: What are you most proud of from your high school career?

JB: "Probably winning the state championship when I was a junior. Our team was not even predicted to probably go to the playoffs that year and we really came together and the senior class, I was the only junior player and lineman and the rest were seniors and the line really came together and we were all experienced older guys and just were pretty much, I guess our small town made history, just because of the fact that nobody thought we could do it. This is the first time Sturgeon Bay has ever won the state championship."

BN: Do you have a favorite athlete, college or professional?

JB: "Not really. I just kind of like everybody. There's no people that I like or dislike."

BN: Anyone you would say you model your game after or anything like that?

JB: "I don't know. I like the guys that I know, like Casey Rabach, Al Johnson, just because they are from this area. I like Nick Greisen, I like those guys."

BN: Do you anticipate redshirting your first year at Wisconsin?

JB: "I really don't know what I'm going to do yet. I don't think the coaches really know what's going to happen. It just kind of depends on, I think, how (left tackle Joe) Thomas recovers from his ACL surgery and we'll just have to see how things pan out—see if I'm ready, if I'm big and strong enough by the time we're done with camp and stuff. So I'm not real sure yet."

BN: Do you have any goals in mind for yourself at Wisconsin, things you're hoping to accomplish?

JB: "I want to get my degree, that's the first thing, because injuries can happen and you just never know when it will come and it'd be nice to have something to fall back on. So definitely a degree would be my first goal. Aside from that, just work as hard as I can. We'll just see how things turn out to be. As long as I work as hard as I can when I'm down there, I've just got to take what happens."

BN: When do you expect to arrive on campus?

JB: "I'm going down pretty early. I know probably a couple of weeks after I graduate. I'll wait 10 days, maybe two weeks and then I'll probably head down there. So probably the end of June, say June 20, around there."

BN: Where do you want to be or where do you think you'll be in 10 years?

JB: "Ten years? I don't know, hopefully just settled down and found out what I'm going to do for a profession. Hopefully I'm not looking for work or something like that. Probably just be happy, hopefully."

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