09'Quarterback Nabs Badgers Offer

The Wisconsin Badgers are flying high these days after several prospects from the Class of 2008 have already given Bret Bielema their verbal commitment. Bielema and his staff aren't resting and they have started to turn their attention to the Class of 2009 by offering a scholarship to arguably the top junior signal-caller in the Land of Lincoln.

"Wisconsin has offered me a scholarship." John Budmayr told Scout.com

"I went to the Nike Camp at Purdue this past May. A few days after that I was given a scholarship offer from Wisconsin. Colleges aren't allowed to contact me until September 1st but I initiated the contact with Wisconsin.

"I've also started to talk to Notre Dame, Northwestern, Purdue, Iowa and Boston College on a regular basis. It's early but these are the schools I'm most interested in right now."

Budmayr, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, from Woodstock (Ill.) Marian Central Catholic, helped lead his team to a state championship game appearance in 2006 as sophomore. A couple of Budmayr's teammates have already started to bend his ear a little bit.

"Bryan (Bulaga) is going to Iowa and he's always talking about the school and how great the game atmosphere at Iowa is." Budmayr said.

"Sean (Cwynar) is committed to Notre Dame, so of course he's talking to me about how cool it would be if we both ended up playing for Notre Dame together. It's really early for me but I've already started to get a head start by taking visits to schools."

Budmayr told us that he's always been a big fan of Notre Dame but he's starting to familiarize himself with other programs including Iowa, Illinois and the school that offered him his first scholarship, Wisconsin.

"Wisconsin sure seems like the hot school right now. Coach (Bret) Bieleman is a great guy. He's the type of coach that you want to go out and play for. He has a lot of fire in him."

Marian Central coach Ed Brucker had this to say about Budmayr.

"Jon (Budmayr) is the best quarterback I've ever coached," said Brucker. "As a sophomore he called his own plays in our 2-minute offense. He's got so much poise and feel in the pocket.

"When I look at Jon, I see a guy who's not going to make bad decisions, he's mentally tough and he's a winner. Jon Budmayr is a once in a lifetime quarterback. He'll call of our plays this year."

Budmayr's older brother, Brody Budmayr is the quarterback at D-III Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Budmayr carries a 3.1 GPA in the classroom.

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