In recent interviews with Badger Nation, Jake Byrne, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound, tight end, from Rogers, Ark., said all the right things. Byrne said he loved the campus in Madison and he loved the atmosphere at Camp Randall. He also said that Wisconsin was an easy sell for him but after looking at senior film of Byrne in action, it's easy to see why Bret Bielema and his staff were sold on him.
Stock up for Jake Byrne! He plays a lot better than the three-stars given to him by the Scout.com recruiting experts. Byrne is big, thick, athletic and he moves extremely well.
Byrne filled in at offensive tackle when Rogers had injuries at that position. No problem, all Jake did was dominate the line-of-scrimmage. Byrne shows his athletic ability by lining up in the slot and running great routes.
Byrne's biggest influence is Jason Whitten from the Cowboys and after watching tape, it looks like the Badgers might be getting a Jason Whitten clone.