Badger Nation's Offensive Tackles

In the Wisconsin system, you can never have too many strong and sturdy offensive tackles to open up the lanes for the running backs. With the depth at tackle, in the Class of 2009, the Badgers are like kids in a candy store.

2009 high school offensive tackles that Wisconsin has shown legitimate interest in

Travis Frederick (one star)

6-foot-5, 302 pounds

Walworth Big Foot H.S. – Walworth, Wisconsin

One of the top prospects in Wisconsin, Frederich has earned a host of awards and recognitions already in his career, being recognized by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, WFCA, AP and the Rock Valley Conference.

Over 60 schools have contacted Frederick thus far in the recruiting process, either asking for tape or sending letters. Air Force was the first university to offer him a scholarship and has received significant interest from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. At this point, Frederick plans on participating in all three of those school's summer camps.

Frederick has a 5.4 40 time, a max of 365 on the bench and a staggering 600 pounds on the squat and is ranked No.78 in terms of Wisconsin prospects.

Status: No Scholarship – Medium Interest

Leon Hill (four stars)

6-foot-5, 340 pounds

Leo Catholic H.S. – Chicago, Illinois

Giving his verbal commitment to Illinois in early February, Hill told Scout Media that Illinois was where he wanted to be, that it was close to home, the program is up and coming and he had a lot of close friends playing for the Fighting Illini next season. Even still, Hill is still looking at choices despite his commitment.

Holding offers from Arizona, Kansas State, Michigan State, Tennessee and Wisconsin (which he got in early May), Hill is continuing to make visits to schools that have offered him scholarships. While he doesn't know much about the Badgers, except that they produce quality linemen, Hill is hoping to check the Badgers out in person.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium to Low Interest

Jon Lechner (four stars)

6-foot-6, 320 pounds, 5.25 40-yard time

Creighton Preparatory H.S. – Omaha, Nebraska

Most kids that grow up in the state of Nebraska become big-time Cornhuskers fan. While offensive tackle Jon Lechner grew up liking the Huskers, his recruitment process is wide open.

A top notch run blocker that has good leverage, stays low to the ground and able to use his sheer size to drive people off the line, Lechner holds three offers from Iowa State, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

Lechner was in Lincoln for the spring game in April and is attending summer camps at Oklahoma on June 6, Kansas on June 7, Nebraska on June 13, Iowa on June 15, Wisconsin on June 21 and Iowa State on July 26 where he is sure to pick up more offers. At this time, however, Lechner lists Wisconsin number one currently on his list of favorites.

Status: Offered Scholarship – High Interest

Zac Matthias (four stars)

6-foot-6, 305 pounds, 5.1 40-yard time

Grand Ledge H.S. – Grand Ledge, Michigan

Matthias is a prospect with a lot of upside, as he has great size and footwork for his size. Although his preference is pass blocking, one of his better strengths, Matthias does not shy away from opening up holes for the backs and likes the amount of successful running backs and linemen that have come from Wisconsin.

One of the top linemen in the state of Michigan, Matthias maxs out at 300 pounds on the bench and 510 on the squat and holds scholarship offers from Central Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan and Wisconsin and has drawn high interest from Bowling Green and Toledo, who supposedly are close to offering a scholarship.

Matthias picked up his scholarship offer from Wisconsin at the Badgers annual spring game and is going to try and make it to one of UW's summer camps.

"It's real fun to get down in the dirt and just push some guys around," Matthias said. "If I go there (UW), I am going to be blocking for some good backs. Wisconsin has put out a lot of good running backs and linemen and it will be a real good experience."

Status: Offered Scholarship – High Interest

Eric Shrive (five stars)

6-foot-7, 300 pounds, 5.1 40-yard time

West Scranton H.S. – Scranton, Pennsylvania

Ranked the third-best tackle in the 2009 class, it is no surprise that Shrive accumulated around 40 offers. Benching 350 and squatting 450 pounds, Shrive got offers from big schools like Georgia, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Illinois, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Miami, Penn State, UCLA, Buffalo, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Duke, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Auburn, Temple, Boston College, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, South Carolina and the Badgers.

Although most schools were recruiting him as an offensive lineman, Shrive racked up 73 solos, 61 assists, 11 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, five pass deflects, two fumble recoveries and 21 quarterback hurries on the defensive line.

Wisconsin offered Shrive in late February, an offer that Shrive was real excited about at the time.

"Wisconsin is a great program and has a history of producing excellent offensive linemen that make it to the NFL," Shrive explained. "Wisconsin is another school that I would like to go up and see."

In the end, Shrive gave his verbal commitment to Penn State on May 15 and said that he is not planning on making any more visits.

Status: Offered Scholarship – No Interest

Patrick Ward (four stars)

6-foot-6, 295 pounds, 5.3 40-yard time

Providence Catholic H.S. – New Lenox, Illinois

Patrick Ward defines the phrase ‘student-athlete.' An All-Area and All-Conference performer as a junior, Ward played both strong side and weak side tackle his junior year.

Benching 320 pounds, squatting 560, a vertical of 28 inches, Ward's versatility, size and overall potential are one of a few of reasons Ward is up to 17 scholarship offers.

On the academic side, Ward is just as good if not better, earning a 4.8 core GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and a 35 ACT. For these reasons alone, Wisconsin offers Ward at Wisconsin's junior day and attended Wisconsin's spring game, where he apparently came away impressed with the atmosphere at Camp Randall.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium to High Interest

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