Badger Nation's Defensive Tackles

With the Badgers getting a junior day commitment from Waupun's Jordan Kohout, Wisconsin's defensive line is already looking prosperous for 2009. But with all the injuries in this year's spring camp, the Badgers know you can't have enough solid players on the d-line.

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

Jordan Kohout (four stars)

6-foot-4, 265 pounds

Waupun H.S. – Waupun, Wisconsin


Wisconsin's 2009 class got started with a bang when Kohout (ranked 12th in the country by Scout) gave his verbal commitment to the Badgers after their junior day. Kohout was receiving interest from Ball State, Duke, Illinois, Minnesota and Princeton. He attended junior day at Iowa and won the Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award at Michigan's camp last summer.

A unanimous first team all conference defensive end, Kohout had 56 total tackles (10 for loss), four sacks, one fumble recovery and a 32-yard touchdown Lauded for his speed off the ball, Kohout earned team MVP honors for his ability to take on and beat multiple blockers, a solid motor and will not give up on plays.

A talented defensive end at Waupun, Wisconsin will most likely move Kohout to the tackle position. As a result, he must work on his ability to play with leverage and add more weight and strength. Either way, the Badgers have a talented guy on their front line.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Wisconsin verbal

Lendell Buckner (four stars)

6-foot-3, 325 pounds

Leo Catholic H.S. – Chicago, Illinois


In an earlier addition, Badger Nation talked about Leon Hill, a talented offensive lineman that gave his verbal to Illinois. Hill's teammate, Lendell Buckner, joined him in that regard, giving Illinois his verbal along with Hill. But just like his teammate, Buckner is exploring other options and taking visits.

He's received offers from Colorado, Michigan State, Toledo and Wisconsin after his big junior season, making 126 tackles and 18 sacks. Bucknell did travel to East Lansing for Junior Day and told Scout's Joe Torok that he ‘loved the atmosphere' and that ‘MSU is really on his radar.'

In addition to East Lansing, Buckner is hoping to visit Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Wisconsin still has a chance at Buckner, as he recently said about his verbal commitment: "I see a verbal commit as — it's definitely an interest in the school I want to attend."

Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium to Low Interest

Aaron McCord (one star)

6-foot-4, 270 pounds, 5.0 40-yard time

Crockett Vocational Tech H.S. – Detroit, Michigan


Originally playing offensive guard, McCord switched to the defensive line for his junior season and that's when his recruitment started to take off.

McCord has two offers (Ball State and Central Michigan) and has drawn interest from Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and Wisconsin, but the school recruiting him the hardest is Michigan State. The Spartans have visited his high school in Detroit, gone to junior day in East Lansing and had a successful camp at a combine camp in Columbus. Michigan, however, has made a late push and has drawn considerable interest as of late.

This summer, McCord reported that he was going to camp at Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, who could offer after a successful camp.

Whether Wisconsin offers of not, it sounds like it will be tough getting McCord out of Michigan.

Status: No Offered Scholarship – Low Interest


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