Rising Above the Rest

With over 230 high school athletes attending Wisconsin's first summer camp of 2008 and all vying for that all-important scholarship, only North Dakota prep offensive lineman Brent Qvale was able to leave Madison with an offer in hand.

MADISON – Growing up in a state with no division one football schools, Brent Qvale fell in love with the teams from the Big XII and Big Ten, especially Wisconsin. With the Badgers' emphasis on pounding the football with their bruising running backs and big offensive linemen, Qvale was honored that Wisconsin was even showing interest in him, thinking that he could fit into its offensive system.

After Wisconsin first summer camp ended this week, the interest level has never been higher.

The standout player in this week's high school camp, Qvale impressed the coaching staff with his strength, quickness and footwork and earned himself a division one scholarship offer from Wisconsin on Wednesday.

"Wisconsin started contacting me in February and Coach Bostad invited me to the one-day camp," Qvale told Badger Nation. "Coach Bielema called me and officially extended me an offer Wednesday. It feels good to get an offer, knowing that you worked hard and that I showed the skills that I have and what I can do on the field."

Attending Williston High School in Williston, North Dakota, Qvale had received four scholarships from local division two and three schools (North Dakota, North Dakota State, Montana and Montana State) but didn't receive his first big offer until he camped at Nebraska.

Growing up a fan of both schools, Qvale likes the offensive styles of both Wisconsin and Nebraska.

"I have always liked Wisconsin because they don't run a spread offense and have a more conventional offense," he said. "Wisconsin has always had a history of big offensive linemen that are very talented.

"I liked Nebraska a lot, too," added Qvale, talking about the Cornhuskers. "Nebraska and Wisconsin match each other with their style and their big offensive linemen. It worked out well there."

Additionally, Qvale was offered his third big scholarship this week when Iowa extended an offer, even without him working out for the Hawkeyes (Qvale planned to go to Iowa City but the flooding in the Midwest put that trip on hold).

With his size (6-foot-7, 310 pounds) and his strength (benches 360 pounds and squats 510 pounds), Qvale would seem like a natural fit at a school that features the running game. With some basketball camps in the works and no more plans to camp the rest of the summer, Qvale has what he needs to make a decision by the end of the summer.

"I am waiting and see who else is interested," Qvale said "I would like to commit to a school, more than likely, by the end summer. But, I would like to take some official visits and then decide after those."

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