Updated Scholarship Chart: Offensive Tackles

With Wisconsin and other teams from around the country set to offer more scholarship during the fall recruiting period, Badger Nation updates the scholarship chart for the class of 2009. Already getting a verbal from a talented Michigan lineman, Wisconsin is continuing to attract interest from the Midwest's top linemen.

Read the First Report Here

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

Zac Matthias (three stars)

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

Grand Ledge H.S. – Grand Ledge, Michigan

Picking up his scholarship offer from Wisconsin at the Badgers' annual spring game, Matthias was thrilled at the prospect of getting an offer from a school known for turning out top-notch linemen and being an integral part of the running game. Combining those two thought processes and Matthias gave Wisconsin his verbal commitment.

One of the top linemen in the state of Michigan, Matthias held holds scholarship offers from Central Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan and Wisconsin. After making his visits to both East Lansing and Madison (his two favorites), Matthias decided that Wisconsin was a better fit for him in the long run.

A prospect with a lot of upside and potential, Matthias has great size and footwork. 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.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Wisconsin Verbal, June 10

Patrick Ward (three stars)

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

Providence Catholic H.S. – New Lenox, Illinois

With his scholarship list continuing to grow by the week, Patrick Ward is having a hard time trimming his favorite list down to six. About to announce to Scout Media who his favorites were, Ward received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame in early July, forcing Ward to go back to the drawing board and add another team to his list of favorites.

In an article done by Scout's Allen Wallace, Ward reports that his 25 scholarship offers have been narrowed down to seven, but he isn't ready to announce his semi-finalists just yet.

"I'm also calling the coaches of the schools that didn't make the list too," he said. "I'd like to commit before the season because I just want to concentrate on my senior year."

Although he didn't attend any camps this summer, Ward visited Boston College, Illinois and Stanford during the summer months. Ward visited Wisconsin for the spring game and was impressed with UW's School of Engineering, a field he wants to study in during college. He said that the Badgers are still recruiting him the hardest.

An All-Area and All-Conference performer as a junior, Ward played both strong side and weak side tackle his junior year and can bench 320 pounds, squat 560 and has a vertical of 28 inches.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium to High Interest

Jon Lechner (three stars)

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

Creighton Preparatory H.S. – Omaha, Nebraska

While the Badgers have been racking up commitment after commitment, most of the focus has been on Creighton Preparatory's Jon Lechner and the status of his commitment.

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 held four offers from Buffalo, Iowa State, Nebraska and Wisconsin and Oklahoma was also showing interest in him.

Lechner was in Lincoln for the spring game in April and attended summer camps at Kansas on June 7, Oklahoma on June 8 and Nebraska on June 12 before telling BigRedReport.com and Rivals that he was committing to Wisconsin in late June. However, Badger Nation learned that Lechner's commitment was premature, as the Nebraska offensive tackle was struggling academically and couldn't commit until his grades were in order.

"I told the Wisconsin coaches I was going there but something happened later on," Lechner told Scout's Allen Wallace. "Wisconsin is a tough school to get into and now I'd say I'm uncommitted, but it's a little fuzzy."

Scout learned that Lechner successfully received a B+ in English and another one in Religion to boost his grade point average to a core 2.1. He retook the ACT on June 14 after getting a 20 the first time.

Lechner still lists Wisconsin as his top school but time will tell what will happen next.

Status: Offered Scholarship – High 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, which he hasn't done yet as of July 25.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Low Interest

Brent Qvale (one star)

6-foot-7, 300 pounds, 5.0 40-yard time

Williston H.S. – Williston, North Dakota

With his size (6-foot-7, 310 pounds) and his strength (benches 360 pounds and squats 510 pounds), North Dakota's Brent Qvale would seem like a natural fit at a school, let alone any school, that features the running game.

Already holding scholarship offers from Iowa and Nebraska, interest in him, Qvale was the standout player during Wisconsin's first summer camp, impressing the coaching staff with his strength, quickness and footwork. More importantly, he was one of the few athletes that earned himself a division one scholarship offer from Wisconsin after camp.

"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."

Qvale grew up watching and admiring Wisconsin and hopes to make his college decision by the end of the summer.

Status: Offered Scholarship – High Interest

Badger Nation Top Stories