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
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
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
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
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
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