2009 high school offensive guards that Wisconsin has shown legitimate interest in
Travis Frederick (two stars)
6-foot-5, 302 pounds
Walworth Big Foot H.S. – Walworth, Wisconsin
One of the goals for Frederick this summer was to participate in plenty of summer camps so that he could show off his athletic skills and hopefully, garner more scholarship offers, as the only school that had offered Frederick by mid June was Air Force.
Starting June 14th through the 24th, Frederick went to camps at Minnesota, North Dakota State, Wisconsin and Iowa, earning scholarship offers from Navy and North Dakota State in the process. However, it was an impressive camp at Wisconsin caught the eye of Bielema and line coach Bob Bostad and the Badgers were the fourth school to extend an offer to Frederick, an offer that Frederick accepted a couple of days later.
Frederick has a 5.4 40 time, a max of 365 on the bench and a staggering 600 pounds on the squat. Playing both offensive and defensive line in high school, Bostad informed Frederick that he will be a guard at Wisconsin because of his strong, solid stature that has the ability to run people over.
Status: Offered Scholarship – Wisconsin Verbal, June 26
Chris Watt (five stars)
6-foot-4, 280 pounds, 5.1 40-yard dash
Glenbard West H.S. – Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Watt first visited Wisconsin in February for the Badgers' Junior Day and was really excited that the Badgers offered since he really liked the school and the campus. Likewise, Wisconsin was happy that an offensive lineman that possesses such solid footwork and top-notch agility had an interest in the Badgers. After that offer, however, Watt visited Boston College, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State, four schools that quickly bolted to the top of his list. It was his Notre Dame visit that sealed the deal for Watt, who committed to the Fighting Irish in mid July.
Status: Offered Scholarship – Notre Dame Verbal
Chris Freeman (three stars)
6-foot-9, 348 pounds, 5.15 40-yard time
Trotwood-Madison H.S. – Trotwood, Ohio
With an offer list that has ballooned to over 30 schools (including Alabama, Florida, Illinois, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, West Virginia and Wisconsin), Freeman is quick off the ball and has good footwork that allows me to keep a steady base.
Freeman attended the Under Armour / Scout.com camp in Cincinnati on May 17 and has taken visits to Florida, Michigan and Ohio State. Freeman has stated that he wants to head to Illinois, Florida State, LSU, Tennessee and Wisconsin, although it is unclear when or if he will make those visits.
Freeman did tell Noledigest.com that he wants to go on a bunch of unofficial visits before narrowing his scholarship list down to six, which from there will come his five official visits. Freeman also stated that he thinks he has a good future at left tackle and wants a school with a good tradition at left tackle (bodes well for Wisconsin). However, his size suggestions that Freeman could be moved to guard depending on the system.
Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium Interest
Ryan Groy (three stars)
6-foot-5, 270 pounds, 4.91 40-yard time
Middleton H.S. – Middleton, Wisconsin
Offensive lineman Ryan Groy grew up as a Badger fan but when he was the first person offered a scholarship, Groy wanted to sit on the offer and mull it over.
One week later, Groy became Wisconsin's third verbal commitment for 2009. Groy runs a 4.91 40-yard dash, has a 27.5-inch vertical, benches 360 pounds, squats 500 pounds and registered 355-pounds on the clean. Although his numbers are impressive, what really attracted Wisconsin to Groy was the junior's quickness and versatility on the offensive front. Having a faster 40-yard dash time than all the 2008 offensive line recruits, Groy has played at center, guard and tackle at Middleton, making him a valued commodity for UW.
Status: Offered Scholarship – Wisconsin Verbal, February 20
John Anevski (one star)
6-foot-4, 280 pounds
Elder H.S. – Cincinnati, Ohio
Already holding offers from Air Force, Buffalo, Kent State, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Ohio and Western Kentucky, Aneveski is a versatile line player, playing right tackle during his sophomore season and rotated between guard and center last season. In college, Anevski has the talent to either play at guard or center.
If there are any questions about Aneveski's abilities at the next level, the competition he has faced speaks for itself. In his career, Aneveski has gotten the better of Ben Martin (Tennessee), Greg Scruggs (Louisville) and Pat Muldoon (Wisconsin target for 2009). Obviously, Anevski is exceptional at one-on-one blocking and utilizes good footwork.
Anevski originally told Scout that Louisville, Maryland and Wisconsin have all talked about offering him scholarships before the month of June is over. However, Wisconsin, as of August 8, has not pulled the trigger on a scholarship offer, leading one to believe that the Badgers are waiting until they hear from some other players higher up on their board.
Status: No Scholarship – Medium Interest