New Seat, Better View

Mingling with a good majority of his future teammates and trying to narrow in on the position he will be mastering during his tenure in Madison, Middleton offensive guard Ryan Groy still has nothing but positive things to say about Wisconsin.

MADISON – With his family possessing coveted season tickets to Wisconsin men's basketball games, Ryan Groy is no secret to the Kohl Center and Badger basketball.

So when he went on Saturday night to watch the Badgers play the UW-Green Bay Phoenix, Groy had plenty of time to mingle with current Badger players and fellow members of the Class of 2009.

"It was a lot of fun to hang out with my future teammates and have some fun," Groy told Badger Nation about his official visit this past weekend. "I got to talk with everyone who was there. I like all those guys after talking to them. We all have a connection and bonded well together that I think it's going to be a pretty good four years."

Groy was one of 11 2009 commits that were in Madison on their official visit last weekend, getting a chance to officially see the school, check out the program and get to know all of their coaches on a more personal level.

"It was a lot of fun," Groy said. "We first got down here and talked to the coaches. They are all nice guys and I get to know them a little better each time I come. They are always so sincere and honest with everything they said that it's a good thing to know. The players give it to you straight, they don't hold anything back. That's what I like about Wisconsin is the honesty."

Groy was hosted by sophomore lineman Bill Nagy on Friday night and sophomore linebacker Blake Sorensen on Saturday. While both of the Badgers were stellar hosts, Groy spoke volumes of Nagy, who gave Groy all the necessary insights to what it takes to make it in the UW program.

"Bill was a really cool guy and he just wanted to talk about going to school and football," Groy said. "He's roommates with John Moffitt and me and Zac Matthias (who was hosted by Moffitt) just hung out the whole night and asked questions. Bill was telling me about how school is, how practices are run and how to budget your team."

"Blake Sorensen was the same way. I was fortunate to have two good hosts and have a good time."

With the Badgers already having two potential guards (Travis Frederick and Zac Matthias) in the Class of 2009 and having recruiting three guards (Jake Current, Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler) in the 2008 class, Groy is setting his sights on contributing to the program as an offensive tackle.

"Right now, I know there are a lot of guards being recruited and with John Moffitt the center, I'll probably be going for tackle," Groy said. "We don't really know yet. That's something that me and Coach Bostad are probably going to figure out when I get there."

After playing tackle throughout high school, Groy knows that he has a lot of work to do before coming up to Madison in the summer. Facing defensive ends that are going to be bigger and faster than any player he encountered in the Big 8 Conference, Groy is hoping to increase his 270-pound frame to handle what the Big Ten Conference is going to throw at him.

"Size is going to be a huge thing for me because the ends are going to be so much bigger than they are in high school," he said. "It's something that I am going to have to get use to along with the speed of the game. I think it will come, but I have to get so much quicker and so much faster just to compete with the other linemen."


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