A Solid Cornerstone

Named first-team All-Conference, All-Area, All-Met and All State as a junior, Maryland offensive tackle Robby Havenstein has the credentials of a top lineman. Benching 320 pounds, squatting 460 pounds and hang cleaning 320 pounds, Havenstein has the makings of a difference maker.

MADISON - A quality offensive line can be the foundation for a great program. It gives protection and gives the skilled positions time to make plays. Rob Havenstein (Frederick, MD) could be that offensive lineman that coaches are looking for.

At 6-foot-7.5 and 340 pounds, Havenstein towers over most of his competition at Linganore High School in Maryland. He led his team to an impressive 13-1 record, but also a loss in the 4A State Championship Game

Havenstein has caught the eye of college recruiters with his solid play and has accumulated over 14 offers from the likes of Penn State, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Louisville, Wisconsin, Stanford, and USF.

Even though he has gotten a lot of early attention, Havenstein is playing it cool. "Right now it's just about even. I really haven't narrowed down the list," Havenstein told Badger Nation.

College recruiters have taken notice of his strengths as well. "My size and stuff," Havenstein said. "I play basketball a lot. I have pretty good feet, but obviously I need to improve it more to take on these pass rushers every day on the college level."

One of his many offers is Wisconsin. "Coach Cooks came down a couple weeks ago and talked to us," Havenstein said. "He told us he really liked me. He likes the way I am and likes the way I move. He called me up a couple weeks ago and informed me that I did have an offer. He also offered one of my teammates as well."

The Maryland product still has a little bit to learn about the Badger program and what it has to offer, but he does think highly of it. "I really like Wisconsin. It's a great program," Havenstein explained. "I really like Coach Cooks. He seemed like a nice guy. I don't know too much, but I know it's in the Big Ten and everything. It is a great conference and they are competing every year. So they have a great program up there."

With all the attention it might be difficult to make a decision. "I will narrow it down this summer and see who I really like, and then I will pull the trigger when it feels right. However, I'm not afraid to go outside the state."

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