Big Time Interest for Keefer

When Baldwin-Woodville tight end/linebacker Jake Keefer found out from his father/coach that he was getting a Big Ten offer from Wisconsin, the 2011 prospect couldn't have been more excited. Now that another Big Ten team has entered the fold, Keefer knows that his recruitment is about to heat up.

MADISON – Linebacker and Wisconsin native Jake Keefer has always been a Badger fan and his dream may soon become a reality. Keefer has received interest from other schools such as Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame and Stanford to name only a few, but Wisconsin is the only school he has interest in.

"I have grown up watching the Badgers and it's been a dream of mine to play there," Keefer told Badger Nation.

But Wisconsin is no longer alone in offering the standout, as Indiana University offered Keefer Thursday.

"They offered me as an athlete, I think," Keefer said. "I don't know too much about them but an anxious to learn more."

After having to watch the last two games and the post season due to a partial tear of the meniscus, Keefer has focused his off-season on rehab and getting back to 100 percent.

"I recently received doctor's clearance to work out so I started to lift weights," he said. "When I couldn't do that I watched film and prepared myself mentally."

A two-way standout, Keefer totaled 57 solo tackles and 87 assisted tackles as a sophomore andwas named WFCA first-team all-state, Associated Press second-team all-state and as a junior.

Keefer's love for the game, work ethic and leadership qualities are what he feels separates him from the rest of the group. While he doesn't have any official visits lined up, the Badgers have expressed interest in bringing in Keefer on campus once their season is complete.

Keefer feels he could make a positive impact for the Badgers on and off the field. Keefer has idolized Badger players growing up and he wants to do the same for the younger generation.

"I would give 100 percent on the field and be a role model and leader off the field," Keefer said. "I looked up to the Badger players as a kid and I want to do the same for younger kids."

His plans for the upcoming months include doing training for football and also so that he can make it back on the basketball court for his high school team. Basketball has helped his quickness for football, as Keefer said quickness is his style of game. Keefer has received interest from schools to play basketball but his primary focus is to play football at the next level.

Keefer plans to make a decision around the time of Junior Days in February or March.

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