Following in Thomas' Footsteps

One of the top lineman in the state of Wisconsin, it's not a stretch to see that Brookfield Central's Marcus Aprahamian's favorite player is former Lancers great Joe Thomas. Playing with the same intensity that Thomas had in high school, it's not a surprise that many schools think that Aprahamian could, possibly, be just as good as Thomas is.

MADISON - Looking to follow in the footsteps of other offensive lineman from his high school, Marcus Aprahamian is looking to find the right fit at the next level.

Growing up in Wisconsin, Aprahamian has somewhat of an odd favorite team, but not an odd favorite player.

"The Oakland Raiders are my favorite team, since when I can remember," Aprahamian told Badger Nation. "One guy I look up to is Joe Thomas, who went to the same high school as me. He goes to my church. I talk to him occasionally. Hopefully once I go to college I can keep in contact with him and he can help me out with a bunch of stuff."

The 6-foot 4, 300-pound offensive guard prospect from Brookfield Central High School in Wisconsin has started to garner interest from around the country. He has a scholarship from Minnesota and interest from Wisconsin, Duke, Stanford, Notre Dame, Iowa, Indiana, Northwestern and will also be looking at Ivy League Schools, since his brother currently attends Dartmouth.

"My strengths are getting after kids, using my power and getting under them, and just playing aggressive all game and never giving up," Aprahamian said. "My weaknesses, or what I've been working on, are my quickness, pass blocking and my speed. If I play guard I am going to be pulling, so I'm working on my speed."

This past weekend, Aprahamian attended a Junior Day at Wisconsin.

"We got there and they just talked about the program and the campus and stuff," Aprahamian said. "Then the strength and conditioning coach (Ben Herbert) talked to us for about 40 minutes. Then they broke us up into offensive and defensive groups. The offensive group went to eat lunch and the defensive group went to go talk to some players like J.J. Watt, Josh Oglesby and Chris Borland. After that we went to go talk to the players and then we got a tour of the campus."

While in Madison, Aprahamian was able to sit down and talk with Coach Bielema.

"On my way to lunch, a recruiting assistant pulled me aside to go talk to Coach Bielema," Aprahamian said. "He talked to me about my offer from Minnesota. He just said that he wants to wait to offer and come to the camp first this summer. So I will probably go to the camp this summer, just to prove that I can play at Wisconsin."

Aprahamian was also able to talk with a few of the players (Watt, Ogelsby, Borland, Blake Sorenson, Culmer St. Jean) and got a feel for what they thought about Wisconsin.

"They just talked about how great the program was and what they said I really got a lot of interest from," Aprahamian explained. "They had nothing negative to say. They also had a bunch of offers from everywhere. I asked ‘What made Wisconsin your number one choice?' They just said nothing is better. It's just a great environment, the coaches are great, it's a winning tradition, and all of that. I really gained a lot of interest from listening to them."

While the Badgers are recruiting the big offensive lineman hard, Minnesota has sparked Aprahamian's interest.

"I have yet to go out there and see what they are all about, but I'm going to go out there to their camp," Aprahamian said. "One of my teammates, Sam Rohr, was also offered by them. He got to go to their Junior Day. He had nothing negative to say. He just said the coaches are great, the facilities are great, the players are great and stuff like that. I'm pretty interested in them right now."

Aprahamian has a busy schedule ahead of him for the spring and summer. He has been invited to attend the Junior Day at Notre Dame, and will also be attending a camp at Notre Dame as well as Northwestern and Minnesota, and then a spring practice at Indiana.

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