Schlachter to Take Closer Look at UW

A talented two-way Michigan lineman, Jalen Schlachter has got the height and athleticism to be a solid lineman at the Division 1 level, the main reason Wisconsin originally offered based solely on his highlight tape.

MADISON - When 6-foot-6, 285-pound Jalen Schlachter started to get college interest, the Corunna High junior expected to get noticed by in-state schools Central Michigan, Michigan and Michigan State.

Imagine his surprise when the Wide Receivers Coach DelVaughn Alexander and Wisconsin extended an offer to him without much of a ‘How do you do?'

"It kind of took me by surprise because I really wasn't having that much contact from them," Schlachter told Badger Nation. "I had gotten a couple of letters. Apparently, I didn't know our coach had sent out tape to them so once they saw me on tape, they offered me, which got me excited."

A three-star offensive tackle by Scout.com, Schlachter started all varsity games on the offensive line as a 10th grader. Twice named the offensive player of the game, Schlachter had 40 pancakes during the season, a main reason the two-way lineman is primarily being recruited as an offensive lineman by the schools on his list, including Wisconsin.

"They've been in contact with me a bit," Schlachter said of Wisconsin. "Coach Alexander, my recruiting coach, emailed us and then I called him. We've been in contact and we've talked about Wisconsin, about myself and about a bunch of other things. They really didn't say what they liked about me, only that they liked me as a lineman."

In addition to his size, Schlachter has the athleticism to a standout basketball player, as well, starting on the varsity team since he was a sophomore and lead the team in scoring.

"I think it's my ability to not get tired really," said Schlachter in what he thinks schools see in him. "I come after you every play. I don't let up. I finish blocks and do the little things like that. Ever since I was young, my dad has been drilling it in my head to go after people on the field. That's where I have gotten that instinct."

In addition to Wisconsin, Central Michigan and Michigan State have already offered, but there is more interest coming. Going to junior days at Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame, Schlachter is also getting interest from Iowa and plans on going to a one-day camp at Purdue during the summer.

"It's pretty cool to know that coaches already believe in me and want me to come to their school," he said. "It's pretty cool."

With Schlachter wanting to make his decision before his senior year, a visit to Madison is quickly approaching on he calendar.

"We're going to be going there for the spring game," he said. "That's when I am going to go out there and hopefully find out a lot more."

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