Looking for Another OB

After O'Brien Schofield terrorized opposing offenses during the 2009 season, the Wisconsin coaching staff is looking at more Illinois defensive ends - like Rochester's Riley McMinn - to bring a similar impact.

MADISON - The early reports for the 2011 recruiting cycle have shown that the University of Wisconsin is anxiously looking for a defensive end prospect that can replace some of the powerful tendencies O'Brien Schofield provided during the 2009 season.

Those indications seem to think that the Badgers coaching staff is trying to find the next Schofield right from OB's home state. With Wisconsin making an early offer to Chicago's James Adeyanju, the Badgers have also targeted Rochester's High Riley McMinn.

A three-star recruit and ranked the 78th-best defensive end in the nation by Scout.com, McMinn led his team in tackles and sacks (10.5) his junior year, giving a school like Wisconsin hope that he can replicate that at the college level.

"I hadn't heard anything in awhile since Coach Ash stopped by the school early in the recruiting process," McMinn told Badger Nation. "He sat down and talked with me, said that they liked my tape and that was the last thing I had heard from them in awhile. Probably a month ago, they ended up offering and it was kind of out of the blue. I was surprised."

Since then, the mutual interest in both parties had increased, along with the dialogue. McMinn was intrigued enough by Wisconsin and Ash to stop in and take a tour of the Madison campus last week during high school camp before heading to Iowa to check out his newest offer.

"It was my first visit (to Wisconsin) and Coach Bielema is something else," McMinn said. "I really enjoyed Coach Bielema and they did a real good job showing me around. The stadium is massive. It's probably the biggest campus I have been to throughout this whole deal and there is a lot to do."

In addition to his time with Coach Bielema, McMinn also had conversations with Ash, Defensive Coordinator Dave Doeren and Defensive Line Coach Charlie Partridge, giving the similar message of how McMinn could fill UW's need for an O'Brien Schofield-type player, a speedy pass rusher off the end of the line.

"That's what they said they are really looking for this year," McMinn said. "They said that they liked my film and they would love to have me."

McMinn continues to add offers, fielding a recent offer from Iowa to go along with his offers from Boston College, Central Michigan, Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana, Kansas, Memphis, Minnesota and SMU. With his trip to Wisconsin and Iowa complete, McMinn plans to sit down with his family, start narrowing his list and come up with a decision.

"Most likely, the next few weeks I want to make my decision," McMinn said. "(An early decision) gives you that injury insurance in case something would happen and would limit my distractions. I don't want to have coaches calling me when I am focused on my season."

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