Getting the Wisconsin Feel

With 14 scholarship offers, Offensive Tackle Paul Gaughan is visiting new environments in hopes of narrowing his list before his senior season. Heading to the Midwest for the first time, Gaughan gets a solid impression of what Wisconsin has to offer.

MADISON - Although he maintained that distance is not a factor in his recruitment, rumor had it that Dunmore High School (Pa.) Paul Gaughan couldn't see himself playing at Wisconsin.

Good thing those rumors were just that, as a July visit to Madison certainly made an impression.

"We did a little Midwest tour, getting a chance to visit Wisconsin and Michigan, and it was great," Gaughan told Badger Nation. "I saw the campus, got to meet all the coaches, had a chance to talk to Offensive Line Coach Bob Bostad and Head Coach Bielema. I enjoyed it out there a lot."

In addition of Wisconsin, Akron, Boston College, Buffalo, Florida International, Illinois, Indiana, Kent State, Maryland, Michigan, Northwestern, Stanford, Syracuse, Temple have all extended an offer to Gaughan, a 6-foot-6, 280-pounds three-star tackle ranked 37th at his position by

"That was the first time that I had been out that far west, and the area itself was just awesome," Gaughan said of Madison. "I know it was rated the number one college town in the United States, which is pretty cool. All the players that were working out were pretty impressive."

Being recruited by Recruiting Coordinator Joe Rudolph, Gaughan is one of three uncommitted offensive tackle prospects considering Wisconsin, along with Ray Ball from Westerville South (Ohio) and Keith Lumpkin from St. Peter's Prep (NJ).

"He's definitely an approachable guy," Gaughan said of Rudolph. "The relationship has gotten stronger throughout the process."

After Wisconsin, Gaughan made a trip to Michigan to visit the Wolverines, who sent him a scholarship through the mail in mid June, adding more complexions to the recruiting process.

"I am just trying to stay humble and not let (the process) get to overwhelming," said Gaughan, who hopes to narrow his list before school starts and will ‘definitely' take five official visits. "I am just taking it as it comes and being patient with it, realizing that I have to pick the place where I fit with the players, coaches and where I can feel comfortable."

Staying in shape by running track in the spring, Gaughan maxes out at 465 pounds on the squat and 315 pounds on the bench. Despite being one of the biggest kids in his conference, Gaughan is focused on getting stronger to help push his team to new levels in his final season.

"The senior season is a huge thing for me," Gaughan said. "It's probably just as important as where I am going to play college football, so I don't want the whole recruiting publicity thing to get in the way of my team or how we are playing. The big thing now is to get our team together so we can win a state championship in December."

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