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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Dodson "80 percent commited" to Wisconsin

By Jared Shanker

Cleveland Heights offensive tackle Kyle Dodson was firmly committed to Wisconsin for more than five months and was coming off his official visit to the Badgers when Ohio State forced Dodson to reconsider his options.

The Buckeyes named Urban Meyer its new coach on Nov. 28 -- one day after his official visit to Wisconsin ended -- and the three-star lineman is no longer 100 percent committed to the Badgers.

“I'm about 80 percent [committed to Wisconsin],” Dodson said.

"… I am still looking at Ohio State because of coach Meyer and his coaching staff came in.”

On Dec. 9, Dodson officially visited Ohio State, and many believed he would be leaving Columbus as an Ohio State commit. He returned to the Cleveland area as a Wisconsin commit still, but he thoroughly enjoyed his visit.

“It was great. I got to meet and had a chance to sit down with coach Meyer for a very long time,” Dodson said. “He told me he was going to try and hire one of the best offensive line coaches in the country. He said was going to bring someone in from the league, so I am not worried about an O-line coach or anything.”

Dodson also officially visited Auburn on Dec. 16 and will make a trip out west to visit USC on Jan. 13. He will also visit Michigan State, but no date has been set as of now.

Before he makes it out to USC, though, Dodson will go under the knife. Midway through the season, Dodson suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder and will undergo surgery once he gets back to Ohio from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

"I tore the labrum in my shoulder,” Dodson said. “It happened in the seventh game of the season but I played and didn't tell anybody. I'll have surgery as soon as I get back. Then I will rehab like crazy and they said I should be ready for camp."

HornsNation recruiter and University of Texas football reporter William Wilkerson contributed to this report.