- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Few programs have churned out NFL offensive linemen like Wisconsin has over the last decade. One of the Midwest’s top junior offensive tackles was on campus for a visit Saturday.
Chicago De La Salle junior Jamarco Jones made his first visit to Madison and was impressed with everything from the town to the fans. It also helped Wisconsin get off to the right start in Jones’ recruitment.
“I’m starting to get to know the coaching staff a little better, so that helps,” he said. “It’s great academically, a great program. They produce a lot of offensive linemen.”
Despite the loss, Jones could not have been more impressed by the Wisconsin faithful. The fan support for the Badgers despite some struggles this season was the biggest takeaway for the ESPN Watch List lineman.
“They were great during the game, after the game, before the game, you could see how excited they were,” Jones said. “They show great support. It was pretty electric as far as the fans and how hype the players were. It was a great experience.”
The staff paid close attention to Jones as three Badgers coaches spent time with the 6-foot-5, 285-pound prospect. Among those coaches was Bret Bielema.
“He was saying they’re really excited I was able to make it up and I’m the type of player they’re looking for at Wisconsin.”
The next visit that Jones is certain he will take his Nov. 24 to Ohio State for the Michigan game.
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