Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Four-star OT meets with Badgers coach
By Jared Shanker
Gary Andersen has done well to keep Wisconsin’s commitments on board since he took over the Badgers' top coaching job in December.
That doesn't mean some commitments haven’t been waffling, including four-star offensive tackle Jack Keeler (Barrington, Ill./Barrington). The nation's No. 31 offensive tackle, Keeler added several new offers and saw interest from Michigan since Bret Bielema left for Arkansas on Dec. 4.
Less than two weeks ago, Keeler said he would likely start looking at some other options. But during an in-home visit that took place over the last few days, Keeler once again firmed up his commitment to Wisconsin.
“I was open [to other schools] but recently T.J. Woods came for a home visit and met my whole family,” Keeler said. “He solidified my commitment.”
Woods is the Badgers’ new offensive line coach and, like Andersen, is coming over from Utah State. Although Keeler has not enrolled at Wisconsin yet, Woods will be the third offensive line coach he has become set to play for since committing in the spring.
When Bielema left in early December, Keeler initially said he might listen to other schools. He solidified his commitment shortly after, but he considered opening it up again as new schools got in touch.
He and Woods hit it off during the in-home visit, though.
“He was saying how hardworking the whole staff is and we’re gonna make Wisconsin better than what it already is,” Keeler said.
The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Keeler is the third-highest-rated commitment in the Badgers’ 2013 class.