February 19, 2012

UW has a preference for Jacobsen

Lineman Nick Jacobsen was an all-conference performer on both sides of the ball this past season at Prescott High School in Wisconsin.

And while most schools see the 6-foot-5, 305-pound prospect as a defensive tackle in college, the Badger coaching staff projects Jacobsen as an offensive lineman.

"Coach (Mike) Markuson said he's going to come up this spring and watch me in track," Jacobsen told BadgerBlitz.com after his junior day visit Saturday. "They want to get me to some spring practices and continue to recruit me.

"But Wisconsin is looking more on offense right now, but I still feel comfortable on either side. I'd be able to play either offense or defense in college."

Markuson, UW's new offensive line coach, also talked about the limited amount of scholarships in the Badgers' 2013 recruiting class.

"They said they have limited scholarships this year," said Jacobsen, who visited Michigan State, Wisconsin and Indiana this past fall. "They said they are going to have three scholarships available on the offensive line, so you're going to have to work hard to get it.

"I think I have a shot to earn one. But you have to work hard to beat out guys from across the country."

Despite not being offered Saturday, Jacobsen came away very impressed with the university.

"I just really like Wisconsin a lot," he said. "I really like all the facilities and the new coaches Bret Bielema was able to hire seem like great guys.

"I felt like I had a connection with them. Wisconsin was just a really nice experience."

Jacobsen plans on attending Minnesota's junior day next weekend.

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