May 4, 2012

Wisconsin road grader ready for UW visit

Flatlanders from the midwest are used to taking vacations in the mountains, and this summer Schofield, Wisc. offensive lineman Connor Riese will do the same. The 6-foot-7, 315-pounder said he plans to attend the University of Wyoming's individual football camp in Laramie on June 10.

Riese already holds a scholarship offer from the Cowboys, as well as Western Michigan and said he hopes to use the visit to Laramie as a chance to look around at the UW campus and learn more about the Cowboy program. Wyoming assistant Coach Jim Harding was in Wisconsin on Monday to meet with Riese and offer his own take on the program.

"He visited Monday morning ," Reise said of Harding. "We keep up with each other. He likes my size and he said they are still definitely interested in me and I still have an offer there. I looked at a lot of videos on youtube about their facilities and the gameday there," he said. "It will make my decision a lot harder."

Riese said he has grown up a fan of the hometown Wisconsin Badgers and his visit totals reflect that too. He said he has been to Madison "about four or five times," and attended their Junior Day. Riese added that he has been told by the Badger coaching staff that he is one of their top targets, but they have no offered yet.

"I grew up a big Badger fan," Riese said. "Right now they say I am one of their biggest in-state prospects. We'll see what they have to offer. They are telling me to keep on the weights and keep it up in class and everything will work itself out."

Riese has also taken a few visits to the Badgers' arch-rival - MInnesota. The future Sports Medicine Major said he has visited Minnesota a few times as well as Western Michigan. All of the visits have given him a good look at each school, but he said it also makes him appreciate each campus, making his final choice that much harder.

"I'd like to have a decision made by this summer," Riese said. "I understand why some schools haven't offered yet, but it is good to know that Wyoming and Western Michigan want me that bad to offer me now."

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