May 18, 2009

Offer could come soon for Schneider

Wisconsin's interest in the state of Ohio has been apparent in the last two recruiting cycles.

A year ago during his first full year as tight ends coach at Wisconsin, Joe Rudolph landed three talented Ohio prospects: Jeff Duckworth, Pat Muldoon and Brain Wozniak (a fourth, Chris Borland, was recruited by Randall McCray).

With roots now being established in the talent-rich area, DelVaughn Alexander has seen his recruiting territory expand from Michigan into northern Ohio. Alexander, who is entering his third season as the wide receivers coach at UW, has been roaming Ohio along side Rudolph in search of top prospects.

Sunday night, caught up with one player on their radar, Dan Schneider, to discuss his current recruitment and interest in the Badger program.

"They (Wisconsin) haven't offered yet," said the Avon Lake (Ohio) tight end. "It's pretty much looking like this…they are going to meet as a staff and from there I will know what the outcome is.

"I've been in contact with Coach Rudolph and Coach Alexander. They are both real good guys. I've been able to speak with both of them on the phone. They are great guys."

Schneider, 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, has grown up in Big Ten country and knows what the Wisconsin program has to offer.

"Growing up you always see Wisconsin near the top of the Big Ten," he said. "They have been telling me how crazy of an atmosphere it is on game day. I also know about the academic tradition the school offers."

With offers already on the table from Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida State, Indiana, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, one particular school admittedly stood out to Schneider.

"Florida State's offer came kind of quick," he explained. "I spoke with the coach once and he told me they watched my film; I didn't get much from it. Then, I was doing some volunteer work outside of school and my coach called to tell me that Florida State came in to see me.

"So, again, I didn't think much of it," Schneider continued. "I went home and called my recruiting coach to check in and they offered me a scholarship. I was pretty surprised by that offer, it kind of shocked me."

While he has yet to nail down any specific travel dates, Schneider does plan on taking a handful of unofficial visits this summer.

Schneider currently holds a 4.48 GPA and wants to major in business before possibly attending law school.

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