Few early-season highlight tapes in the class of 2016 have been as impressive as Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead offensive tackle Ben Bredeson's, but his recruitment has not yet begun.
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Bredeson has been hearing rumors that college programs are interested but has not seen anything official from coaches. Teammates George Panos, Sam Seonbuchner and Billy Hirschfeld - who are each committed to BCS programs - are prepping him for what will be an active recruitment.
"I ask George, Sam and Billy for advice on what I should be doing with this whole recruitment process," Bredeson said. "The best [advice] I got was probably from George, and he said to just relax and don't worry about it. Don't stress out if you miss a block, just play your game and you'll be fine."
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Panos and Hirschfeld are committed to Wisconsin, and that is a school Bredeson is strongly familiar with.
"I guess the Badgers always have been the team for my family," Bredeson said. "Both my mom and my dad grew up in Wisconsin, and they were Badger fans growing up. My dad played football at Illinois State, so that is kind of his team. But he would always watch the Badger games on TV, and that's how I got hooked on it."
Bredeson heads into his recruitment open to all schools that recruit him, but a couple of programs definitely have piqued his interest.
"I like Ohio State just because the tradition they have there is special," Bredeson said. "I love the way Wisconsin plays. It's kind of a line 'em up, power running game-style, and I'm a fan of that because that's my personality."
There are no college game visits planned for Bredeson this fall yet, but it is likely he takes in a game before the season is over.
"I always go to a few Badger games a year, but just as your standard spectator," Bredeson said.