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Homa talks Wisconsin, Minnesota interest

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Brookfield (Wis.) Central offensive guard Jacob Homa is up to five scholarship offers, and more interest continues to come his way. Two schools with which the 6-foot-5, 260-pound lineman has had contact with lately are Wisconsin and Minnesota.
"I've taken visits to Minnesota a couple times," Homa said. "I've been receiving quite a bit of interest from them. I talked to Coach Z (Jim Zebrowski) awhile ago on the phone after he had asked me to call him. Coach Z has been awesome every time I talked to him. I also received a handwritten letter from Coach [Jerry] Kill, which means a lot to me."
Homa also visited Wisconsin during the spring and got a better feel for the Badgers' plans for recruiting him.
"Madison is working with just nine scholarships for the entire team," Homa noted. "With that being said, they have to be really selective. The gist I am getting is they really like me and if they had more offers they would offer, but with them playing with such a low number I might have to go to camp."
Coming off his visit to Wisconsin, Homa found the coaching staff to be engaging and informative.
"Coach [Bret] Bielema seemed like a nice guy," Homa said. "Coach [Mike] Markuson really impressed me with his background and knowledge. He let me sit in and watch film from a scrimmage they had earlier in the day and I really liked the way he grades film. He made it very, very interesting in my opinion."
Homa has yet to collect offers from either Wisconsin or Minnesota. He does hold them from Ball State, Central Michigan, Iowa State, Western Michigan and Wyoming. The Cyclones were the first team to come through with an offer, and he made a visit to Ames earlier in the spring.
"Iowa State really impressed me," Homa said. "I really liked what I saw there, really liked the coaching staff there. I continue to get letters from Coach [Paul] Rhoads all the time, which is awesome. He sends letters handwritten and signed to my parents even, which to me speaks to his character.
"At Iowa State they really went out of their way to show me everything that they had, and that's a place I am considering taking a second visit to."
Homa does not expect to attend Iowa State's summer camp, but would like to get back and see the facilities to a greater extent.
Brookfield Central has had coaches in almost every day for the last few weeks, Homa said. Once the Spring Evaluation Period begins to die down, Homa plans to convene with his coach and plan out his summer camp schedule.
"I'm not sure how many camps I will end up at," Homa said. "I'll meet with my coach and we'll go down the list and eliminate the ones that aren't going to benefit me. I would venture a guess I will end up at a couple Big Ten camps, but nothing is for certain right now."
How the Spring Evaluation Period ends, and potentially how the summer camp season goes, will play a role in Homa's eventual college selection.
"For a decision, I've kind of set my sights on the end of August or beginning of September," Homa said. "I want to have everything taken care of before the season, but for now I am just waiting it out and seeing what happens."
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