Kettle Moraine (Wisc.) linebacker Jake Rademacher has circulated his junior film, attended summer camps and is now hoping to drum up interest from college programs through his senior season performance. In the meantime, he has attended several games at Wisconsin to show his interest in the Badgers.
"I've taken a few unofficial visits to Madison. I just went to the last two home games they've had, and I'm going to the Nebraska game this weekend," Rademacher said "I'm really impressed with the way they handle everything. They're always really organized when we get there. Pretty much every time I go I get to spend a half hour talking with Coach [Dave] Huxtable."
The 6-2, 205-pound Rademacher attended Wisconsin's summer camp and has been in contact with their coaching staff for some time. He hopes to have an opportunity with the Badgers in the future.
"With them right now, it looks like it will be a preferred walk-on, but I don't know for sure," Rademacher said. "Just talking with Coach Huxtable, he said it looks like we'll take an official visit in January. He said pretty much the evaluation part is over. He may try to come out to see a game in the next few weeks, but other than that he said he feels pretty confident about me."
Other schools showing strong interest at this stage of the process include Western Michigan and South Dakota State. He attended Western Michigan's camps this summer, as well as camps at Bowling Green and Northwestern.
"After those camps, they all pretty much said they'd like to see some senior film," Rademacher said. "Western Michigan loved my junior film, they just wanted to see how I developed from them. I think I am pretty high up on their list still. I sent South Dakota State some film and he said he really enjoyed that and just be patient with them for a little bit."
Rademacher has helped Kettle Moraine get out to a 3-3 record this fall. He estimates that he has been averaging about 10 tackles a game and has three sacks on the season.