The Wisconsin Badgers offered Sioux Falls (SD) Washington offensive tackle Derek Farniok this week. The 6-foot-9 prospect visited Madison last weekend.
"I went up for their junior day," Farniok said. "They gave us a campus tour. That was really nice. Then we talked to some of the players, which really helped a lot. We got an insight into what they players think about the program. That really helps with my decision. It sounds like they have a lot of fun with the coaches there."
Farniok saw several different aspects of being a student-athlete at Wisconsin.
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"We went through their academic center, their weight room and the locker room, then we checked out the field. It was nice. It is a great campus."
Farniok said Coach Bob Bobstad will lead his recruitment.
"He is a nice guy," Farniok said. He has a good history with making linemen."
The Badgers are the second Big-Ten team to offer Farniok a scholarship, following the Minnesota Gophers.
"I like their offensive line coach too [Tim Davis], he is a neat guy," Farniok said. "He has a good history of producing linemen too."
Farniok has seen Minnesota's campus as well.
"Their new stadium is a great improvement from the Metrodome. I have been there for a Vikings game. Their new stadium is really nice."
Farniok said he doesn't think any other schools are very close to offering a scholarship. He said his favorites would be Wisconsin and Minnesota.
"I am a running lineman," Farniok said. "We run a lot at our school. Our coach likes to say 'we'll let you know where we are going and try to stop it.'
"I like the run game a lot. I am looking for a run-heavy system in college.