The Wisconsin Badgers held camp this past weekend knowing it could be a big recruiting weekend. It doesn’t get much bigger than offensive lineman Sam Madden, one of the biggest linemen in the country and the Badgers 11th commitment of the 2015 recruiting weekend.
Madden is a four-star lineman according to 247Sports.com composite rankings and is the third lineman of the 2015 class for Wisconsin, joining David Moorman and Jon Dietzen. At 6’7” and 345 pounds, the Barnegat, NJ standout is by far one of the biggest linemen in the nation and can play either tackle or guard for the Badgers.
He’s also the first player from the Garden State since running back Corey Clement in 2012.
Madden had numerous offers from all over the country, including Iowa, Nebraska, Miami, Pittsburgh, Louisville, South Carolina, West Virgina, and others. This weekend marked his first visit to the Madison campus as Wisconsin coaches must have made a great first impression for Madden for him to make his committment.
After being diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder his freshman year in high school, Madden has overcome a lot to get to this point. Both he and his family knew that finding a program that had a coaching staff that was comfortable and could deal with Madden’s OCD was very important in the recruiting process. Wisconsin just happened to be that perfect fit.
Sam’s father Dave also knows the one thing his son is focused on.
He’s built his focus on his plan for the future, which is football. Coaches love him because his work ethic is second to none. He just needs to realize that not everyone is as intense as him and he has to take a rest sometimes; come up for air. I told (Sam) that there might be a school that’s not as big a name as an Alabama but specializes in the offensive line. Wisconsin is an O-Line factory.
This family also knows this Wisconsin program very well, as Dave’s nephew is former Badger All-American John Moffitt.
Wisconsin now sits 25th in the overall recruiting rankings nationally according to 247Sports, and is currently fourth in the Big Ten.