May 3, 2009

In-state offer No. 5

Wisconsin's latest in-state offer may have come as a surprise to everyone except the recipient this past Thursday in Madison.

"I wasn't 100 percent sure they would offer, but I think that was the reason they wanted me to come up," said Bryce Gilbert, a 6-foot-2, 277-pound defensive lineman from Brookfield Central.

"It happened in person with Coach (Bret) Bielema," he continued. "I was at Camp Randall and Coach Bielema brought me and my mom into his office. He then extended the offer. I didn't make a decision right there, but Wisconsin is a great place and I had a real good time."

Gilbert is the fourth known in-state prospect in the current junior class to garner and offer from the Badger coaching staff. He joins Will Hagerup (Whitefish Bay), Marquis Mason (Madison East) and Konrad Zagzebski (D.C. Everest), with the latter of the two giving verbal commitments to play for Wisconsin in 2010.

"It would be cool to add my name to that list, but I'm not ready to decide quite yet," Gilbert said.

During Gilbert's unofficial visit, he was able to meet with academic advisors from the UW, along with new strength coach and conditioning coach Ben Herbert.

"It was really cool," said Gilbert, who is being recruited as a defensive tackle by Wisconsin. "I met with most of the coaches and they gave me a nice tour of their facilities. I got to meet with the academic advisors and the strength and conditioning coach. He's a real good guy."

Gilbert, who was not able to attend Wisconsin's junior day in March, does not have a timetable for his decision at this point.

"I don't think that there is any set time for me to make my decision," said Gilbert, who is also hearing from North Dakota State and Indiana. "Unless something unexpected were to come up, I'm going to wait until I feel the time is right."

Brookfield Central has produced a handful of Badgers in the past few years, a list that includes Joe Thomas, Ben Strickland, Steve Johnson and current UW athletes Rob Korslin and Brad Nortman.

"That would be really exciting if I could keep that going and I wouldn't turn away from it, but I'm not sure what I want to do yet," said Gilbert, who totaled 20 solo tackles,
31 assists and seven sacks as a junior. "I think it would be a great fit for me, but I don't want to commit too early. I still have to weigh all my options."

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