Badger Nation's Offensive Guards

Hartland Arrowhead's Nick Doehling

Just like plenty of offers towards the nation's top tackles, Wisconsin has extended plenty of offers to top guards around the state and the country. With the Badgers already getting a commitment from Middleton's Ryan Groy, Wisconsin is off to a good start.

2009 high school offensive guards that Wisconsin has shown legitimate interest in

John Anevski (one star)

6-foot-4, 280 pounds

Elder H.S. – Cincinnati, Ohio


John Anevski knows how the process works. Coming from a football family, John's older brother, Tom, went through the process in 2001, gaining plenty of offers late in the process and evidentially committing to Boston College. Now as he goes through the process, Aneveski's offer list, much like his brother, continues to grow with time.

Already holding offers from Air Force, Buffalo, Kent State, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Ohio and Western Kentucky, Aneveski is a versatile line player, playing right tackle during his sophomore season and rotated between guard and center last season. In college, Anevski has the talent to either play at guard or center.

If there are any questions about Aneveski's abilities at the next level, the competition he has faced speaks for itself. In his career, Aneveski has gotten the better of Ben Martin (Tennessee), Greg Scruggs (Louisville) and Pat Muldoon (Wisconsin target for 2009). Obviously, Anevski is exceptional at one-on-one blocking and utilizes good footwork.

Anevski told Scout that Louisville, Maryland and Wisconsin have all talked about offering him scholarships before the month of June is over. Right now, Anevski likes Michigan, who was his favorite team growing up, and likes Cincinnati, where he plans on doing a summer camp and is a couple miles from his house, giving him a chance to play in the backyard in front of family and friends.

Status: No Offered Scholarship – Medium Interest

Nick Doehling (one star)

6-foot-3, 278 pounds

Hartland Arrowhead H.S. – Hartland, Wisconsin


Fresh off leading his school to a WIAA Division 1 state championship, Nick Doehling, a 6-foot-3, 278-pound offensive lineman from Arrowhead H.S., had one of his better performance on the field of Camp Randall, helping the Warhawks run for 365 rushing yards and helping Jake Ferris, a Minnesota preferred walk-on, earning 206 yards and two touchdowns in their victory over Mequon Homestead.

Named second-team 2007 Associated Press WIAA All-State Football Team, Doehling has yet to receive a scholarship offer, but has attended Northern Illinois and Purdue for their junior days and traveled to Minneapolis for the Gophers' spring game.

Doehling is planning on attending summer camps at Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan State.

Status: No Offered Scholarship – Medium Interest

Chris Freeman (three stars)

6-foot-9, 348 pounds, 5.15 40-yard time

Trotwood-Madison H.S. – Trotwood, Ohio


Ranked the 70th-best tackle by Scout, Chris Freeman is talented enough to play either tackle or guard at the next level and plenty of high-power schools think he's going to be successful there.

With an offer list that includes Alabama, Florida, Illinois, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, West Virginia and Wisconsin, Freeman is quick off the ball and has good footwork that allows me to keep a steady base.

Freeman attended the Under Armour / Scout.com camp in Cincinnati on May 17 and has taken visits to Florida, Michigan and Ohio State. Although he claims no favorites, the two schools he has talked the most about have been the Buckeyes and Wolverines, which means the Badgers could be seeing plenty of him in the years to come … although it won't be the way UW would hope.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Low Interest

Ryan Groy (three stars)

6-foot-5, 270 pounds, 4.91 40-yard time

Middleton H.S. – Middleton, Wisconsin

Offensive lineman Ryan Groy grew up as a Badger fan but when he was the first person offered a scholarship, Groy wanted to sit on the offer and mull it over. One week later, Groy became Wisconsin's third verbal commitment for 2009.

Groy runs a 4.91 40-yard dash, has a 27.5-inch vertical, benches 360 pounds, squats 500 pounds and registered 355-pounds on the clean. Although his numbers are impressive, what really attracted Wisconsin to Groy was the junior's quickness and versatility on the offensive front. Having a faster 40-yard dash time than all the 2008 offensive line recruits, Groy has played at center, guard and tackle at Middleton, making him a valued commodity for UW.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Verbal Commitment

Josh Hadel (one star)

6-foot-6, 280 pounds, 5.3 40-yard time

Gladstone Area H.S. – Gladstone, Michigan


Not many Uppers get a lot of big time recruiting attention. But if you are a big, tall and talented offensive lineman, you're going to get some attention. Ranked as the 44th best senior in Michigan, Josh Hadel has gotten plenty of recognition at Michigan's summer camps year after year.

Hadel has received interest from many other schools including Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State, Indiana, Michigan State and Western Michigan, who gave him his first scholarship offer.

Hadel has visited Michigan and Penn State for its junior days, came to the Badgers spring game, gets handwritten letters weekly from Central Michigan and has gone down to East Lansing for a couple of Spartan practices.

Hadel says there are a number of schools that have said they will journey up to Gladstone to meet with him this spring. He also said he hopes to have his college decision made before his senior season starts.

Status: No Offered Scholarship – Medium Interest

Chris Watt (four stars)

6-foot-3, 280 pounds, 5.1 40-yard time

Glenbard West H.S. – Glen Ellyn, Illinois


Ranked as the No.2 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound guard has visited Wisconsin in February for the Badgers' Junior Day and has over 20 scholarship offers from the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, Virginia, Minnesota, Stanford and Notre Dame to name a few.

Although he says pass protection is not his strongest attribute, Watt is one of the best run blockers in the Midwest, possessing solid foot work and agility for an offensive lineman.

Watt went to junior days at Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Although he has plenty of offers, the good news for Wisconsin is that he told Badger Nation that he wants to go to school in the Midwest and Wisconsin, because of its success developing linemen and getting them to the next level, is one of his top eight schools.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium to High Interest

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