The camp season dust is beginning to settle and offensive lineman Sam Schrauth was able to earn his first offer during that time, as Western Michigan extended one his way.
"It felt good to get the monkey off my back," he said. "I'd been waiting for a long time, trying to get first offer, and it's very relieving. Coach Kenney saw me at Pittsburgh camp and we'd kind of been keeping in contact prior to that and after the camp, I had good camp down in Pittsburgh, he gave me Coach Fleck's number and they offered."
As for a visit to Kalamazoo, the 6'3, 285-pound Scrauth said, "Not yet, but I plan on doing that within the next month or two."
The same camp the Broncos offered him after also allowed the Pitt Panthers to see him and he says it's a waiting game with them right now.
"They're showing good interest. Coach Hueber, the offensive line coach talked to after. He said it's a numbers game right now. They have two offers out to local kids and they're waiting on them. If they didn't get them, then they'd possibly come talk to me after that."
Schrauth also camped at Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Northern Illinois. He is just beginning to rebuild his relationship with his home-state Badgers.
"Right now, Coach Bielema left and I kept in touch with the old staff, but since the turnover, it's been quieter, but still keep in contact. I felt I had a very good camp down in Madison and I'm hoping to get further feedback from them."
As for the other programs, Schrauth says, "Northern Illinois has been keeping in contact with me. The coaches were talking to me before camp and after, so I hope that's a possible offer there. Michigan State, I had a good camp there, but there hasn't been any scholarship talk from there yet."
These schools will have time, should they decide to offer, as Schrauth does not plan to make a decision in the near future.
"I planned on waiting until after my senior season of football, so we'll see how that goes and see what turns up."