While it is still very early, it appears as though one of the Midwest's top prospects in the 2016 class will be Hartland Arrowhead's Ben Bredeson, an athletic, 6-foot-4, 255-pound offensive lineman who started as a freshman last year at the all important left tackle spot.
He credits older players like Wisconsin commit George Panos and his father Joe Panos, a coach at Arrowhead, with making a difficult task easier.
"George was there as a freshman on varsity too, so it helped me with not just playing, but the social aspect of it too. Obviously he helped me with technique too and so did Coach Panos, but he helped me with what to do as a freshman on varsity. The senior class helped pull me along real fast. He really moved me along. That helped a ton. I give a lot of credit to the senior class and George and Coach Panos."
With that season of experience, this second year has been less of a transition for Bredeson and he can now help other young players along as well.
"That year helped me a ton. I used to come out nervous for games being a young kid, but I have a lot more confidence going into games now that I know what to expect, who we're playing against, and their strengths and weaknesses. That experience helped a ton. We have another sophomore on the line, Mike Olsen, my best friend since 7th grade, and he's the new one on the line, so I'm trying to help and I have the experience to teach him and bring him along."
So far, the college contact has been slow because of NCAA rules and Bredeson's youth, but there are several programs who have been in touch.
"No game invites, but I've gotten a couple questionnaires and some camp information from Penn State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Indiana and Cincinnati."
As for Wisconsin, the school who has two players (Panos and Billy Hirschfeld) committed in the 2014 class, Bredeson says "Nothing from Madison yet."
If Bredeson's current trajectory continues though, it is a sure bet that the Badgers, and many others will jump on board.