June 19, 2008

Wyoming offer comes during Badger camp

A day that began with a full scholarship offer ended with an encouraging word from the Wisconsin coaching after the final day UW's first high school camp of the summer.

Outside linebacker A.J. Klein knew heading into the first session of camp Tuesday morning he had just been offered a scholarship from Wyoming-his fourth offer to date.

However, hours later, the 2009 prospect learned he would not be leaving with an offer from Wisconsin, a school that may have only 16 offers to distribute to the current junior class.

"Yeah, I just got an offer from Wyoming," Klein told BadgerBlitz.com Tuesday night after speaking with head coach Joe Glenn. "I found out about that earlier this morning before our first camp practice.

"After that, the Badger camp went well and there were a lot of new things that I learned," he continued. "The coaches said that I did well but they said I have to be patient. Even though an offer didn't come after this camp, we're still really hopeful that one will in the future. The coaches told me it's real tight this year because they only have 16 scholarships to hand out and only two of those are going to be used on linebackers."

The three-star prospect, who estimated that over 200 athletes took part in the three-day event, got a chance to talk with Badger verbals Ryan Groy and Jordan Kohout, along with Tyler Dippel, who, like Klein, also has a full scholarship offer from Western Michigan.

"I was talking to Dippel a lot, just talking about the recruiting process and enjoying the ride," said Klein, who also has offers from Iowa State and Northern Illinois. "Tyler and I ended up talking and we talked to Kohout and Groy. Those were the two guys I noticed just because they were the guys who are committed already.

"We (Klein and Dippel) brought up playing together-nothing serious-and tossed around the idea of visiting (Western Michigan) together, but our schedules are so different it may be difficult to make it up there at the same time."

Klein admitted the three days were "kind of straining" but is looking forward to another possible trip to Madison in the future.

"They (UW coaching staff) said they really want to thorough with their recruiting and they'll watch me throughout the season," he said. "I still might make another unofficial visit just to get in there and sit down with Coach (Dave) Doeren a bit more."

Currently, Wisconsin has four (known) scholarship offers extended to athletes in the 2009 class: Kennan Graham (though he recently told Rivals.com the Badgers did not make his top five), Roderick Goodlow, Maalik Bomar and Conor O' Neill.

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