October 28, 2010

Voltz impressed with UW

Since coming on board as the new defensive backs coach last spring, it seems Chris Ash has the secondary heading in the right direction. It also seems the first-year Wisconsin coach is making solid progress on the recruiting trail.

With the Badgers set to lose a couple of seniors at the end of this season and a few more following the 2011 season on the offensive line, that position will be an area of need in coming recruiting cycles.

Knowing that, the Badgers, and more specifically Ash, are targeting 6-foot-5, 289-pound Dan Voltz, one of the Midwest's up-and-coming offensive line recruits. And there seems to be a mutual interest.

"He's (Ash) been up to my school a few times," Voltz said. "I talk to him at least once a week so we have a really good relationship. He's one of the best coaches I've met so far."

Voltz, who also has offers from Northwestern, Illinois and Arizona, said he has been receiving a bunch of mail from the likes of Iowa, Alabama, LSU and Penn State.

Though he grew up a Wildcats fan and expects Northwestern to stay in the hunt through the entire recruiting process, Voltz says his interest in the Badgers is also pretty high.

"They're (Northwestern) obviously going to be towards the top of my list," Voltz said. "I don't really have a favorite right now, though. Wisconsin is just as much in the running as Northwestern is."

When the Badgers knocked off then No. 1 Ohio State, Voltz was in town to take in the atmosphere of an electric Camp Randall Stadium.

"That was the first Wisconsin game I've ever been to and I was just completely blown away by the atmosphere," Voltz said. "The whole stadium was just crazy, especially the student section. It was really a great atmosphere and exciting to watch and I'm sure to play in, too."

With his team ramping up to make a run in the Illinois state playoffs, Voltz is currently focused on finishing the year strong. Whenever it ends, though, the standout lineman would like to make a college decision in the weeks following.

"Anywhere from January to March," Voltz said. "That's when I'm hoping to be able to commit. I really think that I'll be able to. I don't want to drag it out any longer than I have to."

Other than his visit to Wisconsin earlier this year and a couple of stops by Northwestern, Voltz is looking to get out and see a number of schools before ultimately making his decision.

"I don't have any visits lined up yet," Voltz said. "But there are probably a few I'll make. I'll probably go to Wisconsin a couple more times. I'll probably see Northwestern again and maybe a few more."

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