Multi-sport linemen, think Wisconsin’s J.J. Watt
If you watched last night’s Wisconsin v. Ohio State game it must have been not to notice the dominant performance by Wisconsin’s defensive end J.J. Watt. Watt consistently beat and outhustled Ohio State’s less athletic offensive line. In fact, he had led the game with two sacks and three TFLs against what had been considered a fairly solid Ohio State line.
The most interesting part about all this was Watt’s struggle to get to Wisconsin. He was lightly recruited out of high school and actually played tight end for Central Michigan as a true freshman and later walked-on at Wisconsin. Another interesting nugget…Watt participated and excelled in five sports at Pewaukee High School in Wisconsin. And, no shock here, he was a state champion shot putter as a senior, throwing 59’11. College coaches and football recruiters would do well to pay attention to well-rounded high school athletes.