Arrowhead High School’s (Hartland, Wisc.) Ben Bredeson can’t wait for the Under Armour All-America game, and it all seemed more real Thursday when the Under Armour All-America Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance stopped in Wisconsin to present Bredeson with his jersey.
Bredeson, four-star offensive tackle, said chose to participate in January’s Under Armour game because of the talented players on the field and the future success those players have had in college and the NFL.
“It’s exciting, you get to go against guys you’ll be playing with and against in college and hopefully further down the road,” said Bredeson, a four-star Michigan commit. “It’s gonna be really exciting and I can’t wait to play.”
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Bredeson is taking full advantage of his Michigan commitment, telling USA TODAY High School Sports that he’ll attend a game or two in Ann Arbor this fall, but won’t make any visits to any other schools. He’s also doing some of the coaching staff’s recruiting, mentioning his efforts to convince Fairview’s (Boulder Colo.) Carlo Kemp to join him in Ann Arbor.
Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines staff got a gem in Bredeson, plucking him out of Madison’s backyard. Wisconsin is known for breeding some of football’s best offensive linemen, making Bredeson’s commitment to leave the state a big deal.
“There was definitely some emotional pull for me to go to Wisconsin, but I had to do what was best for me,” he said. “Unfortunately it wasn’t Wisconsin, and I definitely hear about it all the time.”
The 6-5, 293 pound mountain on the line is the No. 1 rated player in Wisconsin, No. 3 OT and No. 34 nationally in the 247 Sports Composite rankings.
Many think Bredeson will be the next great big man to come out of the Badger State, joining the ranks of J.J. Watt and Joe Thomas. However, Bredeson knows it’s still too early to be making such lofty comparisons.
“It’s humbling and exciting to be named with guys like them, but I have to just keep remembering there’s a lot of steps to the process and I need to keep working hard, here and in college,” said Bredeson. “I need to continue to develop and then just go from there.”