Sparked by Wisconsin’s run to the the 2011 Rose Bowl, Bret Bielema’s 2012 recruiting class is starting to shape up as one of the most impressive of his tenure. With three four-star and one three-star prospects (as rated by Scout.com) already committed to play at Wisconsin in 2012, 247Sports.com is reporting four-star offensive tackle Kyle Dodson gave Bielema a verbal commitment Monday evening.
Dodson’s commitment not only adds to Wisconsin’s already impressive 2012 recruiting class, but comes as another blow to Ohio State, who reportedly offered him a scholarship Monday. Dodson attended Cleveland Heights High School in University Heights Ohio, which is only about 150 miles north of Columbus. He also turned down offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Auburn, Nebraska, Michigan and 14 other schools.
At 6’6″ and 310 lbs, Dodson already has an impressive frame. As is the case with many impact offensive lineman, Dodson has what scout.com describes as a “nasty streak.” His main area for improvement seems to be technique and it seems likely Dodson needs to learn the finer points of run and pass blocking, which comes as no surprise given his already gargantuan size.
Dodson is ranked the 28th best tackle in the class of 2012 by scout.com, 26th by 247sports.com and 18th by rivals.com.
I’ll have more on Dodson in my next monthly Wisconsin football recruiting update.