National Signing Day 2014: OT Beau Benzschawel signs with Wisconsin

For National Signing Day, we are profiling each recruit that signs with Wisconsin, including offensive tackle Beau Benzschawel from Grafton, Wis. Stay tuned to B5Q all week for more coverage of Wisconsin's 2014 class.

Class
Position
Height
Weight
2014
OT
6'6
240 lbs
School
Composite Ranking
Grafton (WI) Grafton HS
No. 128 OT

Go to Wisconsin Football Recruiting Hub >>

Wisconsin is beginning a rich tradition of athletes named "Beau." Beau Hoopman won the silver medal at the IRA (a.k.a., the men's rowing national championships) in the men's 8 in 2002 before going on the win the Olympic gold medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. A few years later, Beau Allen spearheaded a stout front seven at nose tackle.

Beau Benzschawel will look to continue this mighty tradition of Beaus in Wisconsin athletics when he steps on campus this summer. At 6'6, 240 pounds, he has the frame of a mighty good tight end. He isn't regarded highly by any of the big recruiting services, but few small-school Wisconsin prospects are. This is a classic developmental prospect.

Benzschawel was actually a Syracuse commit once upon a time, but when a Wisconsin offer came in October, he quickly flipped. Though 247 Sports seems to think that Benzschawel is an offensive tackle, and that may be where he ultimately winds up, his ball skills look too good on tape to restrict the man to blocking. He is huge, with excellent hands and the ability to snag passes in the middle of heavy traffic. Why not get excited?

Rankings

Rivals 5.5 (No. 10 in Wisconsin)
Scout (No. 49 OT)
ESPN 73 (No. 39 TE)
247 77 (No. 164 OT)

Verbally committed June 25, 2013

Benzschawel committed to Syracuse on Oct. 9, then just more than two weeks later he committed to Wisconsin on the same day he receiver his offer from secondary coach Ben Strickland. Benzschawel also sported offers from Central Michigan, Iowa State, Bowling Green and Wyoming.

Video highlights

Statistics

Senior year:
Six games
Receving: 13 receptions, 203 yards, three touchdowns
Defense" 60 tackles, 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble

Honors

First-team All-State in Wisconsin at DE/OLB, according to media

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