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National Signing Day 2016: OL Cole Van Lanen signs with Wisconsin

For National Signing Day we are profiling each recruit that signs with Wisconsin, including OL Cole Van Lanen from Bay Port, Wis. Stay tuned to B5Q all week for more coverage of Badger football's 2016 class.

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Class Position Height Weight
2016 OL 6'1 283 lbs.
School Composite Ranking
Bay Port (WI) 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit No. 14 OT (No. 139 overall prospect)

Cole Van Lanen will come into Wisconsin with a chance to compete for a position on the offensive line right away in 2016. Left tackle Tyler Marz is the lone departure from the 2015 offensive line, so there will be plenty of opportunity for players to slide into roles for next season. As the highest-rated offensive line recruit in the class, Van Lanen projects to be in that mix going forward. With four redshirt freshmen starting at season's end for the Badgers, Van Lanen will have plenty of competition to go against this season, and is certainly an exciting prospect for the future.

Rankings

Rivals: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit Grade: 5.8; No. 17 OT; No. 2 prospect in Wisconsin

ESPN: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit Grade: 81; No. 264 in ESPN 300 No. 23 OT; No. 24 prospect in region; No. 2 prospect in Wisconsin

247: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit Grade: 95; No. 73 overall prospect in nation; No. 10 OT in nation; No. 2 prospect in Wisconsin

Scout: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit; No. 70 overall prospect in nation; No. 5 OT in nation; No. 1 OT in Wisconsin

Verbally committed June 20, 2015

Having offers from Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska, the in-state lineman stayed within the walls of Wisconsin when committing to the Badgers. His verbal pledge followed Forest Lake, Minn., offensive lineman Patrick Kasl's commitment, giving UW their only two lineman on the offensive side of the ball for the class of 2016.

Highlights

Honors

U.S. Army All-American Bowl participant; two-time WFCA first-team all-state selection; WIAA Division I shot put and discus champion