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Wisconsin football recruiting: Garrett Rand, Cole Van Lanen to participate in U.S. Army All-American Bowl

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Two UW verbal commits will play in the prestigious prep classic.

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Last week, three Wisconsin Badgers verbal commits shined during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl down in California.

On Saturday, two more promising and high-profile verbal commits -- Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton), defensive lineman Garrett Rand and Green Bay, Wis. (Bay Port), offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen -- will compete in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Tex. (Noon CT, NBC).

This high school all-star extravaganza boasts over 200 former participants who have gone to the NFL, including Andrew Luck, LeSean McCoy, Patrick Peterson and Sammy Watkins.

Both Rand and Van Lanen will play for the West squad.

Cole Van Lanen

The composite four-star talent will wear No. 75 in the game, and has impressed this week.

Working at left guard this week, Scout.com's Brandon Huffman noted he was one of the top players at offensive line on Tuesday:

The tackle prospect committed to Wisconsin has been running with the 1's at left guard this week and has been the most consistent offensive lineman through the first two days. He's looked good in pulling situations, quick out of his stance and turning the corner faster than you'd expect. He's one of the most technically sound linemen here.

247Sports' Barton Simmons noted the 6'5. 283-pound lineman held his own against some of the best prep competition in the nation.

Garrett Rand

Rand's done some work himself during practices this week. Rivals.com's Jason Howell reported the 6'1.5, 261-pound prospect, wearing No. 93 for the game, did well during offensive line/defensive line position drills. 247Sports also put up this video of Rand getting into the backfield on Tuesday:

247Sports ($), Rivals.com ($), and Scout.com all noted Rand is still committed to Wisconsin after defensive coordinator Dave Aranda left Wisconsin to LSU for the same position, but he's watching the hire closely -- with UCLA still trying to flip him.