Green Bay, Wisconsin is a town that knows a little thing or two about great football, so it’s fitting that Cole Van Lanen, 4-star offensive tackle and Badgers commit from Bay Port High School, hails from the home of the cheese heads.
Van Lanen is 6-foot-5, 280 pounds and runs a 4.98 40, per his HUDL, which is great speed considering his size and position. He’s been committed to Wisconsin since June of this year, and per 247sports he’s both the top player from the state and the No. 6 offensive tackle in the 2016 class. 247Sports also considers him to be the No. 25 2016 recruit overall in the nation, so that says a thing or two about his talent.
Something else that would point to the Badgers’ commitment being the “real deal” as a recruit is the fact that he was recently selected to be a part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl — an All-Star game only for the top senior recruits in the country.
Van Lanen was invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl October 22nd, which was an experience he told Today’s U was “awesome”.
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Unfortunately, Van Lanen’s Bay Port team was recently beat in the playoffs, 29-0, but before the game he did express to Today’s U that the season had been going well for his high school team; and he felt that he personally had a great year. Bay Port finished with a 7-3 record, which started with four straight wins but unfortunately ended with two-straight losses.
The next time Van Lanen plays football will be at the Army-All American Bowl Game, but until them if you’re looking for him there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find him at Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium. He’s been keeping up with the Badgers, to say the least.
“I’ve been to every home game, Van Lanen told Today’s U. “Gets me excited to be a part of the team.”
Not surprisingly, there’s one aspect of Wisconsin’s game that the 4-star particularly pays attention to, and that’s the offensive line. That’s not all he likes about game-day at Wisconsin, though.
“I like to watch the offensive line, but I watch the game entirely as well,” the Badgers commit said. “I love the atmosphere.
Like most great players, there are things Van Lanen feels that he can work on before taking the field for Wisconsin. In fact, there’s nothing that he won’t evaluate on the path towards being a Badger. “I’m really excited to get after it and be pushed at the next level,” he said.
“Everything,” Van Lanen he went on to say when asked what he’ll be looking to improve about his game. “All I can do is work really hard this off-season to prepare for the summer.”
If the high national rankings and invitation to the Army All-American game don’t convince you that Van Lanen really is the real deal as a recruit, his attitude may do the trick. Great players are never satisfied and it takes that kind of attitude to make it as a Big Ten football player, especially in the trenches.
The future is certainly bright for Wisconsin’s 4-star offensive tackle commit.