October 9, 2010

Badgers land No. 13

MADISON - Just days after landing Kenzel Doe, the Wisconsin coaching staff received another verbal commitment, this time in the form of a 6-foot-8, 280-pound offensive tackle prospect from Springfield, Minnesota.

Shortly after watching Wisconsin knock off rival Minnesota, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with Tyler Marz, the 13th member of the 2011 UW recruiting class.

The following is a question and answer with Marz, who actually committed last Wednesday.

First of all, how did your commitment go down?

Marz: I sat down with my parents and kind of discussed everything and saw that I could do what I wanted to do. So I pulled the trigger and made the phone call on Wednesday.

What were some of the emotions you had? I would assume you were pretty pumped.

Marz: Yeah, I was glad to kind of get it over with and get it off my shoulders. It's hard to leave Minnesota but I just feel like it's a better place for me to be.

It was down to Wisconsin and Minnesota wasn't it?

Marz: Yeah, it was.

I guess what was the ultimate deciding factor that made you chose Wisconsin over Minnesota?

Marz: I don't know. I guess it was kind of a couple of things. It's a little bit smaller of a town. I'm not much of a fan of the big metropolitan area. They have also proven that they have a strong offensive line tradition. I feel like I can help out with that.

You camped at UW over the summer didn't you?

Marz: Yeah, I did. I went to their three day one.

Is that where your interest really peaked?

Marz: Yeah, I didn't really know what was going to happen at the time, but looking back I feel like it was a good place for me after being there for that. I went down and took an academic visit and I got to see a game.

What game did you check out?

Marz: I think it was the Arizona State game.

You just enjoyed the atmosphere and looked forward to playing at Wisconsin next year?

Marz: Yeah, it was a lot of fun.

Did you watch the game today? The UW-Minnesota game?

Marz: Yeah I did. I watched bits and pieces of it. It was good to see, after committing to Wisconsin, that was happening.

Do they have you pegged at a specific position on the offensive line yet, or is that still to be determined?

Marz: They said tackle. I don't know which side.

For some of the people that might not know about you, how would you classify yourself as a player and what do you bring to the table?

Marz: I'm more so a run blocker because I played for a small school and we don't do a whole lot of passing. I've got a good work ethic and I'm just going to keep on moving. I had a lot of reps at that Badger camp and coach Bob Bostad must have liked what he saw.

Could you talk about your relationship with coach Bostad a little bit?

Marz: He actually recruited me pretty hard and we kind of built up a good relationship. He stopped by our school twice when I was a junior. He just kind of kept in contact with me over email and phone and that. We know each other pretty well. I just look forward to getting down there and start working.

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