MADISON, Wis. -- Jacob Pedersen distinctly remembers sitting in the Camp Randall Stadium bleachers before kickoff as a high school recruit three years ago, unsure of his future plans as a college football player.
He wasn't the most highly sought after tight end despite being a first-team all-state selection from Menominee, Mich. So when Wisconsin expressed an interest in his ability, he ventured to Madison for a Badgers game against Illinois while questioning whether this truly was the school for him.
Then, he watched the game unfold -- and the way the Badgers' offense actually passed to its tight ends -- and became convinced that he had to attend Wisconsin.
"I saw how they were utilizing tight ends and I was like, 'Wow, I didn't really expect that at this level,'" Pedersen said. "That was kind of an eye-opener and really turned me to liking Wisconsin."
Three years later, Pedersen is taking his turn at continuing the Badgers' tradition of successful pass-catching tight ends.