MONONA, Wis. — Jaden Gault is enjoying every minute of his senior year.
The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Monona Grove High School senior offensive tackle and University of Wisconsin recruit has played a key role in leading the Silver Eagles to a 12-0 overall record and a fifth consecutive unbeaten regular season and Badger South Conference title.
Earlier this week Gault and his teammates were practicing in a light snowfall while preparing for Friday’s WIAA Division 3 state semifinal football game against Logan at Baraboo High School at 7 p.m.
But soon — as early as January if all goes according to plan — Gault will be on the UW campus beginning his collegiate career. It has been a whirlwind four months but he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“This was the first time I ever practiced in snow. It was kind of cool,” said Gault, who has made a verbal commitment to play for the Badgers next fall. “We haven’t gotten past the third round the last three years. That’s what makes this season special.”
A three-year starter and returning all-state selection, Gault has led the Silver Eagles to a combined 33-2 mark during his prep career.
“Jaden is a big part of our offense. He just opens up so many holes for us. He allows us to run to the left so much easier,” senior quarterback Tyler Blang said. “When we need a play, I just know he’s going to open up a hole for me.”
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Gault is one game away from attaining his goal of ending his high school season at Camp Randall Stadium. But he confirmed that no matter what happens, he is firmly committed to being a Badger next season.
That hasn’t prevented other schools from trying to get him to change his mind, including Arkansas, which is coached by former UW head coach Bret Bielema.
“I’ve had 10 schools talking to me throughout the season and the last two weeks, it kind of picked up. But I need a break from recruiting. Being fully committed to Wisconsin, most of the schools have laid off,” he said.
“But now I just want to focus on my high school team. This has been the best four weeks of my life, in the playoffs and now getting to the semifinals in football and one step away from Camp Randall if we can get a ‘W’ on Friday. We’re going to remember this time the rest of our lives, no matter what.”
Gault will also play in the 14th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl football game Jan. 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. He will be the 15th Badgers recruit to play in this elite game. Other Wisconsin players who participated include Joe Thomas, Travis Beckum and John Clay.
“We’re all so proud of Jaden. He really deserves this honor,” MG coach Mike Stassi said. “He has been a role model on and off the field. His work ethic and leadership skills have played a big role in our success as a team.”