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July 10, 2012

Hectic summer for McGuire

Sean McGuire was home for three of the 30 days in June this past month, spending a bulk of his time hitting up college camps.

The in-state quarterback in the 2014 class is at the tail-end of a whirlwind tour to schools across the country.

"I had a pretty intense circuit and I was home for about three days in June," McGuire told BadgerBlitz.com. "But it was a lot of fun. I went to Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Michigan State, Boston College, Wisconsin and right now I'm at Illinois State for their quarterback camp tomorrow (Tuesday).

"I thought Michigan State and Wisconsin went really well. Those two are definitely showing a lot of interest right now and I really like both of them. I have a real good connection to coach (Matt) Canada. We meshed real well and I really like the program. The same thing with Michigan State, that visit really blew me away."

Canada, UW's first-year quarterbacks coach, had some positive feedback for the 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior from Franklin.

"I talked to coach Canada and coach (Ben) Strickland, my recruiting coach, a lot," McGuire said. "Coach Canada said he was impressed with the way the ball was coming out of my hand and said I threw the ball effortlessly. I have been working on fluid mechanics that I got some positive feedback on."

McGuire, who passed for over 1,600 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore, is still in search of his first scholarship offer.

"At this point it's hard to gauge and I'm just keeping an open mind to all schools," McGuire said. "When that first one (offer) does come, I'll be real happy. Michigan State, Wisconsin, NIU, Penn State and North Dakota State are all showing real strong interest. I think I did a pretty good job this summer to show some schools I'm worthy of an offer."

Franklin has had an impressive run at quarterback over the past 10 years. Grant Zielinski (Northern Iowa), Ben Hempel (9,508 career passing yards -- Northern Michigan) and Lance Baretz (7,048 career passing yards -- Wisconsin) have all paved the way before McGuire, who is well aware of the tradition.

"My brother graduated in 2004 and he played with Ben Hempel, who was a record-setting quarterback," McGuire said. "He lived right down the street from us. I grew up around him and the ties to the program are real strong.

"It's very special being a quarterback for Franklin. There's no better place to play football in Wisconsin."

The Badgers currently have one known offer at a quarterback in the 2014 class to Chance Stewart.

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