High School Accolades: U.S. Army All-American; 1st team All-State (2014 & 2015), Offensive Lineman of the Year in FRCC (2014 & 2015)
Our View: Van Lanen is a sure-fire offensive line star in waiting. He dominated in a difficult high school football league in the Fox River Classic Conference and then went out and did the exact same thing during his week at the U.S. Army All-American bowl. Not only did his name come up time and again from various recruiting analysts in attendance, he nearly earned a 5th star when it was all said and done.
What will be interesting is to see what position the Badgers will play him at. Given his size and athleticism he could play a myriad of positions along the offensive line. However, donâ€™t be surprised to see him vying for time at left guard and left tackle when he arrives on campus this fall. Some scouts have even evaluated him ahead of Michigan commit Ben Bredeson after their senior seasons, and the film certainly suggests heâ€™s only getting better with time.
Van Lanenâ€™s biggest strength comes in his footwork and ability to explode quickly off the line of scrimmage. Even with all the talent in front of him with starting experience over the last year, donâ€™t be surprised to see him on the field sooner rather than later.