When the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team offered him a spot for a future season, Josh Bohlin wanted to take a few weeks to make sure that it was the right move.
"I don't think it was a very hard decision, to be honest," Bohlin said Thursday, after he announced his oral commitment to the Badgers. "It was pretty easy just because of the coaching staff and the resources there. They have a great program and they're moving in the right direction."
The nonbinding commitment by Bohlin, a center from Wausau, was the second announced by a Wisconsin recruit in a little more than 12 hours. West Salem forward Jack Gorniak announced his decision to join the Badgers' long list of committed recruits on Wednesday night.
Of 32 players known to have given Badgers coaches a commitment to join the team in future seasons, eight are from Wisconsin.
Bohlin, 17, is in his first season with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League after a decorated junior year at Wausau West High School.
In helping the Warriors to the state tournament — where they eliminated Gorniak and West Salem/Bangor in the quarterfinals — Bohlin had 30 goals and 53 points in 29 games.
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Listed at 6-foot and 183 pounds, the right-handed forward was a first-team all-state pick by the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association last season.
Bohlin said he met with Badgers associate head coach Mark Osiecki at the USA Hockey Central District player development camp over the summer. Afterward, he had two goals and an assist in five games at the national Select 17 camp.
A power forward who said he has a strong compete level, Bohlin played for the Team Wisconsin program before and after the high school seasons for the last three years.
The transition to the USHL has gone well so far, he said.
"It's definitely a new experience but the idea is to keep an open mind and just keep working hard every day because eventually it's going to pay off," Bohlin said. "The league's stronger, faster but it just prepares you for college. When I come in, I'm definitely going to be ready."
When will that be? It depends on Bohlin's development in mental and physical parts of the game, he said.