On Friday the Badgers took no chances as they set their sites at confirming the commitments from two important pieces of their 2014 recruiting class.
Gary Andersen sent himself to seal the deal, along with running backs coach Thomas Hammock and defensive line coach Chad Kauha’ah’a. Andersen and two of his top recruiters, Hammock and Kauha’ah’a, spent their Friday in Georgia with two three-star commits in wide receiver Krenwick Sanders and defensive tackle Jeremy Patterson.
Lets just say, the visit went well.
Both Sanders and Patterson where reportedly considering taking a visit to the University of Florida this weekend but have since changed their mind; good timing in showing up Andersen and company.
It’s official, both players will be wearing cardinal and white next fall. Phew.
Andersen has repeatedly radiated confidence and a savvy calm about himself and the future of Wisconsin football while out on the recruiting trail this offseason but this might be his best single day to date.
Sanders has great size for a wide receiver, at six-foot-two and 187 lbs, and has been offered by the defending national champions Florida State as well as Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and more. Expect Sanders to be able to compete for a starting job as a freshman — or at least significant playing time. The Badgers are incredibly thin at wide receiver and are losing their sensational senior Jared Abbrederis to (hopefully) the NFL Draft.
Patterson is a large athletic body that will be looked to fill the void that Beau Allen will be leaving in the middle of the defensive line. He was also offered by the defending champs Florida State, Florida, Clemson, North Carolina and others. Watch for Patterson to turn heads over the summer but his role on this team will be more established in the coming years.
It was known that Sanders and Patterson wanted to commit to the same school and play their college ball together. Wisconsin is the school to make that happen for the talented friends and Wisconsin did it over the likes of Florida State and Florida; now that’s an impressive recruiting win.
Wisconsin hadn’t brought in a prospect from the fertile recruiting state of Georgia since 2001. On Friday, the Badgers confirmed that they would have at least two in the 2014 class. Could this become a pipeline? Well at the very least it’s a connection, it’s a start and it’s a step in the right direction.
The reaffirmed commitment of these two players to the University of Wisconsin cannot be understated. Not to mention the two three-star cornerbacks that committed to the Badgers on Friday as well. That’s a lot of talent giving their commitments to Bucky at positions of serious need in one day.
Friday was an exciting day for the Badgers fans that closely follow the recruiting process, Wisconsin is filling needs with coveted prospects with regularity lately. National Signing Day is just around the corner and this class is really coming together in a special way.
Lets hope the ball keeps on rolling over the coming days.