Wisconsin hosted Cretin Derham Hall juniors Ricardo Johnson, Tim Gordon and sophomore Jashon Cornell today. Cornell walked away with an offer (full story here) and Johnson and Gordon continued building relationships with the staff.
"I really loved it," said Johnson, a 6'0, 175-lb quarterback. "It's one of the best colleges I've visited yet and I've visited places all across the country. I liked it a lot."
He also found out exactly what he needs to do to earn a scholarship opportunity from the Badgers.
"I met with all the coaches. We did a pretty extensive tour of Camp Randall. I got to meet with the quarterbacks coach, Coach Ludwig. We spent time on the white board drawing plays. They said they're definitely interested in me, they just want to watch me throw live. I'm going back to their one-day camp and then sending them a couple games of film and that will dictate whether or not they offer."
Gordon, a 5'11, 175-lb cover corner also had a good time.
"Me and the DBs coach, Coach Strickland got around 30 minutes of one on one time. It was really great. We went over film and they gave me insight on how they run their defense and what he would like to see come camp time. When I do attend the one day camp, they really want to see my technique and see that I have an understanding of what they want me to fit into scheme. They feel athletically, I'm already there."
If that opportunity were to present itself to Gordon, who currently has a North Dakota offer, Strickland is a coach he can see himself player for.
"He's a really great guy, really laid back. He explained his coaching style. He doesn't yell at his players, but expects a lot out of them. A lot of coaches yell at their players and put them down, but you shouldn't have to do that to make them go."
Coming up, the teammates will continue to take visits across the country.
"We're going to Missouri next weekend," Johnson reported, "and the weekend after that California and UCLA."
(Left to Right: Gordon, Johnson, Cornell)