One of the top defensive line prospects left on Wisconsin’s board is Millburn (NJ) senior athlete Jake Pickard, who is getting close to narrowing in on his college decision. After already visiting Syracuse and Virginia, Pickard spent the last two days in Madison.
“It went very well,” Pickard told BadgerNation. “I got to meet with a bunch of the players and I stayed on campus last night and got to hang out with them. I got to meet a lot of the coaches and went out to dinner with them. We went out to lunch right on the lake the next day, so we got to see that and see the social life aspect. I got a tour of all the facilities and talk to all of the coaches. I also went over X’s and O’s.”
The lead men in the pursuit for the 6-6, 232-pound three-star prospect is defensive line coach Chad Kauaha’aha’a and running backs coach Thomas Brown, who talked to him during his visit how great he would fit into their 3-4 defense.
“I probably talked to Coach Chad and Coach Brown the most just because they are my recruiter and defensive coach,” said Pickard. “We talked to them a lot and they just let me know I am one of the defensive ends they want the most and I fit how they run their defense perfectly. They really want to see me there.”
Coming into the visit, Pickard thought Madison was going to be more city, but got a plenty surprise of how vibrant of a college town it really is and gave the overall trip a high rating.
“I would probably have to rate my visit an 8.5 out of 10,” said Pickard. “I would say that just because I have never been there and the campus is beautiful and everybody there is awesome, so I really got to mesh with the players and there weren’t too many bad things about it. It was awesome.
“I didn’t think Madison was going to be that nice. I thought it was going to be more of a city, but when you really get on the campus you see it is an awesome college.”
Pickard lays out his top list and what his next step is in his recruitment, along with the main factors he will look for in that school he ultimately chooses.
“I would say it is Wisconsin, Oregon, Virginia and Syracuse in no order,” said Pickard. “I don’t believe I have anymore visits left and I am really going to sit down with my family and take a couple weeks and make my decision.”
“I want to see how good the program is for one, how well I will fit in there, how much I like the coaching staff, how I mesh with the players and the academics.”