Getting the Big Picture

Down to his five standout schools, Maryland safety Frank Tamakloe got a sneak peak at Wisconsin's recruiting board during his tour of UW standout facilities. When he finally found his name, Tamakloe realized how much the Wisconsin coaching staff wants him to come in and make an impact.

MADISON – It was a sight that made Frank Tamakloe smile with honor.

Visiting two of his favorites, the Maryland safety prospect took in a weekend excursion to Madison and got a sneak peak at the Badger coaching staff's recruiting board – signifying what player is the top priority for UW at every position

Looking under the safety headed, Tamakloe saw his name right toward the top.

"I saw their recruiting board and I was pretty high up there," Tamakloe told Badger Nation. "Coach Bielema tells it how it is and isn't afraid to play kids early. Wisconsin is definitely one of my top schools."

Visiting Wisconsin last weekend, Tamakloe, a three-star prospect from Our Lady Good Counsel and the 67th-best safety in the nation by Scout.com, was given solid treatment, getting a tour by recruiting and position coach Kerry Cooks.

"Coach Cooks gave us a tour of the facilities and a tour of the town, and it went really well," Tamakloe said. "I didn't realize how nice of a town it is and it had everything. It was a super college town, and the facilities they have are great."

With Wisconsin having offered a half dozen prospects from the Old Line State, Cooks has spent plenty of time working the state, developing relationship with the athletes and show how they can fit into UW's system. At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and possession a 4.41 time in the 40-yard dash, Tamakloe has been shown by Cooks how the prospect's tremendous instincts and reputation as a solid tackler can provide an instant impact for the UW defense.

"I have a great relationship with Coach Cooks, which is one of the reasons I like Wisconsin," Tamakloe said. "He's really a great person, and has a good relationship with my coach. The other thing I like about Wisconsin is Coach Cooks told me that they are in need of safeties and I can come in and compete right away. They are losing their top three safeties, and last year they brought in two safeties and one moved to outside linebacker. There is a good opportunity for me to come in and compete."

In addition to Wisconsin and his other standout schools (Maryland, Iowa and Wake Forest), Tamakloe visited Northwestern last Sunday, a visit that provided an entirely different experience.

"They are two different places, but Coach Fitzgerald is a really nice person and all the coaches are really down to earth," Tamakloe said. "It's different than Madison, but I definitely liked it a lot."

Finishing the season with 40 tackles, Tamakloe continues to make strides as his experience increases. Not playing a skilled football position until seventh grade and not getting a chance to play in eighth grade because of weight restrictions, Tamakloe's biggest attribute is that he is coachable, taking every little piece of advice he gets from a coach and tries to apply it to his game.

"That's one of the great things about recruiting," Tamakloe said. "You go around and find out different things that each coach does in terms of technique or film, so I am constantly learning. I might not be the biggest or fastest safety, although I am confident in my speed, but I am always going to give 100 percent and cause disruption for the offense."

Originally wanting to make his decision by the end of June, Tamakloe is still on pace to get things settle by the beginning of his senior year of high school with the simple goal of winning a state championship.

"I am pretty close to making my decision," Tamakloe said. "I am just trying to think things through, because there are a couple things from each school that stand out. Probably in the next couple of weeks."


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