Badgers Move on Wilson

With all the research he's done on Wisconsin, Fresno (CA.) Central High East running back Nick Wilson knew it was a school that operates an offense where running backs get plenty of work and can succeed behind its big offensive line. That's one of the main reasons Wilson was so excited when the Badgers offered Thursday.

MADISON - With the type and talent of running backs Wisconsin puts on the field every year, the Badgers coaching staff have been able to attract some highly-touted tailbacks on an annual basis.

Head coach Gary Andersen and his staff has stayed aggressive with their tailback offers, which now include Fresno (CA.) Central High East running back Nick Wilson. The three-star tailback complied 1,617 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns in a conference-championship season.

"Coach Thomas Hammock was messaging me on Facebook and he asked for my number," Wilson told Badger Nation. "We started to talk on the phone and we would call each other. I was talking with him earlier this week and he was going over Wisconsin and about himself a little bit. He then messaged me yesterday on Facebook and told me to give him a call, so that is how I found out about it.

"I haven't really been able to talk to him too much, but he seems like a really good person and a really good coach from what I am getting so far. He is a good coach especially because he was coaching Montee Ball last season and he won the Doak Walker award."

Holding early offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Boise State, California, Oregon State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Washington State, Wilson's knowledge about Wisconsin is based on what he's seen on television and read on the internet.

"I know Wisconsin is cold," he said with a laugh, "but I don't know a lot about Wisconsin. I have been doing my research on them and they have been very successive in the past with trips to the Rose Bowl. They are really known for having big and great offensive linemen, so that could help me out in my career. I know the basics about Wisconsin, but I have to look and research some more.

"I feel like it is a real honor that Wisconsin would even think I am a person able to fit in their offense because Wisconsin is known for having a lot of big running backs. It is a huge confidence boost and a great honor knowing they believe enough in me and my game to offer me."

Like four-star Phoenix wide receiver Jalen Brown, Wilson has ties to the state of Wisconsin with a lot of close cousins living in Milwaukee.

"I am very happy about the offer for sure," said Wilson. "If I went there, it wouldn't be that big of an issue because I could get to talk to my family. It is really an option. Having family in Wisconsin does not affect my decision because I have a lot family in Mississippi. That is where most of my father's side is. When a lot of my family went to college, they all spread around, so I got family everywhere."

Having already visited Arizona and Boise State, the 5-11, 195-pound Wilson will be taking a visit to California this weekend for its Junior Day. He also plans on visiting UCLA and USC, as well as hoping to see Wisconsin in the future.

"I feel like I am a really aggressive runner," said Wilson. "I would say a lot of my style is like Adrian Peterson. That is the best way to describe the way I (play). I run like a big back with speed. You can't tip-toe through the hole or be soft when you're playing running back. My dad has told me the best way to play is go north and south, so it is better to run through them, then around them."

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