A priority for Wisconsin under head coach Gary Andersen has been to make a splash in the state of Florida, something they've done in the 2014 and early in the 2015 recruiting class. They have continued to have their presence felt and hosted one of the state's hardest hitters on an unofficial visit Tuesday in Seffner (FL) Armwood senior middle linebacker Jordan Griffin.
"It went really well today," Griffin told BadgerNation. "I spent the day with Coach Aranda and Coach Beatty, who took me around the campus and I was able to get a feel for it as well as all the football facilities and Camp Randall. Coach Aranda explained to me that my freshmen year at Wisconsin, they are going to need a freshmen that starts, so he was talking to me about getting in and playing early. Nothing is going to be given to me, but someone is going to have to step up at that position. Early playing time was a good topic.
"It extremely and tremendously intrigued me on the playing time. It was great and I loved hearing what they had to say. I am not one of those players that expect that to be given to me and I want to go there working and earn whatever I can."
The 6-0, 210-pound physical linebacker sits as the No. 37 middle linebacker in the country and a three-star recruit by Scout. While he had plenty of positives throughout his time, the thought that highlighted his trip was going to Camp Randall, where he will return for an official visit in the fall.
"Probably standing in Camp Randall Stadium," said Griffin. "That was quite an experience and I can't even imagine what it is like on gameday. That is why I can't wait to get up there and see the game verse Nebraska (November 15). That is a great stadium just looking at it. I know it is great."
After the visit to Madison, where do things stand in Griffin's recruitment?
"I loved the visit and every bit of it," said Griffin. "Wisconsin stands on top for me right now. The thought of committing did cross my mind, but I am up here with my coach right now and I want my parents to get a feel of it before anything happens.
"My coach thought today went well. He was here and we had a conversation about it. He thought it was a great place as well. It is a college town and I love the atmosphere and I can't wait to get back up there."