Using that height scale to take advantage of some of the conference's smaller cornerbacks, Oakland Park (Fla) wide receiver Jeremy Glinton is just tall enough to ride.
Being offered a scholarship by the Badgers, Glinton caught 21 passes for 521 yards and 12 touchdowns, made 53 tackles (32 solos) and returned two of his four interceptions for touchdowns last season, but it was the impression he made on Charlie Partridge at a wide receiver when UW's co-defensive coordinator visited the school.
Finding out first that Glinton holds a 3.5 grade point average, Partridge evaluated Glinton during the team's spring practices through the team's spring game, and apparently liked what he saw to push hard enough for a scholarship offer.
"The offer didn't surprise me because Coach Partridge said he liked me going back before the spring game," Glinton said. "I've had the chance to speak with him a little bit and Wisconsin is a pretty good school. I felt honored that he saw something in me that he pushed so hard for me to get a scholarship offer. Our relationship is growing, and I like Wisconsin. It's a very good academic school."
Recruiting for college coaches it all about image and perception, a reason why the University of Wisconsin almost always schedules the top recruits they are recruiting to take an official visit for a Camp Randall night game. Academics and facilities play a part, but there's nothing like a sold out, hyped up football crowd to really showcase a program's atmosphere and abilities for a student athlete.
Recruiting is also about the players, a big thing that sold N.C. State transfer quarterback Russell Wilson on his visit to Wisconsin in June, and the main reason Glinton has become so interested in Wisconsin. Glinton remembers former Northeast (Fla) HS teammate David Gilbert being a lanky 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. Now, he's a built 240 pounds and one of the key ingredients for Wisconsin's defensive line.
"They got him huge," Glinton said. "When he left, he really wasn't that big. He went up there and got well over 240. I saw a picture of him his senior year before he went to college and seeing him a couple months later, he was a lot bigger than when he left. He was about my size when he left, and now he might be a NFL prospect. It makes me wonder what they could do for me."
Glinton has offers from all over the Southwest and the Southeast, as Arizona, Arizona State, Duke, Florida, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, South Florida and UCF. Glinton also has offers in the Midwest (Illinois) and the Northeast (Syracuse and West Virginia).
Right now, the schools that are on top right now for Glinton are Wisconsin, Florida, Florida State, Mississippi State, Illinois and UCF. Glinton said the Seminoles might be the process of offering him, but he hasn't got into contact with the coaching staff.
"Anywhere I can go to get better is helping me out in the long run to hopefully get to the pros and get my education," Glinton said. "Everything I am doing this summer is helping me to get to the next level, and then the next level and then the next level. I want to keep going up the ladder until I get to the top."
Glinton plans to continue taking unofficial visits to the in-state schools and would like to plan an official visit to Illinois and Wisconsin. His goal is to make a commitment midway through the season so he could possibly enroll in January at the college of his choice.