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It's been a long time coming, but South Plantation cornerback and Wisconsin verbal commit Hugs Etienne finally made his first trip to Madison, a visit that all but affirmed that he made the right decision over the summer.

MADISON - When Hugs Etienne committed to the University of Wisconsin at the end of June, the 5-11, 175-pound cornerback had never seen a Wisconsin football game, had never visited the campus and really didn't know what the program and players had to offer.

He knows now and needless to say, Etienne's official visit to Wisconsin over the weekend couldn't have gotten him any more excited.

"I am really happy with my decision because I am enjoyed every minute of my trip," Etienne told Badger Nation. "The best thing about it was the crowd. They were really into the game, especially the student section. They were really adding to the atmosphere."

Etienne spent most of his time on campus meeting with the defensive backs, with freshmen defensive lineman James Adeyanju and cornerback Terrance Floyd, who hosted Etienne Friday night, and David Gilbert, who hosted him Saturday.

"Everybody kept it real, especially talking with the players and Coach Partridge and Coach Ash," Etienne said. "They are real cool guys. I like talking to them. Coach Partridge has a good relationship with my dad and we've become real close."

Etienne also got to spend time with fellow Florida High School recruit Reggie Love, as the wide receiver from Spanish River committed to Wisconsin Saturday.

"He was a really cool guy," Etienne said of Love. "We hung out most of the time, probably about 90 percent of the time we were together. I am excited that he's going to be my future teammate."

Etienne has helped guide South Plantation (7-2) into the playoffs, and has seemingly drawn interest from other colleges. Etienne says he gets a lot of calls from Wake Forest, who he originally planned on visiting this fall. Not only has Etienne not changed his mind, he plans to enroll early and join the program in time for spring practices, joining fellow recruits Vonte Jackson and Dan Voltz.

"I am basically done with all my things and just waiting around until graduation, so instead of sitting here doing nothing I am going to go up there and get a head start," Etienne said. "If I get up there in June, there's football and school right away. If I come up in January, football doesn't start yet and I can get used to the campus without having so much pressure and then get a head start."

After finally getting to see the campus and experiencing Wisconsin football, Etienne can't wait to get back up to campus.

"Trust me, I was really happy," Etienne said. "I made my decision without seeing what Wisconsin football was all about. Basically when I got there, seeing the atmosphere and being with the players, they are real cool and I am happy that I made my decision."

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