After being heavily courted by Wisconsin since receiving his UW offer in June, including receiving an in-home visit from Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and assistant coach Lamont Paris Thursday, Bowling Green (OH) 6-7, 215-pound senior forward Vitto Brown announced Friday that the city and the UW coaching style met all of his desires.
"They had the perfect for my position and my style of play," Brown told Badger Nation. "The coaches were very persistent and enthusiastic about getting me. The city of Madison is a great city all around. I actually decided before they left my house yesterday afternoon."
Brown becomes the fourth commit in Wisconsin's 2013 recruiting class, joining La Crosse point guard Bronson Koenig, Minneapolis forward Riley Dearring and Pasadena (CA) guard Jordan Hill. Brown had picked up additional BCS offers from Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota and Nebraska, the latter who he took an official visit to in early September.
The stress and pressure high school athletes feel about their recruitment and making a commitment can be such a long process, so Brown was understandably excited to lift all the weight off his shoulders.
"It feels great and it's also a relief to have it done, so I can focus on the upcoming season," said Brown. "I think we have a loaded 2013 class and it's interesting to see where all the guys I've played with/against are committing, too."
Brown is ready right away to contribute to the team and thinks his skill set will bring a lot as well. Now, what was the head coach, Bo Ryan's reaction to the news of his commitment, though?
"I think I will bring versatility with my offensive skill set and also a good defensive presence with my shot blocking and rebounding abilities," said Brown. "Oh he was excited! (laughing) You could tell that a huge weight was just lifted off his shoulder and that his plane ride back would be much more enjoyable."
The Badgers have gone into the Buckeye State quite a bit in the last few years landing players such as Rob Wilson and Traevon Jackson. Now the coaching staff turns its attention to Toledo (OH) forward Nigel Hayes, who the Badgers also made an in-home visit to on Thursday. The Badgers hosted Hayes on an official visit on September 1 and will wait for Hayes to take officials to Stanford and Ohio State before deciding.
Brown might not wait that long.
"When the opportunity presents itself, then yes sir I will be recruiting for the class," Brown said.
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