Obasih talks Wisconsin, Alec James

Although he considered taking official visits, Brookfield (Wis.) Central defensive end Chikwe Obasih realized that playing for Wisconsin and new head coach Gary Andersen was the best fit for him.

MADISON - After almost two weeks of waiting to see who the next football coach was going to be at Wisconsin, Barry Alvarez officially announced the hiring of Utah State's Gary Andersen four days before Christmas. During that time of the Badgers having no coach in place, many schools were trying to poach verbal commitments, including Brookfield (Wis.) Central senior defensive end Chikwe Obasih.

Telling the media at his press conference that he would be hitting the phones and going to work on trying to keep the commits committed, Andersen and Obasih recently got the chance to speak and Obasih felt Alvarez got the right man.

"I thought the talk we had went really well," Obasih told Badger Nation. "He seems like a down-to-earth guy and family man. He really seems to care about his players. That is what it sounded like when I was talking to him on the phone. He straighten me up with his talking about the tradition and instead of talking about the achievements and level of competition, but he said they would be the same, if not better, than that. I think you need a great guy to lead a great team and where he comes from I think he will get fired up and will reach high levels. Wisconsin is headed in the right direction."

"I think he (Coach Alvarez) made the right hire and is a really great fit," he added. "Wisconsin is about always having quality people and you really get a feel of these great people in the area. Having him being the captain guy or game manager like he always is makes Coach Andersen a great fit."

The 6-3, 230-pound Obasih – ranked as a three-star prospect and the No.42 defensive end in the country by Scout.com – also got to speak to new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who is excited to have a player of Obasih's caliber at his disposal.

"He said he liked how I used my hands and the way I get after with my pass rush," Obasih said. "He also loved how I played the run and use of my hands. He told me what he plans on me doing and just how much he liked my film. The challenge I could bring especially as a freshmen was also brought up.

"They said they were a 3-4 defense last year, but that was to form the best defense around the players they had. Next year, I think, they will be running some type of four-down scheme. I don't know much yet, but it sounds like they will have the defense around the players they have and that sounds good to me. I am just going to work hard and try to do the best I can to contribute to the team and see how much impact I can have on the games."

Obasih has been a part of the 2013 class for quite since late April, becoming the fifth commit of the class. He took his official visit the weekend following Bret Bielema's resignation, and sees his class being tight knit and having a close bond. One of his close friends and commits in the 2013 class is Brookfield East defensive end Alec James, and Obasih gives his opinion on the latest with James.

"I like the group of guys we got in this class and I think it is one of the best classes Wisconsin has had in awhile," said Obasih. "Besides the JUCO kid leaving, we are all connected with each other by having a Facebook group going on, keeping each other updated, how each of us are doing and just staying together.

"I am pretty close with Alec. We see each other a lot and text each other, so during this entire coaching change we have been in contact. After some of the coaches left, I considered taking some of my official visits, but a week ago my high school and I decided that Wisconsin was still the place for me. Alec has always considered taking official visits even before the coaching change happened, so he wants to know what the best fit is for him. He is taking official visits to Clemson, Oregon, Florida State and Michigan State I think.

"I still think he loves Madison deep down and just wants to know if they will be as successful for the next several years."

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