Almost 100 Percent

Even after losing a second recruiting contact at the University of Wisconsin, Columbus (OH) Walnut Ridge receiver and Badgers four-star commit Rob Wheelwright feels comfortable with the new staff after hosting three UW coaches Sunday.

MADISON - Columbus (OH) Walnut Ridge senior Rob Wheelwright already dealt with one coaching change at Wisconsin, but still felt comfortable enough to commit in late April.

After spending Sunday morning with head coach Gary Andersen, running back coach Thomas Hammock and offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, Wheelwright still feels that same level of comfort.

"Getting to meet the new staff, everything is good now," Wheelwright told Badger Nation. "It was great meeting with them. They really seem to want me to be a Badger. They enjoyed my presence and stuff like that."

Wheelwright was unsure of his future with Wisconsin after receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander and recruiting contact Joe Rudolph left following the 2011 season, but was embraced by Zach Azzanni, the new receivers coach, and felt ready.

With Azzanni, Bret Bielema and six other assistant coaches leaving, Wheelwright felt that same type of anxiety.

"It was tough but at the end of the day it's a business," said Wheelwright. "At the end of the day, it's been fine."

Having received no new scholarship offers since the initial coaching change, Wheelwright still considered himself committed to Wisconsin, but in a "wait and see mode." When asked what the odds were that he would play at Wisconsin in the fall, Wheelwright responded, "80 percent."

"It would have to be something drastic, but other than it's probably nothing," said Wheelwright. "Probably if only another coach left or something. I've put my recruiting on the back burner."

Wheelwright estimates recording over 1,200 all-purpose yards his senior season, including 800 receiving yards, his senior season. He currently is playing basketball to stay sharp.

"Our season is going pretty good," Wheelwright said. "We're pretty young this year, so we haven't hit our full potential yet. Later in the season we'll probably be better. I am just focused on playing sports and my grades."

After finishing with a 3.2 grade point average in the second semester of his junior year, Wheelwright finished with a 3.8 GPA this past semester.

"It shows that I am trying to stay focused and keep my grades on track," said Wheelwright. "I am trying to get ready for college."


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