After missing out on a number of high school seniors, Wisconsin has turned its attention to Arizona Western junior college quarterback Tanner McEvoy, who has the Badgers in his top four following his official visit Thursday.
Looking for a standout stadium atmosphere, great campus and solid academics, McEvoy got that from Wisconsin with a little bit of snow thrown in.
"It was fun getting some snow," McEvoy told Badger Nation. "It was a good overall experience. I had a lot of overall questions since I never been to Wisconsin before and I got all my questions answered. It was a lot of food and a lot of touring. They did a good job feeding me.
"The tradition at Wisconsin has been good and they have played in the Rose Bowl for a few years now. They had a good season last year, but they're looking for a quarterback after rotating all three and this year it looks like it will be the same deal. I am looking to compete and I'm just trying to come in to a place I can do that."
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound McEvoy has been recruited by the combination of offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and secondary coach Bill Busch, who first visited McEvoy at the beginning of January. Adding that he's looking for a solid bond with the coaching staff and players, McEvoy got that from UW.
"I know Coach Ludwig is a smart guy and has been around for awhile," said McEvoy. "Coach Busch is a very upbeat guy. He is a really funny guy and I love his personality. Coach Andersen really spent a lot of time with me. I appreciated that obviously. That was different than most places with the head coach really taking the time to talk to me."
A New Jersey native, McEvoy originally committed to South Carolina over offers from Boston College, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. Leaving the program following his redshirt season after seeing a logjam in front of him on the depth chart, McEvoy got his shot at Arizona Western.
Leading his team to an 8-2 record, McEvoy completed 67.1 percent of his passes for 1,568 yards with 21 touchdowns and only three interceptions this past season.
"I have played in all different offenses, so I don't really care what type of offense I am in," said McEvoy. "All that matters is that we are scoring points and winning games, the rest will take care of itself … I feel like I have done a lot more than most other kids. I have played in every part of the country. It's been a good experience."
With three years of eligibility left, McEvoy plans on announcing next week between Florida, Oregon, Wisconsin and West Virginia. He will host West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen and Andersen Thursday evening and will leave Friday for an official visit for Florida to wrap up his trips.
"The goal is signing day, but I keep telling myself to take my time," said McEvoy, who has already taken official visits to Oregon and West Virginia. "It looks like it will be around (signing day)."
Badger Nation's Brice Marich contributed to this report