Panos Enjoys time with Andersen

Getting a chance to sit down and speak one-on-one with Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen for the first time, Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead offensive lineman and Wisconsin commit George Panos recaps a productive unofficial visit to Madison Sunday.

MADISON - Trying to build relationships with Wisconsin new coaching staff, Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead offensive lineman George Panos is still not 100 percent firm with his commitment to the University of Wisconsin; a commitment he made a little over 10 months ago.

After the day he spent developing a connecting to the new coaches and some of the top players in the state, the percentage continues to rise.

"(The Wisconsin coaches) did all they could, to be honest," Panos told Badger Nation. "They did the best job they could of talking to me, making me feel welcomed. I am not 100 percent, but I am really close to it."

The 10th-best offensive guard in the country by Fox Sports Next, Panos was part of the heralded "Sunday Six" by the Wisconsin coaching staff, as he joined UW commits Jaden Gault (Monona Grove) and Conor Sheehy (Milwaukee Marquette) along with Badgers targets Gaelin Elmore (Somerset), Craig Evans (Sun Prairie) and Billy Hirschfeld (Hartland Arrowhead) on campus.

The group did virtually everything together from a tour of Camp Randall and the football facilities to watching the Wisconsin basketball game.

"It was the first time I got to meet Gaelin and I had a really good time with all the guys," said Panos. "It's a really good group of guys. It's the best core group of state kids we've had in awhile. I would be surprised if all six of us weren't going to Wisconsin next year."

Panos has spoken consistently with secondary coach Ben Strickland, so Sunday was the first day he got to spend time with offensive line coach T.J. Woods, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and head coach Gary Andersen.

"It was nice to sit down and starting building a relationship," said Panos. "It was great. I thought they did an awesome job of putting together a presentation for all the recruits there. It's a really good group of coaches. Coach Andersen really stresses that he's about people first and football players second. He really stressed that he's going to turn us into young men and give us a good foundation for our future."

Andersen gave that speech to the group and to each individual recruit when he met with them during the basketball game. For Panos, that was his first opportunity to sit down at length with Andersen.

"It was great talking to him finally," said Panos, who also spoke to Ludwig and Woods about his opportunity at Wisconsin before leaving. "He stressed that I don't have an offer because the last staff offered me. I have an offer because they want me there and they like how I play. He stressed how he stressed on my film how I get after it. He likes me because I am a good kid, a good student and he's excited about my future at Wisconsin."

In addition to going to the basketball game, Panos got to see the new weight room, player's lounge and got to spent time talking to other in-state kids in the Wisconsin football program.

"It's all top-notch stuff, which is really impressive," said Panos.

Although unsure if he will attend a spring practice, Panos plans to return to Madison for the Wisconsin spring game April 20.

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