Lesure Now on Wisconsin's Radar

One of the many visitors to Wisconsin's weekend junior day, Mount Horeb-Barneveld wide receiver Isaiah Lesure enjoyed his interaction with the new coaching staff.

MADISON – When Bret Bielema was the head coach at the University of Wisconsin, Mount Horeb-Barneveld athlete Isaiah Lesure had a feeling he wasn't high on the Badgers' recruiting list.

Lesure only attended the Ohio State game last season with his mother, so getting invited to attend Wisconsin's Saturday junior day was a huge honor in his eyes.

"It was awesome," Lesure told Badger Nation. "Seeing the coaching staff, I thought it was pretty cool. They are bringing some things in that is working really well and will work really well in the future. I like it."

Like many other kids in attendance, Lesure was impressed by the weight room, the atmosphere of practice (his team also practices with music playing to keep a higher tempo and the new facilities. What really stood out to him was the amount of nutrition the staff preached and hearing the new staff explained their philosophies.

"It was my first time meeting the coaching staff in person, so it was good to meet them," said Lesure. "We didn't really get to talk a lot, but we got to talk with our position coaches and find out about them."

Finishing with 850 total yards and nine touchdowns his junior season, helping his team finish 10-2, Lesure was exciting to meet with new wide receivers coach Chris Beatty.

"He's a really chill guy and I like him a lot. He knows what he's doing because he has a lot of experience. It shows. He told us about coaching Percy Harvin, where's he been and what he's gone through. I thought that was pretty cool."

In addition to football, Lesure has been a key part of the school's track team. Running the spring relays for his school in addition to high jump and long jump, Lesure has been clocked as low as a 4.49 40-yard dash. Focused on building his strength and his explosiveness with his first step, Lesure is confident he can get even faster.

"I can get it lower," said Lesure. "I feel a lot faster than last year. I haven't run my 40 since the start of my season, so I know I have gotten faster."

Lesure is heading to Minnesota for an unofficial visit this weekend. He is also hearing from smaller Division 1 schools and some Division 3 schools around the Midwest. Knowing he'll have to camp to have a chance at a scholarship offer, Lesure is anxious to prove himself to the Badgers coaches.

"It's going to be hard work and a big journey, but I love Wisconsin and how they do things," said Lesure. "It's the place to be. They care a lot about their sports and school, too. That's important to get your academics up to snuff. I think it's a great atmosphere to be at."

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