McGuire Soaks in Wisconsin

Taking in the Badgers' Monday scrimmage, Franklin (WI) Sean McGuire gets his first look at the new coaching staff and the new facilities at Wisconsin.

Only a player as passionate about the Wisconsin program, such as Franklin (WI) quarterback Sean McGuire, could call as rainy, windy, all-around miserable day outside "nice."

Making the journey to Camp Randall Stadium to see Wisconsin go through its scrimmage on Monday, McGuire spent the entire 90 minute practice on the Wisconsin sidelines with a black hooded sweatshirt and soaked in the atmosphere.

"Being from Wisconsin, the weather was fine." McGuire told Badger Nation. "I am use to it."

And while McGuire didn't get a chance to speak to head coach Gary Andersen or offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, the 6-3 quarterback had an encouraging conversation with cornerbacks coach Ben Strickland.

"Strickland was telling me on how both Andersen and Ludwig liked me on film," said McGuire, who was visiting for the first time since the new staff arrived and first time since last year's Illinois game. "It's absolutely ridiculous the new facilities that they have. It truly is a great place, and seeing it was awesome.

"All the players were telling me that Coach Andersen was a players' coach, and that's the kind of coach I want to play for. They are nice guys that run a tight ship."

Throwing for 1,500 yards, rushing for over 400 yards and having 23 touchdowns responsible for, McGuire has made spring visits to Central Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota and Northern Illinois.

"It's been a lot of (compliments of) what they see on film, which is my arm strength and seeing me make the throws," McGuire said. "That's all good stuff to hear, but I like to hear the stuff about when plays break down of what I am able to do. The schools that are seriously interested will talk about specific plays they liked, pocket mobility and intangible aspect. A lot of coaches are giving me good feedback, which I really appreciate because I take pride in it."

Illinois, Illinois State and North Dakota will come watch him throw over the next few weeks. Strickland said Andersen and Ludwig will come down to watch him workout, as well. In addition to working on his mobility as a quarterback, McGuire will also compete in a Midwest 7-on-7 competition in May.

That's perfect for McGuire, who knows he's an unknown heading into the summer.

"I like where I am at," he said. "I like being under the radar, being the underdog. It's fun."

McGuire recognized that his future with Wisconsin depends on what happens with Kyle Allen, a five-star athlete and the No.1 ranked quarterback in the country by Fox Sports Next. The only quarterback who holds a valid offer, Allen is going to visit UW's campus in early May.

While he hopes to have a lot of good opportunities when he works out for coaches, McGuire's number one choice is the Badgers.

"Whether they came at me early or late doesn't matter to me; I've always been a Wisconsin fan and I'll always be a Wisconsin fan," he said. "I'll weight my options and see what happens. I don't know exactly what they are going to do, but I do know I am capable of playing at that level for that team."

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