Minnesota QB Returns to Wisconsin

Although he was scheduled to attend another spring game last weekend, Saint Paul (MN) Cretin Derham quarterback Ricardo Johnson couldn't pass up the opportunity to continue building his relationship with the Wisconsin coaching staff.

Although he just toured the Wisconsin campus and met the new coaching staff two weeks ago, St Paul (MN) Cretin Derham quarterback Ricardo Johnson couldn't pass up a last-minute opportunity to check out the Badgers for their spring game this past weekend.

"The visit was great," Johnson told Badger Nation. "You wouldn't know that this is a new staff based on the how smooth my two recruiting visits went. They have been focused on getting to know me and me getting to know them.

"I spoke with Coach Strickland; we discussed that he would be visiting me at Cretin Derham High next month and reviewing (the) spring-summer plans I have. He was also happy I chose to postpone my Missouri-Indiana trip to attend the spring game this weekend."

In addition to speaking with Ben Strickland, Johnson – 6-0, 175 pounds - also got the opportunity to talk with head coach Gary Andersen, offensive coordinator Coach Andy Ludwig and athletic director Barry Alvarez.

"I spoke to Coach Andersen really just about how I was doing, long time no see," said Johnson. "He too had heard I change my plans and that he appreciated it. I briefly spoke with Coach Ludwig, and said I would be hearing from him before the end of May. I also met Coach Alvarez, which was a big deal to me. He's recruited guys from Certin Derham High before and that they hope to get one more!"

With two visits to Wisconsin under his belt, the talented quarterback now feels a sense of comfort with the Badgers program. Johnson feels such a strong connection with the staff that if the Badgers choose to extend an offer, it would be hard for him to decline.

"I feel very much at home at Wisconsin," Johnson said. "It is clear that that's exactly the type of environment, home, they are hoping to achieve and they are doing a great job. Now at the end of the day it's a business for them and I too must make a business decision, but I will confess that if Wisconsin offers it would be very difficult to turn them down for the other programs recruiting me.

"I do feel there is a tighter connection between who Coach Andersen and his staff are as people and Coach Alvarez is as a person. While I never met Coach Bielema or Coach Canada in person, we have a lot of Badgers that I train with in Minnesota and I have heard stories. Not that they were bad guys or anything, just that they were different from Alvarez. This staff has it down when it comes to creating a family environment. They may be new, but they bleed cardinal red and they make it really tough for you not to want to bleed it, too."

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