Saddleback (CA) C.C. wide receiver Eric Lauderdale fits Wisconsin's job opening.
On pace to graduate in December with three years to eligibility to play two, Lauderdale hauled in 60 receptions for 916 yards and seven touchdowns last season and grabbed his Badgers offer in early April.
"I talked to Coach Beatty over Facebook and he's been telling that they need receivers," Lauderdale told Badger Nation. "He told me that I would be able to come in and play right away. I know a lot of coaches say that just to get you there, but I did look at their roster and I think I can come in and play right away."
Lauderdale – originally from Georgia – had never really had a desire to go to Wisconsin until he started talking to Badgers wide receiver coach Chris Beatty. Although in his first season at Wisconsin, Beatty saw the Camp Randall environment last fall as the co-offensive coordinator from Illinois. His description of that to Lauderdale has the 6-2, 195-pound receiver curious about a visit.
"I want to see how it is," said Lauderdale of UW. "I want to check it out because they are a good program. I am curious about it. It seems like the crowd is always into the game. I love big fan bases. They are always in the Rose Bowl every time I watch it and they always have a big crowd at the game. It's a great school."
"I am wide open right now," said Lauderdale. "I've got three years to play two, so I really got to look into the schools because I don't want to go somewhere and really not play too much. I've got to look at the quarterback situation and coaching staffs because there are a lot of new coaching staffs.
"I am going to watch how teams play this year to see how much they run the ball and I have to have a good connection with all the coaches."
As he stands today, Lauderdale has the best connection with the coaching staff at Tennessee, which is under the leadership of first year Volunteers coach Butch Jones.
"I talk to all of them and they are cool," Lauderdale said. "Honestly right now they don't have too many receivers on scholarship. That is one of the top schools I am interested in. They are my top school right now, but I am not going to say that's where I am going because I want to have a top five by the end of the summer."
Lauderdale wants to take his official visits during the fall before making his decision.