Exciting Research

After not knowing much about the University of Wisconsin, Buford (GA) High athlete Thomas Wilson has gotten more excited about the Badgers after researching the school and talking with Thomas Hammock.

When the University of Wisconsin offered him a scholarship offer, Buford (GA) High athlete Thomas Wilson didn't know much about the school. He knew the basics – power running game, plays in the Big Ten, played in the Rose Bowl, etc. – but didn't know a lot of the specifics about the program to get him excited.

"It's hard to get excited about programs because the coaches tell you what you want to hear," Wilson told Badger Nation. "Without really taking the time to look into the school and visit the school to see if you really like it, it could be like false hope."

But in the days following his offer and time spent researching the school on the internet, the 5-11, 180-pound running back has started to find a lot of things that he likes about the school, starting with running back and recruiting coach Thomas Hammock.

"I was talking to Coach Hammock and I could tell he was pretty straightforward with what he was saying," said Wilson. "He wasn't just saying stuff that I wanted to hear. He was telling me legit facts."

Those facts were the chance to play early, be a part of a school with a rich football tradition and the opportunity to play in front of one of the best fan bases in the country. That put Wilson at ease.

"I don't want to go to a school where they are going to recruit the same position as me and tell me I am going to play right away when in reality I am going to have to wait a few years," said Wilson. "Coach Hammock was really straightforward, telling me that if I worked hard I would be able to play by my sophomore year.

"Early playing time is always great, getting the opportunity to play on a big stage like the one at Wisconsin. That part is a factor."

Wisconsin has been busy recruiting Buford High. In addition to Wilson, the Badgers have offered seniors-to-be Korie Rogers and Zavior Hoxie and 2015 running back Joshua Thomas.

"We're a pretty close group, especially with the seniors being with the program the last four years," said Wilson. "Me and Zavior are definitely planning on visiting Wisconsin this summer. I am not really sure about Korie. I think he knows where he wants to go, but I am not sure."

On his visits, Wilson wants to see the facilities, the campus and if the town is a place he can live for the next five years of his life. In addition to Wisconsin, Wilson wants to visit Georgia Tech, Indiana and West Virginia.

"I want to find a place that has a great atmosphere," he said.

Finishing with roughly 1,000 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns on offense and 50 tackles and seven interceptions on defense, Wilson also holds offers from East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Florida, Southern Miss and West Virginia. He plans to wait until the end of the summer until he narrows down his list.

"I want to take some officials during the season most definitely," said Wilson. "Previously I wanted to commit before the season, but I am getting new offers and I want to wait for the right time to commit."

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