With over 250 players participating at the 12th Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance Combine at Castle High School in Kaneohe, Hawaii, and with defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a recruiting the islands for Wisconsin, a number of players reported getting strong interest from the Badgers.
Kapolei DE Kingston Fernandez (6-3, 235) has scholarship offers from Weber State, Saint Francis and Washington State have all offered scholarships, but Fernandez says Wisconsin – along with Boise State – have started talking to him. Fernandez had a very strong combine showing and plans on making a college decision after his season is complete.
Kahuku DE Lamone Williams (6-3, 245) confirmed that he picked up an offer from Wisconsin and has received other offers from Washington State, Utah, Nevada and Hawaii. Williams will be on the mainland for the Utah All-Poly camp this summer, but is unsure right now if he'll be going to any college camps. Williams is LDS, but doesn't plan on serving mission at this point in time and has no college favorites. He will make his college choice after his senior season.
Like 2013 Wisconsin verbal commit Ula Tolutau, Punahou junior offensive lineman Semisi Uluave (6-4, 301) plans on serving his mission straight out of high school. The talented offensive lineman is getting strong looks right now from UCLA, Stanford, Oregon, Washington State, Wisconsin, Oregon State, Colorado, Michigan, and BYU.
An Early Four
Few players are as hot on the offer from as Southern Regional High (Manahawkin, N.J.) receiver Mike Gesicki. He added offers from Vanderbilt, Purdue, Duke and Florida State in the last week to push his offer list (including FCS offers) past 20.
Wisconsin has five of the ‘Super Six' committed for the in-state 2014 recruiting class, meaning the focus is on Somerset tight end Gaelin Elmore. Elmore told our site early this month that the Badgers are his current favorite. It'll be interesting to see where UW ranks after this weekend.
Elmore is heading for unofficial visits to Nebraska and Iowa State, two schools he views in his top tier. Elmore has visited Nebraska before, but didn't have a lot of time to develop a relationship with the staff. At one point, Elmore did list the Cornhuskers as his favorite.
Elmore still wants to have one favorite heading into his official visits, which will confirm or making him change his choice.
Vincent Jr. Update
Having gone to Penn State, Wisconsin and other schools, Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) School Scout 300 cornerback Troy Vincent Jr. continues to visit schools to narrow his focus.
Starting in Maryland, Vincent got to sit down with the staff with his parents, which he said was a key part for his parents to see what the program had to offer him as a student and an athlete. Vincent said Terps head coach Randy Edsall has, "brought a positive light to the program, which you can appreciate. It shows he's about change and can create change."
Vincent also stopped to see North Carolina State, saying he liked the campus and that he has a lot of family in North Carolina. He says it's a program he can go to and have good family support, but says that everything with them is "up in the air."
He is looking at what program can develop him and is still in the process of comparing programs to one another. He plans to make a decision by the end of June and says he will visit Miami this weekend, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Tennessee and Michigan State.
The more interviews he does gives the impression that Wisconsin is no longer in the picture.
Extra Points: Wisconsin has invited Beaverton (OR) Southridge receiver Jordan Morgan to camp … Shaker Heights (OH) three-star defensive end Joseph Henderson gave his pledge to Tennessee. He was offered by UW approximately 10 days ago … Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao committed to Alabama. UW offered this month … Fort Lauderdale (FL) outside linebacker Jaboree Williams committed to Wake Forest