Wisconsin Impressed with Hackett

The Wisconsin coaching staff has been so impressed with the play of Douglasville (GA) South Paulding linebacker Khalia Hackett that multiple coaches are recruiting him.

Although the Wisconsin haven't had success recruiting the state of Georgia, head coach Gary Andersen is making sure his staff is trying to lure a talented player away from the state of Georgia.

The Badgers latest target from Georgia is Douglasville South Paulding linebacker Khalia Hackett, who is getting steady contact from the UW staff.

"I hear from the Badgers every other weekend," Hackett told Badger Nation. "The Badgers coaching staff definitely are good people, (especially) my recruiting coordinator Thomas Hammock. I can tell he's a good guy and we have a good relationship. He's trying to get to know me personally which I like."

Liking the 6-3, 200-pound linebacker for his versatility, Hackett has potential to play multiple positions on the defensive side of the football. In addition to Hammock, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda came to see Hackett during his high school spring practices.

"It was cool seeing him at my practice," Hackett said. "He talked to me about how the Badgers have went to three straight Rose Bowls and I was impressed to hear that. He was telling me about the new defense they were going to run and how I would fit in. He was saying I would fit in well at the sam linebacker spot and that I could also possibly play over the number two receiver and maybe play a little nickel or safety. Also that I could play a little stand up defensive end but it sounds like they want to try and get me out in space."

With Aranda describing how the Badgers could possibly use Hackett in Wisconsin's new 3-4 defense, it got Hackett excited about the possible impact he could have.

"I was definitely excited and it made me feel important," Hackett said. "If I choose Wisconsin I feel like I would be one of their key parts to the team. I know I can play the Badgers' defense well and it would be easy for me because it would be just like high school."

Although he can play multiple positions on defense, Hackett feels comfortable at linebacker, and likes how each different position has different responsibilities for the defense.

"I like how the linebacker can play in the trenches sometimes and blitz. That's fun," said Hackett. "I also like the safety position because they are the captain of the secondary and they get to make calls. I'm willing to play any position on defense because I want to get out on the field and help my team."

Picked up two offers on Wednesday from Appalachian State and Cincinnati, Hackett currently holds 11 offers and says Wisconsin, Kentucky and Arkansas are recruiting him the hardest.

"Arkansas offered after Wisconsin did," Hackett said. "I like both Kentucky and Arkansas because they're both SEC schools. Like Wisconsin, I'm comfortable with both Arkansas and Kentucky coaching staffs. Kentucky had 50,000 at their spring game and I was impressed by that and I'm going to go to Arkansas on July 19 on a visit."

While Hackett does not have a visit planned yet to Wisconsin, he said he will take one of his five official visits to Wisconsin.

"I'll truly know where I want to play my college ball when I go on my official visits because I plan on taking all five," Hackett said. "I want to continue to learn more about the Badgers because I think I would fit in well with their defense."

Hackett will get to look to continue improving his game when he camps at Georgia on Sunday.

"The Bulldogs are recruiting me as a safety but when I'm there I'm just going to try and improve my coverage technique and my footwork," Hackett said. "Besides trying to improve my game as a safety I'm looking forward to going against some great competition. I know that's the only way I'm going to get better is by going against great competition."

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