A few days after Jacksonville (FL) Ribault quarterback D.J. Gillins put Wisconsin as one of his top three programs at this point in his recruitment, Miami Coral Reef quarterback Nicodem Pierre says the Badgers have become one of his top schools since they offered late last month.
"They are an amazing program," said Pierre. "Every year that I've known of them they've been a winning program; always playing in bowl games and in conference championship. That really means a lot. It means they are a strong program."
Offered at his school by offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, the 6-2, 200-pound Pierre – rated a three-star prospect and the No.52 quarterback in the country by Scout.com – passed for 1,216 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for more than 500 yards as a junior.
Those numbers made Ludwig think Pierre could transition well into Wisconsin's offense, according to Pierre.
"They are a triple-threat offense and use pro-style and spread, and that's basically everything we do out here," said Pierre. "I think I'll be a perfect fit for their offense."
Holding other offers from Cincinnati, Clemson, Duke, Kansas State, Louisville, Mississippi State and Nebraska, among others, Pierre says a summer trip to Wisconsin is "most likely, maybe." He also wants to visit Duke, Georgia Tech, Nebraska and Wake Forest, taking a closer look at the schools that have offered him.
Pierre says he Appalachian State, Duke, Nebraska, but he is interested in all the schools who have offered him.
"I will decide after the season," Pierre said. "My main focus is on the season and make sure to take me and my team to a state championships, because that's our main goal."