Big Potential

Working with an early top three, Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson athlete Matt Morrissey didn't deny that Wisconsin would big a 'big' scholarship offer that would impact his recruitment after he visited the Badgers' campus on Monday.

When Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson athlete Matt Morrissey announced his early top three of Boston College, Illinois and Michigan State, it was a list that had a very cozy feel to it.

His father, Jim, was a standout for Michigan State and his sister is a current student-athlete in East Lansing. His brother played at Boston College, making him comfortable with the campus in Chestnut Hill and Illinois, being the home state school, has grabbed a lot of his attention over the years.

But while those three schools have been around his family, Matt's recruiting process has allowed him to branch out and see some other programs that could suit him well.

"It's just nice to go visit a school and see how I fit in to that school," Morrissey told Badger Nation. "It's nice to build relationship with these coaches. It's nice to go visit these schools I haven't seen or know much about and get a feel for them."

One of those schools that Morrissey continues to learn more about throughout the recruiting process is Wisconsin.

Making the two hour drive to the Madison campus on Monday, the 6-3, 180-pound Morrissey got a chance to see the campus, tour the facilities and spend time with assistant coaches Dave Aranda, Bill Busch and Jeff Genyk and on the first day of organized team summer workouts.

"It's a great place," said Morrissey. "It's a great college atmosphere. It was fun to be up there."

Having only been recruited by Wisconsin for a couple weeks, Morrissey is still waiting to hear from head coach Gary Andersen (who wasn't on campus Monday) and will get an update later in the week if he is adding a Wisconsin scholarship to his recruiting haul.

Should that offer come, Morrissey doesn't deny it would impact his top list.

"It would definitely be a big impact," said Morrissey. "I've always liked Wisconsin. They are a great school. It would be a big offer for me and they would definitely be high on my list."

Although he is rated as the No.76 safety in the country by Fox Sports Next, Morrissey – a three-star recruit – says most schools are recruiting him as an athlete, but Wisconsin likes him on the defensive side of the ball.

"I think early in my career I would probably play the nickel cornerback or maybe possibly safety, but they see me developing as an outside linebacker," said Morrissey. "They like me as the field linebacker who could play on the line against the run or outside covering some slot receivers. It all depends on what formation the offense is in."

Morrissey plans to spend the next few weeks working with his high school team to start preparing for his senior season. He wants to make a final decision before the start of the season so he can keep his focus on his team and on his game, which he works at on a daily basis.

"I need to become a more flexible player, a smoother player, so I have really been working on becoming more flexible with my hips," he said. "I think I have pretty good ball skills which I have developed over the years, so I want to become that smooth player and the guy who is going to hit a little bit harder this year."

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