Badgers' Stock Gets a Boost

Having followed Wisconsin since he was young and having developed a relationship with wide receivers coach Chris Beatty for many months, Gainesville (FL) High receiver Kenric Young was excited to pick up his Badgers offer Tuesday.

After evaluating his options, Gainesville (FL) High wide receiver Kenric Young was excited to release a top five in early May at the beginning of the spring evaluation period.

But now that his scholarship total is approaching 30 offers, Young doesn't have a ‘firm top five' as much as he has a ‘monthly top five.'

"My top five changes all the time because I have gotten a lot of new offers," Young told Badger Nation. "I just have to sit there, take it all in and my mom and I talk almost every day about which school is the best fit for me that is going to support me the best academically and on the field."

Using that model to find his school, the 6-2, 175-pound Young has felt really comfortable with the University of Wisconsin and wide receivers coach Chris Beatty. Young and Beatty had been talking on and off dating back to Beatty's time at Illinois, but Young couldn't fully get excited about the Badgers since Wisconsin hadn't offered him a scholarship.

That changed on Tuesday.

"It feels great to get the offer," said Young. "Wisconsin is a school I have followed since I was probably 10 when they had P.J. Hill at running back. Montee Ball had a great four years at the school and Wisconsin always seems to be in the Rose Bowl. It's an offer I've been waiting on."

Although he mentioned two standout running backs that the Badgers are known for, Young – rated the No.96 wide receiver in the country by Fox Sports Next – knows that Wisconsin has an opportunity for early playing time with senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis exhausting his eligibility after this season.

"Coach Beatty said he needs someone to come play right away and I am that man," said Young. "I am that downfield threat that he is looking for. That's a big thing. I know that if I go there, a lot of teams focus on their running game, so that leaves me one-on-one with the defensive back. I can show people what I've got."

What Young has is versatility. Having a combination of speed and solid hand-eye coordination, Young had 32 catches for 567 yards with seven touchdowns last season, helping his team go 14-1.

"I can separate from players and can catch the ball at its highest point over DBs," said Young. "I think those are my biggest strengths. I think I can go to a great team and make it even better."

Those skills are likely part of the reason why Beatty has been in contact with Young for such a long period of time. Looking for a school that gives him a good fit, Young said having a recruiting contact that's also will be his position coach, like his situation with Beatty, is an added plus.

"It helps a lot because they know the offense, they know me and they know what they have planned for me if I come in," said Young. "For them to be able to coach me and know what they'll be able to use me as is just great.

"Coach Beatty is doing a great job recruiting players and (the offer) made our relationship stronger. He's a great person. I like what he has to say about the program and what he has to say about me. We have a great connection right now."

Before Wisconsin came, Young said his top six were Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Indiana, Minnesota, North Carolina State and Western Michigan, as those were the schools keeping in contact with him the most. Following the offer from Wisconsin, the Badgers' stock got a big boost.

"They came up big and that's a big offer," said Young. "They are coming up on the list."

Young is planning on taking his official visits, but has mentioned making a decision around his team's first game if he finds the right fit.

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