Holuba Gets Offered on Campus Visit

Flying into Madison to tour the Wisconsin campus without a Badgers scholarship offer, Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic defensive end Kurt Holuba didn't have to wait long to get an offer Saturday from the three-time Big Ten champions, who instantly became one of his favorite schools.

In the midst of a two-week campus adventure across the country to look at potential colleges, Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic defensive end Kurt Holuba committed to an unofficial visit to Wisconsin, even though the Badgers were one of the few schools on his itinerary who hadn't offered him a scholarship.

And even though Holuba was expecting a scholarship on his weekend visit, getting the Wisconsin offer officially extended to him Saturday was still exciting.

"It was really exciting to hear that news," Holuba told Badger Nation. "I had a great visit, so it was a really exciting day overall."

Arriving in Madison with his mom on Friday, the 6-3, 235-pound Holuba spent the night walking around State Street to get a feel of the campus before getting the one-on-one treatment on Saturday.

"They showed us all the new facilities and got to eat lunch out by the water," said Holuba. "I got to meet a bunch of the coaching staff and the players, so it was a great day.

"The one thing that stuck out to me from talking to the players and the assistant coaches talking about Coach Andersen was he really is a player's coach and he looks out for the players. Everybody really likes him, so that's good to hear. The campus overall is awesome. Everyone said they love it. It just seems like a great place to go to school, so it was a really exciting visit."

While he was out of town to attend his sons' high school all-star game, head coach Gary Andersen still made time for Holuba by having a face-to-face conversation with him over Skype.

"It was great talking with him," said Holuba. "He just kept saying that Wisconsin was a great fit for me and the kind of kids they recruit and they things they do here make it the right place for me. They definitely want me, so it was a good talk."

Rated a three-star recruit and ranked No.69 defensive end in the country by Fox Sports Next, Holuba visited Florida State, Duke, North Carolina and Virginia before stopping at Madison. On Tuesday he'll be in Vanderbilt and next Thursday will be a one-day camp at Stanford followed by a campus visit Friday.

"It's pretty much next to impossible (to have a favorite)," said Holuba. "Visiting each school, I keep thinking to myself that this is going to be a really hard decision because everyone I am looking at I really like. Everyone has good qualities and bad qualities, so it's going to be tough."

To help bring further clarity to his decision, Holuba plans to use some of his official visits to see the game day atmosphere at some schools.

"I want to take a bunch of official visits to some of the schools I have seen and then play it by ear about committing," said Holuba. "I'll just kind of see how everything goes. I really don't know about a timetable anymore."

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