Wisconsin Delayes Mister's Decision

Holding a solid top three, Chicago St. Rita running back/athlete Tommy Mister was prepared to announce his college choice June 23. But when Wisconsin finally gave him a scholarship offer, Mister has pushed back his decision so he can learn about the Badgers.

Chicago St. Rita running back Tommy Mister thought he was going to add a scholarship from Wisconsin two different times during the past nine months

Talking to then-defensive coordinator Chris Ash before week one of his junior season, the 6-1, 180-pound Mister was told that Wisconsin loved him and that they wanted him to visit for a game.

"We were talking on Facebook every day, but I just couldn't get there and I didn't want to do recruiting stuff over my team," Mister told Badger Nation. "When the coaches left, my recruiting stopped from Wisconsin and I was like, ‘Dang, I really wanted a Wisconsin offer.'"

Now living 45 minutes away from his new school after transferring from Oak Lawn Richards, Mister says he missed at least a dozen college recruiters coming into his school during his daily commute, including Wisconsin running back coach Thomas Hammock.

"My coach told me I missed (Coach Hammock), so I really didn't think they were going to recruit me," said Mister. "I know they like seeing guys in person, seeing how big they are and get a chance to talk."

So six days before he was going to make his college choice, Mister finally got a chance to speak to Hammock Monday, and answered all of Hammock's questions correctly to earn himself a scholarship offer.

"He asked me what my interest level was in Wisconsin and I told him I love the Badgers," said Mister. "He asked me what I wanted to do in college and I told him I wanted to run the ball out of the backfield, but I'd be willing to go out to the slot, catch screens and things like that. He said I would be a perfect fit and I could do that there.

"He asked me what I like about Wisconsin and I like the fact they've won Big Ten championships the past three years, their offense fits me and that I would have success there. Coach Hammock wanted me to come down for a visit as soon as possible, and then told me I should just commit."

Mister says Wisconsin has joined his top four of Indiana, Iowa State and Michigan State. He also has pushed back his decision date from June 23 to July 1 because, "I've definitely got to get down to Wisconsin before I make my decision."

"I've got to sit down and think about things and talks things over with my parents," said Mister. "There's so much stuff to do. It's kind of hectic right now."

While he is planning to visit Indiana next week, the three-star Mister – ranked the No.58 running back in the country by Fox Sports Next – talked glowingly about his trips to Iowa State last month and Michigan State over the weekend.

On Iowa State: "I loved it. It was nice. I spent the weekend in Ames and I got a good feel for the place. That's what got me hooked on it."

On Michigan State: "I visit to Michigan State was just so amazing. I went down with my mom and dad, saw the facilities, talked to the strength and conditioning coach and talked to Coach Dantonio for about an hour. He's probably the best person I've talked to in college football. I loved his attitude. My mom and dad loved him. I talked to some of the recruits they had their about Michigan State and just fell in love with it."

After having 1,700 all-purpose yards and over 1,200 yards on just 130 carries last season, Mister said schools are recruiting him at running back or a receiver. He will be playing quarterback this season for St. Rita, and is getting recruited at that position by schools in the MAC.

"I want to move around," said Mister. "I want to be able to get some carries, make some catches and make an impact."

When Mister finally gets a chance to visit Wisconsin, he'll be looking to get the same kind of impact he did on his visits to Ames and East Lansing.

"I want to feel at home, I want to see myself playing there and go to a place where the coaching job is stable, because I don't want to get recruited by these guys and then they leave me," said Mister. "I want my parents to feel comfortable, because they're involved to. I want to see somewhere where I can play early, and I see myself playing early at Wisconsin."


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