Favoring Wisconsin

Visiting three Big Ten campuses on his trip to the Midwest, it was the last visit for Buford (GA) High athlete Zavior Hoxie that made the biggest impact, as he now says Wisconsin is his leader in his recruitment.

Sitting in the car for a 16-hour journey home to Georgia, Buford (GA) High athlete Zavior Hoxie had plenty of time and things to contemplate with his parents.

"We talked about which schools we thoughts were on top and the pros and cons of each school," Hoxie told Badger Nation. "We made a pretty good list."

And the result of that conversation?

"Right now Wisconsin is the top school," Hoxie said, "We talked about that school mainly."

There were a lot of positives the 5-11, 180-pound Hoxie took away from his Monday tour at Wisconsin; his third Big Ten stop after visiting Indiana and Illinois. Hoxie met with academic advisors, saw the football team's study hall and visited the business school to talk with advisors in the field of his desired study.

"They kept stressing how strongly they are and how good they are in academics," said Hoxie. "They talked about how important it is."

Hoxie got a tour of the new facilities at Camp Randall, including the lavish new weight room. He spent time getting to know the entire coaching staff, including spending time with head coach Gary Andersen.

"He is really family oriented," said Hoxie. "He's a player's coach, which I really like, and you could tell with the family atmosphere. With the staff I got to go over the defensive scheme and the offensive scheme. The facilities are amazing and talking to some the players was really nice."

Splitting carries last season, Hoxie rushed for 800 yards in limited work and played sparingly on defense. He says most schools are recruiting him as a cornerback, but Wake Forest is recruiting him as a running back and Wisconsin is recruiting him as an athlete, saying he could play on either side of the ball.

For Hoxie, that was another thing that excited him about Wisconsin.

"They said I could play both cornerback and running back but at the same time, if I decided to choose one over the other, they would let me choose which one I wanted to play," said Hoxie. "You want to be comfortable and you want to be able to know everything because that's lets you play faster and better."

When asked what the negatives of his Wisconsin visit were, Hoxie responded, "nothing."

Hoxie has seven Division 1 offers – Arkansas State, East Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, Navy, Wake Forest and Wisconsin. He also has offers from Georgia State and Mercer. He says he is looking for a school that fits really like home, who he has a good relationship with the coaching staff and with great facilities, all of which he said Wisconsin has.

"If a school has everything I want and need, I can make my decision earlier," said Hoxie. "I was planning on making a decision in August right before the season, but if I feel right about the school I'll make it earlier. I was planning on going to Wake Forest for a visit but depending on what happens, we'll see."


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