Badgers Make A Snap Decision

Only a junior and having no prior contact with the Wisconsin coaching staff, Columbus (OH) Worthington Kilbourne junior long snapper Liam McCullough put on a performance during Wednesday's specialist camp that earned him a scholarship from the Badgers.

When it comes to filling the role of long snapper, most college coaches won't bother wasting a scholarship on the position and simply find a walk-on who can snap and is eager to play.

But when a talent like Columbus (OH) Worthington Kilbourne junior Liam McCullough delivers a performance like he did on Wednesday, the Badgers' coaches had no choice.

Performing at Wisconsin's one-day specialists camp, McCullough went having no real contact with the Wisconsin coaching staff to leaving with a scholarship offer from the three-time Big Ten champions.

"Going into college camps, I always have the mindset of being confident in what I do and be confident that I could perform at my best level, but the scholarship was completely unexpected," McCullough told Badger Nation. "I had one of the best camps I had all summer. I snapped the best I've snapped in my career."

Saying he was comfortable and relaxed during the camp, the 6-3, 220-pound McCullough worked extensively with tight end/special teams coach Jeff Genyk, who is now his recruiting contact.

"He was very impressed by what he saw," said McCullough. "He said the balls that I snapped were perfectly accurate, they were a perfect spiral and the fastest he had seen in a long time. He was cheering me on during the competition at the end and he said he was very impressed overall from a guy who was a rising junior."

At the conclusion of camp, Genyk took McCullough and his dad for a tour around campus and a tour of Wisconsin's new facilities.

"The facilities were very impressive," said McCullough. "The stadium, of course, is awesome itself but to be able to go in and see the locker rooms, training rooms and the weight rooms, everything is state-of-the-art. It's just awe inspiring." That preceded a meeting in Genyk's office where the three sat down, exchanged contact information, said how impressed he was McCullough's performance and offered a scholarship.

"It is definitely that will stick in my head for a long time," said McCullough.

McCullough is rated 4.5 stars out of five and the third-best long snapper in the 2015 recruiting class by top specialist instructor Chris Rubio. He also camped at Michigan State (who offered), Ohio State (who is close to offering), Northwestern and Tennessee. He will also compete at a national long snapping camp in Los Angeles this weekend, which will mark his final camp of the summer.

"It's very hard to wrap my head around (my offers)," said McCullough. "It's surreal in so many ways. I have always dreamed of playing Big Ten college football since I was a little boy growing up watching these teams thinking how awesome it would be if that was me one day. Now it's literally like a dream come true."

While he grew up a Buckeyes fan, McCullough claims he is wide open in the process and in no rush to make a decision.

"At this point I am not leaning toward any of those three schools," said McCullough. "I am right in the middle and keeping all my options open. I am seeing what the best fit for me football wise and where I want to get my education from.

"With a decision this big as to where to go to school, which team to play football for and, mainly, where to get my education, it's a process I don't want to rush through. I want to weight all my options and make the best decision when the time comes."


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