Reader Recaps Wisconsin Camp

After camping at Wisconsin last season as a junior, Appleton (WI) West athlete Matthew Reader spent three more days in Madison earlier this week, having a much better experience with Wisconsin's new coaching staff.

The camp season has begun around the nation and Wisconsin held its first camp this past week. One of handful recruits to spend all three days on campus, Appleton (WI) West athlete Matthew Reader spent his time working with the quarterbacks and working with the safeties, having no complaints of his time in Madison

"The camp went really well," Reader told Badger Nation. "The drills and practices went well and my team won the 7 on 7 with me playing quarterback and corner. I talked with Coach (Ben) Strickland a lot and got instruction from him quite a bit. I also spoke with Coach (Andy) Ludwig and a few other coaches commented on my athleticism. Coach Andersen told me I was on fire after the 7 on 7 was over." Attending Wisconsin's camp last summer, the 6-5, 195-pound Reader said the way Andersen ran his camp was an entirely different than what he experienced with Bret Bielema.

"I'm really impressed with Coach Andersen and the staff," said Reader. "They really cared about the players and spent a lot of time with everyone. Coach Andersen really showed he cared about guys who got injured and was always watching camp. It was a big improvement in how the camp was run last year to this year.

"There were less kids and we got more reps, the coaches took the time to get your name and remember it. Coach Andersen actually addressed us multiple times while Coach Bielema only said thanks for coming once. It just went smoother and was more fun."

Reader threw for 797 yards and 10 touchdowns last season on the football field and averaged 11 points per game on the basketball court. While he holds no offers on the gridiron and is getting some division 2 offers in basketball, Wisconsin's football coaches seem fairly interested in his skill set.

"I've been talking with the Coach Genyk and Coach Beatty," said Reader. "They have also been sending me hand written letters from time to time. It can be a lot getting recruited for both sports, but I am enjoying the process."

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