Humphreys Preparing for Wisconsin Trip

The chance to play for a big time school is a dream come true for Portland (OR) Central Catholic's defensive end Connor Humphreys. With eight choices, three visits left and a deadline to commit before his senior season, will the Badgers be convincing enough to have another defensive player commit?

SEC, Big Ten, ACC and PAC 12 schools are each making their final pushes to get Portland (OR) Central Catholic Connor Humphreys to be his school of choice when he's ready to commit.

Among his list of final schools, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Wisconsin, Humphreys has made his unofficial visits to all of them except for three, which includes Wisconsin. That, however, won't be the case much longer.

"I'm going to visit Wisconsin at the end of the month," Humphreys told Badger Nation. "I'm still trying to stay open. I think I'm a little closer to committing, but I want to go on my next three visits with an open mind."

Humphreys will try to stay as open as possible while making his next three trips, which include Arizona and Arizona State, but big schools, like Wisconsin and Tennessee, will continue heavily recruiting the defensive player to make sure they're not forgotten.

"Recently, since I announced I was making my visit to Wisconsin, they have been sending me more and more handwritten letters saying they're excited for me to visit Madison," said Humphreys. "I've talked to the defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a. We Facebook message back and forth and he also sends me letters."

It's no surprise why a team like Wisconsin is heavily recruiting the 6-4, 265-pound multi-faceted player. Having experience as a nose tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle, center, guard and tackle, Humphreys has been told by Kauha'aha'a and the rest of the Badgers staff that he would be a perfect fit for the team's 3-4 defense.

"I think they're excited for the chance to get another defensive lineman," said Humphreys. "I know there has been a lot of defensive line commits to Wisconsin so that's something I have to think over, but I'm just excited to see what Madison has to offer."

Humphreys is determined to make a decision before the season starts, which means Wisconsin has one final attempt to lock down the three-star Humphreys – ranked No. 48 defensive end in the country by Fox Sports Next.

One factor Badgers fans won't have to worry about is the 2,000 miles that separates Humphreys from Portland to Madison. He's willing to travel anywhere to play as long as it's the perfect fit.

"If I find the right school, location shouldn't have anything to do with it," said Humphreys. "My mom works for an airline so she can travel wherever I go and that makes it easier, too. She knows I can go wherever in the country and she can still come watch me play."

While Humphrey is still trying to find the right school, the whole recruiting process is starting to weigh heavily on the defensive end.

"Now that I'm getting closer to committing, it's been more overwhelming because it's a big decision so it's more stressful now," said Humphreys. "But overall it's been fun being recruited from all the different schools and getting all the mail. Every kid wants to be recruited to big schools and it's been a dream come true.

"After I take my three visits to Arizona, Arizona State and Wisconsin I'll probably have my top five and then I'll commit soon after that, maybe mid-August. I feel like I'm ready to commit, I'm really ready."

A U.S Army All-American, Humphreys finished his junior season with 76 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.

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