Minor's Major List

With 24 scholarship offers, Richmond Benedictine outside linebacker Raymon Minor is trying to find a way to visit all 24 schools, one of them being Wisconsin. Will the Badgers be able to make a lasting impression with so many contenders on the list?

Wisconsin is looking toward a 2013 season with a whole new look by going from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 alignment. Ethan Armstrong and Chris Borland – two seniors - will lead the front seven this fall, but next season the Badgers will need some help filling those spots.

Wide receivers coach Chris Beatty turned his attention to his recruiting hot spot of Virginia, targeted 6-4, 215-pound Richmond Benedictine outside linebacker Raymon Minor in the spring.

"At my high school, I play linebacker, tight end and wide receiver," Minor told Badger Nation. "I even have experience as a safety and played quarterback as a freshman."

Minor doesn't mind changing positions and would prefer to be recruited as just an athlete.

"I'm comfortable playing at any position whether it's tight end, linebacker or defensive end," said Minor. "So most schools like Wisconsin and Virginia Tech are recruiting me as an athlete."

Minor is taking most of his unofficial visits this summer and then he will take his five officials after September 1.

"I'm trying to take as many visits this summer as I can," said Minor. "I'm taking visits to schools that are closer to home this summer and for my official visits I will go to schools that are farther away like Miami and Wisconsin. I don't have all five of my official visits planned out right now, but I do know I will be visiting Miami, Wisconsin and Ohio State."

Picking up his scholarship offer from the Badgers in April, Minor has maintained a strong relationship with Beatty and has also been talking to defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who has been playing an active part in his recruitment.

"I'm definitely going to go on an official visit to Wisconsin," said Minor. "I'm going to wait to pick my top schools, because I haven't visited all of them so I'm not going to make a decision yet. I talked to the coaching staff at Wisconsin last week about taking an official visit. I talk to Coach Aranda mostly every week. I call Coach Aranda and he talks to me on Facebook a lot."

Wrapping up an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech this week, Minor admits that he doesn't have any favorite schools, but that doesn't mean his mother doesn't already have her own list.

"I will go play wherever because all my family will come to me and watch me play," said Minor. "I don't care how far it is away from home, but my mom wants me to stay closer to home. She wants me to go to Virginia Tech, because it's only about three or four hours away."

In April, Minor was not ranked in Fox Sports initial rankings and had less than 10 scholarship offers. Now Minor is sitting at 24 offers and is a solid three-star recruit – currently ranked the No. 51 outside linebacker in the country by Fox Sports Next.

"It's exciting to have 24 offers, but it can be very stressful at times," said Minor. "I've visited Virginia Tech, Temple, Rutgers and that's about it for now. I have 24 offers right now (and) I'm going to try to visit all of them. I don't know if it's going to happen, but I'm trying my best to do that."

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