Confirming his Choice

After an official visit to Wisconsin, Jacksonville (FL) Ribault quarterback D.J. Gillins is reassured the Badgers are the right choice. While Gillins is already sold on the idea of playing at Camp Randall, he still needs to convince fellow recruits to join him.

MADISON - Jacksonville (FL) Ribault quarterback D.J. Gillins is already ‘jumping around' at the thought of playing at Wisconsin next fall.

Committing to Wisconsin in early July without visiting the campus, Gillins visit sealed the deal for the young signal caller. Not only did the 6-3, 190-pound dual-threat quarterback fall in love with the game day atmosphere at Camp Randall, but also State Street and, of course, the famous Wisconsin cheese curds.

"I tried a whole bunch a cheese, a lot of cheese," Gillins told Badger Nation. "The cheese curds were really good. I was surprised because, I'm not going to lie, I didn't think they would be that good. Once I tried it, it was pretty good."

The food was a minor part of what convinced both him and his parents that Madison was the best fit. Gillins – currently a three-star athlete ranked the No.60 quarterback in the country by Fox Sports Next - enjoys the great tradition Wisconsin has to offer from the student sections' weekly ‘Jump Around' during UW home games to the entire stadium joining in for the ‘slow motion wave'.

The game against Purdue not only impressed Gillins but other Badgers targets, namely Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas running back Madre London and Phoenix Mountain Pointe wide receiver Jalen Brown. Gillins spent the majority of his time with the two and quickly joined in with the coaches to help recruit.

"London and I talked about what it would be like to play together and go to school together," said Gillins. "We talked about how the game day experience compared to Nebraska. I told him he needs to come to Wisconsin with me."

Gillins says he will keep in touch with London and some of the other players, and will start his responsibilities early by trying to make the Badgers a better team.

Even though Gillins is already committed to Wisconsin, he still got to experience the recruiting treatment from seasoned players and the coaching staff. Senior running back James White and sophomore wide receiver Reggie Love, who are both Florida natives, were quick to reach out to Gillins during his weekend trip.

Love's message to Gillins was simple and clear: "The coaches and players here love you and they want you to get better."

"He told me how much Wisconsin really loves their football," Gillins said.

Gillins also had the chance to speak with head coach Gary Andersen, assistant head coach Thomas Hammock, recruiting coordinator Vince Guinta and almost the entire UW staff. The coaches' message was very similar to Love's. The Badgers made Gillins feel welcomed, loved and most importantly at home. All he can hope for now is that the fellow recruits follow his lead to Madison.

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