While the Badgers coaching staff are targeting plenty of uncommitted recruits, the staff is also looking at some players committed to other programs, which includes three-star recruit and South Florida commit Jimmy Bayes.
Bayes, a 6-3, 185-pound athlete out of Immokalee (FL) High, was the Bulls' first commitment in the 2014 class back in January. However, Bayes may not need as much convincing as expected to get him to stray away from the Bulls, as he plans to see other programs.
"We'll just have to see how I feel after I take my official visits, but right now I'm pretty much a South Florida Bull," Bayes told Bader Nation. "I'm still getting heavily recruited though. I have about three coaches who call me weekly to check up on me – Louisville, USC and Wisconsin."
Bayes – a three-star prospect - has no dates set for his five official visits, but will be taking trips to Louisville, North Carolina State, South Florida, USC and Wisconsin. Like many other seniors, he is focused on his final season, and will pick recruiting back up as soon as the season ends.
Bayes did mention he tries to contact the college coaches at least once a week by messaging them or calling them, which includes Wisconsin wide receivers coach Chris Beatty.
"Coach Beatty and I talk a lot, and he is one of the coaches that recruits me the hardest," said Bayes. "We mostly talk about when I'm going to take my visit. I probably won't get to take my visit until after the season though.
"I want to see Madison. I also really want to watch their offense and see what they have to say about how I would fit in. I like the system they run and the great tradition they have within their program."
Bayes made sure to state he was "firmly" committed to South Florida this past summer, but now states that he is "pretty much" committed to the Bulls. It may be reading too much into just a few words, but Bayes seems much more open to the idea of his official visits and considering what schools like Wisconsin have to offer.
"Last year when the Badgers offered me; they mentioned that they needed my talent and I would fit good in their program," said Bayes. "I'm excited to take a visit and see how it really is.
"What made me decide so quickly with verbally committing to South Florida is that the coaches were recruiting me pretty hard. They figured out my talent earlier than other coaches. They've been there from the beginning and they've been on me from the start. It just felt right. Then schools like Wisconsin came in later. It's good to have options, which is why I'm going to go take all my visits. My high school coaches will be with me on my visits and we'll just have to see what happens."