Hovey Has UW Option

With Wisconsin still looking to add a tight end in the 2014 class, tight end coach Jeff Genyk has given Eden Prairie (MN) senior tight end Zach Hovey an option to play for the Badgers.

Wisconsin displayed its offensive firepower against Indiana, thanks in large part to tight end Jacob Pedersen's team-best three catches and 92 yards. Eden Prairie (MN) senior tight end Zach Hovey was on hand to witness the performance, and received a bit of good news during his time in Madison from tight end coach Jeff Genyk.

"The visit went great," Hovey told BadgerNation. "Coach Genyk offered me a preferred walk on. He said that he had been watching my film quite a bit the past couple days and that I am one of the quickest off the ball that he has seen. I am definitely interested in the walk on spot.

"He said that I have a spot on the team, but right now there are six tight ends on scholarship already so there probably won't be one available at the time."

Hovey is ranked the No. 68 tight end and a two-star recruit by Fox Sports Next. He holds offers from Bucknell, Cornell, Florida Atlantic, Holy Cross, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, and has some move visits planned before making a decision.

"I will decide after I take a few more visits to schools," said Hovey. "I will probably Air Force. I will go out east for a visit or two as well, but I'm not sure exactly which schools yet. I want to see my options before making any final decisions. Coach Genyk said that things will all work out in the end.

"I do know that if I choose to play for Wisconsin, that it just would be an honor to play for some of the most dedicated fans in the nation."

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