Walk-On Option for Brees

Needing wide receivers in its program, Wisconsin offered a preferred walk-on offer to Greendale (WI) senior Mitchell Brees, one of the top uncommitted receivers in the state.

Greendale (WI) senior wide receiver Mitchell Brees had a season that no one saw coming, except for himself.

Putting in the work during the offseason, the 6-3, 190-pound Brees caught 80 passes for 1,308 yards and 14 touchdowns and added 39 tackles, four interceptions and two touchdowns on defense, leading his team to a runner-up finish in the WIAA division 3 state championship game.

"I had a pretty breakout year this season," Brees told BadgerNation. "I had a lot of goals made for me and lots of people didn't see it coming, but I trained myself and was ready to have a big year. I was a leader this season and I lead by example. Everybody I play with I try to make them the best player they are as well. We made it to the state championship and we came up a little short, but it was still a great season."

Brees' season quickly made him pop on multiple recruiting boards across the Midwest. He's landed an offer from Illinois State and hearing from Fordham, Iowa State, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Brees is also hearing from the state's only division 1 school, as Wisconsin and secondary coach Ben Strickland have offered a preferred walk-on offer to Brees' dream school.

"Coach Strickland told me the news and I can visit there in January if I want too," Brees said. "They said the 11th of January and that will be my official visit. He also said if they have a scholarship for me later then I can accept it, but right now I got the walk-on offer. I was excited when I got the news because I am a Wisconsin fan, so it has always been a dream of mine to go there. I always think I am the best player, so I look to earn that scholarship.

"I think Coach Strickland is a great guy and my basketball coach is a good friend with him. They were good friends growing up, so he told me a lot about him. When I met Coach Strickland, I have nothing bad to say about him."

Wisconsin currently has one of his teammates committed in three-star offensive tackle Jacob Maxwell, and Brees talks about the possibility of playing together at the next level.

"I did think about going to play with Jacob at Wisconsin a little bit because we are good friends and it would be nice to play with him," said Brees. "I still have to weigh my options to see if I want to take the money or go with the preferred walk-on offer."

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