Visit Worth the Wait

After making a quick decision to change his commitment to Wisconsin in late November, Lake Villa (IL) Lakes Community linebacker T.J. Edwards has no complaints about his official visit to Madison over the weekend.

MADISON - Although he committed to Wisconsin in late November, Lake Villa (IL) Lakes Community linebacker T.J. Edwards was unable to join his future teammate on their official visits for the team banquet in early December.

The visit this weekend, however, was "definitely" worth the wait.

"Although I missed the bigger day when everybody else went, it was still awesome to be around the coaches," Edwards told BadgerNation. "It got me excited for the future."

The visit was important on several levels for Edwards – recently rated a three-star recruit and the No.46 middle linebacker in the county by For starters was Edwards continuing to develop a relationship with tight end coach Jeff Genyk and the Wisconsin coaching staff.

Originally committing to Western Michigan in June, Edwards' relationship with Wisconsin moved quickly, getting an offer Nov.24, taking an unofficial visit Nov.26 and committing Nov.27.

"Before I really didn't know the coaches when I spoke with them, but now I am really comfortable with the coaches," said Edwards. "They are all very welcoming toward me. I think building that relationship has gotten really stronger (since I committed)."

Edwards also got a chance to play pitchman, as he hung out with four uncommitted prospects on the weekend who UW is trying to add to its 2014 recruiting class.

"There were a lot of top prospects there that we would love to have," said Edwards. "I think they had a really good feel for Wisconsin. I hope they pick Wisconsin. They are really cool guys. The coaches made it fun for us to be around."

In addition to making sure the recruits were well fed throughout the weekend, Edwards said the coaches made sure their seats at Wisconsin's basketball game against Michigan were top notch.

"It was cool to see the fans get into the game," said Edwards. "It makes you realize that there is more than just football up there. The basketball team had a great crowd."

Edwards' host was sophomore Vonte Jackson, who showed the incoming recruit different parts of the campus and filled him in on some roster news.

"Vonte said he's going to be their safety now, and he was excited about that," said Edwards. "It was cool being around him. He's super nice. He told me about Madison and the campus and was very welcoming."

The 6-2, 215-pound Edwards says his offseason workout plans include increasing his speed, building his strength and improving his football IQ to be able to contribute at an early age.

"I definitely think my strength will be there, so if I had to work on anything it would be keeping my speed up," said Edwards. "I want to build on that. You can't teach speed, so that's a good thing you have if you have it."

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